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The following are of some of the most popular beach locations for arriving cruise ship passengers:
SEVEN MILE BEACH (SMB) is renowned for being one of the best beaches in the Caribbean and is the center of tourism activities for the island. They are two main locations that cater to cruise ship visitors which are easily reached by taxi from the cruise ship terminal:
ROYAL PALMS AND THE REEF GRILL
The closest option to the cruise ship terminal offers a full-service beach experience for guests, featuring a restaurant, bars, lounge chairs, and water sports rentals on a great section of beach. If you also plan on taking advantage of the Duty-Free shopping in George town, this is a good choice.
PUBLIC BEACH/SEA GRAPE AREAS
This section of beach is located a bit away from many of the hotel and condominium complexes and offers changing and restrooms, showers, a playground, beach huts, a water sports operator, as well as the Calico Jacks Beach Bar for food and drinks. Many dive operators also leave from here.
A popular choice for visitors who want to snorkel from a beach or are looking for a little quieter SMB experience. Located a mile or so farther than the Public Beach, there are NO FACILITIES here, only a beautiful, quite section of casuarina tree-lined beach located behind a cemetery. Pre-arrange for a taxi pick-up or there is a bus stop along the road where you can flag down a bus/van heading back to George Town.
Other popular Beaches:
Located on South Sound this beach offers the convenience of being close to the cruise port to allow for more time enjoying the sun sand and sea. A smaller beach with restrooms, picnic benches, showers, snorkeling and great photo ops. There are no dining and drinking establishment at this location.
With the beauty and tranquility of the North Side of the Islands and calm shallow waters that allow children and adults alike to play care free. Rum Point offers changing/restrooms, showers, huts, hammocks, a volleyball net, water sports rentals and it's own beach bar providing food and drinks. This beach is best reached for cruise passengers as part of a Sting Ray City tour or separate excursion.
All Beaches in the Cayman Islands are public up to the high water mark, so feel free to stroll along and explore any one you choose. Please keep in mind that private facilities such as pools, lounge chairs, palapas are for the use buy owners and guest of the respective properties.
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Grand Cayman Beaches
Best Beach for a Half-Day: Seven Mile Beach (which is actually about 5 1/2 miles long) starts at George Town and has everything from beachfront bars to water sports.
Best Beach for the Dedicated Beach Bum: Again, Seven Mile Beach is great for catching rays (sun rays, not stingrays) and has water sports rental facilities galore.
Best Secluded Beach: Try Cayman Kai, Rum Point or Smith Cove.
Best Beach for Water sports: Aside from Seven Mile Beach, the best windsurfing is found off of East End, near Morrit's Tortuga Club.
Best beach with the worst name: Cemetery Beach off West Bay Road (just north of Seven Mile). Offers good shade, excellent snorkeling and a reef that's close to shore.
Best beach/shopping combo: Governor's Beach, which features the new Governor's Square Mall. A public beach in front of the Govenor's residence near the Westin Hotel.