Photo by Don McDougall
Historic George Town
Take a walking tour of historic George Town, the capital of Grand Cayman since the 18th century, when the local harbor was deemed the island’s best commercial anchorage. One of the oldest sites is Fort George, and though you’ll find only small vestiges of this 1790 construction, it continued to serve as a strategic lookout point as recently as World War II (German submarines were active off the coast). Other neighborhood stops include the 18th-century well on view through a pane at the Bayshore Mall; the 1919 Peace Memorial, among other sites in Heroes Square; and the Cayman Islands National Museum, the longest-standing Caymanian public building (home to the island's first post office, courthouse, and jail, just for starters).
By Abbie Kozolchyk, AFAR Local Expert
Cayman Islands National Museum
Indulge in the rich history and culture of Grand Cayman at the National Museum, housed in one of the oldest buildings on the island. View artifacts, documents, art collections, and photos to better understand the political and judicial systems, social movements, seafaring history, trade, and economic environment of the island. Learn about the local lifestyle as well as the importance of church and family life.
3 Harbour Dr, George Town, Cayman Islands
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat 10am - 2pm