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Testudo,I am planning a family reunion on Grand Cayman for the week after Christmas next year. We would like to rent a house on a quiet beach with fewer tourist and great snorkeling directly from the beach. Rum Point and the north coast looks good but I have read that winter winds in January can make for poor snorkeling there. Would you agree? Which beaches would you recommend for snorkeling in January?Thanks,Teg
I am usually in Cayman around New Years and then again in February. The water conditions can certainly be too challenging to snorkel on many days due to the winds, but I usually manage to get a few days in. One benefit of the moving water is that the visibility inside the reef is usually excellent.
With January usually having great weather for the non-snorkel, it is a tough call. If the north shore beach are blown out, the south shore will usually be calm. Places like Bodden Town, Eden Rock, Devils Grotto, Sunset House and Cemetery Beach are a good options.
I visited most of the sites in this guide. I very much appreciate the author for sharing it. Of all the sites Rum Point boulder coral gardens was the winner hands down. The clarity of the water was excellent. It is protected by the reef.
The swim from the dock at Rum Point to the bombs (boulders) is fifteen minutes. Another four minutes to the additional coral garden area. The additional coral garden was better than the bombs. Shallower. A variety of coral. I went many times. One swim I saw nine turtles, ten reef squid, and a southern ray.
I did the drift from the public beach house as well. Although it was lovely at first, it was too uniform for too long.
Hi, we are coming down on Dec. 9th for a week, staying at Discover Point. We have a 3-year old and 5-year old and are bringing out own snorkeling equipment. Where would you recommend going for the kids to try for the first time, or at least the 5-year old? We are taking them to see the sting rays towards the end of the trip. Thanks so much!!
You can try right off the beach at DP or take a short walk up to the Cemetery Beach section of Seven Mile Beach. Either place will probably be plenty fine for the young ones.
looking for new underwater camera. Im thinking about the Olympus TG-2. any concerns or recommendations of cameras for snorkeling under $380
I have the TG-1 and really like it. Dual locking seals and a fast lens make it a great snorkeling camera.
Hello. . . We are going to be in the Grand Caymans as part of a cruise - a family vacation with 5 adults and one 18 month old. We are thinking of spending the day in the Grand Caymans at 7 mile beach. The adults would like to snorkel. Can we rent equipment at the beach? Is there a specific place on this long beach that we should go to to snorkel as well as rent chairs and umbrellas? We will be taking a taxi from the ship to the beach. Any suggestions? Is there another better place? Thank
The better snorkeling near the port and Seven Mile Beach can actually be found in the Hog Sty Harbour where the cruise ships dock. Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto are pretty good deep water snorkel spots. Unfortunately there is no beach located there, but you can rent lounge chairs at Paradise Bar & Grill and snorkel gear there or at the Eden Rock Dive shop just up the road.
Continuing with the unfortunately theme, the best off the beach snorkeling spots are located in areas that do not have chair rentals or other facilities, save a lone porta-loo.
The Governor’s Beach Section of Seven Mile Beach has a small patch reef just off shore and a great stretch of beach (adjacent the Westin hotel). It is close enough to the hotel’s facilities for food & beverage as well as snorkeling gear rentals, restaurants across the street, but no rental chairs. There is some shade at the back of the beach.
The Cemetery Beach section of Seven Mile beach has fewer “amenities” option nearby, no gear or chair rentals, but does have plenty of trees for shade. The better snorkeling is a few hundred yards out, but the snorkel grounds are much larger than at Governor’s.
The Eden Rock area is easily reached by foot from the cruise tender areas. Governor’s and Cemetery can be reached by public mini-bus or taxi.
Sounds like Governor’s might be the best spot for your needs.
Good morning, arriving 23 Oct to 2 Nov. What are good snorkeling spots for this time? Any other "must do" recommendations? Thank you!
Snorkeling should be good on all areas of the island this time of year, barring a tropical storm of course. Only real must-do is a visit to Sting Ray City or Sting Ray Sand Bar.
Will be there in October of this year. What would you rank in order of the top five best things to do while here on the grand Cayman?
1) Visit Sting Ray City or Sting Ray Sand Bar
3) Enjoy the Beach
4) Dine at a great restaurant
5) Bring some Rum Cakes home