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.

Set along the northeastern outskirts of West Bay, Barkers National Park Beach is on the North West coast of Grand Cayman. You might want whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. Do you dream of finding a beach tucked into an untouched part of town? Many visitors seek a beach that's a long way from the nearest major city; beautiful but out-of-the-way beaches like Barkers National Park Beach might not be typical "beach scenes", but are nice and private.

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, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Barkers National Park Beach is on the North West coast of Grand Cayman; it's located near attractions like Barker's National Park, which is a quarter mile away.

Historical attractions such as Fort George provide the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Barkers National Park Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Cayman Islands' past, without having to venture too far from the coast.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Barkers National Park Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Barker's National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.3 mi. W Grand Cayman
Garvin Park Park 1.4 mi. S Grand Cayman
Dolphin Cove Dolphin Encounter Service 1.5 mi. SW Grand Cayman
Trafalgar Square Park 3.1 mi. S 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
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

Cities and Towns

Barkers National Park Beach is near West Bay, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Those visiting Barkers National Park Beach who are looking for some additional excitement will want to consider heading over to West Bay, because it's in the vicinity and is a particularly busy area of the Cayman Islands.

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a good amount of hotel rooms within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient choices have been displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Barkers National Park Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cotton Tree 0.9 mi. WNW Cottages
Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites 2.0 mi. W Resort
Aqua Bay Club 2.2 mi. SW Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Grand Cayman 2.9 mi. S Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman 3.3 mi. S Resort
Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa 3.6 mi. S Resort
Sunshine Suites Resort 3.7 mi. S Resort
Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman 3.8 mi. S Resort
7 Mile Resort & Clubs 4.3 mi. S Resort
Annie's Place 4.4 mi. S B & B

Food

A trip to the beach isn't complete until you enjoy a meal at an area restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Ristorante Pappagallo. The restaurant serves both International and Italian cuisines. They're also renowned for their seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

A few nearby dining options are listed in the following table.

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 -- --
Chef John's BBQ & Catering (345) 929-1147 Cayman Very Casual 2.4 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have other options if Barkers National Park Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

You might also enjoy Cemetery Beach, situated just a short distance away. More active guests, though, may be interested in Conch Point Beach, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby.

Another location you may want to try is Boatswain's Beach, located two and a half miles away.

Barkers National Park Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Cayman Islands you might like.

 

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