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Smith Cove

Grand Cayman
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Ranked #13 of 112 Attractions in Grand Cayman
Type: Beaches, Reefs
Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming
Description: Located on the southwest part of Grand Cayman, this is a good bathing spot.
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Praise and complaints for Smith Cove tend to touch on visibility. Any time there is a sandy bottom, there is potential for the sand to get stirred up and reduce visibility. When we were there, we experienced a mild chop from the SW, and visibility was just unacceptable. We didn't stay long. It has the advantage of very easy entry... More

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Woodbury, Minnesota, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I visited this location for the first time in 2010. When I returned in 2013, I made sure to swim here. Clear water, not a lot of current and beautiful rock formations to swim around. Fish are abundant and variety depends on the time of day as well as how busy the water is with other swimmers. Please make sure... More

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Cayman Islands
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I live here and swim here every day (hurricane Ivan is the exception of course when 15 ft waves showed up for the first time in half a century). Smith's Cove is so beautiful I will rely on my photographs to do the talking. The snorkeling is magnificent and right there in front of you upon entry into the sea.... More

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Milan, Italy
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It is a great place for snorkeling, but in August the schools are closed and there were many people. Also, somebody should teach the kids respect for the ocean, because many of them were drinking sodas and then throwing the empty cans in the water...

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We discovered Smith Cove on our last visit to Grand Cayman, and it was the first place we wanted to go on our most recent visit. This is a little beach south of Georgetown (you really need a car, but you could also bike), just past the Grand Old House restaurant. The short strip of sand sits between rocky outcroppings... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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259 reviews 259 reviews
65 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We've seen some of our very favorite things snorkeling off this beach: octopus, cuttlefish, sea turtles, huge schools of bar jacks (with a barracuda hunting in the middle of them!). The best part about this beach is that it has everything you need: great sand and sun and lounging and then great snorkeling (although not the most amazing coral). You... More

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Top Contributor
316 reviews 316 reviews
132 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a very small cove, right outside of Georgetown. The snorkeling was really good, but it gets very crowded. Not much space on the beach to layout if there are a lot of people around. It can be a little hard to find parking if its crowded. check out my blog about my Cayman trip at winenchocolate dot com

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Montreal, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I can't say enough about this place. Very popular with the locals as well as the tourists. Turquoise/blue water nestled in between 2 rocky limestone bluffs with a patch of white sand. The kids (and husband) spent hours climbing the cliff and jumping into the ocean. There are picnic tables but most are occupied by locals and you will most... More

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

We visited Smith Cove based on TA reviews and a recommendation from one of our excursion captains. We found it no problem, and parked in the lot across the street. It was very picturesque, and there was a wedding going on. Unfortunately, the water was very rough. We still tried to go in. The visibility was very poor, which was... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Smith Cove is a wonderful little beach close to SMB where you can bring your family to swim, snorkel, and picnic. Locals and tourists mingle in the water and the beach. A few tables, bathroom, and fresh water shower with parking right outside on the road or across the street.

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