Smith's Cove

Photo Credit: © Dustin Gaffke CC BY

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 on the edge of Georgetown, less than a mile south-southwest of the "downtown" area, Smith's Cove is on the West coast of Grand Cayman. You might want even if you aren't staying very close. You may notice that beaches throughout the Cayman Islands tend to be fairly quiet and secluded, but Smith's Cove is decidedly different.

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.

Whether you're eating lunch or just a snack at, you'll appreciate the available picnic tables.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. You'll appreciate that showers are available, 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.

Even so, be sure to remember that while you can find options for conveniences on location if you go to Smith's Cove, it is found inside an area popular for visitors. Unless you do not mind crowds, it's a decent reason to make plans and beat the crowds, maybe arriving in the morning. Or you could possibly not be able to completely enjoy all the amenities which Smith's Cove has on site.

What's Nearby


Set 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 most conveniently accessible attractions.

History-focused attractions such as Dr. Roy's Ironshore are a nice compliment to the scenery of Smith's Cove, and allow visitors to learn more about the Cayman Islands, without straying too far from the coastline.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed 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
Island Glass Blowing Studios Ltd Art Gallery 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

Guests visiting Smith's Cove who are looking for some additional excitement might want to think about going to Georgetown, since it's nearby and is a particularly bustling part of the Cayman Islands. From Smith's Cove, Georgetown is a quick trip away, roughly one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from smaller accommodations in the area.


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest places to eat is Grand Old House. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and European dishes on the menu. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Smith's Cove
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Grand Old House (345) 949-9333 Caribbean, European, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Informal 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 -- --
Arbutus Galley (345) 943-1100 American, Caribbean 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 -- --

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach on Grand Cayman will have lots of options besides Smith's Cove.

Another location you might enjoy is Barkers National Park Beach, a popular beach beloved by tourists. You'll find it eight miles to the north. If you're looking for something a little more private, you might find what you want at Seven Mile Beach. It is located a brief car or taxi trip away.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is South Sound, located within a short distance.

There's plenty to see and do in the Cayman Islands, so visiting Smith's Cove is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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