Cayman Islands Beach Guide
While bustling Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean, the islands of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac offer couples a variety of secluded and quiet alternatives. Every beach in the Caymans is open to the public.
Seven Mile Beach (Grand Cayman) – Pick your own spot to sunbathe on the soft powder-white sands of this gorgeous 9km-long beach that fringes the west coast of Grand Cayman Island, from George Town to Long Point.
Edged by shady palms, casuarinas and pine trees, Seven Mile Beach is lapped by calm, crystal clear turquoise waters that offer ideal conditions for swimming, parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling.
Also known as West Bay Beach, Seven Mile Beach is generally rated as one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean. Facilities including umbrellas, sun loungers and a wide range water sports equipment for hire. A varied selection of upmarket resorts, beach bars, restaurants and shops stretch along the beachfront, which widens and narrows with the seasons.
For the best snorkelling on the beach, head to Cemetery Reef at the beach's northern end, where you can also find a dedicated public section with toilets, showers, a children’s playground, a volleyball court and two beach bars.
Come for a day or stay longer at your choice of accommodation, including: the elegant Westin Casuarina Resort, set within landscaped gardens; the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, the largest and most prestigious resort in the Cayman Islands; or the family friendly 5-star Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, located just a short swim from one of the island’s prime snorkelling spots.
Seven Mile Beach starts just north of George Town, around 7km northwest of the airport.
Cayman Kai Beach (Grand Cayman) – Dip your toes into the pristine white sand of this palm-fringed shoreline that offers as many facilities as Seven Mile Beach, but without the crowds. The beaches here stretch for more than 10km along the northwest coast of North Sound, centred around Rum Point.
It’s easy to find a secluded spot to sunbathe beneath bush-clad sand dunes, or choose to be active with a swim and snorkel in the beach’s calm, crystalline waters that teem with rainbow-hued fish.
Mix with locals and other holidaymakers at one of the many beachfront restaurants and bars that lie scattered around the sheltered shoreline. If this quiet spot gets too crowded for your liking, drive southeast along Rum Point Drive to find a secluded spot on an unbroken stretch of white sand that fringes the northern coast of Grand Cayman. Cayman Kai spreads over a 161ha peninsula on the north coast, around 40km north of George Town.
Rum Point Beach (Grand Cayman) – At famous Rum Point Beach you can relax in a hammock slung between towering casuarina trees, enjoy a picnic or feast at the famous Wreck Bar and Grill while enjoying views of Cuba. You can also choose to try several other restaurants including the Rum Point Club, Kaibo Bar and Grill or Over the Edge Bar and Restaurant.
Facilities include toilets, changing rooms and showers. The Red Sail Sports Centre at Rum Point offers an array of water sports equipment for hire including boats, which you can use to discover the unspoiled white-sand beach of nearby Water Cay or explore the gin-clear waters of nearby Stingray City.
Smith's Cove (Grand Cayman) – Unwind on the soft white sands of this small and secluded beach that shelves into the crystal clear waters of a reef-protected cove framed by low limestone outcrops. Snorkel above coral heads teeming with colourful reef fish, picnic beneath shady casuarina trees and admire a magical sunset on this quiet alternative to Seven Mile Beach.
Facilities include changing rooms and toilets. Smith's Cove is located on the west coast, south of George Town between Coconut Harbour and Cayman Coves.
Sandy Point Beach (or Point of Sand, Little Cayman) – Relax on one of the best beaches on Little Cayman, an idyllic strip of pink-hued white sand stretching for more than 2km around the south-eastern tip of the island. Come for a day with a picnic and go beachcombing, sunbathing and swimming. This quiet unspoiled beach is also ideal for snorkelling as it has offshore coral gardens.
Owen Island (Little Cayman) – Pick your own spot to sunbathe, swim and snorkel on this idyllic 4.4ha island that nestles in the calm turquoise waters of the reef-protected lagoon of South Hole Sound.
Encircled with soft white sands, Owen Island is ideal for a Robinson Crusoe-style experience – swim over to the island, hire someone to row you across or paddle a kayak across the calm waters; just remember to pack a picnic.
Owen Island sits just 180m off South Town on the southwest coast of Little Cayman, where you can relax in comfort at the Little Cayman Beach Resort or unwind in luxury at the elegant Club at Little Cayman facing South Hole Sound.
Southwest Coast Beaches (Cayman Brac) – Unwind on a series of unspoiled and virtually deserted white-sand beaches that stretch along the southwest coast of Cayman Brac. Pack a picnic and unwind in peace and quiet. Come for a day or stay longer at the Brac Reef Beach Resort, the Southern Star or the Brac Caribbean Beach Resort.