North Side Beach

A nice stretch of white sand shoreline, this beach is mostly populated by those renting the beach-side accommodations here.

Located in North Side, 2.3 miles west of Old Man Bay, this beach is on the North East coast of Grand Cayman. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. The surrounding area is not very urbanized, but that doesn't mean the beach is free from attractiveness.

How to Access The Beach
This beach does not provide any public parking or access. Aside from parking along the road and walking beside some of the private rentals here, there is no way on the beach. However, there are no gates or guards on duty, so it is possible to get on the beach this way.

Amenities and Ambiance

Facing the open Caribbean, these waters are warm, shallow and inviting on this beach. The sand is soft and the beach is long and wide.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

If you like beach days that offer visitors a tranquil place to escape, then you will want to try North Side Beach; it is back within a more rural sector of Grand Cayman.

What's Nearby


North Side Beach is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the North East coast of Grand Cayman; this area boasts other attractions such as Mission House, which is five and a half miles to the south-southwest of this spot.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. This museum is located a relatively brief cab ride away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near North Side Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Mission House Historical Site 5.7 SSW Grand Cayman
Bodden Town Guardhouse Park Historical Site 6.4 SW Grand Cayman
Pedro St. James National Historic Site Historical Site 7.9 SW Grand Cayman
East End Lighthouse Park Historical Site 8.0 ESE Grand Cayman
Old Savannah Schoolhouse Historical Site 8.0 SW Grand Cayman

Cities and Towns

North Side Beach is in the Bodden Town area, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The nearby town of Bodden Town is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the shore, Bodden Town is a little ways off, maybe six and a half miles (ten and a half kilometers) away.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it's often visited by guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a decent selection of hotels a car ride away. A few of the more convenient choices have been displayed in the following list.

Accommodations near North Side Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Turtle Nest Inn 5.9 SSW Hotel
Cayman Reef Hotel 7.7 E Resort
Wyndam Reef Resort Grand Cayman 7.8 E Resort


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Over The Edge is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and French dishes on the menu. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's not far off the beach at all.

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

Restaurants near North Side Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Over The Edge (345) 947-9568 Caribbean, French Very Casual 1.7 mi. E
South Coast Bar & Grill (345) 947-2517 Caribbean, International Very Casual -- --
The Lighthouse Restaurant at Breakers (345) 947-2047 Italian Informal 4.1 mi. S
Rum Point Restaurant (345) 947-9412 Caribbean Informal 4.2 mi. WNW
Kaibo Beach Bar & Grill (345) 947-9975 American, Caribbean Informal 4.3 mi. W
Upstairs at Kaibo (345) 947-9975 Contemporary, International Fine Dining 4.3 mi. W
Kaibo Beach Espresso (345) 947-9975 -- -- 4.3 mi. W

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have plenty of other choices on Grand Cayman besides North Side Beach.

You may also enjoy Old Man Bay Beach, located two and a half miles away.

You may find that North Side Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, the Cayman Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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