One of the most scenic areas of Grand Cayman to spend a day exploring is Cayman Kai. Stretches of white sandy beaches and clear, warm waters offer plenty in the way of land and water based activities for the whole family to enjoy. With much less commercial development compared to the rest of the island, Cayman Kai’s laidback vibe feels like a slice of tranquillity far-removed from the hustle and bustle of Seven Mile Beach!
Cayman Kai is a picturesque 40-50 minute drive from the Seven Mile Beach area; however, you can easily spend all day in the area. Pedro St. James, The Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park and the Crystal Caves are along the way, should you want to break up the journey.
Popular amongst beach goers for its palm fronded white sand beach, Kaibo also offers three restaurants in one beautiful location.
From its beginnings as a beach shack, specially constructed to serve drinks to Queen Elizabeth II on her first tour of Grand Cayman, it has since evolved into a well-known destination for tourists and residents seeking a taste of barefoot escapism and Caribbean dining.
Kaibo Beach ‘Espresso’ serves breakfast on the beach to early risers. Organic fair-trade and fine coffee is served alongside freshly baked pastries, hot paninis and quality loose teas.
Kaibo ‘Upstairs’ is a fine dining restaurant that serves incredible food on its balcony overlooking the beach. Vintage rums and artisanal cocktails can be enjoyed in The Rare Rum Bar.
Kaibo is a Cayman institution and should not be missed!
This picturesque spot features a lovely beach with sun loungers and hammocks that hang in the shade of the tall Casuarina trees. The shallow, clear water is perfect for swimming and snorkelling – snorkel under the doc and look out for the resident barracuda!
You are also spoiled for choice with water sports, with fun and exciting options for the whole family! Choose from waver runners, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, Hobie Cats and more. Banana boat rides are also available and are suitable for ages five and up!
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, or are just in need of a cocktail head to the Rum Point Club, a beach bar that serves bar fare such as burgers, fish and chips, nachos and the like. The drinks are also delicious and Rum Point is said to have invented the Island’s famous Mudslide back in the 70s! The restaurant opens at sun set and serves Modern European style and Caribbean cuisine. They have a lovely veranda and an air conditioned dining room.
Finally, pick up souvenirs and gifts from the Rum Point Boutique and take a piece of Rum Point home with you!
If you are already in the area, it is worth venturing over to Starfish Point for an afternoon spent paddling in the shallow waters. Located on Finger Kai, a sandy spit between Rum Point and Kaibo, this remote beach is named for the many wild starfish it is home to.
The area is a popular destination for beachside BBQ’s under the shady palms, and it is not unusual for tour companies to stop off in the late afternoon on their way home from Stingray City, and allow visitors a quick wade in the water amongst the starfish. There are restrooms and showers there.
Visitors are reminded to not take starfish out of the water and to always handle them with care.