Hell is undergoing a face-lift, with a new paint job, updated bathrooms and a repaved parking lot.
Work is wrapping up on the West Bay tourist site, with extended ramps for handicapped visitors, new landscaping and benches.
The dark limestone outcropping is one of Cayman’s most popular tourist attraction on dry ground.
Gilbert Connolly, CEO of the Tourism Attraction Board, estimates that 100,000 tourists visited Hell last year.
“The new-look Hell site demonstrates TAB’s strategic commitment to ensuring a special and memorable experience for our visitors to this and all other attractions that we manage,” he said.
A major portion of the work was on the parking lot, with new paving, markings and a smaller traffic island to help with traffic flow and make it easier for buses to drop off visitors.
Mr. Connolly said the renovations began in February and cost $16,466 for the site. The Public Works Department did most of the repair work. New signs for the site are on order.
Tourism Attraction Board chair Carla Reid said the newly appointed board made the Hell renovations a priority.
“The board fully supports all efforts to showcase and promote our natural and cultural attractions to the ever-growing numbers of cruise and stay-over visitors who choose the Cayman Islands as their vacation spot,” she said in a statement released by the board. “We were pleased to work with … other agencies to complete these much-needed improvements to Hell.”
The Tourism Attraction Board manages Hell, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Pedro St. James Castle, Cayman Craft Market and Pirates Week National Festival.