My tour of Grand Cayman beaches starts in the northwestern tip of this island, in West End, and wanders down to the south shore, then along the road to East End before turning back north and west towards the end of the street at Rum Point.
Barkers National Park
Barkers National Park: Has a few gorgeous beaches, unspoiled by audiences or fast food mess. There is a cost to pay, of course, and that is the lack of conveniences, apart from a few BBQ pits and picnic tables, you are on your own here. You’ll need transportation to get to Barkers but it’s worth it for the tranquility, even on many evenings.
The West End
All of the Grand Cayman beaches, Seven Mile Beach is the large one. That is where it all happens. The sand is a fine, nearly white powder, the water’s shallow, and you will find all of the actions people want out of a Caribbean vacation. Seven Mile Beach is where you locate
Parasailing, helicopter rides, jet-skis, tube, along with the typical fast food restaurants to satisfy picky children (of all ages). Even though it’s huge, Seven Mile Beach is mainly given over to hotels so for locals or people staying elsewhere it includes lots of public beaches, like’Public Beach’ away West Bay Road, directly alongside Marriott Courtyard and Calico Jacks. It’s a busy beach with loads of conveniences, such as BBQ pits, cabanas, a playground for kids, and washrooms. Then there is ‘Cemetery Beach’, which may not seem too tempting (I can not imagine a Ad Agency coming up with the name) but it’s a great beach for snorkeling. It’s also a great shore, with trees for shade and picnic tables to make your stay more pleasant. It is at the north end of the seven-mile beach, further away from the big hotels, but it has everything the more mature beachgoer needs; color, picnic benches, and great snorkeling. Public accessibility can be from West Bay Road. Contact robert soto’s water sports for rates.
Beneath George Town, off South Sound Road, are a range of small beaches, even though the water is too weedy for swimming. Heading east across the south-east of the island brings one to little sandy shores in Breakers, Cottage, or even quieter areas like Half Moon Bay and White Sand Bay. In the aptly named village of Breakers, the beach is silent but the sea is not. There is no offshore sea to calm the waves so even on sunny, pleasant days, they roll in all of the ways by the Atlantic and send spray flying onto the street.
Still, another place that the waves sweep right onto the shore is a bit further east at Frank Sound, a rocky shore of bare, sharp onshore. Not a traditional beach, in the feeling of sunbathing or swimming, but it’s an interesting place if you want rocky beaches and the creatures that go with them. Frank Sound also gets the ‘world renowned’ (world famous around Grand Cayman, anyway ) blowholes. These are natural fissures in the ironshore that squirt water into the air when the waves crash against the shore. This can be a place to contemplate nature rather than work on your tan. Avail affordable grand cayman charters today!
Grand Cayman’s East End beaches would be the place for chillin’ — with the exception of the hotel beaches where you have everything you want and more. East End Resorts, such as Morritts Grand or Tortuga along with The Reef at Colliers Bay, have nice beaches and they are amazingly quiet and unpopulated. Resort people come in two kinds — shore folk and pool folk, and there is a lot more swimming folk — so even large resorts in the height of this year have idyllic beaches that don’t crowd you. Remaining at Morritts gave us ample opportunity to walk and paddle across beautiful East End beaches which didn’t seem to have names but did have white sand, warm shallow water and no one but them enjoying them. The tranquility in the East End of the island is amazing when you consider just how small the island is and the number of visitors it gets annually.
Continuing along the Queen’s Highway and North Side Road takes you past many more secluded, empty beaches where you can own the sand to the day. We never saw anyone on a number of them. For us, it was like being Adam and Eve on vacation. Stay near Old Man Bay and also you can have lunch or dinner in the excellent beachside BBQ there. See the places to visit in cayman islands here!
If you want to have more water, the close of the street brings one to two Grand Cayman beaches, Rum Point and Cayman Kai. Rum Point is a public beach with golden sand, warm shallow water, trees to provide shade, a rocky point so safe even children can snorkel round safely, and also an excellent, quite moderately priced, beach restaurant, the Wreck Bar. Of all the Grand Cayman beaches, we liked Rum Point finest. We did not understand it as a public beach the first time we watched it since it looked like a hotel. Once we got more than that we discovered it a great spot to go. Boats or jet-skis could be rented from the Red Sail Sports store on site, as well as excursions on the catamaran and the glass-bottom boat.
Cayman Kai is a tiny public beach with a playground for the kids, BBQ pits, and picnic tables. Like the busier Rum Point across the road, it’s popular with locals in addition to visitors.