There are numerous wonderful beaches in the Cayman Islands. While all can guarantee soft white sand, pristine turquoise waters and a cool Caribbean breeze, check out our guide below to find the ideal beach for you.
Beach Guide by Area
Whether you want to explore the world famous Seven Mile Beach, lounge with the locals, snorkel with tropical fish, or relax with a drink, you will find it all on Grand Cayman's best beaches.
Seven Mile Beach
With many miles of glorious white sandy beach and clear blue water to enjoy, it is no surprise that Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman has earned such a good reputation as one of the top beaches in the Caribbean, if not the world.
The whole of Seven Mile Beach is considered public property up to the high water mark and this has been done to make sure that everyone can explore and enjoy the beach. In fact all beaches are public property to the high water mark and there are many 'Public Access' signs around the Island, which show where you can access a beach.
These are the most popular designated Public Beach areas with parking and easy access:
Wide and popular with children, Public Beach is a very family-friendly beach featuring lots of amenities. There are cabanas available to rent, a children's play area and volleyball courts. There is even an area for vendors and a path for those who want to explore on wheels.
Located beside the Kimpton Seafire Hotel on West Bay Road, there is ample parking, as well as the new addition of a mobi-mat, making Public Beach wheelchair and
The combination of accessible parking, a broad stretch of white sand, and crystal clear blue water makes Governor's Beach a popular beach for residents and tourists alike.
Be sure to pack your mask and snorkel, because just a short swim from Governor's is one of the best snorkelling sites on Seven Mile Beach.
Governor's Beach is located adjacent to the Governor's House and close to the Westin hotel on West Bay Road.
Farther North there is Cemetery Beach, which is shaded by a number of large sea grape and casuarina trees, and has great snorkelling spots only a five-minute swim offshore.
Parking is on the shoulder of the road, so watch out for traffic! If you're approaching from Seven Mile Beach area, when you see the cemetery across from the fire station, you will find the beach access for Cemetery Beach - there's a long pathway on the far right-hand side - you can't miss it!
As a residential area perched at the top western end of the Island, West Bay is rarely crowded. Named for the direction it faces, it is the perfect place to catch the sunset.
West Bay Public Beach
Popular with families, West Bay Public Beach offers street parking, bathroom and changing facilities, beach cabanas, and plenty of shady areas.
You can find this beach at the northern point of West Bay Road, just before the North West Point Road turn off.
The Capital of the Cayman Islands, George Town, is located on the South-West corner of Grand Cayman.
Just beyond the Grand Old House restaurant is Smith Barcadere (also known as Smith's Cove). Smith's Cove is a small but picturesque pocket of sand in the main iron shore coastline, and is photogenic and popular with locals and visitors alike.
This small public beach provides lots of shade, picnic benches, great snorkelling and a lovely place to watch the sunset. It also has fresh water showers and restroom facilities. On the Easter weekend, don't be surprised to see lots of groups and families camping out!
A beautiful community beach for residents and visitors alike, Consuelo's Beach is quiet and less frequented by tourists. Popular with experienced surfers, expect bigger waves and a small iron shore.
Located on South Church Street just before Miss Lassie's, Consuelo's Beach has dedicated parking spaces off the road. Close to George Town, there are lots of options for food and drink nearby.
Most of the coastline in Savannah is rugged iron shore so beaches are far and few between with the exception of Spotts Beach, a broad beach nestled between two cliffs.
Spotts Public Beach
Spotts Public Beach, located off of Shamrock Road, is a good place to spot turtles in the early morning and late afternoon when they come in to feed, plus to the far right of the beach there are wonderful rock pools. Please note that there is a very strong current at this beach and swimming out to the reef is very dangerous and risky. Do not swim out to the cut in the reef.
The only washroom facility in the location is a portable loo, found in the car park.
Located off Shamrock Road, just before the Spotts Cemetery.
Those who venture out to Bodden Town to go to the beach absolutely love it. Bodden Town is away from the hustle and bustle, with the feel of a small Caribbean town. The beaches are rustic, usually littered with driftwood and dried turtle grass, and are lovely places for walking dogs or having fun with the kids!
Coe Wood Beach
Coe Wood Beach is a sandy beach with newly constructed cabanas, a children's play area and restroom facilities. This gorgeous beach is often times deserted, with the exception of a few locals.
Enjoy a quiet afternoon with a book or bring a chair to lounge in the sun listening to the waves. Either way, try some fish fry from the Grape Tree beach-side cafe! For those who enjoy scavenging, walk west for some good beach-combing.
Governor Russell Beach
For those looking for peace and tranquility, venture out to Governor Russell Beach. Named after one of Cayman's most popular governors, the
area features excellent snorkelling opportunities and a newly-added staircase to the waterfront. A cabana is also available for
Found just short of the Czech Inn Bar & Grill, on the coastal road you will find this gem. There is no dedicated parking, so pull over on either side of the road and watch for traffic if you have to cross.
Various deserted long sandy beaches can be found in the eastern districts. Expect these beaches to be strewn with washed-up sea grass and a substantial amount of flotsam.
Colliers Public Beach
Off the beaten track, Colliers Public Beach is a popular beach for cyclists and adventurers. This rarely-busy beach has a pier right off of the main road - you can't miss it! Pull your vehicle onto the sand to park, but make sure you don't go too deep and get stuck.
Known as a great spot to Kiteboard, there is usually a gentle breeze on this beach. As for snorkelling, it is a lengthy swim out to the reef, but you may have some luck seeing a variety of juvenile fish in the turtle grass and shallows.
Situated in East End near Cottage Point, it seems there is always something going on at Heritage Beach! Received as a private donation to the National Trust by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Adams in 1990, Heritage Beach retains its plethora of native coastal plants.
With both a stage and boat ramp, the beach makes a perfect venue for concerts, weddings, parties and more. Although it is not well-suited for swimming due to shallow waters and rich marine life in the area, the spectacular scenery makes Heritage Beach the ideal lunch or dinner spot to watch the waves roll in. Local spots to dine include Jameion Jerk Chicken and Eastern Star Fish Fry.
North Side is remote and blustery, with the prevalent onshore trade winds bringing in cool temperatures most of the year. The residents in North Side are said to be the friendliest in Cayman, so if you come across them while beach-hopping, be sure to greet them!
Bo Miller Beach
Located on Old Robin Road just east of Frank Sound Road, this small beach was acquired by the Cayman Islands Government in 2018. It was dedicated and named in honour of Derrington 'Bo' Miller. Mr. Miller was the one who initiated the development and subsequent procurement, and is renowned in the Caymanian community for being a true Cayman Patriot. Whilst unsuccessfully running for office on two occasions, he was instrumental in his advocacy for the 'one man, one vote' system which came into place in 2017.
A small public beach in the North Side district. The North Side winds make this beach much cooler than most. Expect to find iron shore and sea grass scattered along the coastline, and a small Miller family cemetery.
Rum Point & Cayman Kai
With beautiful stretches of beach, shade, and clear waters facing the North Sound, Rum Point and Cayman Kai are a must-see. Rum Point and Cayman Kai are an hour drive from George Town or a short boat ride across the North Sound.
Located left of Starfish Point, Rum Point is a popular hangout on weekends and holidays with both resident and visiting boat traffic. People typically anchor their boats to socialise in the shallow water as the pier is privately owned and only tour operators are allowed to dock. On shore, you can relax in a hammock and read a book, enjoying the fresh Caribbean breeze.
Rum Point Club Restaurant serves a variety of food and cold drinks - our suggestion is to try their mudslides! For those looking to explore, the water is sheltered by the barrier reef and the coast, which makes it ideal for children. It also boasts fantastic snorkelling as far as the Northern-most tip of the point. At this popular location you might see starfish, needle fish, turtles, and all kinds of marine life.
Just beyond Kaibo in North Side is a nice, quiet spot for a picnic or paddle. It is shaded by casuarina trees, has a wide shallow area close to the shore and large starfish can often be found just a few feet off the shore. Starfish are safe to hold, but do not lift or take them out of the water – it will kill them!
You will see signs posted on the land clearly describing fines for mishandling the starfish, if you are caught. Typically people arrive by boat, however, if you would like to arrive by land, it can be a little difficult to find. It appears a bit like private property at first however go through the gates, past the foliage, and you will see the beach in front of you.
Cayman Kai Public Beach
Just before you arrive at Rum Point Club, you will find this north-facing public beach. A rustic white sandy beach interspersed with rocky areas, Cayman Kai Public Beach has a cabana, simple restroom facilities and a small car park.
This secluded and exclusive enclave of pristine beaches and holiday homes is one of the most sought after locations in Grand Cayman. Be sure to bring your mask and snorkel, as the snorkelling here is excellent!