Turtle Farm

The Cayman Islands were initially dubbed “Las Tortugas,” meaning “the turtles,” when Christopher Columbus first discovered the Cayman Islands. But in 1503, these indigenous creatures were viewed more as a menu item than as a majestic species of friendly creatures.

Since 1980, the Turtle Farm has bred and released more than 29,000 turtles into the blue waters surrounding Grand Cayman. With turtles ranging in size from six ounces to 600 pounds, the Turtle Farm provides a hands-on learning experience concerning this essential effort to preserve this endangered species.

The area around Turtle Farm is called Boatswain’s Beach and includes a 1.3 million gallon snorkel lagoon with an adjoining predator tank, separated by a glass wall featuring sharks, barracuda, tarpons and eels.

The snorkel lagoon accommodates numerous snorkelers and it is fun to try, but we love snorkeling in front of Harbour Heights best – at our OWN little man-made coral reef, 20 yards from the beach! Perfect for kids.

The Turtle Farm and Boatswain’s Beach are a slice of Cayman culture and excitement that you cannot afford to miss during your stay at Harbour Heights.

Ask us how close we are to the turtles!


“We had a LOVELY time! Harbour Heights was the perfect location for sure. We drove around the entire island and agree that we had the best spot. Our active teenage daughters loved snorkeling right in front of Harbour Heights!” Family of Four from Boston

“It is always difficult to make a decision from online information but in this case it was the right decision. This complex is small and has more oceanfront than many much larger resorts and hotels. For the fair skinned there are many options for staying on the beach and keeping out of the sun. But it was the balcony and it's view that held us most mornings and late afternoons.” Beverly from Michigan

“This location was fantastic. It's in walking distance to many restaurants & hotels but still, very private. The grounds & courtyard are beautiful and well maintained. The pool is fantastic! There's also a screened room with tables and a ping-pong table which our kids loved! We felt safe and the staff were helpful.” Kate