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the Heart of Grand Cayman on Seven Mile Beach by Justin Burch
Along the western shore of
Grand Cayman rests a stretch of sand known throughout the travel community
as one of the world's best beaches. With placid waters and endless amounts
of pure white sand, Seven Mile Beach is what makes Grand Cayman special.
Though the beach comes up a mile and a half short of its name, there is
certainly no shortage of space to relax in the sun. Furthermore, as you
walk along the beach you will notice activities that range from cafes and
bars beneath the palms to scuba diving and snorkeling. When you visit Grand
Cayman, you will immediately see why Seven Mile Beach is at the top of
so many lists.
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Courtesy of the calm water
and casual atmosphere, Seven Mile Beach is known as one of the most family-friendly
recreation sites in the Caribbean. The warm water has a sandy bottom, making
it a great place for children to swim. Families can rent all types of water
toys, from snorkeling equipment and paddleboats to jet skis and windsurfers
for the grownups. There are also a few spectacular scuba diving sites off
the shore of Seven Mile Beach. Where the gently sloping shoreline meets
the coral wall surrounding the island, you will find the popular reefs
known as Paradise and Aquarium.
Seven Mile Beach is also
the site of the island's best resorts and restaurants. Even if you aren't
staying on Seven Mile Beach, many of the resorts have facilities that are
open to the public. As many of the resorts open directly onto the beach,
you will find several bars and snack stands equipped with peaceful lounge
seating. Throughout this area you will find several world-class restaurants,
serving everything from rustic Italian fare to fresh seafood with a Caribbean
twist. The resorts also make it easy to rent water sport equipment without
leaving the beach. Most importantly, all these activities (and, of course,
the beach itself) are open to the public, whether or not you are lucky
enough to spend your nights here.
Angle View of a Coastline, Seven Mile Beach, Caribbean Sea, Grand Cayman,
At the southern end of Seven
Mile Beach is one of Grand Cayman's favorite family attractions - The Butterfly
Farm. Inside the farm's tropical gardens, you can view the life stages
of butterflies amongst exotic flowers and peaceful ponds. Many early morning
visitors are granted the pleasure of seeing new butterflies emerge from
their cocoons to take their first flight. On guided tours of the facility,
specialists will allow you to handle both caterpillars and butterflies.
As butterflies are attracted to bright colors and perfumes, those who want
some personal attention from the fluttering creatures should dress to impress.
Open daily at 9 AM, The Butterfly Farm also allows visitors to return throughout
their vacation with one paid entry. If you don't see a butterfly emerge
from its shell the first time around, you can stop by and snap more photos
any time you like.
Most of Grand Cayman's other
premier sightseeing opportunities are located within a few miles of Seven
Mile Beach. To the south of the beach is the island's capital city, Georgetown.
This historic capital features plenty of great boutiques, art galleries
and shopping areas set amongst a stunning array of colonial architecture.
Georgetown also has several great dining and nightlife options.
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North of Seven Mile Beach,
you will find popular attractions such as Hell and The Cayman Island Turtle
Farm in the small town of West Bay. Known for its devilish black coral
formations, Hell is a favorite of witty travelers hoping to send friends
and family correspondence from the underworld. On the other hand, The Cayman
Island Turtle Farm is a great family destination where children can interact
with these endangered creatures. Besides its conservation efforts, The
Cayman Island Turtle Farm also calls to mind the colonial history of the
island. Upon arrival, Christopher Columbus named the islands "Las Tortugas"
(The Turtles) in honor of the multitude of sea turtles along the coast.
Whether you want to relax
in the sand, find adventure in the water or experience world class dining
and attractions, a stroll down Seven Mile Beach will put you in the heart
of the action.
|About the Author - Justin
Burch writes articles about travel in Grand Cayman for the Marriott
Diving on Grand Cayman by Justin Burch
Resting atop a submarine
mountain of coral, the island of Grand Cayman offers some truly distinctive
scuba diving opportunities. Off the shore, the coral walls that descend
sharply into the Caribbean create some incredibly unique and challenging
dives. Elsewhere around the island, there are plenty of dives perfect for
all ages and skill levels. Regardless of where you dive in Grand Cayman,
however, you are sure to encounter an unparalleled variety of underwater
life. It also helps that the warm waters off the coast often boast visibility
exceeding 100 feet - a fact sure to impress snorkelers, as well as scuba
divers. With over 250 unique dive sites in all, Grand Cayman stands as
one of the most diverse dive destinations in the Caribbean.
Many of the most popular
dive sites on Grand Cayman are located off the western shore in an area
known as the West Wall. Many of this area's dive sites are located just
a short boat ride from the resorts lining Seven Mile Beach. At sites such
as Armchair Reef, Wildlife Reef and Aquarium Reef, you will be able to
spot numerous species of underwater creatures. Many of these reef dives
are suitable for novice divers and snorkelers as well.
As Grand Cayman is known
for its wall diving, you will definitely want to explore the deeper water
of the western shore. At the first steep drop-off of 60 feet, you will
find such sites as the Eagle's Nest and the Orange Canyon - named for its
population of colorful elephant ear sponges. Another fun challenge is Bonnie's
Arch, a unique site boasting a coral archway wide enough to swim through.
All in all, there are more than 50 distinct dive sites located in the West
Wall area of the island.
Though the North Wall is
on the windward side of the island and features incredibly steep coral
walls, one of the world's most famous shallow dive sites rests along the
sandy beach. A good part of this popularity is owed to the fact that Stingray
City is a perfect site for divers and snorkelers of all ages and skill
levels. Once you are in the warm, clear water you will be able swim with
families of gentle Southern Stingrays. With wingspans approaching four
feet, many visitors find a great thrill in Stingray City while feeding
and photographing these majestic animals.
Along the North Wall, you
can also spot a large population of tarpons at Tarpon Alley. These large,
strange fish are surprising friendly and will swim close to you if you
move slowly. Along the coral wall, experienced divers can visit Eagle Ray
Pass and the No Name Drop-Off for a glimpse of sea turtles, exotic fish
and dense coral reefs.
While many dive tours only
visit the South Wall when weather is poor off the western shore, there
are plenty of pleasant dives for all skill levels in the shallow southern
waters. At sites such as Japanese Gardens and Oriental Gardens, divers
are promised an up-close view of colorful coral and sea creatures in calm
water perfect for photography. Slightly further from shore, these "gardens"
sink into an intricate maze of tunnels, arches and underwater canyons.
Adventurous divers will want
to visit the eastern shore of Grand Cayman. Though there are only a few
dive operators offering tours of this area, you are unlikely to find more
pristine coral reefs anywhere. Within the first slope of reef, you will
find a series of tunnels, underwater caves and arches. Sites in this area
such as Grouper Grotto and Babylon are always teeming with fish, sponges
and sea turtles.
Lastly, what would a Caribbean
scuba diving trip be without a few wreck dives? The Balboa, a 375-foot
cargo ship that sunk during a storm in 1932, sits at a modest depth of
30 feet in Georgetown Harbor. Today, the vessel is home to an assortment
of the Caribbean's most photogenic residents. The most popular wreck dive
in Grand Cayman is the Oro Verde, a coral-covered freighter resting in
60 feet of water off the shore from Seven Mile Beach. Additionally, Grand
Cayman recently sank five vessels in various locations for both the enjoyment
of divers and the ongoing research of environmental scientists.
There are over 40 experienced
dive operators serving visitors to Grand Cayman, so finding a knowledgeable
guide is a breeze. Even if you have never experienced scuba diving, you
can become certified in Grand Cayman and then test your skills at some
of the Caribbean's best dive sites.
Come to Grand Cayman and
you will see why the island is celebrated by divers and snorkelers across
|About the Author - Justin
Burch writes articles about travel in Grand Cayman for the Marriott
BRAC - VACATION RENTALS
Sands Beach Resort - Unit 115 (Ref: 15431), Cayman Brac
Carib Sands Beach Resort
is a striking new resort located on a sheltered white-sand beach on the
south shore of Cayman Brac, B.W.I. Experience some of the world's
best diving while staying in exceptional comfort at the Carib Sands Beach
Resort. Much of the fabulous coral reef surrounding Cayman Brac and
Little Cayman is protected under the Cayman Marine Conservation Law to
preserve the spectacular natural beauty of the islands' pristine marine
environment. Carib Sands guests will enjoy exploring Cayman Brac's
underwater scenery in comfort and safety. Reef Divers operates one of its
new 42' Newton dive boats from the Carib Sands dock. Carib Sands Beach
Resort offers a choice of one, two, or three-bedroom units.
Cottage, Vacation Rental, Cayman Brac
Sunset Cottage, our Cayman
Brac vacation home, in the Cayman Islands, boasts a remarkably relaxing
environment in which to escape... Cayman Brac, a small, relaxing
island offers: SCUBA, snorkeling, rock climbing, eating, peacefulness,
boating, fishing, exploring, quiet time and just plain FUN! Sunset
Cottage, located on the West End, North Side, is on the quiet side of Cayman
Brac and has its very own 75 feet of sandy beach front property.
CAYMAN VACATION RENTALS
Calypso Villa (Ref: 30549), East End, Grand Cayman
sq. ft. 3+ bedroom Caribbean style villa with media loft and separate office
area. There are 3 1/2 bathrooms. Extremely spacious and luxurious villa
to rent for your next vacation. Fully equipped state-of-the-art open-concept
kitchen with granite countertops, halogen cooktop and convection/microwave
oven, dishwasher and side-by-side refrigerator with ice dispenser. Also
included is a stacking washer & dryer. Our Cayman rental Villa
has FREE DSL (High Speed Internet access). Stunning, large,
5-tier cascading swimming pool (the ONLY 5-tier pool on Grand Cayman! )
with 3 waterfalls and whirlpool literally steps from the house. 300' of
white sandy beach steps away! Sleeps 8.
Snuggle Beach (Ref: 30799), East End, Grand Cayman
This spacious, private 1
bedroom apartment takes up the entire ground floor level of a large 3-storey
house in the East End of Grand Cayman, in Colliers. It walks out
directly to a stunningly beautiful sandy beach, lush with vegetation and
palm trees, right on your doorstep. Lounge chairs are on the beach and
there is great snorkelling right off the beach! This apartment has
been newly renovated & freshly painted in a bright, colourful Caribbean
theme. There is a new, king-size bed with headboard, beautiful yellow comforter
with matching sheets and colourful Caribbean artwork on the walls. There
is a large living room and fully equipped kitchen with full-sized fridge,
stove, microwave, coffee maker and all cutlery / utensils / dishes.
Villas, Grand Cayman
Come relax in a truly tropical
setting, with glorious sunsets and sea breezes in natures backyard. Set
in the peaceful residential area of Breakers, SeaWatch, as it's name implies,
sits directly across from the sea, with it's own sandy, secluded beach.
Just a 14 mile drive from Owen Roberts Airport, it's designed for couples
on an Island getaway or families wanting to experience a truly "Caribbean
Holiday." Seawatch Villas was opened in October 2000 after realizing that
many visitors wanted to experience a Caribbean vacation without being in
the hustle and bustle of the "town center." 3 bedroom/3 bath
and 2 bedroom/2 bath villas.
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ISLANDS - FEATURED HOTELS & RESORTS
for more hotels & resorts in the Cayman Islands
Reef Beach Resort, Cayman Brac
Brac Reef Beach Resort offers
the finest Cayman Island accommodation and amenities. Our Cayman island
resort boasts four and a half acres of beautiful milky white beachfront
property, 27 standard guest rooms, 10 junior suites and 3 handicap accessible
rooms, an award-winning restaurant, day spa, boutique, fitness center,
and wireless internet throughout our resort. Our first class amenities
will spoil you and guests return often because of the warmth and service
of our friendly, dedicated staff. The resort is also home to the renowned
Reef Divers Dive Operation and excellent Cayman Brac diving.
Coast Dive Resort, West Bay
This West Bay resort is
situated near the beach, close to Cayman Turtle Farm and Boatswain's Beach.
Cobalt Coast Dive Resort has a private beach and an outdoor pool. Cobalt
Coast Dive Resort has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. A cooked-to-order
breakfast is complimentary to guests. The staff can arrange concierge services,
dry cleaning/laundry services, and car rentals on site. Additional amenities
include laundry facilities, a garden, and multilingual staff. The property
has designated areas for smoking. Cobalt Coast Dive Resort has 18 guestrooms.
Televisions are equipped with cable television channels, HBO, and ESPN.
Suites Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands
Comfort Suites Seven Mile
Beach is an all-suite resort positioned in a tranquil area of Grand Cayman,
Cayman Islands. Seven Mile Beach, on the Caribbean Sea, is accessible via
a 75-yard footpath from the hotel. The Atlantis Submarine and Grand Cayman's
Underwater Marine Park are two miles away. This hotel offers a casual
tropical ambience with stone tile patios and island-themed decor. Stingers
Restaurant & Bar features alfresco dining, and offers a Caribbean luau
with a dance band, limbo dancer and fire-eater. The hotel provides complimentary
continental breakfasts each morning. Complimentary wireless Internet access
is offered throughout the property, including guestrooms.
Cayman Beach Suites, Seven Mile Beach
The Grand Cayman Beach Suites
is located on Seven Mile Beach, only four miles from Owen Roberts Airport.
Nearby attractions include George Town, Stingray City and Cayman Turtle
Farm, all within six miles of the hotel. Rum Point Beach is a 35- minute
ferry ride away. Hemingway's provides casual, Caribbean cuisine with views
of Seven Mile Beach on its terrace. The trendy-styled Bamboo has a menu
that includes a sushi bar, cocktails and desserts. Wireless Internet access
is available for a fee in the hotel's business center. A 24-hour fitness
center is available while a European day spa provides treatments including
deep tissue massage and body facials. The hotel boasts two outdoor pools,
one overlooking the Caribbean Sea and next to a swim-up bar.
Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach
Resort fronts beautiful Seven Mile Beach, stretching along Grand Cayman
Island. The Rum Point ferry dock and George Town's shops, restaurants and
cruise ships are located less than two kilometers from the resort. A tropical
climate offers ideal conditions for golf, with courses located less than
3 miles away. Dining options at this island resort include the beachside
Solana restaurant that prepares international fare. The Red Parrot is primarily
known for its buffet-style breakfasts and dishes created with pungent island
spices. Balboa's Lounge features live music, theme nights, over 100 martini
specialties and tapas preparations. Sol Bar hosts beach barbecues, happy
hours and live music performances.
Ramada Grand Caymanian Resort, Seven Mile Beach
This Seven Mile Beach hotel
is conveniently close to the airport, near Seven Mile Beach and Cemetery
Beach. The Ramada Grand Caymanian Resort has a private beach, tennis courts,
an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a children's pool. Business amenities at
this 3.0-star property include a business center, complimentary wireless
Internet access, and meeting rooms for small groups. This property provides
an airport shuttle (surcharge). Event facilities include conference rooms.
The staff can arrange tour/ticket assistance, event catering, dry cleaning/laundry
services, and express check-out. Additional amenities include a concierge
desk, laundry facilities, and a children's club. This is a smoke-free property.
Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Seven Mile Beach
Named after the tall Casuarina
trees that grace Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands, The Westin Casuarina
Resort & Spa stands across the street from championship golf links
at Safehaven. Caribbean/Cuban fine dining is highlighted at Casa
Havana, where monthly wine dinners feature a selection of 330 wines. Innovative
dishes include foie gras flamed in Cuban rum. Ferdinand's Caribbean Café
provides bold décor and an ocean-view deck where fare includes parmesan-encrusted
swordfish. Mulitple open-air restaurants and bars complete this resort's
roster of tropical dining choices.
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