Cayman Islands Beaches
Grand Cayman Beaches
Seven Mile Beach - Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman's west coast is dominated by the famous Seven Mile Beach -- actually a 5½-mi (9-km) -long expanse of powdery white sand. Though the width of the beach varies, Hurricane Ivan has widened it tremendously; toward the south end it narrows and disappears altogether, leaving only rock and ironshore. The beach starts to widen into its normal silky softness near Tamarind Bay condos. Free of litter and peddlers it's an unspoiled environment. Most of the island's resorts, restaurants, and shopping centers are along this strip. At the public beach toward the north end you can find chairs for rent ($10 for the day, including a beverage) and plenty of water toys, two beach bars, restrooms, and showers. West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Conch Point - Grand Cayman
Drive past Spanish Bay Reef and Papagallo until the road starts to disappear, at which point you can see an often-deserted beach, a great place to walk. Unfortunately, it's not so good for swimming because of the shallow water and rocky bottom, and it can be cluttered at times with seaweed and debris. Conch Point Rd., Barkers, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
East End - Grand Cayman
Just drive along and look for any sandy beach. Park your car and enjoy a stroll. The long stretch of sand by the Reef Resort is an excellent one. Queen's Highway, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Rum Point - Grand Cayman
This North Sound beach has shade, hammocks, a restaurant, and snorkel gear rentals. Because it's protected by a barrier reef, snorkeling is safe and the sand is soft. The bottom remains shallow for a long way from shore but the bottom is littered with small coral heads, so kids shouldn't wrestle in the water here. Start from here for a fast trip to Stingray City Sandbar. North Side, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Smiths Cove - Grand Cayman
South of the Grand Old House, this small beach is a popular bathing and snorkeling spot and a wonderful location for a beach wedding. The bottom drops off quickly enough to allow you to swim and play close to shore. Although the beach can be a little rocky, there's little to no debris or coral heads, and there are restrooms and parking. Off South Church Street, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
South Sound Cemetery Beach - Grand Cayman
A narrow, sandy driveway takes you past the small cemetery to a perfect beach. The dock here is primarily used by dive boats during winter storms. You can walk in either direction; the water is calm and clear, the sand is soft and clean. You'll definitely find no crowds. South Sound Road, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Water Cay - Grand Cayman
If you want an isolated, unspoiled beach, bear left at Rum Point on the north side and follow the road to the end. When you see a soft, sandy beach, stop your car. Wade out knee deep and look for the large orange starfish. (Don't touch -- just look.) North Side, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Cayman Brac Beaches
Much of Cayman Brac's coastline is ironshore, though there are several pretty sand beaches, mostly along the southwest coast (where swimmers will also find extensive beds of turtle grass). In addition to the hotel beaches, where everyone is welcome, there is a public beach with good access to the reef; it's well marked on tourist maps. The north-coast beaches, predominantly rocky ironshore, offer excellent snorkeling, but not much sand.
Little Cayman Beaches
Owen Island - Little Cayman
This small private island can be reached by rowboat, kayak, or an ambitious 200-yard swim. Anyone is welcome to come across and enjoy the deserted beaches.
Point of Sand - Little Cayman
On the easternmost point of Little Cayman, this secluded beach is great for wading, shell collecting, and snorkeling. On a clear day you can see the 7 miles across to Cayman Brac.
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