Gun Bay Beach

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Everything you want in a relaxing day at the beach you can have here, unless you like crowds. It's popular but not busy on Grand Cayman's East End.

Located in Gun Bay, 1.9 miles northeast of East End, this beach is on the East coast of Grand Cayman. You should think about stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. There aren't many beaches in the Cayman Islands like Gun Bay Beach; it's well-equipped with nearby activity, but surprisingly, it's not constantly overrun with crowds. If you'd rather socialize than take a nap on a completely empty beach, dut don't want to be overwhelmed by crowds of hotel guests, Gun Bay Beach offers a good middle ground.

How to Access The Beach
This beach is all the way across the island from the airport and capitol, but it's worth visiting this side of the island for views of the water and great snorkeling sights.

Amenities and Ambiance

Gun Bay Beach has amazing views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The waters are shallow and calm, the sand along the shore is white and soft.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Gun Bay Beach offers those who visit an idyllic and peaceful environment, in part because the surrounding region is not heavily urbanized.

What's Nearby


Set on the East coast of Grand Cayman; it will be near other attractions like East End Lighthouse Park, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you want to combine a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, a lovely museum found 19 miles away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Gun Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
East End Lighthouse Park Historical Site 1.4 SW Grand Cayman
Mission House Historical Site 11.0 W Grand Cayman
Bodden Town Guardhouse Park Historical Site 12.3 W Grand Cayman
Pedro St. James National Historic Site Historical Site 13.7 W Grand Cayman
Old Savannah Schoolhouse Historical Site 14.2 W Grand Cayman

Cities and Towns

The closest part of Grand Cayman to Gun Bay Beach is East End. This destination is just two miles from the beach, which means it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. It should be noted that East End is not heavily urbanized, though it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for those wanting to scope out the local scene.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Although you won't find many hotels close-by, the nearest ones are listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Gun Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Compass Point Dive Resort 0.9 mi. SSW Resort
Morritt's Tortuga Club 1.9 mi. N Resort
Cayman Reef Hotel 2.0 mi. N Resort
Wyndam Reef Resort Grand Cayman 2.1 mi. N Resort


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Gun Bay Beach; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. Vivine's Kitchen is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has both Caribbean and Cayman cuisines. Many guests rave about their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

A list of nearby restaurants is listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Gun Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Vivine's Kitchen (345) 947-7435 Caribbean, Cayman Informal 0.5 mi. SSW
Eagle Ray's Dive Bar & Grill (345) 640-8888 International Very Casual 0.9 mi. SSW
David’s Deep Blue Restaurant and Bar (345) 745-5910 Eclectic Informal 1.9 mi. N
Mimi’s Dock Bar & Restaurant (345) 947-7449 Caribbean, Fusion Very Casual 1.9 mi. N
Arlain's Restaurant (345) 947-7278 -- -- -- --
Tukka (345) 947-2700 Australian, Caribbean, Fusion Informal -- --
Pelican's Reef Restaurant (345) 947-3100 International -- 2.1 mi. N

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on Grand Cayman, of course, so Gun Bay Beach is not your only option.

Vacationers may also want to visit East End, located within a short distance. The crystalline waters that lap the shores of the East End beach seem to change from different hues of blue.

The Cayman Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Gun Bay Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Cayman Islands even more memorable.


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