Beaches in the Cayman Islands
You can swim, snorkel, scuba, or simply lay in the sun. All beaches are public up to the high-water mark, which means that you can experience and enjoy any one of them on your visit. Unlike many tourist destinations, there is no “beach-hawking” culture; topless bathing is illegal, and wearing swimsuits off the beach is frowned on, although casual dress is acceptable.
Top Ten Beaches In The Cayman Islands
Seven Mile Beach
One of the most famous stretches of beach in the world – and with good reason – Seven Mile Beach is a picture post card of tropical sun and sand. It is perfect for everything from lying peacefully in the sun on the perfect white sand or taking part in one of many water sports that are readily available.
A popular area with its barbecues and beach huts, Public Beach also features a playground in the sand and sits right next to Calico Jack’s Bar and Grill. The shower block has changing rooms and toilets. And there is often some sporting events going on here such as sea swims or volleyball.
Located in South Sound, Smith's Cove is a lovely shaded nook in the ironshore with a tiny but immaculate white sand beach. The park here provides restrooms and showers, as well as picnic benches. There is also a shady, tree-filled area off the beach. Ironshore rims the mouth of the cove and forms several ledges for jumping into the cove.
West Bay Public Beach
Just up the road from the four-way stop in West Bay, this beach, which boasts a wide stretch of sand, has restrooms and changing facilities, as well as showers, huts and benches. It is a designated Marine Park Zone. It is the northernmost tip of the Seven Mile beach stretch.
Long known for the fabulous snorkeling only a few meters off shore, Cemetery Beach is a smaller, more private stretch of sand that remains very popular among both tourists and locals. Casuarina trees provide plenty of shade here. And it is a protected Replenishment Zone.
In the North Side district on the far end of Grand Cayman, Rum Point is the place to be on Sundays and holidays, when locals take their boats across the North Sound to moor in the shallow crystal clear waters. There are lounge chairs for sunbathing, a busy bar & grill for meals and drinks, changing rooms, toilets and showers. If you’re lucky, you can also grab a hammock.
East End Public Beach
On the quiet side of Grand Cayman, this beach offers a nice secluded way to enjoy the sun and surf. It is unpopulated compared to beaches on the west side, yet there are plenty of small local eateries and snack options nearby.
Located in Spotts Newlands, this small quiet beach is surrounded by ironshore cliffs. A barrier reef keeps waters by this beach calm throughout the year. An idyllic swimming lagoon with shade trees to lie under while you read your book or have a picnic.
This beach is located just past the East End public dock and offers cabanas for shade and picnicking. Here you will get a sense of what the island's shores were like in the days when few visitors found their way here. A lovely stop on a round-the-island tour.
Known for its Kaibo Beach Bar and Grill and upstairs fine dining restaurant, this North Side spot is a very popular destination. On any given Sunday, you will see local boaters dock at the marina by the beach after a lovely trip over the North Sound. Join in a beach volleyball game, relax in a hammock or take a refreshing dip.