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West Bay

10 Jan, 2018
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    West Bay Explorations

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West Bay is a charming, mostly residential district with winding roads, pretty Caribbean–style homes and some of Cayman’s most popular attractions including the Cayman Turtle Centre. It also has some great restaurants and is definitely worth a visit.

 

PLACES TO STAY
While there are a number of resorts and condos in West Bay. Divers might like Cobalt Coast (345) 946 5656, and those on a tighter budget might consider Shangri–La bed and breakfast (345) 526 1170.

THINGS TO DO
• Cycle Miles of Trails with West Bay Loop Coastal Bike Trail (345) 939 0911. Rent bicycles or join a group tour for a gentle cycle along stunning coastal roads and country backroads. 

 

• Encounter Wildlife and Nature at the Cayman Turtle Centre. Here you can swim with turtles and other colourful marine life in Turtle Lagoon, take a walk down the historic Cayman Street and visit exotic birds in the Caribbean Aviary. There is also a Nature Trail, two lagoons, waterfalls and a Predator Tank where sharks, a large barracuda and other fascinating marine predators live! And of course you can meet the turtles, which range from tiny hatchlings to adults over 600 pounds. Don’t miss the chance to pick one up out of the touch tank or participate in turtle feeding! They now offer a courtesy shuttle bus from locations on SMB to the Turtle Centre. Email: info@turtle.ky for a schedule. 

 

• Explore Barkers National Park and get away from it all on a deserted beach. Located at the very north eastern end of West Bay, you might see people kitesurfing off the beach and others horseback riding, but the area is large enough to find a spot where you won’t be disturbed all day. Please note though there are no facilities, little shade and the entire area closes at dusk.

 

• Get Underwater and explore some great shore dives/snorkel spots. Turtle Reef is just off the Cracked Conch restaurant and has a mini wall with lots of fish, vibrant coral and a cave where huge tarpon love to hang out. You can rent equipment below the restaurant at Sundivers (345) 949 6606, jump in for a snorkel or dive, then have lunch at Cracked Conch or Macabuca. Another shore dive is just down the road at Divetech’s Lighthouse Point (345) 949 1700. Don’t miss the 13ft statue of the mythological creature “Guardian of the Reef” which makes a great underwater photo.

 

•  Learn to Kitesurf with Kitesurf Cayman (345) 916 5483. A phenomenal experience that gets the heart and adrenalin pumping.

 

• Go Horseback Riding along Barkers Beach with Spirit of the West, a wonderful horseback riding company. Choose from morning, afternoon, sunset or moonlight rides on their happy and well looked after horses. You can even swim with the horses in the sea for a truly unique Caribbean experience. Alternatively, try Coral Stone Stables, also based in West Bay.

 

• Swim with a Dolphin Learn about, interact with, swim with, kiss and stroke these beautiful creatures with Dolphin Discovery.

 

• Take a Trip to Hell and take the opportunity to send your friends a “postcard from HELL”! Hell got its name from the quarter acre of blackened calciferous rock in this area, but unless you are a geology student don’t expect to spend more than 10 minutes here. Entry is free.

 

• Visit the Cayman Motor Museum - The Cayman Motor Museum showcases 80 classic automobiles, providing a historical tour of motoring throughout the world. Also on display is a selection of motorcycles, power boats and historical exhibits. When you have finished viewing the collection you can relax and enjoy a drink in the authentic vintage diner on-site.

SHOPPING

There is a large Foster’s Food Fair grocery store right at the start of West Bay, plus a bank, pharmacy and Subway at the four–way stop. Gift shops can be found at the Cayman Turtle Farm and the Cayman Motor Museum. You can also find locals selling beautifully varnished conch shells along the side of the road which make great souvenirs.

 

FOOD & DRINK

West Bay has a lovely mix of casual and elegant dining with a choice of local and international cuisine. Restaurants situated in West Bay all offer stunning sea views and a wide range of delicious and innovative menu options.

 

Top spots in West Bay include Catch, Cracked Conch and Macabuca. Head to Cracked Conch for fine dining in their air conditioned restaurant or on the terrace - enjoy their mouth-watering seafood and meat dishes for lunch or dinner. For a more laid back vibe visit Macabuca (located underneath Cracked Conch) for cold drinks and Caribbean snacks which are served all day. Both restaurants are situated right on the water’s edge and offer great diving and snorkelling just yards from your table! If fresh seafood with international and Caribbean influences is your thing, then try Catch, the restaurant enjoys a lovely breeze and their cocktails are fantastic too!

 

For more information on all the restaurants in the area, visit the Restaurants in Cayman page and select 'West Bay' from the area menu.

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