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 consider dropping by whether or not you are staying very close. Gun Bay Beach is somewhat unique because it's a generally active beach, but it's not usually over-crowded. If you prefer to avoid the Cayman Islands' quiet, secluded beaches, but also want to be able to claim a spot without any trouble, this beach offers a nice 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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

If you happen to favor shores that bring guests a quiet experience, then a good choice for you is Gun Bay Beach; it's back within a more natural sector of Grand Cayman.

What's Nearby


Gun Bay Beach is on the East coast of Grand Cayman; the area hosts attractions such as East End Lighthouse Park, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (situated 19 miles to the west) offer an entertaining diversion and help visitors understand the Cayman Islands' interesting past.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, 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 section of Grand Cayman to Gun Bay Beach is East End. This destination is just two miles away, meaning a trip here doesn't have to take all day. It should be noted that Georgetown is not overly populated, so for visitors wishing to get a taste of the local culture, East End might be a place you consider spending some time in.


How many other people you encounter at Gun Bay Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

Though this area doesn't sport many hotels that are within a short car ride, the closest ones are shown 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


When you start craving an afternoon snack, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you won't have to look too far from the sea. Vivine's Kitchen is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and Cayman cuisines. They are also famous for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's only a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

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

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Gun Bay Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Another option worth considering is East End, located two miles to the north. The crystalline waters that lap the shores of the East End beach seem to change from different hues of blue.

Maybe Gun Bay Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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