Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Home to orchids (in bloom late May through June) and elusive Blue Iguanas as well as parrots and other birds.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Integr1ty101
    118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-visit location
    I highly recommend a visit here as the gardens are truly beautiful. I completed my visit within 45mins and it was a high quality experience. I enjoyed viewing the colourful flowers, and gazing upon the unique beauty of the blue iguanas. The lady at the front desk is very polite and helpful. I recommend this garden to all tourists.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 23, 2023
  • ktjmitchell
    Frankfort, Illinois233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful flora and close encounters with iguanas (bring WATER)
    Lush, amazing gardens with easy-to-follow trails through the grounds. We spent almost 3 hours in total but we had a slow pace and burned some time in the Children's Garden. Grounds are well-kept. I would have liked some additional signage on the plants for identification purposes. Wonderful children's area with splash pad, observation tower with hanging swing chairs, multiple large cement sculptures, and climbing areas. We added a visit to the iguana sanctuary to our tickets for a better look at the endangered blue iguana and were able to observe them from juveniles to mature. Again, more signage at this section would have been appreciated. Very interesting display of Caymanian homestead grounds and living quarters. Enjoyable and educational but be sure to bring water to stay hydrated.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Carmen H
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to visit
    My family and I enjoyed this experience very much! It was a bit bigger then we anticipated but it was great. They have plenty of benches to stop off and rest. Make sure to visit the bird enclosure (you can learn a lot about them while feeding them). Seeing the blue iguanas up and close is beautiful. Make sure to apply mosquito repellent before you go in. Overall a great experience!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Cassandra F
    Columbus, Ohio59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    The Queen Elizabeth II botanical garden is worth a visit! The gardens are well maintained and beautiful. There are several exhibits on Caymanian life that were interesting. There were blue iguanas on the grounds, although the gate to the conservation center was locked. Bring bug spray and enjoy your time here.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Marilyn G
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Gardens
    We enjoyed visiting this botanic park. It wasn't very crowded that morning and we were lucky to be able to have a guided tour riding in a cart since we have knee problems and it was a very hot day. They have a children's area where they can play. I walked the walkway through the Xeriphytic Garden as the cart cannot go through there; I saw lots of orchids and other plants growing on the trees. The Heritage Garden with a Caymanian House showing how life was at the turn of the century was interesting. The blue iguanas were around in several places but the Iguana Habitat was closed; one very big one was by the entrance to the gift shop. Snacks and souvenirs were reasonably priced in their gift shop; there is no cafe. They have nice air conditioned restrooms. There are mosquitoes so wear bug repellent, but they did have some outside the gift shop you could use if you forget it. I love looking at plants so I did enjoy my visit here
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Eve M
    Tomball, Texas48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful garden has appeal for all ages!
    We absolutely loved this beautiful garden! So meticulously maintained and appealing to our gardeners but also to the twenty-something’s who had fun with the monitor lizards! The gardens are stunning especially the color garden. It’s huge but there are lots of places to sit & just enjoy the view. Nice play area for small children too. The orchid garden was amazing but they were not at their peak while we were there—I can just imagine how beautiful it would be when they are all blooming—but it was still enjoyable. I loved the cottage garden and historic home. Go early in the day when it’s cooler. It was a highlight of our trip!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Emelyn H
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    British and Island style garden
    We visited one morning about 10 and stayed about 2 hours. The self guided map was helpful as well as the staff. My favorite part was the “color” garden! The upkeep and attention to detail is British, I think. It was well worth our time!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Christina
    248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    LOTS of ANIMALS
    We saw 5-6 animals in our brief one hour visit. That included blue iguana, gecko, snake, capybara, frogs, turtle and colorful bird. It is hot and humid walking around the garden. So good to bring a wet towel to wrap around neck or a small portable fan. Orchid area we saw frogs in the corner of the wooden fence, so good to keep eyes out for them. Overall I think it’s a little pricey for visitor admission, $25 per adult. But the excitement when we discover an animal makes it worth the visit. Would recommend when one is done with water sports and beach at cayman and wants a change in scenery. Shop at the garden also has nice tropical pattern clothings and items that are tasteful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Kimberly B
    Grove City, Ohio7,167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens with flowers and blue iguanas roaming around
    This place is gorgeous and huge! They have different areas to visit and a lot of flowers. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and could have spent even more time if it wasn't so hot that day. The flowers are gorgeous and all areas are nicely landscaped. We seen a lot of blue iguana's roaming the grounds and then there is an entire area dedicated to the blue iguana's and it is huge! We seen multiple Cayman Parrots flying around in the trees out in the open and so neat to see them in a natural habitat. There's an area you can take a mile walk in (Woodland trails) and it circles around to the iguana area (or you could always take a shortcut there and not do the walk). It was very peaceful. There's a large kids play area and it also has water fountains for them to cool off in. They have also moved the concrete Davinoff's sculptures to this park too and makes for a good picture opportunity. The Rotary Schoolhouse was opened in 2019 by Prince Charles of Whales and serves as a nature education area and botanical science. The Heritage area had houses from the 20th century that have been restored and was owned by an East End settler. It gives a look at how they used to live. It's defiantly a do-no miss when in Grand Cayman if you are looking at a peaceful stroll type of area with a lot of beautiful flowers and animals to see.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 21, 2023
  • Steven C
    Seminole, Florida1,095 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GOOD WAY TO SPEND A FEW HOURS
    My wife and I visited this park during a recent stay on Grand Cayman. They have a large variety of plants and the blue iguana preservation area is very interesting. You can pay to have a tour of the location or just roam about as we did. They also have areas where your kids can run around and play to burn off any excess energy or boredom. The only negative for us would be that many of the plants weren't labeled or the signage was in a state of disrepair to make it unreadable. (It is a large place so it would be impossible to label everything but better overall coverage of the signage would be good.) The staff were all very friendly and open to answering any questions we had. We would recommend this place as somewhere to spend a few relaxing hours walking about.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
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travelforfun90
Columbus, OH101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We came here on our trip to Cayman on a day that was quite windy and with intermittent showers so it was great to be inland instead of trying water activities. The garden is organized around different colored plants a green area, blue area, pink area, yellow area, etc. We loved seeing the different types of plants. We spotted several blue iguanas here (just out in the wild no guarantees) and also a pair of parrots (wild) and a snake. Be warned the tea house is a pagoda NOT a place to get food. Other than a few snacks in the gift shop they do not have a restaurant or cafe here. The signage to get there is limited so use your gps and pay attention if driving yourself.
Written March 14, 2020
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Jan G
Toronto, Canada77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As part of our cruise tour we were to visit the Crystal Caves but due some safety concerns after the Earthquake our tour ended up at the Queen Elizabeth 11 Botanic Park. Wow - what a lovely place to visit and totally unexpected. I loved their garden rooms all different colours - Red, white, yellow etc, There are 65 acres to enjoy and our guide was thorough in the time allocated to show us his lovely place. We even saw Tootsie - the Blue Iguana.

If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary to do on this island I recommend adding this place to your list you will not be disappointed
Written February 7, 2020
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Calgarysuntraveller
Calgary, Canada56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
My wife and I are nature lovers and after reading about the Botanical Park we decided to go see it after we finished our morning dives. After going through it we feel that it is something you simply have to see when in the Glrand Caymans. Grand Cayman is much more than its scuba diving, the Botanica Park proves it.

We did the self guided walking tour but after running into the head guide by happenstance, we wish we had taken the guided tour instead. He was a wealth of information and went out of his way to answer all of our questions, even though he was off duty and on his way home when we ran into him.

Allow at least two hours for the self tour, especially if you are going to visit the blue iguana conservation area. Plan ahead as this conservation area closes at 2pm each day that it is open. It was nice to see the passion of the park wardens carryingfor all of their charges

We really enjoyed the Orchid Boardwalk, the Floral Color Garden, the Heritage Garden and Gazebo area.

The only disappointment for us was that the advertised brochures stated one admission fee and the actual admission fee was double that. At the end of our visit we both agreed it was still very worth the money.
Written October 10, 2022
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c m
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We have taken many tours of nature areas around the world, and this was the best of all. First, Hal led us on a tour of the gardens and his knowledge and presentation was great. The variety and colors of the plants, flowers and trees was awesome. Hal took the time to break off leaves to smell the plants, and also put flowers in my wifes hair, and make her a bracelet out of a fuzzy growth.
Then, Cass took us around the iguanas. WOW! We saw at least 40 Blue Iguana's, old and young. They all had names and personalities, and Cass knew a lot about them.
Next year, we will come back and do this again.
Written January 22, 2020
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Kelly V
Charlton, NY446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited here New Years Day, not thinking to really see a Blue Iguana, but we wanted to get out of the sun. What a great experience. It was hot, but the trail was shaded by trees, we arrived at 10:00am, and stayed for about an hour and a half. I would strongly suggest if you have kids to start on the trail to the left, vs the right, as that is the more “boring” section, but it does have a lot of vegetation and a view of the Iguana Conservatory, where we were able to see an Iguana in captivity. We then ventured through the rest of the trail which is about a mile long. Along this path we did not see any wild Iguana’s but as soon as we hit the large pond we saw our first large Blue Iguana basking in the sun. What a wonderful surprise, Today we were able to see 5 wild Iguana’s all different colors. I bought the Blue Iguana book to be more educated about the efforts to save the Iguana from extinction. $10 for an adult, and less for kids. Well worth the price. The flowers closer to the visitor center were beautiful, there are wild parrots flying around as well as this little yellow and black bird that feeds on the nectar. What a great day. We also saw a grass snake. A great time to get out of the sun, and support the efforts to save the Blue Iguana.
Written January 1, 2020
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NahanniRafter
Oak Harbor, WA494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you love flowers, you simply must visit the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park! As a bonus, there is a geo-cache there also.

We got there by using Grand Cayman's public bus. It is something like a taxi, in that the 9-passenger vans (can drop down seats for more people) drop you off, and pick you up.

One can take a guided tour, or go on one's own. We went on our own, and so could take as long as we wanted, except we did need to allow time to get back to the cruise ship! It is possible to go there as part of a ship shore excursion but I am sure the time there is only an hour. Do yourself a favor, and visit the gardens independently.

We were given a map showing the several gardens. We visited all of them. Our favorite was probably the Colour Garden, though all were hugely enjoyable. The Orchid Garden/boardwalk had almost no flowers blooming in February, but was still pleasant walking and viewing.

The Colour Garden definitely lives up to its name! There were so many flowers, so many different shades of green in leaves.

We got to see both common (invasive) green iguanas up close that now have a bounty on them apparently, and the rare native blue iguanas.

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We did a little shopping in the very nice gift shop/visitor center.

Staff called the public bus and we were soon on our way back to Georgetown and the ship

This is definitely a Must-See for flower lovers and those wishing to see iguanas.
Written February 23, 2020
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Kerry W
Marathon, WI22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Our kids were a bit skeptical about going. Plants are boring, right?
Eight of us went - and eight of us enjoyed it! The plants, trees, flowers, etc. were interesting and labeled so we all learned something. We saw 3 endangered blue iguanas, which was a highlight! There were numerous photo ops along the paths and a very nice gift shop where we found good values in souvenirs. Lastly, you can't beat the value we got for the $10.00 admission.
Written January 22, 2020
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Marilyn G
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed visiting this botanic park. It wasn't very crowded that morning and we were lucky to be able to have a guided tour riding in a cart since we have knee problems and it was a very hot day. They have a children's area where they can play. I walked the walkway through the Xeriphytic Garden as the cart cannot go through there; I saw lots of orchids and other plants growing on the trees. The Heritage Garden with a Caymanian House showing how life was at the turn of the century was interesting. The blue iguanas were around in several places but the Iguana Habitat was closed; one very big one was by the entrance to the gift shop. Snacks and souvenirs were reasonably priced in their gift shop; there is no cafe. They have nice air conditioned restrooms. There are mosquitoes so wear bug repellent, but they did have some outside the gift shop you could use if you forget it. I love looking at plants so I did enjoy my visit here
Written July 21, 2023
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Lynn and Glenn
Fort Lauderdale, FL23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We spent several hours visiting the Queen Elizabeth Botanic Garden on Grand Cayman Island. For those who love birds, flowers and beautiful gardens this is a perfect stop. It is very flat and trails are well marked and easy to navigate. The cost to enter the park is very reasonable and traveling to and from the park is a breeze.
As a birdwatcher I was especially pleased with our guide, Stuart Mailer (stuartrmailer@gmail.com). He is a 40+ year resident of the Island and intimately familiar with both the flora and fauna of this park. his knowledge and insights were most valuable in making the trip one of our more enjoyable excursions.
If you are looking for something special and different at a very reasonable cost this is a great trip to consider. We saw lots of families and the birds were very cooperative for all who are interested.
Written March 26, 2023
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i_am_dad
Kincardine, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We signed up for the 10 am tour, which ended up being with only one other couple. Our tour guide, Cass, was very knowledgeable and introduced us to dozens of blue iguanas. The surrounding gardens were excellent and had no entry fee. Overall, good value for money.
Written January 14, 2020
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