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.

Situated in Gun Bay, 1.9 miles northeast of East End, this beach is on the East coast of Grand Cayman. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying very close. Gun Bay Beach has fast become the favorite of many vacationers; it has a somewhat urban and convenient setting, but is not constantly overrun with crowds. If you'd rather socialize than take a nap on a completely empty beach, but don't want to fight the crowds every step of the way, this beach is right in the middle.

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, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

If you desire sunny days that offer a tranquil enclave, then you should enjoy Gun Bay Beach; it is located in a less urbanized section of Grand Cayman.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Gun Bay Beach 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 to visit.

Some may think that beaches and museums are an odd combination, but at least a few travelers find that museums like National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (located 19 miles to the west) offer a fun learning experience and help visitors understand the Cayman Islands' interesting past.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

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 friendly part of Grand Cayman is just two miles from the beach, so it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. It's important to note that this section of the Cayman Islands is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a nice day out for visitors wanting to get a taste of local life.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Though this area doesn't sport many hotels within a several miles, the nearest ones have been 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
Reef Resort 2.1 mi. N Resort


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the closest restaurants is Vivine's Kitchen. This restaurant has both Caribbean and Cayman menu items. They are also known for serving seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown 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 at The Reef Resort (345) 947-3100 International -- 2.1 mi. N

Other Beaches

Grand Cayman has many beaches, so Gun Bay Beach is not your only option.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is East End, which is 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 offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and dropping by Gun Bay Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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