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“Interesting if you're in the area”

Bodden Town Pirates' Caves
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US$49.00*
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Cayman Islands Eastern District Highlights Tour
Ranked #137 of 173 things to do in Grand Cayman
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New Port Richey, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Interesting if you're in the area”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

We were driving through, and we found it neat to look through. Yes, it's small and rundown and touristy, but it seemed like an old school roadside attraction, and trying to preserve some of Cayman's history. It was too hot to explore the nature trail, but the caves were cooler. Worth a stop if you're in the area.

Visited August 2014
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Don't Waste Your Time...”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

or your money! My husband and I decided to stop here despite having read the bad reviews. We were very disappointed and would recommend that you save your money and drive on by.

Visited August 2014
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South Bend, Indiana
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Kids loved it.”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

This is a fairly standard tourist trap. The cave was pretty cool. The hokey decorations took away from it in my opinion but our two boys (8 and 5) absolutely loved it. The "zoo" is far from an AZA accredited facility but the boys loved exploring it as well. Through adult eyes, it was fairly run down and sad and not at all exciting. But, through our kids' eyes, it was pretty neat.

Visited July 2014
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Moline, Illinois
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“My 8 year-old said - after leaving - that it should be called "Sad Pirates' Caves"”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

So many of the reviews here said "don't go" or "prepared to be unimpressed" or some such. We read them; we took them seriously. But... darn it, if we didn't have a moment of weakness when we drove by, and decided "what the heck".

Bad decision.

Animals were housed in sad and disgusting cages. The caves smelled like feet, and were gross. Hoses and garden and maintenance equipment were in full view. We actually stayed with the goats and hand-fed them some grass, as it seemed that it was the only happiness they'd see for the day.

On such an expensive island, I was peeved at the loss of $32 USD we paid for the 4 of us to go visit this 1930s-era circus/bazaar. Luckily, my eldest found $40 USD floating in the ocean while snorkeling the next day.

And - yes - my 8 year-old did say that exact statement the moment we got back in our car to leave.

Avoid.

Visited July 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Kind of like if you decided to build an attraction in your back yard and didn't try very hard”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

So, really strange. They tried to create an attraction that's not commercial at all, but also not charming. Reminds me of one of those cheesy roadside zoos they used to have along the roads on the way to Florida when I was a kid.

Dirty, cages in need of repair. Attractions include fancy chickens, caged land crabs, stingrays in a very dirty concrete tank, parakeets-- well, you get the picture.

The pinnacle of the experience is a real cave with some pirate props thrown in. The cave has bats. I'm concerned about disease. If you google "Bats Health Hazard CDC," you'll understand that the bats in the cave are a problem, not a feature. The ladder into and out of the cave was very steep and not appropriate for older folks.

The only bright spot was our young tour guide, a boy who took his job seriously and would not let us tip him. He was incredibly nice.

Not recommended.

Visited June 2014
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