Nestled in South Sound, this is a fantastic beach with great facilities (toilets, showers, benches and the occasional ice cream van). It's a great opportunity for photos as the contrasting turquoise sea, sand and iron shore rocks make a great photo. It's also got fantastic snorkeling, a mere 50 yards out, and you're met with an amazing array of marine life.
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There is no other beach in Cayman like this, firstly, it's not what you'd call a classic beach, not really sunbathing, not really swimming, but a great place for a long walk among the mangroves, lot's of channels to explore and there's always a nice breeze. Also, more often than not you'll be entertained by kite surfers performing jumps and stunts. This is pretty much as far west as you can get, up in West Bay, it's quite a way to get to, but worth it. A seriously depressing aspect is that the entrance seems to have doubled up as an unofficial dumping ground for old appliances and general rubbish, it really beggars belief that people would do this to be honest, as the dump is only a few miles away. Aside from this, it's a a great beach and well worth a visit for something a little different.
Seven Mile Beach
This is of course the classic beach, a must visit for anyone on vacation here. Beautiful white powdery sands, crystal clear waters, the beach is around 6 miles I think (trades description act!), and is always clean.
The great thing is dogs are welcome too (that is, if you're a dog lover!), and it's always a great sight watching them chase after a Frisbee or a ball. In fact, here's a quick video of our beloved Duggy taking a quick swim around the place.
Rum Point / Kaibo / Starfish Point
I've put these three together, as it's not unusual for us to visit all of them in the same day. Rum Point is the epitome of the North side of the island. It's a very laid back beach, great drinks (mud slides) and nice food. The water remains pretty shallow for a good while which makes it a great place for the kids and those less confident in the sea. It also benefits from Red Sail Sports being there so you can hire wave runners and other water sports should you get the itch!
Kaibo is geographically the next of this trio, it's a great place to sit, drink, eat and people watch. Boats come in and out of the dock all day long and there's often an event on the beach to entertain the masses too. The rare rum mojito is deadly (and expensive), but worth it. The food downstairs is pretty standard bar food, but nice all the same.
Last up of the North Side trilogy is the not so secret anymore Starfish Point. A delightful beach right at the edge of the island. As the name suggests, it's full of beautiful starfish. Do be careful with them though, and try not to take them out of the water. There are times you can visit this beach and you're really the only one on there and it's a very special place. However in recent times, I've noted a number of guided tour boats coming, which is understandable as it's so nice, but rather unfortunate as with it comes party music, needless picking up of the starfish (lots of times too) and a little less serene. Honestly though, this should be a beach you visit if you're on holiday here.
Last but not least is Colliers. Up in East End, this is a lovely, quiet beach with countless cabanas and excellent facilities. It's a place we usually frequent on a Sunday morning before heading to Tukka for their brunch. You can't miss this, after you've passed by Tukka, it's about another four or five minute drive.
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So there you have it, our favourite beaches, all very different in their own way, and all worth a visit!