Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Grand Cayman

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#7 of 77 in Parks in Cayman Islands
Spot remarkable blue lizards as you stroll along winding paths at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Take the trail that circumnavigates the park and keep an eye out for rare, striking blue iguanas, who wander through the gardens in all their iridescent glory. Almost extinct 20 years ago, the iguanas now thrive in the gardens thanks to a project to restore their population to safe numbers. As you meander through the colorful gardens, stop at the lake to admire rare aquatic birds, native to the region. After all that, grab some refreshments at the tea rooms and take in the wonderful park views. See Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and all Grand Cayman has to offer by arranging your trip with our Grand Cayman travel route planning website .
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  • This was not #1 on my list, but, I was impressed by the beauty of all the different plants/flowers, and the interesting information that was provided on signs all over the park. Plan on 3-4 hours, tak...  more »
  • The most wonderful botanics we have ever been to and always nice to see all the tropical plants without going into a glasshouse! It's laid out as a very nice and varied trail and the different zones a...  more »
  • This was a a nice stop but it was really more like a regular walking park than a botanical gardens as there was not much to see. Certain areas were a bit run down like the waterfall area which is not ...  more »
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  • Very cool spot. The blue iguanas were awesome and the parrots were fun. The plant life was incredible! A worker saw that I was trying to photograph a parrot so he drove us to a new nesting spot and also showed us some other cool things. Excellent service and excellent experience.
  • Definitely worth a trip to go on the extra cost blue iguana tour. Always visit in the morning as it gets hot quickly in the park with fewer breezes. Mention the Explorer magazine for discounted entrance & 10% off in the gift shop. Very nice people run the place.
  • Hal, the guide, was a lifelong local. His stories added to the understanding of culture and how plants are used for food and medicine. Tropical trees and flowers were lovely. This is a serious botanical garden with accession information on trees, etc. You could spend several hours if you're into plants.
  • In the last few months I’ve visited the Botanic Park Twice. As a wedding and Portrait Photographer I literally can’t get enough of this place. The beauty simply inspires me to be even more creative. During my second visit my clients wanted their shoot to be at the botanic park. So 8-Dec-18 we were greeted by Joseph. And everything just fell into place from there. Joseph arranged a golf cart to take us around due to the fact my client is actually doing a maternity shoot. Trust me it made my life 100 times easier. Joseph thank you for going the extra mile to help my clients and I. I personally want to give a shout out to my driver as well. He was so patent and willing to answer every question my clients had about the park. I’ll be shooting about the botanic park more often because of this experience. Here is a shot from the wedding I did in July at the botanic park. Enjoy everyone.
  • We visited the botanic park for a couple hours with our 2.5 year old. There isn't too much for a toddler to do. After about an hour she was asking to go home. The orchid garden had a boardwalk which is easy to use with a stroller, but the rest of the paths are gravel and didn't work well with an umbrella stroller (not a big deal for us, but larger families may have issues with this). The iguanas have been moved to a fenced off area to protect them from dogs. You can only go in with a guide and the tour is one hour and costs an extra $15pp. It rained the morning we got there so the tours were cancelled. We were lucky to see a blue iguana sunbathing on a path. They are currently building a kids area that is scheduled to open in 2019. The renderings we saw showed a splash pad and mazes and playgrounds. This will go a long way to making the park more kid-friendly. Overall, I would recommend the park for a couple hours with kids until the children's area is open. I wouldn't recommend travelling really out of your way to get there (we had a car and were only 20 minutes away). Mention "explore" magazine to get 20% off admission and 10% off in the gift shop.
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