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.

Positioned in the outer region 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 to drop by even if you are not staying nearby. Eventually, visitors notice that beaches throughout the Cayman Islands tend to be fairly quiet and secluded, but Smith's Cove is a little 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.

If you're thinking about eating lunch here, consider that their picnic tables make it even easier.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Smith's Cove. Shower facilities are available here, so you can rinse off the sand. 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.

Remember to take into account that Smith's Cove's immediate surroundings are a bustling area, which means you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the West coast of Grand Cayman; it's located near attractions like National Trust Visitor Center, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Historical attractions like Dr. Roy's Ironshore offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Smith's Cove, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about the Cayman Islands, without straying too far from the coastline.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in the Cayman Islands. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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

Those visiting Smith's Cove who are seeking a little additional excitement will want to think about heading over to Georgetown, since it's in the vicinity and is an especially active area of the Cayman Islands. From the shore, Georgetown is a fairly short distance away, about 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 of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. Smith's Cove is not near very many major hotels, but you may see visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.


If during your visit you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is Grand Old House. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown below.

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

Grand Cayman has several beautiful beaches, so Smith's Cove is not your only option.

If the exciting vibe at Smith's Cove has you wanting more of the same, consider also visiting Barkers National Park Beach, another location where you'll find fun and action. You'll find it eight miles to the north. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Seven Mile Beach is a beach secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it a brief car or taxi trip away.

Travelers may also want to consider South Sound, which is located within a short distance.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Smith's Cove is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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