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Grand Cayman Beach Guide

Grand Cayman beach guide
Beaches on Grand Cayman are public up to the high water mark. It's good news for the vast number of people who visit the island by cruise ship.

That means of course the areas above the high water mark belong to resorts, hotels, restaurants and other private property owners.

The odds are good that no one will object if visitors wander above the high water mark.

Resorts and hotels are usually glad to accept business from visitors who buy food and beverages from the beachside bars and restaurants.

Cruise visitors will find that the beaches with the fewest crowds will require getting there by taxi or rental car.

Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is the biggest and most famous beach on Grand Cayman.

Cayman Islands photo
Seven Mile Beach; © Cayman Islands
Department of Tourism
It's also the closest to the cruise ship terminal. Physically fit cruise visitors can walk about a half mile north of the cruise docks to reach parts of it and a mile north to reach the action.

But most visitors will find it's best to take a taxi. Cruise shore excursions to the beach usually include other activities such as shopping or snorkeling that raise the price.

Most of the resorts and hotels are located on Seven Mile Beach, which is often ranked as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

People staying at a Seven Mile Beach property will find that the crowds are heaviest near the cruise docks at the south end and lighter toward the north.

As a result of its size and popularity, Seven Mile is well stocked with restaurants, bars and other public facilities.

Public Beach

Cayman Islands photo
Public Beach; © Cayman Islands Dept. of Tourism
Public Beach is a section of Seven Mile Beach that is named for what it offers: public facilities including restrooms, showers, beach huts and water sport shops.

Public Beach is a 10-minute drive from the cruise docks, so plan on getting a taxi or rental car.

This beach is ideal for cruise ship visitors who want more than just walking from the cruise ship to the crowded southern tip of Seven Mile Beach with limited public facilities.

Governor's Beach

This beach is located on the northern part of Seven Mile Beach and is named after the Governor's Mansion, which is located right next to it.

The beach is accessible from the cruise docks by taxi or rental car, but it takes about 20 minutes to get there.

It has parking, shaded areas and picnic tables, but no public facilities. However, restaurants and other retailers are located across the street in Governor's Square plaza.

Rum Point

True quiet can be found on beaches at the north side of the island, especially Rum Point, which is a 40-minute drive from the docks.

Rum Point has restrooms, a snack bar, huts, hammocks and water sport providers.

A few restaurants are located nearby.

Other popular beaches include:

  • Spotts Beach
  • Smith Barcadere
  • West Bay Public Beach
  • Cemetery Beach
  • Heritage Beach
  • East End Public Beach
  • Kaibo Beach
      Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

       > Category: Beaches   

      February 17, 2018
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