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Barefoot Beach

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Barefoot Beach

I just returned from an awesome trip in Grand Cayman. I was exploring an area called Barefoot Beach on the East End of the island and noticed a pontoon like raft with oil drums and a primitive mast floating at the shore. There were a pair of jeans, sweatpants, and a shirt washed up on the sand along with a child's sandal. I was wondering if anyone else has been to Barefoot Beach recently and noticed the same. I've been reading alot about the mass exodus out of Cuba in the mid 1990s and the boats that were turned away at Grand Cayman. I saw a few YouTube videos documenting the sheer ingenuity and perserverence of the Cubans who were fleeing their country for a chance at a better life. Most of them were in fishing boats or at least a boat with a motor. It is unlikely that anyone would have survived a journey from Cuba to G.C. in a raft.

I also noticed a property adjacent to Barefoot Beach called Barefoot Beach Gardens. The property looked abandoned. There was a small house with a cot inside. There were also iron gates blocking entry with a vehicle, overgrown trees and bushes, and a very friendly dog without a collar or tags wandering the premises.

Grand Cayman
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1. Re: Barefoot Beach

Did you contact the authorities?

Massachusetts
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for East End, Grand Cayman
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2. Re: Barefoot Beach

The raft was there two weeks ago and was falling apart then. It looked like it had been there for quite some time.

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North Richland...
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4. Re: Barefoot Beach

I have been to barefoot beach before and seen it completely covered in trash. Someone told me that when the wind is coming toward the beach that it brings trash - mostly from Cuba. It occasionally gets cleaned and can look very nice, but over time it trashes again. At least, that's what a local told me.

Colorado
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5. Re: Barefoot Beach

The mostly plastic trash comes in from all over, although the bulk of it is local trash. What isn't local is blown in by the trade winds from the eastern Caribbean and the Caribbean Sea currents bring stuff in from the Atlantic, eastern Caribbean and South America. Anyone that told you that trash blows in from one specific place is simply making stuff up and the conditions needed to move trash Southward in the Caribbean are rare. If you want to see how trash accumulates, go to Barkers and see all the flip flops and plastic bottles that go overboard on SRC tours. All that tourist trash washes up on the beaches and mangroves west of SRC.

The raft sounds like a cool find to me and as a child my vivid imagination also led me to also conjure up fantastical stories about things that washed up. If the raft has been there for weeks then I'm sure many local kids and teens have been using it for their own adventures. As far as the property next door, Ivan destroyed what was left of it and the shack is likely the occasional home of a local crack head.

Trophy Club, Texas
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for Cayman Islands
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6. Re: Barefoot Beach

After having conducted an in-depth study of the labeling on the trash that has washed ashore at Barefoot Beach, I can assure you the bulk of it appears to have originated from Hispaniola.

Illinois
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for Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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7. Re: Barefoot Beach

This video about plastic wastes in the oceans is on the Weather Channel site:

weather.com/series/uncharted/video/you-cant-…

md
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8. Re: Barefoot Beach

We also tried to venture to this beach but after walking down and seeing the rusty oil drums and "raft" remains we changed our mind. There was a lot to trash and we have 2 younger kids so it just didn't feel like a great place for them to play and hang out. We will definitely try again next time.

Illinois
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for Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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9. Re: Barefoot Beach

A property developer has just acquired Barefoot Beach

compasscayman.com/caycompass/…

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10. Re: Barefoot Beach

We visited Barefoot Beach earlier this month. Not a ton of trash when we were there but it wasn't really clean and you couldn't go barefoot. The raft was still there along with a lot of conch shells.

Edited: 10:29 am, August 20, 2015
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