Welcome to North Side

The only way to get here (unless you come by boat) is to drive east along the south coast and cut through the center of the island – a long, meandering journey through the heart of the island – making the North Side feel even more remote than it really is. But then again, that's part of the appeal.

Top experiences in North Side

North Side activities

$18 Outdoor Activities

Hidden Trail Beach Hike

Your guide a.k.a. me is an international traveler who came to Sayulita to escape winter over two years ago, and has never left since. Besides being a fan of the Pacific ocean, warm climate and experiencing new food and music, I am a language enthusiast, and have quickly become close to fluent in Spanish simply by living in the Mexican culture and interacting with the locals a lot. Now I am more than happy to share my expertise with you!I will take you to a gorgeous hidden gem - my favorite beach in the area.We will meet at a coffee shop on the North side of town, and we'll kick off our crash course in conversational [Mexican] Spanish right there as we start our walk through a lovely residential area. Then we will hike through an amazing jungle via a trail only locals know. There will be multiple spots for spectacular photo opportunities - and I mean the kind of pictures that will make your friends and relatives back home extremely jealous. No need to carry a selfie stick, I'll take your pics for you (see what a sweet deal you're getting?!)Depending on the pace we choose for this hike, it will take us around 35-40 minutes to get to the secluded, authentic, truly magical beach. Good exercise with a fantastic reward: discovering a pristine beach where no vendor sets his foot, bathing in the refreshing embrace of the Pacific Ocean, and letting golden rays touch your skin and fill you with a healthy dose of vitamin D! All while learning a bit of Spanish naturally from a friendly host.

$54.80 Kid Friendly

Full day tour to Furnas (lake & hot springs)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Furnas, Sao Miguel, AzoresWe start our tour in Ponta Delgada visiting a private pineapple (the most popular fruit) plantation. Then we'll drive along the South coast (with several stops along the way) until the beautiful valley of Furnas. There we will find amazing thermal pools, gardens and if you wish you can taste the traditional stew that is made under the ground. The way back is made along the North side of the island, again with several stops along the way (tea plantation and more).For cruise ships, our tours are always shorter as the cruise ships make stops of just a few hours. (6 - 9 horas). If you are coming by ship cruise, I advise you to contact me by email. geral@festitour.netDuration: 1 hour

$316.20 Private & Custom Tours


Tour Grand Cayman Island with a local guide and see all that George Town and the eastern side of Grand Cayman has to offer. After a morning pickup from either a George Town area hotel or the cruise ship port, head out to the first stop, Heros Square, Inaugurated in  2003 Next, visit Pure Art Gallery, home to the work of Cayman artists. Packed with interesting creations from locals, this is a great shop to make a stop at during a tour of the island. After the visit to the gallery, head over to Pedro St. James to discover the unique heritage and culture of the Cayman Islands. This renovated house holds much of the history of the island. Tour the grounds, see authentic artifacts, and get a glimpse into how Cayman locals lived years ago. For a Appetiser head over to one of our local Restaruants: Mango Tree in (Or if we are on the North Side.) then we can stop at Kurts Corner  to taste our  delicious local lunch . after a great day it is back to the ship .  See you all on your own private tour

$89 Tours & Sightseeing

Grand Cayman East End Sightseeing Tour

Following a morning pickup from the cruise port and selected hotels, board your tour vehicle and head to the eastern side of Grand Cayman, starting with a scenic drive through South Sound. Continue on to Pedro St. James in Bodden Town, where you will learn about the cultural heritage of the Cayman Islands. Tour the plantation and view a multimedia presentation at this living history museum and National Historic Site. Venture further to North Side with a walk through the award-winning Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park where you will see the indigenous Cayman blue iguana. Finally, your guide accompanies you to the island's East End to discover the Wreck of the Ten Sails.Follow up with a lunch of local cuisine and sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. You'll also find traditional Cayman cottages and get a fuller appreciation for island living while away from populous George Town and Seven Mile Beach.

$91.34 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Pico Island Tour from Horta

The tour begins in Madalena, next to the maritime passenger terminal, towards São Mateus, visit to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus Milagroso. Visit the Regional Craft House where you can enjoy beautiful works made in fish scale, tooth and whale bone, lace and embroidery. You will also taste some of the traditional dairy products from Pico and lunch typical dishes in a local restaurant. Following to the Lajes do Pico, known as Whalers Village, visit the Whalers Museum. While crossing the island until the North side, we stop by to visit Lagoa do Capitão. In São Roque, brief stop by the commercial pier of the island. Return to Madalena, through the extensive lava field of the Mistério das Bandeiras. Ending the tour in the Arcos do Cachorro (interesting rock formations punctured by tunnels and caves), proof of traditional liqueurs and spirits in local winery. The tour ends in Madalena by 6:00 p.m.

$867.28 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Wild Coast Transkei 6 Day Tour

Your guide:Justin Sanders will be your tour guide. Justin has over 20 years’ experience exploring the Wild Coast and is one of the owners of Swell Eco Lodge where he has lived for 5 years hosting guests and guiding guests on surfing, fishing, cultural, scenic, drive and activity tours. What’s included: • Guide • Vehicle & Fuel • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner • Accommodation at Swell Eco Lodge • Certain day tours include extra’s such as snacks & entrance fees – please see more detail in the tour details • The following tours are included in your package: - Hole in the Wall - Hluleka Nature Reserve - Mdumbi River Horse Ride / Kayak and Braai - Lwandile Point Sundowners What’s not included: • Pick-up and drop-off fee – we will need to customise this fee once we know what airport or bus station you will arrive at. • Alcoholic beverages (except for the sun-downer's tour) • Cold drinks / Water – these can be purchased at Swell Eco Lodge’s on-site shop. Your itinerary: You will be collected from your pick-up point on the day of arrival and go straight to Swell Eco Lodge. All tours and activities mentioned above will be done during your stay and in-between, you will be able to relax, explore and order extra tours/activities the lodge has to offer. On the 6th day, your day of departure, you will be driven to your drop off point after breakfast (depending on your flight or bus time of departure).Your Accommodation: Swell Eco Lodge is set within the rolling hills of Mngcibe (North side of the Mdumbi River). Spectacular sea views, jumping whales, roaming cattle and a view of rural life in this wonderful village is only a part of your holiday experience! Our lodge is made up of traditional Rondavel structures which blend into its beautiful surroundings and our interiors are modern, calming and artistic and the lodge supports a green way of life.

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