Boatswain's Beach

Boatswain's Beach is located on the northwest coast of Grand Cayman Island. It is a government run marine park and turtle farm where visitors can learn about island marine life and conservation as well as encounter such animals as turtles, sharks, and exotic birds.

Located in the western outskirts of West Bay, Boatswain's Beach is on the North West edge of Grand Cayman. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Seeking a beach that best suits your style of relaxation? Some prefer to choose one that is within easy reach of hotels, but far enough from the noisy crowds; a somewhat secluded part of the coast called Boatswain's Beach usually offers the right balance.

How to Access The Beach

Boatswain's Beach is accessible via NW Point Road. Parking is available directly across from the Turtle Farm, and is free.

Amenities and Ambiance

Boatswain's Beach features several individual exhibits including a breeding ground, a few lagoons where you can swim with sea life, a turtle tank, and an iguana exhibit.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the North West coast of Grand Cayman; it will be near other attractions like Dolphin Cove, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (located five and a half miles away) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new perspective of the Cayman Islands.

If a visit to the Boatswain's 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 Boatswain's Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Dolphin Cove Dolphin Encounter Service 1.5 mi. ESE Grand Cayman
Barker's National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.1 mi. E Grand Cayman
Garvin Park Park 2.2 mi. ESE Grand Cayman
Trafalgar Square Park 3.4 mi. SE Grand Cayman
Chamber of Commerce Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations 3.7 mi. SE Grand Cayman
North Sound Golf Club Golf Course 4.0 mi. SE Grand Cayman
Blue Tip Golf Course Golf Course 4.4 mi. SE Grand Cayman
Britannia Golf Course Golf Course 4.7 mi. SSE Grand Cayman
FJ Harquail Cultural Centre Dinner Show and Theater 5.2 mi. SSE Grand Cayman
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Museum 5.3 mi. SSE Grand Cayman
Fort George Historical Site 6.5 mi. S Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands National Museum Museum 6.6 mi. S Grand Cayman

Cities and Towns

Boatswain's Beach guests looking for other interesting places to see will want to think about heading to West Bay, which is close-by and is an active, busy area.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a pretty nice selection of accommodation options to pick from in the area that surrounds the beach. The closest of which can be viewed in the following table.

Accommodations near Boatswain's Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites 0.5 mi. ENE Resort
Cotton Tree 1.6 mi. ENE Cottages
Aqua Bay Club 2.0 mi. SE Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Grand Cayman 3.0 mi. SE Resort
Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa 3.8 mi. SE Resort
Sunshine Suites Resort 3.9 mi. SE Resort
Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman 4.0 mi. SSE Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman 4.2 mi. SE Resort
7 Mile Resort & Clubs 4.4 mi. SSE Resort
Annie's Place 4.8 mi. SE B & B


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is Cracked Conch by the Sea. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and eclectic menu items. Visitors often rave about their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Boatswain's Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cracked Conch by the Sea (345) 945-5217 Caribbean, Eclectic, International Informal 0.4 mi. SW
Cobalt Coast Restaurant (345) 946-5656 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. ENE
Domino's West Bay (345) 949-6633 Italian Very Casual 1.0 mi. SE
Chef John's BBQ & Catering (345) 929-1147 Cayman Very Casual 1.2 mi. SSE
Liberty's (345) 949-3226 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
The Heritage Cafe (345) 945-6565 Cayman Very Casual -- --
Asian Express Restaurant (345) 946-0303 Asian -- -- --
Azzurro (345) 946-7745 -- -- -- --
Schooner's Bar & Grill (345) 949-3894 -- -- -- --
Alfresco Restaurant (345) 947-2525 Caribbean -- -- --
Ristorante Pappagallo (345) 949-1119 International, Italian Informal 1.8 mi. ENE
Osetra Bay Restaurant (345) 325-5000 Caribbean Very Casual 2.0 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Grand Cayman, so Boatswain's Beach is not your only option.

Vacationers may also want to visit Turtle Farm Beach, which is located a quarter mile to the west-southwest.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in the Cayman Islands, and paying a visit to Boatswain's Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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