Grand Cayman Beach Guide
By Lindsey Turnbull on 15th April, 2020
Think of the Cayman Islands and what immediately springs to mind … gorgeous beaches! Miles of pristine white sands lapped by the warm Caribbean waters. There are beaches to suit everyone, from the liveliest packed with great water sports, to quiet coves where you can dig your toes into the sand and chill under the trees. Here is our Grand Cayman beach guide…
Seven Mile Beach
The best known is Seven Mile Beach, voted one of the best beaches in the world. The sands stretch for around five miles along the western side of Grand Cayman and although dotted with luxury condos and stunning resorts, it’s open to the public to stroll along and enjoy. Stop off for a cooling drink at a beachside bar or relax under the trees of Governor’s Beach which nestles alongside Government House. Public Beach, just a short stroll away, is a livelier spot with plenty of beach loungers to relax on. For snorkelling fans, Cemetery Reef is not too far along Seven Mile Beach, with an abundance of trees and shrubs to relax under when you’re not exploring the underwater world.
West Bay Beach
At the north end of Seven Mile Beach you can find the quiet West Bay Beach. It’s great just to watch the world go by and marvel at the sunsets.
Barkers Beach has its own peninsular in West Bay and is a National Park. Explore the natural beauty and unspoiled charm of this precious spot.
Head out of George Town along South Sound Road and you come to Smith Cove, a stunning little beach, kept a secret by locals, but fast becoming a favourite with visitors, too. Bring a picnic and relax under the cooling trees or take a dip in the blue waters.
Heading further east, Spotts Beach is a gem of a beach, a beautiful unspoiled stretch of sand that is popular with those seeking a quieter pace and lots of great snorkeling – look out for turtles!
Bodden Town Beach
Bodden Town Beach is a quiet place loved by locals that showcases the history of the district as well. East End Public Beach, or Colliers Beach as it is also called, is another of the quieter stretches of sand, loved by locals, a far cry from busy Seven Mile Beach. Catch a glimpse of the baby fish as they swim among the masses of turtle grass.
Travel up to North Side by car or cross by ferry at Camana Bay and you’ll find the popular Rum Point. Smooth sands gently slide into the warm shallow waters, safe for children to paddle and splash around in while mums and dads can relax in the hammocks stretched between the trees while sipping a Mudslide cocktail from the beach bar. Beach chairs line the edge of the water and for the more energetic there are volleyball nets for a workout.
Close by is the palm-fringed Kaibo Beach, also accessible by ferry, where you will find two luxury restaurants, a coffee house, marina, and soft sands to sink your toes in. Relax in one of the hammocks and sip a delicious cocktail before sampling the stunning food on offer. For the more adventurous it’s just a short walk to Starfish Point and the chance to go snorkelling in nearby coves.
Read more: Five of the Best Resorts in Grand Cayman