Picture your dream tropical vacation. Does it include crystal clear water and soft, white sand? How about warm sunshine? Maybe your idyllic getaway involves plenty of peace. If you said yes to any of the above, you’ll love the beaches in Grand Cayman.
We run down our list of the island’s best beaches, plus nearby vacation villas with backyard beaches that will leave you speechless. Ready? Let’s go!!
Top Five Beaches in Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman beaches are perfect for those looking to get away from it all. Plus, when you visit these heavenly spots, you can experience some of the best-undisturbed swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing in the Caribbean!
⇒ Pro Tip: bring a pair of water shoes for foot protection! Don’t let jagged ironshore or a black urchin ruin your vacation when swimming in the ocean.
Seven Mile Beach / Cemetery Beach
Located along the island’s western peninsula, Seven Mile Beach is the heart of the island’s tourist economy. Cemetery Beach borders the northern residential area of Seven Mile Beach and tends to be more secluded making it perfect for couples or families looking for quiet enjoyment.
A small reef lies offshore and makes a good snorkeling spot for beginners. The water here is typically calm with small waves rolling onto the shore. Further offshore lies the Kittiwake Shipwreck, a sunken U.S. Navy ship from 2011. Guided tours of the shipwreck run daily for experienced SCUBA divers and snorkelers. It’s definitely a not-to-miss experience for dedicated divers.
Rum Point Beach
This is an excellent option for some much-needed R&R by the sea. Far removed from the crowds at Seven Mile Beach, Rum Point Beach is more of a local’s beach spot. With two restaurants–The Rum Point Club for dinner and The Wreck Bar & Grill for casual lunchtime eats–watersport rentals, and seaside hammocks there’s something here for everyone in your group.
The beach—and the entire north side of the island—is a snorkeling paradise. We suggest taking a short walk to the right of the pier and swimming out a bit in the calm waters for the best snorkeling.
Traveling south from Rum Point down to the end of Water Cay Road is Starfish Point, another isolated beach home to–you guessed it–starfish! These delicate creatures hang out in the shallow water and are most visible early in the day, before noon.
When you visit, snap a few pictures and spend some time swimming and relaxing. Just don’t take the starfish out of the water, please!
Once a hidden gem, Smith’s Barcadere is a beautiful beach lagoon flanked by small ironshore cliffs that jut out into the ocean. It sits southwest of George Town, and is a popular spot for sunbathing, snorkeling, and sunset views.
There’s free parking, public restrooms, and picnic tables on-site. You’ll want to get there early as it has become quite the popular spot. Bring your camera for the views and pack some light snacks as there are no food vendors nearby.
This is a great beach if you want to get away from it all with someone special. Located in East End, Colliers Beach is one of the best-secluded beaches you can find here. It’s a popular spot with kiteboarders and windsurfers but otherwise very low traffic.
A dock juts out beyond the seagrass perfect for water entry. There’s some good snorkeling here with remarkable sea life off the beach. Public restrooms, free parking, and shaded picnic tables are available on-site.
Book Your Stay with Grand Cayman Villas & Condos
Now that you know our picks for the best-hidden beaches on Grand Cayman, it’s time to book your stay! Our vacation homes have everything you need for a memorable Grand Cayman getaway. And, when you take advantage of our Silver Thatch Guest Services, you’ll get complimentary Scuba Pro snorkel gear to use during your stay.