DISCOVER ONE OF CAYMAN’S AMAZING TREASURES
Strange as it may seem, there is really a place called “Hell” in Cayman’s paradise.
Located in the district of West Bay on Grand Cayman, Hell is a unique natural wonder of rugged blackened limestone outcropping. The jagged formations are a result of millions of years of geological evolution, due to acid rain and consumption of the rock by carbonate-loving organisms. This erosion has left an eerie and desolate looking landscape earning this location its highly appropriate name. The rocks are estimated to be 10 to 15 million years old.
Visitors have been flocking here for decades, for bragging rights that they have “been to Hell and back” or have simply taken someone’s advice to “go to Hell!”
Naturally, the ‘Devil’ roams at Hell and no visit is complete without a photo taken with him, you may also catch a glimpse of an “Angel” while on site.
A postcard dispatched from Hell Post Office is also a good way to share a memorable visit to this site.
Hell is located on lands owned by the Cayman Islands Government, as well as on adjoining areas, which are privately owned and offers a similar experience.
Found some great stuff at this market. Much locally made. Check it out. Several local vendors, fresh coconut, jewelry, hats, tees, etc.
March 12, 2019
I love crafts and this was a perfect place to stop at. I especially liked Cayman Drift where she had beautiful items all repurposed
March 2, 2019
We booked Webster's for our transport to our condo and back to the airport a week later. The total cost for 2 of us roundtrip was $150. That... read more may seem steep but the ease of the whole process was worth it. We were immediately greeted when we exited baggage claim, helped with our bags, and taken directly to our condo. 7 days later at exactly the time they said they would pick us up, they were there. No hassle whatsoever. Nice air-conditioned bus. Friendly drivers.
Thanks for the ease of transport.
April 10, 2019
It's all what you make of it!
We loved it. Good pictures of very odd rock formations. We loved the gift shop all painted in blood red.... read more It was really cool. When we walked in the first thing we saw was an elderly gentleman, maybe in his late 80s in a devil's outfit who said, welcome to hell. We started looking around and the little devil said what the hell are you looking to buy. Then a voice from the back said what the hell can I do for you. It went on for awhile. We couldn't help ourselves, we had to get pictures with the devil and send postcards to family back home as well as buy a shirt.
May 26, 2022
This is a wonderful place to get the feel of Caymanian's heritage and how they live, this shows their crafts and how they use the natural resources to make a... read more living.
November 13, 2019
I went to Hell and back - Amusing to get postcards stamped, the actual area is behind the post office. 30 mins is more than adequate. Very sweet lady in middle shop.
February 22, 2020
This is an area right past the Hell Post Office. It was fun to stop in the area with the kids and look at the gift shop and take... read more some pictures, but Hell is the type of place you don't plan your day around. I would've been disappointed had this little excursion taken me away from the beautiful beach. As it happens, we were on our way to the other side of the island for another excursion anyway, so it was okay.
February 24, 2020
There is a gift shop with a lady named Jane at the cash register and the post office. She'll stamp your passport and send off your post post card.... read more Off to the rear of the shop is an area of rock formation that looks like a lava field.
February 28, 2020
Wilmot was an amazing tour guide, who went above and beyond to make sure that he shared all of his Island knowledge with us. I will remember this tour forever... read more and be grateful that I got to meet such a genuinely friendly person.
I hope to see him again the next time we come back and do another tour!
I recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in learning about the island!
June 4, 2019
Isn’t that fun a kind of hell you can get it and out whenever you want? So that’s the place you get.
As I was told, the first British who... read more came around said when they look to those rugged rocks: this place looks like hell or this place must be how hell looks like...
There’s also a post office to send postcards from hell and two shops selling tees making fun of the fact...go there and buy stuff as hell...
January 29, 2020
My family went to this Craft Market to get some souvenirs for friends and family back at home.
I usually expect local vendors to be very aggressive... read more and pushy to make their sale but this place was completely different. Very laid back and allowed us to browse around without any pressure of buying something from them.
When we found stuffs we wanted to buy, the vendors were extremely friendly and helpful. Especially Rosemary. The pricing was fair compare to other places selling similar stuff yet when we decided to buy a bunch, Rosemary took care of us.
Highly recommend this place to shop for souvenirs.
February 10, 2019
Not really worth the trip, unless you are passing through to a different activity. Coming on a cruise, you are limited in time, so a trip to Stingray City... read more may make more sense.
February 24, 2020
A “must go to” place in the Cayman Islands, Hell is a small place with a local post office and souvenir shops, famous for its geological formations which protrude from... read more the ground and resemble hell´s landscape, as well as for its name – you can send “Greetings from Hell” from this tiny post-office. Try to plan an hour here and do not forget to bring addresses to those you wish to send postcards to! Stamps can be bought on site. Parking is free.
September 5, 2020
there are a handful of vendors with booths/tables set up. Several of the items are homemade. Cayman Drift is fantastic! Super friendly and she repurposes pods from... read more mahogany trees, pallets, shells, etc for her art! We ended up buying 3 of her pieces. Everything she had was unique. It's not far from Hard Rock if you're around that area, definitely check them out
March 2, 2019
We had a great time on our Flavors of Cayman tour with Wilmot! We loved visiting the distillery and the lunch at a local “diner” was awesome local flavor! Would... read more definitely recommend!
November 3, 2018
We have all been to hell and back. But this hell is different. Just because of the amazing volcanic like stallicmites, it’s very interesting to see. Not pretty, or colourful,... read more or anything like worth going back to see. The little shop/post office, was a welcomed spot to see this hellish place. The trip to this place is worth every minute in the Ca
May 21, 2020
We booked the Heart of Grand Cayman Tour on our recent visit to the Grand Cayman Islands. Wilmot was our driver. We had a wonderful time touring a number of... read more areas of Grand Cayman. We especially enjoyed visiting the Caybrew Distillery, Botanical Gardens and Pedro St. James. Wilmot was very informative about the Cayman Island history and development, including the airport expansion which was fascinating to hear.
The tour is about 3.5 hours in length, but it goes fast. We highly recommend taking this tour.
October 27, 2018
This is a tourist stop, no more, no less. Interesting rock formation, small gift shop. Stop at your own risk.
Does make for a good punchline - 'We've been... read more to Hell and back"
March 2, 2020
Hell is located on Hell Road in West Bay. This area may be reached by taking the public bus from Georgetown. Buses which run on this route include WB2 and... read more WB3. Buses travel to the turtle farm, then Botswain Bay Road or Fountain Road, towards Hell Road. There are three gift shop areas which provide access to the Hell attraction. The first is to the far left, and is the original and oldest gift shop at the site. The predominantly red gift shop, has the words "Welcome to Hell" on the roof.
This gift shop was originally a post office between 1962-1985, and postcards "from hell", can still be purchased here. It is also known as 'the devils hangout". On the northern side of the building are two areas with spaces for you to place your head. One is a painting of the devil and the other of an angel. The main entrance to the gift shop is the eastern section of the building. On two sides of the building, you can take photos of "welcome to hell" painted in yellow against a red background. As you walk through the car park toward the lime stones which are the main attraction, look out for the hand painted sign which has "Devils Parking Only".
There is really not much to see, as a field of black lime stones doesn't really offer great photo ops. There are two wooden viewing areas. The area to the left offers the better views, and if you look carefully, you will see a wooden carving of the devil amongst the lime stones. The section to the right has a sculpture of the devil on the wooden platform. The sculpture is chained to the rails of the platform, and is a great photo op. It unfortunately needs painting, so is not in great condition now.
The second area has the current Hell Post Office, with three gift shops to the right. This is the more regularly visited area due to the spacious parking spaces and clean bathrooms. Photos are better here than the older gift shop. An expected cut out of the devil stands on the viewing area where you can place your head for a unique photo.
The third section is to the right, and is an orange arched opening which states “welcome to hell”. There is a gift shop here, and to the right a “Heaven Strawmarket”, which was closed when I visited. The real attraction here is the path to the left of the building which leads directly to the “Hell stones”. The expected cut out of the devil is also found here, but stay away from the wooden viewing area to the right, which is in need of repair. This area offers fantastic photos, as you are on the same level with the stones. Note that you are not allowed to walk on the stones, as there is wildlife living amongst them, and there is risk of injury from the sharp stones. To the right, the stones become covered by beautiful green vegetation which makes a great contrast for a photo.
The rock formation is said to be millions of years old. The natural rocks, known as phytokarst, have been eaten away by algae and ravaged by the elements over many years to create the black pointed shapes.
February 16, 2020
Hell features tourist trap rips offs and some interesting rocks without any explanation. Yes there is a postal service but this was a let down and Grand Cayman would... read more do well to get rid of this in its present form.
March 11, 2020
Stunning Geologic Limestones and Dolomite Rock Formations is the main attraction. It's quite unusual site with an impression of volcanic rocks but not - Dolomite and Limestones. It's... read more a small geologic site but worth a stop when in the West Bay area in Grand Cayman. Public bus from George Town passes by the site and the transportation was flawless. The little souvenir shops staff are very hospitable and makes you fell welcome. Highly recommend!
November 19, 2022
A couple of years ago I stopped at the market in George Town. I bought numerous hand crafted item and regretted that I did not buy a beautiful Caymanite... read more Cross I saw. So this time we were in Cayman in Dec. 2018 and I stopped by the market to get that cross. I was greeted by the most friendly and awesome person named Rosemary. She truly made me fee so special and told me stories about the island and her culture. She shared such a touching story bout one of the items she made with a nativity scene and how the little donkey was so special to her when she was little. I talked with her for an hour enjoying every moment of her stories. In the end she was so thankful I listened with a caring ear and she gave me two of those nativities for each of my children, whom will keep those forever. I wanted to reach out to thank her for her kindness and sharing such wonderful stories and memories about her family. I highly recommend stopping by. There are so many beautiful items for sale.
February 21, 2019
took the tour "Flavors of Cayman Island Tour " with Alfredo as a guide. I had a lot of fun. I'd like to mention that Alfredo is very professional... read more and improved my experience quite a lot. He is a five stars guide for sure.
November 5, 2019
My boyfriend and I had such an amazing time on this tour and we owe that to our awesome tour guide/ driver, Wilmot. He was so knowledgeable and laid back—great... read more sense of humor too. He did a wonderful job showing us the ins and outs of the island. I highly recommend him for your trip! 🙂
July 24, 2019
My boyfriend & I went on this excursion with a cruise we were on. I didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. Our guide on the bus was... read more Wilmot he was very funny and made ride fun. Once we got to the caves our guide was Jermaine again super funny. They had complimentary bug spray which if you forgot yours i highly recommend you use. We were the first tour 8-9am so caves were still warm but not sauna hot. Jermaine had a lot of interesting facts & said they will be expanding. Would definitely go again once they add more caves and ATV.
July 31, 2019
This is a great little craft market with handmade artisan crafts.Very well made and beautiful! Definitely worth stopping by and supporting this local artist.
February 9, 2019
My husband and I took the $50 “best of cayman “ tour. The stops : Rum Cake Outlet (a tourist trap to buy cake and run that you can get... read more ANYWHERE), Governers Mansion (a drive by blink of eye - pointless ) Hell( this was an ok stop- sent postcards to sons), “Cayman house” (another drive by a house on Main Street completely pointless) and the turtle farm. The turtle farm is great but do not go with this tour! We stayed 45 minutes and could have enjoyed 3 + hours there. This tour provides very limited access, so we could not see the lagoon or the predators. Go on your own and spend an afternoon snorkeling with the turtles. Go across the street and play with the dolphins. Dolphins were not an option on this tour. You can get around easy on bus system and enjoy all this much better without the tour. Our driver Wilmot provided very limited information, could not answer either of my two questions, and told us way too many times to go on trip advisor and give him five stars. We do not recommend this tour. Attached is a picture of Hell. More
August 24, 2019