Culture And History

Experience the culture of Grand Cayman

If you need a break from the sun and the sand at Harbour Heights’ premium location on Seven Mile Beach, try taking in some of the islands’ rich history and culture.

The history of the Cayman Islands includes both the intrigue of island-hopping pirates and the fascinating cultural richness of the people native to Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.

Throughout the year there are numerous festivals, art fairs and live theatrical performances highlighting the art, music and literary legacy of the Cayman culture. You do not want to miss any of the lively events going on around Grand Cayman during your visit.

Come and experience PEDRO ST. JAMES NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE or commonly known as Pedro's "Castle"!

Towering three stories and sporting stone walls 18 inches thick, the Great House at Pedro Point dwarfed the surrounding single-level “wattle-and-daub” dwellings that were its neighbors in 1780.

Come and experience Pedro Theatre!

As you walk through the doors, it becomes clear that you’re about to witness something more interesting than a simple movie. To your right is a re-creation of the Pedro St. James Great House. To your left is a facade representing the steps where so many historic events occurred.

NATIONAL GALLERY

The stunning new home of the National Gallery was opened early in 2012. It promotes the appreciateon and practice of the visual arts of and in the Cayman Islands, and encourages dialogue in relation to the Cayman's cultural heritage and national identiy. As many as six exhibitions are held annually.

NATIONAL MUSEUM

The Cayman Islands National Museum guarantees a fascinating visit with the many dimensions of the Cayman Islands and the Caymanian people.

Colorful and imaginative exhibits trace the Cayman Islands history, examining their present and looking toward their future. The museum takes you back to the first sighting of the islands by European explorers in 1503. It continues through the evolution of the Cayman Islands native industries of turtling and shipbuilding and examines Grand Cayman’s emergence as a financial mecca...

The Museum is open 9 to 5 most weekdays. It is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in something other than the turquoise sea.

BATABANO FESTIVAL

Launched in 1983 by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, Cayman Carnival Batabano is held annually during the first week of May – a vibrant highlight in the island’s entertainment calendar. Carnival is a premier cultural celebration in the Caribbean – a kaleidoscope of music, dance and pageantry with roots mirroring the region’s diverse history of African and religious influences.

See our Events & Calendar Page for what cultural events are taking place during your stay.

WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY

“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, Summer 2013


“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, February 2011


“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, June 2012