Historical Attractions in the Cayman Islands

Historical Attractions in the Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman

A good place to start is the capital of George Town on Grand Cayman Island. Here you can visit many historical attractions on foot, which is particularly attractive for those disembarking from cruise ships. Start with the island’s museums to get a sense of the country’s history. Both the National Trust House and the National Trust Visitor Centre are good choices. The Visitor Centre will provide you with information on each site so you can choose which are the best to visit based upon your interests.

The Ruins of Fort George are perhaps George Town’s most easily accessible historical site, located at Harbour Drive and Fort Street. Origins are unclear, but the site dates from approximately 1790, with walls that are two feet to five feet thick, eight embrasures for cannon and a mahogany gate on the land side. The fort was built to protect the city from pirates and Spanish marauders. In 2014, a restoration of the fort was completed adding a replica look out post used in World War II to watch for German submarines.

Drive about 20 miles east of George Town to Savannah to visit the Pedro St. James National Historic Site. Here you will find Pedro’s Castle, a 18th century plantation house that is one of the oldest buildings on the island. This stone structure is considered the “Birthplace of Democracy in the Cayman Islands,” as the nation’s first parliament was formed here in 1831. The Hurricane Ivan Memorial, which relates the story of the 2004 storm, is also on the grounds.

Cayman Brac

This small, laid-back island is the easternmost in the Caymans, located near Little Cayman. Despite its small size, it’s worth a visit for history buffs. Start with Captain Charlie Kirkconnell’s House, built in 1915, which is a prime example of traditional Cayman architecture. The house has several unique features that include a mahogany staircase made from a shipwreck.
Another must-do on Cayman Brac is the Heritage House, which showcases how natives used available natural resources in all aspects of life. Other worthwhile historical sites are Rebecca’s Cave, which provided a mother and daughter shelter from a hurricane, the Lighthouse Steps and the Spellman Mclaughlin Home.

The Cayman Islands is truly a great vacation destination for history lovers. If you’re looking for a place to stay on your Cayman Islands vacation, The Residences at Seven Mile Beach offer luxury vacation rentals on the islands.

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