Smith Cove

Smith Cove, Grand Cayman: Address, Smith Cove Reviews: 4.5/5

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Located on the southwest part of Grand Cayman, this is a good bathing spot.
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Jennifer C
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We stopped by one afternoon to get in some short snorkeling to take a break from diving (and our pocketbooks). We were amazed at what we were able to see so close to shore (less than 100' from shore). There were tons of fish, all sorts of corals and more. It is sad to see the state of our coral reefs but awesome to experience. I'm sure this one takes a beating from people that don't know any better and step on the corals and touch them but still so much to see! We spotted a huge puffer fish, juvenile french angel, flat fish, golden spotted eel, and so much more.
Written July 28, 2022
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noblelily
University Place, WA6 contributions
This site is wonderful. It has running water, an outside shower and bathroom facilities. many picnic tables and benches.
The entry to the water is fairly easy. There is a incline but not as steep as some sites. You start seeing fish as soon as you put your face in the water. There are many varieties of fish and coral, Be careful not to touch the coral. Doing so damages both of you , it can scrape you and you can kill it.
It is fairly current free and not wind blown. Parking is across from the beach.
Written May 1, 2022
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Bill C
Vancouver, Canada3,918 contributions
Our tour group made a short stop here where our guide said it’s a popular spot for snorkeling. It’s a small beach with picnic tables and restrooms. There were several trees providing shade along the beach. There was also an iguana sculpture on the beach. Feral chickens were also running around the beach.
Written January 15, 2020
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Leslie C
Campbell, CA78 contributions
Great little Park and beach walking distance from port. 1.5 miles along a 2 lane busy road. Not many sidewalks once you leave town. Clear water, recovering coral. safe for kids and families. bring your own picnic and snorkel gear. You can rent in the port area. HIghly recommended. Not isolated, taxis will drop off and pick up- about $10 in Grand Cayman currency. Stop at Sunset House on the way back for drinks and dinner. Lovely locals.
Written February 10, 2020
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Gabriel B
Boston, MA101 contributions
One of the closest beach to cruise ships and bikers. Lots of shade trees. Incredible picturesque lava ledge shore with 3 narrow sandy beaches and somewhat big waves for kids. Well supplied Bathrooms (best we saw on the island) and showers and trash bins and ample parking and even free WiFi! Busy beach for tourists and tour groups stopping by. Great snorkeling but rocky ledges and a bit wavy for those of us new to snorkeling are a bit intimidating. Really deep spots to both sides for really varied fish. No jelly fish. Kind of trashy/leafy/broken glass area to right under most of the shade. Several Round Picnic tables and benches to sit on. Mostly not soft sand for beach naps. Only soft sand was in direct sun near 1 of 3 access points to water. Cool post with spiritual quotes near bathroom. Rather busy street nearby with near constant leaf blower noises the day we went. Busiest beach of the trip.
Written February 11, 2020
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Joanna P
44 contributions
Perfectly gorgeous beach. Picnice tables. The bathrooms were clean. I will say it should probably be cleaned more often as there were a pair of panties on a rock.....doesn't bother me. Someone had a great time. It rained a bit but we all were able to seek shelter under the trees. There were roosters and chickens (with baby chicks!!!!) which I loved.
Written February 17, 2020
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Robert C
Colorado Springs, CO40 contributions
Outstanding little beach. Well protected, so easy in and out. Great for snorkeling. It has been windy and stormy the last couple of days. I expected visibility to be down. But it was at least 50 feet! Like anywhere else, the best visibility is 50-100 yards from shore, in about 20 feet of water.
Lots of small fish and fan coral. This is what snorkeling in the Caribbean should be.
Written March 28, 2022
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO696 contributions
It was very windy the day we were there. The waves were crashing hard and causing a lot of sand from the bottom to come up so the snorkeling was not great that day but by all accounts on a normal day is very good. Regardless of that, the beach was still a great place to hang out. It's a beautiful area and we were still able to get some sun and some swimming in a cool location. Totally worth an afternoon.
Written March 15, 2020
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Mauisurfman
Woodland Park, NJ58 contributions
Family
Yea I said that. I love Smith Cove. I have been here each time on Grand Cayman. IT is a FREE cruise excursion if you love to snorkel and want to relax. It is about 15-20 minute walk from the cruise drop off points. You head "right" from the docks facing the island. Pick up a sandwhich or a beverage from the mall - and off you go. We bring our own snorkle gear. Morning, day or night it is awesome. At night, as said, the sunsets can't be beat. It is not a large beach. But you will find locals and people who know of the area "here". There are porta-johns and picnic tables - and some shops in the area.

But you go here for the R&R and the snorkling. The sights just drop your blood pressure. If you walk down you can usually find a cab in the area to take you back to where you need to go. Spectacular snorkling. Lots of fish to feed - if you like that. Ahh - i am just thinking about buying a ticket to go back as I write this. My tip.... save some excursion money - if you want a beach and snorkel - head over to Smith Cove. I promise you will not be disappointed. You might even catch a local couple having wedding pictures. I have been here 5 times. I speak form experience. Peace and safe travels... PS second best snorkling - Cemetary Beack. Dont ask just go..!!!!!
Written November 22, 2014
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katie R
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Couples
Having done research ahead of time, we knew we definitely wanted to be sure to fit in a trip to Smith Cove. From what I’ve read, this spot can be crowded when cruise ships are in town, but there were only 3 people there when we got there….then again, we went around 8:00am in order to avoid any crowds ;) We were a bit disappointed to find that the rocks were not as high as we had thought they would be, we had read about cliff jumping, but these were definitely not cliffs. Still super fun though, we were still glad we went! This is definitely not a commercialized spot as there is nothing around it, and no bars or restaurants to rent beach chairs from. There is a little beach area, but you’ll have to bring your own chair or just use a towel. The cove is perfect for snorkeling though, and we had a great time jumping of the rocks and exploring all the nooks and crannies under water and meeting all kinds of fish! This would also be a great area to kayak or paddle board too. This is definitely a gorgeous must-see spot on the island, especially if you’re on a budget since it’s free! Just be sure you have some kind of shoes on, those rocks are super sharp :) Also, it's kind of hard to find, so downloading Grand Cayman on Google Maps ahead of time and searching for "Smith Barcadere helps!
Written July 29, 2017
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