Beaches Key fact
Beaches in Cayman are accessible from the main roads via public walkways. Look out for the small brown signs pointing out public beach access, which are dotted along the main roads.
Cayman has plenty stretches of sandy beaches to choose from, including world-famous Seven Mile Beach.
It just depends on the mood and the time of day, as there is a beach and a setting for almost any occasion. You can even get married, barefoot, on the sand.
The following are a few suggestions from Key to Cayman:
Seven Mile Beach
Location: West side of Grand Cayman, between George Town and West Bay.
Description: Miles of sugary white sand gently sloping into azure waters. There are bars and places to stop for food dotted along this long stretch of beautiful beach. Great for swimming, walking, running and a whole variety of watersports.
Amenities: Restrooms, showers and cabanas at the Public Beach area.
Best for snorkelling
Location: The far end of Seven Mile Beach toward West Bay.
Description: A nice quiet beach, fringed by palm trees. The clear waters are ideal for snorkelling, with Cemetery Reef just 30-50 yards from the shore.
Best for picnics
Location: A couple of miles out of George Town toward South Sound.
Description: A small, picturesque beach with clear waters and plenty of shade provided from the many sea grape trees; great for picnics with family and friends.
Amenities: restrooms, showers and picnic tables.
Best for a quiet daytime walk
Location: The end of Conch Point Road in West Bay.
Description: Barker’s is a secluded and undeveloped spot in West Bay where you can take a hike along the sand, which is littered with conch shells. It’s also fun to take a guided horse riding tour along the shore at sunset. Not recommended to visit after dark as it is quite isolated.
Best for sunset
West Bay Public Beach
Location: The end of Seven Mile Beach, West Bay.
Description: Less crowded than the main strip of Seven Mile Beach, West Bay Public Beach has powdery sands, clear seas and is one of the best places to watch the sunset.
Amenities: Restrooms, changing rooms, showers.
Best for weekend
Location: Rum Point Drive, North Side.
Description: The clear, shallow waters are both beautiful to see and safe for children to play in, making it perfect for families. Go snorkelling just off the shore, play volleyball, or stop by the Wreck Bar and Grill, which has a large assortment of drinks and food. Rent a car for the scenic drive to North Sound and enjoy a lazy Sunday at Rum Point.
Amenities: Restrooms, showers, changing rooms, hammocks, shopping.
Best for local feel
Location: The south coast, between George Town and East End.
Description: This is a good place to join the residents of Bodden Town for a day at the beach. Bodden Town is a residential area, very different to the tourist strips of Seven Mile Beach and George Town, and those searching for authentic, “local” Cayman will enjoy a trip here.
Amenities: Restrooms, changing rooms, cabanas, grilling station.
Best for peace and quiet
Location: East side of Grand Cayman.
Description: If crowded beaches aren’t your thing, make the drive to East End for the most deserted beaches on Grand Cayman; great for fishing, snorkelling or simply relaxing in peace. Get up early enough and take in a stunning view of the sunrise over the glistening waters.
Best for swimming and snorkelling
The Brac is better known for its caving, rock-climbing and diving opportunities, but some of the beaches found here are also as pristine and peaceful as the other two Islands.
Cayman Brac Public Beach
Location: South side of the Brac, close to the wetlands
Description: Quiet, calm and deserted, the crystal clear waters of this Brac beach are great for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Spend a day relaxing and soaking up the sun.
Amenities: Showers, picnic tables, cabanas, restrooms.
Best for a lazy day
Brac Reef Beach
Location: Western end of the south side
Description: With sea grape trees providing shade and the sea breeze keeping you cool, you can spend a lazy day lying back in the hammocks and watching the beautiful views.
Amenities: Benches, hammocks, cabanas and restrooms a short walk away at the nearby hotel.
Best for snorkelling
Beaches on the smallest of the Cayman Islands are frequently deserted, peaceful, and free of any signs of human habitation.
Point O’ Sand
Location: At the most eastern tip of Little Cayman
Description: The shape of this strip of unusually pink sand is the source of the beach’s name. Like many other areas in the Sister Islands, Point O’ Sand can sometimes be found completely deserted, so stop by for peace and relaxation, as well as easy access to breathtaking snorkelling opportunities.
Amenities: Cabana, picnic tables, barbecue grill.
Best for a day trip
Location: Just off the east coast of Little Cayman.
Description: Accessible via rowboat or kayak, Owen Island is a small, uninhabited island ideal for picnicking. Empty of any homes or buildings, this secluded 11-acre landmass can really make you feel you are truly on a deserted island.