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Beaches in the Cayman Islands

Cayman is famed for its pristine white sandy beaches fringed by warm crystal-clear waters. Indeed, Seven Mile Beach consistently ranks as one of the top beaches in the world. Whether you want amenities close to hand or are looking for a beach far away from the madding crowds, you’ll find the perfect spot in the Cayman Islands.

 

Grand Cayman Beaches

Barkers Beach

Located in a National Park along the northeastern outskirts of West Bay, Barkers Beach is a stunning stretch of beach left just as nature intended.

Fringed by mangroves and lush tropical greenery, Barkers Beach offers a slice of untouched beauty at its very best and is one of the best spots to escape the hustle and bustle of some of Cayman’s more built-up areas. Head there during the weekday and you are likely to have the beach to yourself.

Thanks to its northeastern location, Barkers Beach is a mecca for kite surfers during the cooler months when Cayman benefits from cooling nor ’westers. It is also home to several horse-riding stables, and horse enthusiasts can gallop the ponies along the soft white powdery sand, or even take them for a refreshing dip in the sea.

Bodden Town Public Beach

Located in the heart of historic Bodden Town, this beach is a pleasant stop not far from the district’s best-known sites.

Located right next to the main road, Bodden Town Public Beach offers visitors a pristine white sandy beach accompanied by the gentle sound of the waves breaking on the nearby reef.

Due to the presence of turtle grass, this isn’t an ideal location for snorkelling, but it is the perfect spot for enjoying some tasty local cuisine from the popular Grape Tree Café, located right on the beach. Enjoy your meal under the shade of one of the cabanas with views of the Caribbean Sea stretching out before you.

Cemetery Beach

Its name might not have much allure, but Cemetery Beach is a wonderful spot for sunseekers looking to escape the crowds as well as keen snorkellers looking to explore Cayman’s renowned marine life.

Located at the northern end of Seven Mile Beach, access to Cemetery Beach is via a narrow footpath that runs alongside a cemetery. Once on the beach visitors will be greeted by stunning views south all the way down Seven Mile Beach to George Town in the distance.

Cemetery Beach is fringed by large Casuarina and Sea Grape trees, while the pristine sandy beach offers easy access to the sea. Enjoy a cooling dip along the shoreline, or head on out a little further from shore where there are thriving coral reefs teeming with marine life. It is a fabulous spot for amateur and more experienced snorkellers alike.

Collier’s Beach

Collier’s Beach is a peaceful beach spot in East End, one of the least populated districts in Cayman. While typically uncrowded during the week, it can become busy during the weekends, especially as it is often a popular spot to host public events.

The beach is well-maintained, offering a gorgeous view with fine, white sands. You’ll find everything you need for an extended stay: pavilions, restrooms, and parking.

While it’s not a great spot for snorkelling due to the large amount of turtle grass, it is an amazing spot to the watch the sunrise. Just head on out to the end of the dock and soak up the view.

Governor’s Beach

Located along the heart of world-famous Seven Mile Beach, Governor’s Beach is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike.

Featuring soft sugary white sand and crystal-clear water gently lapping the shoreline, this Seven Mile Beach spot is the ideal spot for beach lovers.

As the name suggest, Governor’s Beach is located right in front of the Governor’s house. Bring a book, beach towel, and a cooler filled with your favourite thirst quenchers. This is the beach for lazy carefree days and soaking up the sunshine.

If you do fancy stretching your legs, world-class resorts such as The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa are just a short stroll away, where guests can enjoy a cooling cocktail at one of their beachside bars.

Rum Point

If you’re looking for a beach with fun and flavour that’s ideal for the whole family, Rum Point is your spot. You’ll find comfy beach chairs and hammocks neatly laid out for you, a bar and restaurant, watersports operators offering everything from sailing to jet-skiing, and ample restroom facilities.

The popular Wreck Bar features a menu of firm family favourites such as burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Wash it all down with Rum Point’s famed Mudslide, a heady concoction of vodka, Kahlua, and Bailey’s Irish Cream. A must!

The water offers plenty of shallow areas, making it ideal for families with youngsters, while further offshore you’ll find some fabulous spots for snorkelling.

So, have a glass of rum and kick-back in a hammock. Rum Point has all your needs covered!

Smith Barcadere

Find this compact beach spot nestled in the heart of South Sound, a stunning residential area just south of central George Town.

Often called Smith Cove, this beach is popular with locals and tourists alike, so give weekends and public holidays a miss if you want to avoid the crowds.

Access to the sea is via a small sandy cove flanked by ironshore. There are often strong currents, but on calm days it’s easy to venture beyond the shoreline to explore marine life below the waves. Alternatively find a shady spot under one of the many trees that line this pretty beach and simply soak up the view.

Smith Barcadere offers fabulous amenities too, including public restrooms, picnic benches, and even outdoor showers, making it a great spot for a family day out.

Spotts Beach

This stretch of beach has becoming increasingly popular during the last few years thanks to frequent sightings of sea turtles that are often found swimming in the shallow waters.

Located off Shamrock Road in the Spotts Newlands area, Spotts Beach offers a wonderful stretch of white sandy beach flanked by ironshore cliffs. For confident snorkellers there’s ample to see below the waves with stunning coral reefs teeming with marine life just a short swim away.

Cabanas, picnic tables, and benches make Spotts Beach an ideal spot for beach barbecues and get-togethers with friends and family. There’s also a dock that is perfect for small vessels.

Starfish Point

Located along the northeastern tip of Cayman in North Side, Starfish Point is a popular spot with pleasure boats, which drop anchor in the shallows, but it can also easily be accessed by car. Drive past Rum Point and take Water Cay Road as far as it goes.

One of the beach’s main attractions are the bright red starfish that inhabit the shallows. These critters are easy to spot but do resist the urge to pick these delicate creatures up out of the water.

Starfish Point tends to be relatively deserted, making it a great place for a peaceful drift in its shallow waters. While it may not be ideal for those in search of dynamic snorkelling environments, it is one of the island’s most secluded and tranquil spots, making it well worth a visit.

 

Sister Island Beaches

Tiara Beach

Located on the southwest coast of Cayman Brac, Tiara Beach offers fine white sands and clear crystal waters. Separated by a row of trees from the main road, it’s a location which features activity but does not typically become too crowded. With other attractions nearby such as Rebecca’s Cave and the Cayman Brac Museum, it offers a relaxing intermission to sightseeing.

Point of Sand Beach

Located on Little Cayman, Point of Sand beach provides a unique and secluded area for visitors looking to relax or snorkel. Apart for a few picnic tables, the location is largely untouched, and visitors can potentially have the beach entirely to themselves. Although snorkellers can encounter strong currents, the site is teeming with marine life.