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Mastic Trail, Breakers

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#16 of 34 in Parks in Grand Cayman
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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Walk in the footsteps of natives some 200 years ago as you explore the restored Mastic Trail. Containing one of the largest examples of native Caribbean dry forest, as well as subtropical mangrove swamps, this 3.7 km (2.3 mi) hike meanders across a patchwork of terrains, up to the low-lying island’s highest point. Hike through black and yellow mastic trees and watch for many species of indigenous birds, which are often hidden among the wild orchids and flowering vines. A 170 m (557 ft) hand-built rock causeway flanks the southern side of the walk through a black mangrove forest. The trail has mixed terrain so wear appropriate footwear and carry water with you; allow three to four hours. Guides are available from the National Trust. Using our online itinerary creator, Breakers attractions like Mastic Trail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The gps mapped us easily in. Pack good shoes and plenty of water. The trail gets rugged 20 mins in and likely takes over two hours to complete. We were sweating hard 25 mins into the hike and were... 
    The gps mapped us easily in. Pack good shoes and plenty of water. The trail gets rugged 20 mins in and likely takes over two hours to complete. We were sweating hard 25 mins into the hike and were...  more »
  • This is about 3 miles each way hiking trail. It is tough because the trail is mostly over volcanic rock and it is rough and rugged and muddy in certain areas. Whilst it is not hilly the going is... 
    This is about 3 miles each way hiking trail. It is tough because the trail is mostly over volcanic rock and it is rough and rugged and muddy in certain areas. Whilst it is not hilly the going is...  more »
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  • The previous reviewers were correct. This is a narrow, muddy trail through marshlands. It is also warmer and more humid here since you don’t get the breeze from the water. We didn’t get attacked by mosquitoes, but that might have been because we sprayed ourselves with bug spray, head to toe. The terrain was rocky at times with the jagged coral rocks. So indeed, you’ll need at least sneakers or hiking shoes. It’s best also to wear pants. That said, we saw many beautiful butterflies, and the flora was that island flora reserved only for warm climates. Note that the north end road coming in was pretty rocky. We were worried for our tiny rental car.
  • Fairly rocky and muddy. Narrow path. Got about 7 mosquito bites even though I used DEET. Best part was seeing a huge group of polliwogs. (Late April)

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