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The world famous Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman is the jewel of the Cayman Islands. Often voted “The Caribbean’s Best Beach”, the white powdery sand and the sparkling turquoise water merge together to provide breathtaking photo opportunities. Not surprisingly, most of Grand Cayman's top end hotels and condos are located here. There are lots of things to on Seven Mile Beach, from simply relaxing to getting an adrenalin rush, to enjoying some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.


Be sure to mention EXPLORE when booking a trip or tour as you might get an even better rate!


Seven Mile Beach is actually only 5.5 miles however that's still miles of glorious white sandy beach and clear blue water to enjoy. It's no wonder that Seven Mile Beach has earned its reputation as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. All of Seven Mile Beach is considered public property up to the water line so feel free to explore the many different "Public Access" beaches along SMB. Here are the most popular and designated Public Beach areas with parking and easy access:

• Governor's Beach is located directly north of the Governor's Residence on West Bay Road. Wide, spacious beach with good snorkelling. Casuarina trees provide shade and picnic tables make for a nice lunch break out of the sun.
• Public Beach is the largest and most popular beach on SMB with restroom facilities, beach cabanas and watersport options on-site. Located next to Calico Jack's beach bar and within walking distance to Tiki Beach.

• Cemetery Beach is located on the northern part of Seven Mile Beach and has some of the best snorkelling in Grand Cayman. Parking is available along the roadside and across the street in the car park.


Check out the Beaches in Cayman article for more information.



Enjoy a bike ride with West Bay Loop, a fun and energetic way to see the sights. You can rent bicycles and explore the Seven Mile Beach area.

Go Golfing at one of the two golf courses on Seven Mile Beach. North Sound Club (345) 947 4653 is an 18–hole, par–71 course. They do a twilight rate and have a children’s programme. The Ritz–Carlton has a nine–hole, par–36 course. Both golf courses rent golf clubs. Alternatively play crazy golf at the mini-golf course next to Deckers restaurant.

• Take a Helicopter Ride for an amazing view of Seven Mile Beach, Stingray City or the whole Island with Cayman Islands Helicopters. Trips leave from George Town.

• Take an Island Tour and see Cayman's highlights. Call Cayman In a NutshellTours Cayman or Cayman Safari Adventures.

Try Sailing along Seven Mile Beach on a hobie cat which can be hired from one of the big hotels. Also see the Boating section for information on boat trips on the North Sound.
Go Fishing for wahoo, marlin, tuna and mahi mahi, then have your catch prepared onboard, or fish the reef at night or day. See the Fishing section for more details.
Go Snorkelling either at a small artificial reef just off the Marriott hotel, or settle into a good snorkel to a reef 200 yards off Cemetery Beach at the north end of Seven Mile Beach. Numerous boat operators also offer snorkelling day trips. See the Snorkelling section for more details.

Try Parasailing for both an exhilarating ride and a great view of Seven Mile Beach. Take a double or triple ride with your kids and ask for a light dip in the water and hear their laughter! Ideal for all the family. Call Parasailing Professionals or Fantasea Cayman.

Dive the Leeward Shore and discover sand chutes, the spectacular wall, reef dives and the new Kittiwake dive site located just north of Cemetery Beach. Click here for more information on diving in Grand Cayman
Jump in a Kayak with Sea Elements and explore the mangroves either by day or by the light of the moon. (345) 945 7525.

• Paddleboard in the calm waters off Seven Mile Beach. Rent boards or take a tour with Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co.
Take a Sunset Cruise across the North Sound. See the Boating section for information.
Take a Stingray City Tour to the sandbar where you can frolic with the rays and also explore additional snorkelling sites. 
Wakeboarding & Banana Rides can be arranged at most hotels or call Red Sail Sports (345) 949 8745.

Try Kitesurfing with Kitesurf Cayman for an adrenalin fuelled experience. Free pickups available along Seven Mile Beach.

Take a Jetski Safari with Action Watersports or Fantasea Cayman and zoom around the North Sound.

Try a Hydro Flight on Jet Blades with CayJets Watersports.


• Catch a Movie at the multiplex in Camana Bay or try a under–the–stars movie at the Ritz-Carlton or on the lawn at Camana Bay during the summer months and special holidays.

• Wander around the National Gallery, take in the national art collection and the latest exhibition.



You’ll find great shopping in the Seven Mile Beach area, from clothing, art and jewellery to locally produced goods such as soap products, Cayman Sea Salt, rum cakes, jams, hot sauces, sculptures and more. If you are looking for a gift to take home you won’t be disappointed.


Local items can be found at the Farmers & Artisans Market at Camana Bay, also check out the 3 Girls & a Kiln store for locally made ceramics and the gift shop in the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa.


Art galleries on Grand Cayman are generally extremely good at carrying the work of local artists and craftsmen, whether original paintings, Caymanite jewellery or hand–woven thatch products. The quality is superb and such works have become highly collectable.

The Kennedy Gallery in the West Shore Centre (Pink Plaza) sells original paintings and prints by talented local artists. (345) 949 8077. The Ritz-Carlton displays local artist’s work on the walkway between the two properties and The National Gallery has a lovely gift shop where you can purchase prints and locally made goods.


The grocery store, Fosters Food Fair at The Strand sells, a wide variety of general brand bath and beauty supplies. Alternatively, Da Vinci Centre, Eclipze Hair Design and Hibiscus Spa at the Westin all carry well–known hair and skin products.

There are two great book stores on Seven Mile Beach:
Books & Books in Camana Bay sells a wide variety of books and they have a dedicated children’s section with books, toys and educational games. Open Monday–Saturday 10am-9pm.
Book Nook located in the Galleria Plaza has a very good selection of books, travel guides, cook books, children’s toys and gifts. Open Monday to Saturday 9am–6pm.


If you are looking for a new bathing costume, a light and casual outfit to keep the heat at bay or a new look for the evening, then here are a few great options:

Beach & Resort Wear: Divers Supply, Funky Monkey or Waterman. The boutiques at The Westin and Ritz-Carlton also have a nice selection of casual resort wear. 
Elegant Evening or Day Wear: Try Funky Monkey or head to Camana Bay where a number of stores sell stylish and elegant clothing
Sports Wear: Yoga can be found at Bliss Living Yoga who sell lululemon athletica yoga apparel also try Sports Supply in Galleria Plaza, both on SMB. Also try the pro shop at the North Sound Golf Club course.

Divers Supply is open seven days a week and sells well known scuba brands including Aqualung, Atomic, Mares, Oceanic, Scuba Pro and Sherwood. They also sell swimwear. West Shore Centre (Pink Plaza). (345) 949 7621.

Cayman is a great place to buy jewellery and watches. It can be 50% cheaper than in Europe or the US since watches, gems and precious metals are all duty–free. Kirk Freeport has a branch at the Strand Shopping Centre. Camana Bay has Island Jewellers who offers an extensive collection of loose diamonds and other gemstones with famous brands such as Pandora, Hearts On Fire, Tacori, Temple St Clair, Swarovski and more. They also have a large selection of watches and sunglasses - with over 1,000 pairs on display all at duty free prices. Balaclava in Governors Square offers a unique collection of exquisite jewellery, many of their precious jewellery pieces are rarely found elsewhere in the world and some of their most stunning creations are especially made for them.


Stock up on supplies from Foster’s Supermarket in The Strand plaza. You’ll find everything you’d expect to find in an American or British supermarket. For deli treats, cheeses and organic goods try Bay Market in Camana Bay. You’ll find liquor stores in most shopping plazas along Seven Mile Beach. Most liquor stores shut at 7pm except West Indies Wine Company, Jacques Scott and Blackbeards, which are open until 10pm. All are closed on Sundays, except West Indies Wine Company which is open from 1pm-9pm.



Invest some time in self-care this while on holiday! In Cayman there are plenty of spa options as well as numerous opportunities for some physical activity, here is a quick round up!

• Indulge in a Spa Treatment and unwind while on holiday. The Hibiscus Spa at the Westin Beach Resort is a 7,000sq ft facility with 15 treatment rooms, male and female steam and sauna rooms, whirlpool and Vichy showers and a relaxation room. There are also spas at the Ritz-Carlton and Kimpton Seafire. Alternatively, check out the Da Vinci Centre or for massages, facials and other wonderful treatments.

• Keep Fit by visiting the gym in your hotel or one of the following two on Seven Mile Beach: Anytime Fitness in Camana Bay and World Gym Fitness Centre.

• Play some Tennis, get fit and have some fun at the same time. Many hotels and condos have tennis courts; alternatively The Courts at the Ritz–Carlton is second to none. You can practise, play or take a lesson. Programmes are available for adults and kids aged three and above. Alternatively, Camana Bay has two tennis courts that can be hired privately. Call (345) 323 0049.

• Practice Yoga and reconnect. A great option on SMB is Bliss Living Yoga which offers a multitude of yoga classes including power, flow, hot and restorative, to mention just a few, 7 days a week from 6am–9pm.

For more information see the Best Health & Relaxation page.



The majority of Cayman’s restaurants are located in the Seven Mile Beach area and you’ll find everything from burgers, kebabs, pizza and innovative Asian influenced cuisine to upscale award winning cuisine and fine dining on the water’s edge.


Top spots to try include Gino’s Pizzeria for New York style pizza, plus salads, subs and wings, for more Italian fare stop by Ragazzi, a buzzing Italian and seafood restaurant, or LUCA for contemporary Italian food right on the beach – their Sunday brunch is legendary and not to be missed! Other beach front dining options include the upscale Beach House or Ferdinand’s Caribbean Cafe, a contemporary restaurant with a focus on local food and flavours – both restaurants are located in The Westin Beach Resort. Hemingways Restaurant, Beach & Pool Bar is also a great beach front option serving Asian fusion food, it’s a lovely spot for families with two pools and sun loungers on the beach that are available for customers to use. For casual bar food check out Duke's Seafood & Rib Shack and Lone Star – both of which are popular spots and guaranteed to be showing the game.


For a comprehensive list grab a copy of the Islands’ restaurant guide, Good Taste or visit www.caymangoodtaste.com.


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