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“Grand Cayman's only hiking trail” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mastic Trail

Mastic Trail
Frank Sound Road, Grand Cayman
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Ranked #31 of 162 things to do in Grand Cayman
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Owner description: Guided tours are offered on this old nature trail that takes visitors through several of the island's various ecosystems.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Grand Cayman's only hiking trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

The Mastic Trail is a 2 mile walk through the wilder part of the island. It's a well maintained, easy hike through savannah, forest, and mangrove swamp. The roads leading to each end of the trail are the worst kept parts. It isn't a loop so you need to walk both ways or have someone meet you at the other end. Lizards and birds are the only wildlife so its perfectly safe.

Visited April 2013
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appleton, wi
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Raw nature and Green Parrots!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We hiked this trail on two afternoons, it's wild and wonderful. A great way to view the bones of this island. Plus we saw and heard lots of birds, especially the elusive Green Parrots!

Visited March 2013
1 Thank paula1326
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Grand Cayman
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7 reviews
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“Cayman of old!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Wonderful opportunity to trek across the island as Caymanians did of old to get from one side of the island to the other on foot or by donkey or on horseback. The undisturbed wild life; ancient trees and plants not often seen elsewhere and the many parrots.

3 Thank Winstonclive
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New York City, New York
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“Take the National Trust guided walk!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We'd like to second the previous comments to take the tour with Stuart from the National Trust; he's awesome! We weren't renting a car, so he arranged to pick us up in Bodden Town (we took the local bus from George Town, which was simple and pretty quick). On our way to the trail head, Stuart pointed out a pair of agouti by the road; this was just the beginning. The walk was very nice, if quite warm by the end. At the beginning, we were on a dirt path, but the best part of the trail was on 2 million year old coral reef which is now a jagged, rocky limestone plateau. The trail is well-maintained but still involved ups-and-downs over loose rocks and roots. Along the way, Stuart pointed out (and, in many cases, told interesting stories about) much of the local flora and fauna. We saw lots of blue anole lizards (a/k/a Caymanian chameleons), including the unusual sight of two fighting males. We also saw two fighting hermit crabs; the larger one had outgrown its shell and was trying to steal a larger one from a smaller crab. (We all wished they could just swap calmly.) We also saw a white tree frog and several well-hidden geckos. There were tons of birds in the forest canopy, some easier to spot than others. We saw and/or heard, among others, Cuban bullfinches, Cayman parrots, Caymanian northern flicker woodpecker, La Sagra's flycatchers and a black-throated blue warbler. Stuart also pointed out many of the trees and flowers along the trail, like the namesake yellow mastic and black mastic, plus red birch, balsam vines, yellow ash, West Indian cedar (which provides the wood for cigar boxes) and silver thatch palm. We saw a tiny native pointsettia and a flowering bull's hoof plant. Along the way, we got to smell and taste the oils from the leaves of a bunch of bushes, like Caymanian cherry, wild rosemary, wild strawberry, guava, headache plant, etc.

Visited April 2013
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great alternative to the tourist traps!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

My husband and I hiked the Mastic Trail with Stuart Mailer, a guide from the National Trust. Stuart has a wealth of knowledge about the island and its flora and fauna. The guided hike is a great way to spend some time in nature, learn more about the island's environment and put your money into actual conservation rather than, say, the farming of endangered turtles. I would recommend making a call to Stuart before your trip in order to set up the hike for a day that works for you. Going on the trail without Stuart would not be nearly as interesting, and unless you're an experienced birder, you probably wouldn't see any birds without Stuart spotting them and pointing them out to you. (At least I wouldn't have.) I would also recommend renting a car to the get to the north side of the island. Bring plenty of cold water, bug repellant, and good shoes, and plan on taking a rest afterward. We went right to the botanic park from the hike and were so hot and tired that we rushed through the park so that we could sit down. Overall, the trail was interesting and memorable, mostly due to Stuart. I recommend it!

Visited April 2013
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