This Grand Cayman tourist attraction may be a natural feature, but its looks certainly live up to its “hell” name.
A trip to hell might sound like a phrase that belongs in a rock lyric, something out of the Divine Comedy, or dialogue from Dracula, but in truth, it’s more like a fun tourist trap on the northwest tip of Grand Cayman. However, the aesthetic matches the name.
Here, a prehistoric fossilized choir formation creates a spectacular area of land. The black, jagged chorale truly seems like the threshold of hell itself. The formation is called “Ironshore” with its spiky, spongy black texture.
As part of any trip to Grand Cayman, spend a day visiting the wonder that is Hell. A fun tourist destination with a punny little shop nearby where operators will make every little “Hell” pun cheap in the book, but it’s fun, and that’s the point.
What the hell, Grand Cayman?
Hell is located in West Bay, Grand Cayman. It is a jagged limestone formation made up of fossilized corals dating back millions of years. He has a rather sinister and dangerous aspect which is reflected in his name. The area itself is about half the size of a football pitch. You are not allowed to step on it. Despite its imposing appearance, we pose more danger to it than it endangers us. However, there are viewing platforms provided.
The landscape of hell can also be called Phytokarst. It is a landform caused by a type of biological erosion. String algae worked its way into the limestone causing it to turn black with jagged tips. They are marked by a vulnerable, lacy dissection that disregards gravity. Overall, the site is actually quite tricky, so please follow the rules.
What else to do near this natural feature of Grand Cayman
The obvious suggestion is to get out your phone or photography gear and take a few pictures. This scenic destination existed before people lived on Grand Cayman, but it’s still a tricky formation. So take some pictures to help immortalize it. The gift shop is also another fun choice. Even if you’re not making any major purchases, the staff are funny and will make puns with just about every greeting.
There is a small local post office nearby which also plays into the hellish theme. At the post office, you can send your “Greetings from Hell” to anyone in the world on an adorable hell-themed postcard. This is a fun activity, especially for children who want to send a funny postcard to someone unable to travel with them.
Make it a day trip
There are several ways to make a day trip from a trip to hell. The first is to make it a bike trip. It will take five to six hours if you start in Georgetown. It’s a scenic trip with a good rest in the middle as you travel to hell and back.
- Cayman Adventure – 10 Forum Lane, Camana Bay, KY1-9006, Cayman Islands, (345) 525-4455
- Custom Cayman Cycles – #4 Dorcy Place, Dorcy Drive, Georgetown, KY1-1203, Cayman Islands, (345) 945-7433
- Cayman Bike – Location links[email protected]
There are also several tours you can sign up for that will take you on an enjoyable, guided journey to the edge of hell. These are nice because they are pre-planned and will already have activities, food, and transportation
- West Bay Sightseeing Tour and Seven Mile Beach Tour – $40
- West Island Tour – $261.77
- All Islands Tour – $387.93
If you’re done in hell and maybe you’d like a little more virtuous activity to fill the rest of your day, here are some fun adventures within a mile.
How about having lunch? Chances are you’ll get a little hungry around noon, so here are a few places in the area worth checking out.
Macabuca Bar & Grill
It’s a tiki bar and grill near the beach with great views and delicious food. They make an average drink so be careful not to overdo it too soon.
- Address – North West Point Road 857 North West Point Road, West Bay Grand Cayman
- Contact – (345)945-5217
- Cost -$$-$$$
- must try – Macabuca hallmark
The cracked conch by the sea
Located on a small promontory, you can have lunch there on their terrace while you are served your meal and even palate cleansers between courses.
- Address – North West Point Road. 857 North West Point Road, West Bay, West Bay Grand Cayman
- Contact – (345)945-5217
- Cost – $$$$
- must try – Cracked conch appetizer
This small restaurant by the sea offers a mix of standard seafood options, as well as some more creative ones. The pies are also worth trying.
- Address – 53 Town Hall Road West Bay Grand Cayman
- Contact – 19472525
- Cost -$$-$$$
- must try – Seafood pizza
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