New signs point the way to attractions

Telling visitors how to get to the two major attractions in the east has just become easier – simply direct them to follow the signs.

The Tourism Attraction Board has joined forces with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism to help motorists navigate to Pedro St. James and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. The newly installed roadway directional signs in Savannah are miniature replicas of the larger signs at the entrance to Pedro St. James. Additional signs are planned as the Eastern Arterial Bypass roads are completed, stated a press release.

The signs leading to the Botanic Park reflect an original design by the Park’s Nursery Manager, Tytia Habing. Fabricated on-island by Digital deSigns, the park’s signs feature a Caymanian parrot, blue iguana, silver thatch frond and an assortment of tropical flowers all surrounded by an attractive yellow frame.

Gilbert Connolly, CEO of the Tourism Attraction Board noted, ‘We invest considerable time and money marketing our attraction products; therefore, it is essential that we provide effective directional signage if we are to expect our visitors to easily locate and enjoy the Islands’ historical, cultural and natural attraction sites.’

Pedro St. James is the historic landmark where democracy in the Cayman Islands was born when the first elected parliament for the Cayman Islands was affirmed in 1831. A computer-controlled, multi-sensory 3-D production in the Pedro Theatre presents an exciting narrative about the site and the history of Cayman. But the star of this location is a three-storey, 18th century great house, known locally as Pedro ‘Castle’, which overlooks the sea from seven landscaped acres of gardens and formal lawns.

Further east, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a captivating tropical show garden featuring botanical displays, colour gardens, nature walks and natural wetlands.

Between 55 and 60 per cent of Grand Cayman’s native plants can be found naturally in the sprawling 65-acre property that is also home to a variety of wildlife, including native and migratory birds, many of them visible in the trails and gardens.

As home to the National Trust’s Blue Iguana breeding programme, the park offers a growing number of freely roaming members of this endangered species, virtually ensuring each visitor a personal encounter with these gentle ‘dragons’.

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To learn more about all of the attractions managed by the Tourism Attraction Board, a wealth of information and pictures are available online at www.TAB.ky.

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