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 along the western outskirts of West Bay, Boatswain's Beach is on the North West coast of Grand Cayman. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of the Cayman Islands' beaches, but at Boatswain's Beach, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

What's Nearby


Boatswain's Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North West coast of Grand Cayman; it's located near attractions like Dolphin Cove, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

History-focused attractions such as Fort George are a great compliment to the natural beauty of Boatswain's Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about the Cayman Islands, without straying too far from the coastline.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found 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
Kennedy Gallery/Cayman Fine Art Art Gallery 4.9 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

Cities and Towns

Boatswain's Beach visitors looking for other interesting places to see might think about heading over to West Bay, since it's close-by and is a particularly bustling part of the Cayman Islands.


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. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

You'll find a decent number of hotels within driving distance. A list of the closest possibilities have been displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Boatswain's Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites 0.5 mi. ENE Resort
Aqua Bay Club 2.0 mi. SE Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Grand Cayman 3.0 mi. SE Resort
Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa 3.0 mi. SE Resort
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach 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 Guest house


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest places to eat is Cracked Conch. The restaurant has both Caribbean and eclectic cuisines. Many guests rave about their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are shown below.

Restaurants near Boatswain's Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cracked Conch (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) 323-9125 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

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Boatswain's Beach on Grand Cayman.

Another location you may want to try is Turtle Farm Beach, which is located a quarter mile away.

The Cayman Islands has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and dropping by Boatswain's Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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