Grand Cayman Beaches
Exploring the Pristine Shores of Grand Cayman: A Guide to the Island's Beaches
Grand Cayman is known for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters. This guide will introduce you to the most enchanting beaches on the island, from a local’s perspective. We also provide the location, highlights and facilities of each beach located in Grand Cayman.
Reasons why Cayman beaches are the best in the world
Seven Mile Beach: A World-Renowned ParadiseLocation and Accessibility: Along the western shore.
Highlights: Award-winning, expansive soft coral sand beach.
Activities: Snorkeling, parasailing, and sunset walks.
Facilities: Resorts, beach bars, and restaurants.
Seven Mile Beach stretches for about 5.5 miles across the western shore of Grand Cayman. This Seven mile beach is where all the Condo rentals are located. The less expensive rentals are the older buildings, the newer buildings are more so for obvious reasons. It's important to remember that within 7 Mile beach, are public areas such as Governors beach and Public beach, which are part of Seven Mile Beach as a whole.
Rum Point: A Tranquil EscapeLocation: Northern coast.
Highlights: Shallow waters, perfect for families.
Activities: Kayaking, paddleboarding, and lounging.
Facilities: Dining spots and a famous cocktail bar.
Great place to spend the day, if you are visiting Grand Cayman. The beach is small but there are lounge chairs. The ideal thing with Rum point is this: the restaurant is right on the beach, you don't have to walk far because its right next to your lounge chair — the food is also great. I still remember the burger and the mudslide! Yum!
Smith Cove: A Snorkeler's DreamLocation: South of George Town.
Highlights: Rich marine life and coral formations.
Activities: Snorkeling and picnicking.
Facilities: Picnic tables and public restrooms.
Smith cove is located on South Sound, its a cove is very small and intimate. Its a lovely place and the two coves really make it ideal for small kids when the waters aren't rough (early morning) but bear in mind that when it gets rough (late afternoon), the waves slap the rocks and it can get rough. This is also the beach where the teens jump off the rocks into the water.
Governor's Beach: Serenity Meets BeautyLocation: Next to the Governor's Residence.
Highlights: Quieter section of Seven Mile Beach.
Activities: Sunbathing and leisurely swims.
Facilities: Limited, for a natural experience.
This is the main beach that tourists are dropped off so when the ships are in George Town, that may not be the best time to go to Governor's beach. Instead, visit during the end of the day or on days where there are less cruise ships. There are giants trees but when you venture further towards the beach, there is no shade so its best to bring your own beach umbrella if you plan to stay the day. During the weekends, Governors beach can get very crowded and you will see groups of people barbecuing and partying.
Spotts Beach: A Hidden GemLocation: Southern coast.
Highlights: Chance to spot sea turtles.
Activities: Turtle watching and snorkeling.
Facilities: Basic, focusing on nature preservation.
Barker's National Park Beach: Nature's Untouched BeautyLocation: West Bay's western end.
Highlights: Protected area with pristine beauty.
Activities: Kite surfing and horseback riding.
Facilities: None, to preserve its natural state.
Barkers beach is where all the kite surfers go as the wind really picks up in this part of the island. Its very rugged and pristine. Great place to take dogs for a walk.
Cemetery Beach: A Peaceful RetreatLocation: Northern end of Seven Mile Beach.
Highlights: Named for the nearby historic cemetery, offering a peaceful setting.
Activities: Excellent snorkeling and swimming.
Facilities: Minimal, enhancing its tranquility.
Everyone knows about Cemetery beach having the best snorkeling spot along 7 Mile and its true. Another interesting tidbit is that there are grapetrees along the beach, so its not too hot and you can always shelter under the grapetree. Although please note, this is a small beach and can get crowded very easily. For snorkeling, swim out to the reef (about 100 - 150 ft away from the shoreline). And yes, its right next to a cemetery, which adds to the allure and adventure of it.
West Bay Beach: Local Charm and BeautyLocation: Northernmost part of Grand Cayman.
Highlights: A quieter beach with a local feel.
Activities: Relaxing, swimming, and experiencing local culture.
Facilities: Some local eateries and basic amenities.
If you want to meet locals, West bay beach is the beach to go to. There are also restaurants that are walking distance to West Bay beach. Enjoy a sunset on this part of town, it's wonderful and highly recommended.
Public Beach: Complete amenitiesLocation: Right next to Seafire on the northern side of 7 Mile Beach
Highlights: Complete amenities including showers and cabanas
Activities: Relaxing, dinning at a restaurant, barbecuing with family, beach volleball, working out in the outdoor gym and many more
Facilities: Everything you can think of including, outdoor gym, kids outdoor jungle gym, showers, cabanas, access to handicap folks going straight to the water and more.
Grand Cayman's beaches are diverse, each offering its unique allure, from the bustling sands of Seven Mile Beach to the quiet, unspoiled stretches at West Bay Beach and Cemetery Beach. There's a perfect spot for every beach lover. So, pack your essentials and prepare to discover the alluring beaches of Grand Cayman.