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.

Situated toward 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 particularly close by. Although the Cayman Islands has beaches that are more secluded than Boatswain's Beach, it offers just enough privacy to attract families and couples alike.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Found on the North West coast of Grand Cayman; this area boasts other attractions such as Dolphin Cove, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

To some, beaches and museums may seem an odd combination, but many travelers find that museums like National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (found only a short taxi ride away) offer a fun learning experience and a new way to experience the Cayman Islands' culture.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed 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

Those visiting Boatswain's Beach who are seeking other opportunities for exploration will want to consider going to West Bay, which is in the vicinity and is a particularly bustling part of the Cayman Islands.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a reasonable selection of hotel rooms which can be reached in the car. A list of the closest possibilities can be viewed 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


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the closest places to eat is Cracked Conch. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and eclectic cuisines. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's not far off the beach at all.

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

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
Heritage Kitchen by the Sea (345) 916-0444 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 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

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic 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.

Maybe Boatswain's Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Cayman Islands you might like.


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