Boatswains Beach

New for 2006, Cayman's largest and most eagerly anticipated tourist attraction, Boatswain's Beach, is now open. Pronounced "Bo-suns" Beach, this one-of-a-kind 23-acre adventure-marine park promises to become one of the most exciting attractions in the Caribbean.

The park allows visitors to experience the rich history of Caymanian life in a fun and safe environment while providing opportunities to observe and interact with native flora and fauna. In keeping with its cultural heritage, Boatswain's Beach is the new home of the world-renowned Cayman Turtle Farm. The farm is home to more than 11,000 sea turtles, some as large as 600 pounds. Visitors can not only tour the turtle farm, but hold a live turtle for an amazing and unique photo opportunity.

The turtle farm breeds the green sea turtle, named for the green color of the fat deposits inside its skin. Other turtle species exhibited on the farm include the loggerhead turtle, the Kemp's ridley and the beautifully patterned hawksbill turtle. The farm has a long-standing tradition of

1. Baby turtle 2. Kids snorkeling in the saltwater lagoon 3. Breaker's freshwater tidal lagoon

releasing into the wild a percentage of the turtles bred at the farm, and visitors can actively participate in this annual event.

The new, expanded facilities at Boatswain's Beach include the new Breaker's freshwater tidal lagoon, just opened last summer. Visitors can now enjoy a refreshing, cool dip and dine on jerk chicken, pork, burgers and more at the Breaker's Snack Shack.

Visitors can also swim and snorkel with fish and other marine life in Boatswain's Beach's 1.3-million-gal-lon saltwater lagoon. Young and old can peer into the predator tank and come nose-to-nose with sharks and eels. Or for a more tranquil interlude, they can wander through the beautiful free-flight bird aviary or stroll down a historic Caymanian street complete with porch-side artisans.

HOURS AND ADMISSION:

Boatswain's Beach is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is wheelchair accessible. Entry for adults is US $60 and US $25 for children two-12; children under age two enter free. The farm is located on Northwest Point Road in West Bay, just eight miles from George Town.

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