Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is one of the best beaches in the Caribbean (and the subject of many gorgeous photos of Caribbean beaches), and most of the Cayman Islands visitors understandably choose to base themselves along this idyllic strip of sand. Resorts, beach hotels, and vacation rentals can all be found along Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman Island, and they offer easy access to everything that this exciting destination has to offer. The beach is also lined with pine and palm trees in some spots, so there is shade from the hot sun. Thanks to the relatively calm water conditions, swimming and snorkeling top the list of things to do at Seven Mile Beach, and there is no shortage of shops and restaurants to visit when a break from the water is in order.

Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach  Image: Dave Taylor (flickr)

Visitors to Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman can walk along the beach's full stretch. Should they employ the use of an odometer, it will become evident that the beach doesn't exactly live up to its nickname. This stretch of sand is actually about five and a half miles long, and it is officially known as West Bay Beach. The width of the beach varies from spot to spot. In front of the Marriott Grand Resort, for example, the beach isn't as wide as it is in front of the more upscale Ritz-Carlton. What the beach lacks in width at the Marriott Grand, it more than makes up for with its snorkeling possibilities. While the snorkeling is good all along Seven Mile Beach, it's especially good at the Marriott, as there is an excellent artificial reef to investigate right offshore. Other reefs can be found in the clear area waters, allowing for other fun spots to snorkel.

Snorkeling is just one of the many options for things to do at Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, and diving enthusiasts will also be in their element. A number of dive companies in Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach can take divers out to any number of amazing area dive sites around the island, such as the wreck of the Cali at nearby Georgetown, and it is also possible to do some unguided shore diving. While some of the dive companies in Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach can be found at resorts, others are independent. In addition to offering diving charters for certified divers, these dive companies also offer beginners lessons. In virtually no time at all, beginning divers can get in the water and enjoy some simple diving. Should the diving bug set in after the initial courses, beginning divers can then take the necessary steps to getting their diving certification on a Seven Mile Beach vacation.

There are many activities that can be enjoyed on a visit to glorious Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Barbecue enthusiasts can even do some grilling at certain spots, and pets don't have to be bound by leashes. At some public beaches in the Caribbean, peddlers who are hawking anything from jewelry to refreshments can detract from the overall atmosphere. This isn't the case at Seven Mile Beach. No peddlers are permitted, allowing for guests to focus on relaxing and having a good time. Another thing worth noting is the beach's level of cleanliness. The bulk of the Grand Cayman restaurants, bars, resorts, and shops might be found along Seven Mile Beach, but that doesn't mean that it isn't remarkably tidy.

While visiting Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, it is possible to hang out near a resort or on a less crowded strip of sand away from the resorts. The beaches near the resorts tend to get crowded, as most of the resorts allow both guests and the public to take advantage of their restaurants and their watersports kiosks. For those who choose to stay at a vacation rental, watersports equipment is sometimes provided. While the dive companies in Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach are known for renting diving equipment, offering diving lessons, and taking divers out for open water dives, the independent watersports operations tend to rent out snorkeling gear, windsurfing equipment, kayaks, small boats, waverunners, and various kinds of watercrafts that require peddling for getting around.

Seven Mile Beach offers something for everyone. During the daylight hours, essentially every kind of beach activity can be enjoyed at this famous Cayman Islands beach, and there is no shortage of things to do in the nearby towns of Georgetown and West Bay.

Seven Mile Beach boasts the best nightlife in the Cayman Islands, so the fun doesn't have to stop once the sun goes down. After breaking to watch the sunset, nightlife enthusiasts can see what's going on at the various beach bars. The beach bars along Seven Mile Beach are known for throwing some lively parties that revolve around barbecue and live music, and they can be perfect places to cap off a rewarding day.

Top image: neepster (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0
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