George Town Sights and Landmarks Guide, Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of tropical islands, clear skies, blue sea and palm trees on a white sandy beach. Although in the past the Cayman Islands were associated with piracy and looting, nowadays they are an exotic paradise that draw millions of tourists every year. George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands, is the perfect combination of historical heritage, beaches, lush vegetation and business centre. The city might be quite small, but it doesn’t lack the sights and monuments that will keep tourists entertained. This George Town Sights Guide will point out some of the most important sightseeing spots in this charming city and its surroundings.
George Town Sights - Museums
Despite the city’s relatively small size, there are several museums that are worth visiting. The Cayman Maritime Treasures Museums pays homage to George’s Town’s adventurous history. The city used to be a bustling port in the past, with ships sailing to nearby Jamaican ports of Kingston and Negril, and even more remote destinations. If you are interested in seafaring and pirates, this George Town Sights Guide recommends that you visit the Cayman Maritime Treasures Museums, where you can admire an extensive display of images detailing the city’s past. There is also a robotic pirate that narrates swashbuckling stories to the visitors.
George Town Sights - Historical sites
Fort George’s ruins are another historical site that deserves some attention. It is a colonial fort built in the 17th century by the governor of the Cayman Islands, to protect the city against the attacks of pirates and the Spanish. The fort was built of coral rock and limestone, and it is a picturesque sight even today. Another important Caymanian landmark is Pedro Castle, a short way east from George Town. The castle is built in colonial style, and it is the oldest building in the Cayman Islands, having served a multitude of purposes since its erection, it was both a jail and parliament.
George Town Sights - Outdoors
The best places on the Cayman Islands are outside the bustle of the city. Close to George Town there is a peculiar formation of black rocks, suggestively called Hell. A post office has opened at the site, and visitors can send postcards and letters postmarked from Hell. Another unique sight in the vicinity of the city is the turtle farm, the only one of its kind in the world. The farm is a government initiative aimed to increase the sea turtle population in the area. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a great place for a quiet walk through lush vegetation. The park is full of numerous exotic plant species such as orchids and there are also many rare animals who freely roam the park: iguanas, parrots and endemic butterfly species.
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