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Mastic Trail, Grand Cayman
(4.3/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
Walk in the footsteps of natives some 200 years ago as you explore the restored Mastic Trail. Containing one of the largest examples of native Caribbean dry forest, as well as subtropical mangrove swamps, this 3.7 km (2.3 mi) hike meanders across a patchwork of terrains, up to the low-lying island’s highest point. Hike through black and yellow mastic trees and watch for many species of indigenous birds, which are often hidden among the wild orchids and flowering vines. A 170 m (557 ft) hand-built rock causeway flanks the southern side of the walk through a black mangrove forest. The trail has mixed terrain so wear appropriate footwear and carry water with you; allow three to four hours. Guides are available from the National Trust. Put Mastic Trail into our North Side itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in North Side.
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  • My wife and I hiked this trail in December. It was a wonderful experience. Be prepared, Wear the right footwear for sharp rocks and some muddy/swampy patches.The trail is like a tunnel through the jun...  more »
  • This would be a very nice hike to do without a guide, but it is so much better with Stewart guiding you. He is a really nice, knowledgeable scientist who has an education in marine biology and geology...  more »
  • We self hiked this trail, from North to South (trail head just south of Old Man Bay, east end) and found it interesting but having a guide would lend a better understanding of the beautiful raw nature...  more »
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  • If you're looking for something less beach and more "great outdoors" then the mastic trail is for you. This hiking trail is about two miles long (one way) bearing in mind you have to turn back to get to your starting point (total of four miles). Its not difficult, just a bit humid and the occasional mosquito. Please bring at least one liter of water per person and DEET based mosquito repellant. The trail is very defined with markers every few hundred yards. You may spot the elusive Agouti and of course the cayman famous Blue Iguana. Be sure to go in the morning/evening when the sun isnt too hot or during winter when there is a ever present cool breeze. The best starting point is at the Northern End (North Side) Tip: Take two cars. Park one at the South End and Drive to the other to the North End. Walk the trail and then drive back. Enjoy some mudslides at Rum Point. Sounds lazy but trust me, you will thank me.
  • Amazing to see and feel how the island was before man and with the first inhabitants. PLEASE wear good footware. Some Very rugged areas of limestone spikes. No great lookout points but I loved the hike across the island. Hope it gets preserved.
  • Wonderful trail...to get the full experience make sure you schedule a guided tour with Stuart. Great views of local birds, trees, reptiles and plant species. Trail is rocky and moderate difficulty. Not too tough but likely difficult for young children or those in below-average physical health. Bring water.
  • Great walking with plenty of wildlife from snakes to birds. Don't attempt with sandals or flip flops