An abundance of color, a look into Caymanian culture, and Blue Iguanas await you at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. On a recent trip to Grand Cayman Island, we spent a few hours in the early afternoon at the park which is located on the east end of the island. This is a wonderful chance to learn about the plants native to the Cayman Islands and possibly catch a glimpse of the endangered Blue Iguana. So, grab your sunscreen and mosquito repellant and let’s go!
Our first stop inside the park is the Cayman Heritage Garden.
The center feature of this garden is a restored Caymanian wood cottage that was built around 1900. A traditional sand garden surrounds the house and displays the ornamental and medicinal plants that would have been found planted around a house during this era, including fruit trees and vegetables.
For our day at the botanic park, I chose to wear a lightweight linen skirt from Tommy Bahama
paired with a floral cap sleeve blouse from Lovestitch.
The ruffle detail along the bottom edge of the skirt adds a feminine and flirty touch, while the floral top is light and airy with a very pretty delicate crocheted detail cut out back. (You can’t see the crocheted detail here, but there is a picture of the back of the top later in the post.) The perfect outfit for a day at the tropical gardens.
We then stroll over to the Floral Colour Garden.
This garden is organized according to foliage color and is such a gorgeous site to see. We first enter through the Pink Garden and pass through a pink pergola with blue and green accents.
We then pass through to the Red, Orange, and Yellow Gardens
and make our way to the White Garden. The centerpiece of this garden is a white gazebo overlooking a lily pond.
We decide this is a good place to stop and relax in one of the wooden chairs under the shade of the gazebo and take in in the view.
Here is the detail on the back of the Lovestitch top.
We finish with a walk over a colorful wooden bridge to the Blue Garden which showcases plants in lavender, blue, and purple shades.
We then continue to walk around the garden on the Woodland Trail and come across the Blue Iguana Habitat, which was unfortunately closed. This is a captive breeding ground for the Blue Iguana which is an endangered species and found only in Grand Cayman. However, as we continued on the Woodland Trail, we were lucky enough to happen upon one of the free roaming iguanas in the park. He seemed pretty accustomed to visitors. You can look, but don’t touch!
Then, a leisurely drive back to the resort for more fun and sun and another incredible golden sunset.
I hope you enjoyed your tour of the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.
Until next week, stay stylish and comfortable.