Things to Do in Bodden Town

Things to Do in Bodden Town

A guide to getting off the beaten track and discovering all that unpretentious Bodden Town has to offer.

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Last updated 19 December, 2023

Bodden Town was Grand Cayman’s first settlement and was the original capital of the Cayman Islands. Today Bodden Town is a beautiful, scenic and unspoilt area of Grand Cayman to explore.

There are a couple of interesting sites to visit as well as some authentic Caymanian roadside cafés serving delicious fried fish, ribs and jerk chicken.

The Mission House was built in the late 18th century, it served as the home of several Presbyterian missionaries who came to the Cayman Islands to spread Christianity. The house is also the site of the first Presbyterian school in Cayman.

Governor Russell Beach is a tranquil and picturesque spot, perfect for a photo opportunity, as you drive the coast road of the Island. A single and robust cabana, which makes for a very pleasant spot to enjoy a picnic lunch, overlooks the ocean and narrow beach, which is inviting and worth a walk. The area is sandy, with not too much debris and there is undergrowth dotted around. If using public transport, there is a bus stop nearby.

Coe Wood Beach, (also known as Bodden Town Public Beach), has a basic but usefully equipped setup, with cabanas and ample parking ensuring convenient access. Similar to Colliers Beach, the sand is relatively flat and easy to navigate for the elderly. There is a wheelchair ramp for access to the cabanas. Families can enjoy the children's play area, some fun beachcombing and there are public restroom facilities available.

Things to Do Nearby

While not in Bodden Town the following are also recommended things to do nearby.

The Governor Michael Gore Bird Sanctuary is a vital conservation area encompassing diverse ecosystems, including mangroves and wetlands. Named after a former governor, the sanctuary serves as a refuge for numerous bird species, providing a crucial habitat for breeding and nesting. Visitors can explore the scenic trails and observe an array of avian life, contributing to both environmental awareness and the preservation of the Cayman Islands' rich biodiversity.

Places to Eat in Bodden Town

Grape Tree Café

Grape Tree Cafe

The Grape Tree Café is a favourite among locals and visitors alike and is sure to please your taste buds with various Caribbean delights, including fried fish and fritters, fried breadfruit and chicharrón to name a few! Tel: 1 (345) 324 5860

South Coast Bar & Grill

Local Caribbean

South Coast Bar & Grill is a family run restaurant serving locally sourced delicious Caribbean and international food. Dine on the beach or inside the air-conditioned dining room.


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