Barefoot Beach

Once a popular snorkeling area, Barefoot Beach seems to have been improperly maintained for a while now, so another beach might be a better option to consider for a safe and fun day on the water.

Located on the eastern coast of the island of Grand Cayman, 3.3 miles east of Old Man Bay, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. When you need to spend the afternoon away from tourist-filled hotspots, you should check out Barefoot Beach, a pretty, but less popular part of the coast.

How to Access The Beach
You may overlook the beach access entrance, so look carefully.

Amenities and Ambiance

Please note that public restrooms are not available.

If you usually prefer sunny days that bring guests a relaxing enclave, then you will want to try Barefoot Beach; it's hidden away in a much quieter area of Grand Cayman.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the East coast of Grand Cayman; it will be near other attractions like East End Lighthouse Park, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (situated 16 and a half miles away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help visitors understand the Cayman Islands' interesting past.

If a visit to the Barefoot Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Barefoot Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
East End Lighthouse Park Historical Site 4.1 SSE Grand Cayman
Mission House Historical Site 9.6 SW Grand Cayman
Bodden Town Guardhouse Park Historical Site 10.8 WSW Grand Cayman
Pedro St. James National Historic Site Historical Site 12.3 WSW Grand Cayman
Old Savannah Schoolhouse Historical Site 12.6 WSW Grand Cayman

Cities and Towns

The closest section of Grand Cayman to Barefoot Beach is Old Man Bay. This friendly part of Grand Cayman is just three and a half miles away, meaning a visit doesn't need to take up the whole day. It's important to note that this region in the Cayman Islands is certainly not a bustling region, but it can be an interesting destination for those hoping to get a taste of the local scene.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Though travelers will find only a few places to stay nearby, those accommodation options closest to the beach can be viewed below.

Accommodations near Barefoot Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cayman Reef Hotel 2.3 E Resort
Wyndam Reef Resort Grand Cayman 2.3 E Resort
Morritt's Tortuga Club 2.5 E Resort


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you walk to a local restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the nearest places to eat is Pelican's Reef Restaurant. This restaurant offers a menu of International cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their conch fritters and pasta. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown below.

Restaurants near Barefoot Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Pelican's Reef Restaurant (345) 947-3100 International -- 2.3 mi. E
David’s Deep Blue Restaurant and Bar (345) 745-5910 Eclectic Informal 2.6 mi. E
Mimi’s Dock Bar & Restaurant (345) 947-7449 Caribbean, Fusion Very Casual 2.6 mi. E
Vivine's Kitchen (345) 947-7435 Caribbean, Cayman Informal 3.8 mi. SE
Over The Edge (345) 947-9568 Caribbean, French Very Casual 3.8 mi. W
Eagle Ray's Dive Bar & Grill (345) 640-8888 International Very Casual 3.9 mi. SE
Arlain's Restaurant (345) 947-7278 -- -- -- --
Tukka (345) 947-2700 Australian, Caribbean, Fusion Informal -- --
South Coast Bar & Grill (345) 947-2517 Caribbean, International Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach on Grand Cayman will have lots of options besides Barefoot Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Cayman Kai, located only a taxi trip away from the shore. The serenity and restful atmosphere of the tranquil Cayman Kai beach provides the perfect setting for your next tropical retreat. Others might prefer The Blowholes, which could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to other popular destinations. You'll find it four miles to the south.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is East End, located two and a half miles to the east. The crystalline waters that lap the shores of the East End beach seem to change from different hues of blue.

Perhaps Barefoot Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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