The Tourism Attraction Board manages four of Grand Cayman's main attractions and its national festival, all of which connect visitors with the true spirit of the Cayman Islands through its history, culture and breathtaking natural environment.
Foremost among the attractions is the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which was opened in 1994 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Opened initially with its Woodland Trail, the Park has developed into a full- fledged Botanic Park that is a popular stop for visitors and local residents who appreciate its beautiful, natural gardens.
The management of the Botanic Park was transferred to the TAB in 1997 and under its guidance developed into an internationally recognised entity, which frequently receives positive visitor feedback on many travel websites.
Located at Frank Sound, this 35-acre natural wonder is regarded as one of the best in the Caribbean and is in fact, the only one in the region to be Green Globe-Certified for sustainable tourism. The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is home to the legendary Colour Garden, Heritage Garden, Palm Walk, Nature Trail and an Orchid Garden, which is being developed. Much of the work on the Orchid Garden has been spearheaded by the Orchid Society.
Visitors to the Botanic Park can also walk the Nature Trail, get up close to the rare Blue Iguana and learn about the programme to protect and preserve this indigenous species.
Work also recently started on a Cactus Garden. These improvements will no doubt enhance the experience at the park for visitors.
Pedro St. James Castle is Grand Cayman’s immaculately preserved great house, built in the 1800s, and known as “the birthplace of democracy”.
The property was purchased by the Cayman Islands Government in 1991 and underwent a multi-million dollar restoration. A significant point in its history was September 2004 when Pedro St. James suffered extreme damage as the result of Hurricane Ivan. While the castle itself sustained damage, the greater devastation was to the visitors centre, cafe and theatre. After extensive rebuilding and restoration, Pedro St. James was reopened to the public on the 29 May 2006.
A compelling historical tour of this site is enhanced by the breathtaking ocean views seen across immaculately manicured lawns. In addition, visitors are treated to a computer-controlled, multi-sensory 3D presentation as the tale of Pedro St. James unfolds around you.
Pedro St James is a premier venue for weddings of all sizes -- from a secluded garden wedding with a gazebo suitable for intimate ceremonies, to the expansive lawns appropriate for gatherings of 800 or more.
Away from the beach and off the beaten path, the road also leads to the Hell Attraction in the district of West Bay A natural wonder of rugged blackened limestone outcropping, Hell is located on lands owned by the Cayman Islands Government, as well as on an adjoining area, which is privately owned and offers a similar experience.
Naturally, the ‘Devil’ roams here and a postcard dispatched from Hell Post Office is a good way to share a memorable visit to this site.
The bustling Cayman Craft Market is in downtown George Town, on the corner of Boilers Road and South Church Street, just a short stroll from the cruise ship dock.
It was developed as a venue for local artists and artisans to display and sell their indigenous art and craft and to become an integral part of the tourism product. The TAB was assigned responsibility for the management of the Cayman Craft Market in 2004.
A stop at the Craft Market puts visitors in touch with the local artisans who create and display uniquely Caymanian art and craft souvenirs. Items made from leather, thatch, wood, and shell abound and locally made jams, jellies and pickles can also be found.
A uniquely Cayman cultural adventure presents itself with the annual Pirates Week Festival, (held in November) in which float parades, pirate costume and song competitions, heritage days, Festival Queen competition, fireworks and a mock ‘pirates landing’ are among the main attractions that thrillingly blend historical Cayman with the cosmopolitan destination of today.
Heritage Days, one of the most popular elements of the festival, present all districts if the Cayman Islands with opportunities to highlight their unique local heritage, art and craft, food and entertainment and compete for bragging rights as the best of displays and celebrations.
Pirates Week also includes sporting events such as 5K and 10K runs swimming events and a darts tournament.
Pirates Week comprises over 30 events held over 11 days. For 2012, Pirates Week will be celebrated November 8-18.
Now in its 34th year as the Cayman Islands’ national festival, Pirates Week has evolved into the most anticipated event on the social and cultural calendar for residents and visitors to the Cayman Islands.
The Tourism Attraction Board is proud to present the new "Discover the East" Adventure Card which provides Card Holders with:
FREE admission to Pedro St. James National Historic Site FREE admission to Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park PLUS ten money-saving values from ten eastern district businesses
All for US$16.00