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Mastic Reserve Trail Visitor Tips

The Mastic Reserve on Grand Cayman is 1,300 acres with some of the last remaining subtropical, semi deciduous dry forest in the Caribbean, according to the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.

The National Trust owns and protects the land as well as directly managing 843 acres of it. The reserve has many plants and animals that are unique to the Cayman Islands. It also protects part of the largest untouched area of old growth dry forest left on the island after intense deforestation in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The trail starting point is about a 30-minute drive from George Town. It is a six-minute drive from the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park for anyone who wants to visit both attractions in a single trip.

Neither attraction is a common shore excursion for the cruise lines. So anyone interested in going will need to visit by taxi or rental car.

Trail tours take place Tuesday through Friday mornings. They are $20 for members and $24 for non members. Private tours also may be available.

The National Trust is responsible for a series of environmental tours including Mastic Trail, Historic Mission House, Blue Iguana safari, mangrove boat and kayak tours, and private guided nature tours. Call (345) 749-1121 for reservations, meeting time and directions or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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July 26, 2017
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