Cayman Islands has the most beautiful turquoise water, soft white sandy beaches and some of the best snorkeling that can be found on this island.
Renting a car will make it easier to get around to the different beaches and snorkeling spots. Even though they drive on the wrong side of the road (to us), it gets easier after you drive for awhile. I know that is easy for me to say, since I leave all the driving to J, but he does not have a problem driving on the left. Now when we get back home, I have to remind him to stay on the right side of the road but that is another story.
If you rent a car in Cayman, you will need an International Driving Permit. This will be an additional fee that you pay the rental car company or you can purchase this before you leave home. If you plan to take several trips in a year’s time and rent a car where an International Driving Permit is needed you will want to read my post on Wednesday.
Some of the places we visited you can take a taxi from Seven Mile Beach, others you will need to rent a car to get to. If you go to Stingray City, some tour companies will pick you up from your hotel. The tour company we used picked us up. Next Monday’s post will be about our tour we took to Stingray City and the best time to visit.
During our week long stay, we took a tour to Stingray City. The sandbar at Stingray City is about four feet deep. The only way to visit here is by boat. Our tour included the stop at Stingray City and a snorkel at a nearby reef. We spent well over an hour at this stop. Our guide allowed us to feed and hold the Stingrays. Getting into the water when there are Stingrays swimming everywhere is a little intimidating but you quickly adapt, and enjoy these amazing creatures that are swimming by. Being in this beautiful blue water, surrounded by Stingrays is a memory you will never forget.
Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto
Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto are located downtown. Eden Rock is a dive shop that has ladders that allow you to go right into the water and snorkel without taking a tour. They will rent the snorkel, mask, and life vest for $15 CI. You can also rent lounge chair here if you want to spend time just chilling. It’s an easy walk if you arrive by a cruise ship to the dive shop. When staying on the island, there is a parking lot right down the street from the dive shop. It’s free to park and we have never had a problem finding parking. There are other places to snorkel downtown, but we only stopped here on this trip.
Governor’s Beach is on Seven Mile Beach, located right next to the Westin Hotel. We found by walking to the end of the Westin beach and following the white picket fence going away from the Westin and entering the water, it is not as far to swim to the reef. The reef is almost 200 yards off the beach. We spent hours snorkeling this reef.
This was our first visit to Cemetery Beach located in West Bay. There is a sign along the road that says West Bay Cemetery. You will see the cars lined up along the road. Park and take the walkway to the right to get to the beach. This reef is about 150 yards from the beach. This beach was not crowded when we were there. Not much of a reef but plenty of fish. We went to Heritage Kitchen after snorkeling here, as it was just down the street.
Macabuca Bar & Grill
Macabuca Bar & Grill is located on the north end of the island near the turtle farm. There is direct access to the sea from the bar area. If someone in the group does not snorkel, they can enjoy a drink and watch. It’s a great place to grab a drink and watch the sunsets. On Monday nights they have an all you can eat BBQ for CI$15.
Smith Cove is just outside of Georgetown. This beach gets crowded with both locals and visitors. It is a small beach, so you feel like people are on top of you if you are going to lay out. We saw squid, flounder and a 4 foot barracuda while snorkeling here.
Star Fish Point
Star Fish Point is out near Rum Point. We only saw star fish at this beach. We ended up going to this beach twice. The first time we saw 4 star fish, the second time we saw 6. On our last trip to the island we saw a lot more star fish. We spent about an hour here, J went snorkeling but he did not see anything and I spent my time floating on my raft. We had the place to ourselves while we were here.
Rum Point is on the north side of the island about an hour drive from Georgetown. We ended up going to Rum Point twice. The first time it was crowded with cruise ship tours and we ended up leaving. When we went back later in the week, the current was to rough for the snorkeling we wanted to do. This is a nice beach to spend the day. There are free beach chairs and hammocks to enjoy along with dining and watersports. They do not allow outside food to be brought in. There is a place to take a shower and change clothes before heading back to Seven Mile Beach.
North Side Cemetery
We stopped off at North Side Cemetery on our way back from Rum Point. Due to a passing storm, the waves were making the water murky and there was no visibility.
As you can see, by renting a car, this allowed us to go to different beaches every day. There are plenty more places that we did not get to on this trip, but that will give us a reason to return. If you enjoy snorkeling, Testudo who writes for Trip Advisor and is always willing to answer questions about Cayman Island, created a detailed snorkeling guide (which we used). You can find the guide here.