Queen Elizabeth Botanical Gardens, Grand Cayman

Despite what you might be told at the tourist information you can catch the bus from the station on Edward Street in Georgetown to the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens in the Eastern Districts. It is five Cayman Island dollars in each direction and the journey takes between 30 and 40 minutes depending on various factors such as the number of passengers getting on and off.

The gardens are not on the designated route, but I was still dropped off outside the entrance by my wonderful driver Miss Edna. The best thing of all though is that the people in reception at the gardens will call the driver on the route and they will then come and pick you up in 15-20 minutes, depending where they are. That’s what I call a damn fine bus service and I would encourage you all to use it too.

The Gardens are lovely and I would recommend you go there just to see the Colour Gardens, where even the leaves of the plants are beautiful especially those of the croton. At the gardens there are parrots flying around along with Cayman Island swallowtail butterflies and many dragonflies. There are common moorhens in the ponds and lakes along with ducks and herons.

Just in case you thought gardens were a safe place, there is a ‘danger of death’ sign under one of the tallest pairs of coconut palms. A coconut dropping from thirty feet could be lethal so you have been warned.

There are blue iguanas in the gardens, which are an endangered species, so treat them with kindness and don’t feed them. They may seem slow and lazy but they can climb on to benches and chairs if they feel like it. If it rains tropically then there are various places to shelter around the park. You will need to find shelter too as that rain is heavy and the drops are large.

 

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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