The Best Beaches in the Cayman Islands
The beaches of the Cayman Islands are postcard-perfect, with powder-soft sand and crystal clear water. Whether you want to get in touch with your inner beach bum, experience the range of water sports, or wait for a dramatic sunset, these are the Cayman Islands’s best beaches.
Hit Seven Mile Beach, a beautiful and—as the name would suggest—long stretch of shoreline to see why it’s one of the Cayman Islands’ most fabled features. Facing out to sea, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were beholding a life-size Rothko installation, with bands of the palest aqua, the richest cobalt and every gradation of blue-green in between. Also keep an eye out for the schools of fish that sprint along the water parallel to the shore.
S Church St, George Town, Cayman Islands
While convenience isn’t necessarily the first attribute you look for in a Caribbean beach, the fact that Smith Barcadere happens to be super close to the port makes an already great spot even more appealing. Thanks to the protected position of this beloved local cove, good snorkel conditions are all but guaranteed, so you’ll likely find large schools of multicolored fish among the resident corals. Back on land, showers, restrooms and picnic tables await.
Rum Point, Cayman Islands
Among vacationers who’ve been coming to Grand Cayman forever, there’s a whole faction that essentially camps out at Rum Point all day every day, and you’ll understand why as soon as you see the place. Tucked away, super low-key, and graced with a ridiculously photogenic pier—its perfectly weathered planks cutting a striking figure against the tranquil, turquoise surroundings—this beach is the ultimate spot for settling into a lounger or hammock between water-sports outings. Rum Point’s namesake booze—which used to wash ashore by the barrel, according to legend—is available in all manner of cocktails here, of course. But order at least one mudslide at its spiritual birthplace: the beach’s beloved Wreck Bar.
West Bay, Cayman Islands
Let the wind be your guide as you surf and sail the blue waters of the island during an invigorating and action-packed kitesurfing session. This sport is the perfect blend between kiting, windsurfing, and wakeboarding, and involves harnessing and utilizing the power of the wind and ocean to glide across the top of the waves. Try Kitesurf Cayman at the beach at Barker’s National Park in the West Bay; it’s the ideal kitesurfing spot as it has perfect wind conditions and moderate swells. This adventurous activity has become well-loved by locals and a test of determination for beginners.