Barkers National Park Beach

The shoreline on this long, clean beach is bordered by mangroves and greenery. During the week, there are very few visitors so if you like isolated beach experiences, this is the spot for you.

Located in the northeastern outskirts of West Bay, Barkers National Park Beach is on the North West coast of Grand Cayman. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. It's often said that Barkers National Park Beach is the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Many of the other beaches in the Cayman Islands may be just as breezy and refreshing, but tend to be more crowded because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

How to Access The Beach
The road to get here has signage for Pappagallo's restaurant which is just outside the park entrance. Four wheel drive is necessary because the potholes are huge on the dirt road that provides park access.

Amenities and Ambiance

Perfect for nature enthusiasts, Barkers National Park Beach is a pristine stretch of white sand that meets crystal clear shallow waters for miles down an empty stretch of coastline. The further you go down into the park, the cleaner and more isolated the surroundings will feel.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the North West coast of Grand Cayman. It is near some interesting sites like Garvin Park, which is one of a number of popular spots in the area.

Historical attractions such as Fort George offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Barkers National Park Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about the Cayman Islands, without venturing too far from the coast.

If a visit to the Barkers National Park Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Barkers National Park Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Garvin Park Park 1.4 mi. S Grand Cayman
Dolphin Cove Dolphin Encounter Service 1.5 mi. SW Grand Cayman
Chamber of Commerce Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations 3.5 mi. S Grand Cayman
North Sound Golf Club Golf Course 3.6 mi. S Grand Cayman
Blue Tip Golf Course Golf Course 3.9 mi. S Grand Cayman
Britannia Golf Course Golf Course 4.5 mi. S Grand Cayman
Kennedy Gallery/Cayman Fine Art Art Gallery 4.9 mi. S Grand Cayman
FJ Harquail Cultural Centre Dinner Show and Theater 5.1 mi. S Grand Cayman
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Museum 5.3 mi. S Grand Cayman
Fort George Historical Site 6.6 mi. S Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands National Museum Museum 6.8 mi. S Grand Cayman
Dr. Roy's Ironshore Historical Site 7.1 mi. S Grand Cayman

Cities and Towns

Barkers National Park Beach is very close to West Bay, so walking the city is a definite option. Barkers National Park Beach tourists looking for further attractions might think about checking out West Bay, since it's close-by and is an active, busy area.

Hotels

The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since the beach is located in a relatively popular vacation area, it is not typically very tough to find a hotel nearby that's to your taste. If you're hoping to get a place that's on or near the beach, the following table shows the closest options to Barkers National Park Beach.

Accommodations near Barkers National Park Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Villas Pappagallo 0.7 mi. WNW Villa complex
Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites 2.0 mi. W Resort
Silver Sands Condominiums 2.2 mi. SW Villa complex
Discovery Point Club 2.3 mi. SSW Villa complex
Christopher Columbus 2.3 mi. SSW Villa complex
The Anchorage 2.3 mi. SSW Villa complex
London House 2.4 mi. SSW Villa complex
Heritage Club 2.4 mi. SSW Villa complex
White Sands 2.5 mi. SSW Villa complex
Oceanside Plantation 2.7 mi. SW Villa complex

Food

If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Ristorante Pappagallo. This restaurant offers both International and Italian cuisines. Visitors often rave about their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

The following table provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Barkers National Park Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Ristorante Pappagallo (345) 949-1119 International, Italian Informal 0.7 mi. WNW
Osetra Bay Restaurant (345) 325-5000 Caribbean Very Casual 1.1 mi. SSW
Calypso Grill (345) 949-3948 Cayman Very Casual 1.1 mi. SSW
Alfresco Restaurant (345) 947-2525 Caribbean -- -- --
Asian Express Restaurant (345) 946-0303 Asian -- -- --
Azzurro (345) 946-7745 -- -- -- --
Schooner's Bar & Grill (345) 949-3894 -- -- -- --
Domino's West Bay (345) 949-6633 Italian Very Casual 1.8 mi. WSW
Cobalt Coast Restaurant (345) 946-5656 Caribbean Very Casual 2.0 mi. W
The Heritage Cafe (345) 945-6565 Cayman Very Casual -- --
Liberty's (345) 949-3226 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Heritage Kitchen by the Sea (345) 916-0444 Caribbean Very Casual 2.3 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Grand Cayman has many beaches, so Barkers National Park Beach is not your only option.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Cemetery Beach, found just a short distance away. More active guests, though, may be interested in Conch Point Beach, which offers more action, and is closer to other popular destinations.

Travelers may also want to consider Boatswain's Beach, which is located two and a half miles away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in the Cayman Islands, but visiting Barkers National Park Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Cayman Islands even more memorable.

 

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