Smith's Cove

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Extraordinary snorkeling opportunities are available at Smith's Cove and trees line the small beach, providing large pockets of shade. It's sometimes populated with Cayman locals.

Located in the outer region of Georgetown, less than a mile south-southwest of "downtown," Smith's Cove is on the West coast of Grand Cayman. You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying very close. If you can't wait to escape the stresses of city life, you'll appreciate that beaches here are generally pretty quiet. Then again, some vacationers seek out the loudest and the most active areas, and are better off trying a beach like Smith's Cove, with a more upbeat atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
Located in George Town's southern suburbs, public access here is very easy. Head south on S Church Street from George Town and the beach will be on your right after you pass Thompson Drive.

Amenities and Ambiance

The turquoise waters of Smith's Cove are protected by coral reefs and limestone formations. The sea is very clear and a variety of sea life can easily be spotted beneath the gentle waves.

Consider using this beach's picnic tables, which make beach dining less messy, and are good spots for lounging.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Smith's Cove. Showers are provided for visitors, so you can rinse off before heading back to your hotel. Smith's Cove is a favored beach with tourists. On weekends, locals like to get out to Smith's Cove, as well, so that's when the beach is most crowded.

Smith's Cove with its offering of amenities and services can be found inside an active, busy area. What this means is that if you know that the amenities make or break a trip, it'll likely be a smart motivator to arrive earlier in the day before most of the crowds or perhaps try a beach elsewhere. If you arrive later, you could possibly miss the chance to fully enjoy all the services that this beach has on site.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This pleasant stretch of sand known as Smith's Cove is on the West coast of Grand Cayman; the area is home to other attractions such as National Trust Visitor Center, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you want to learn more about the history of the Cayman Islands, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Dr. Roy's Ironshore, which is one of the closest places of historical significance near Smith's Cove.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Cayman Islands' attractions as possible, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Smith's Cove
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
National Trust Visitor Center Museum 0.5 mi. N Grand Cayman
Truman Bodden Sports Complex Sporting Event Venue 0.5 mi. E Grand Cayman
Field Of Dreams Sporting Event Venue 0.6 mi. E Grand Cayman
Cathy Church Underwater Photo Gallery Art Gallery 0.7 mi. N Grand Cayman
Dr. Roy's Ironshore Historical Site 1.2 mi. NE Grand Cayman
Esteban Gallery Art Gallery 1.2 mi. NE Grand Cayman
Harquail Theatre Dinner Show and Theater 1.2 mi. NE Grand Cayman
Sandstrom Creations Art Gallery 1.2 mi. NE Grand Cayman
Waterford & Wedgwood Gallery Art Gallery 1.2 mi. NE Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands National Museum Museum 1.3 mi. NNE Grand Cayman
Fort George Historical Site 1.5 mi. NNE Grand Cayman

Cities and Towns

Smith's Cove is very close to Georgetown, so walking the city is a definite option. Guests visiting Smith's Cove who are hoping to find some additional excitement will want to consider going to Georgetown, because it's close-by and is an active, busy area. From the shore, Georgetown isn't far off, maybe one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but it can appeal to visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.

Food

One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to dine at a local restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without having to stray too far. Grand Old House is one of the closest eateries. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Smith's Cove
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Grand Old House (345) 949-9333 -- -- 0.1 mi. NNW
Cafe Tortuga (345) 949-7701 -- -- 0.4 mi. NE
Season to the Bone (345) 326-6094 Jamaican Very Casual 0.7 mi. NNE
SeaHarvest Restaurant (345) 945-1383 Caribbean, International Very Casual 0.7 mi. N
My Bar (345) 945-1383 American Very Casual 0.7 mi. N
Country and Western Restaurant (345) 945-4079 Caribbean, International -- -- --
Amelia's Kitchen (345) 949-5522 Cayman Very Casual -- --
Bananas Restaurant (345) 949-0859 -- -- -- --
Bus-Side Buffet (345) 945-7965 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Button Wood Club & Restaurant (345) 945-4243 -- -- -- --
Coffee & Bites (345) 945-4892 Café Very Casual -- --
Dada's Grill (345) 945-3232 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Smith's Cove on Grand Cayman.

You may also want to try Barkers National Park Beach, which is in a pretty active location. You'll find it eight miles to the north. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Seven Mile Beach is a beach which doesn't see as many crowds. You'll find it a brief car or taxi trip away.

Vacationers may also want to visit South Sound, located within a couple of miles.

There's plenty to see and do in the Cayman Islands, and Smith's Cove offers just one way to spend time outdoors.

 

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