Barefoot Beach Snorkeling
The 15th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.
Monday 29 January 2018 06:55 GMT
On the east end of Grand Cayman, the snorkelling at Barefoot Beach is known for healthy elkhorn coral and star coral formations. Near shore, there are turtle grass beds in sand flats for the first 300 feet from shore, then there are reefs in water from 4 to 8 feet deep. With a barrier reef offshore, there is usually no surf or current. During Barefoot Beach snorkeling, you may encounter grunts, black durgon, scorpionfish, snapper and sea turtles. In addition, to the west towards Anchor Point, the wreck of Geneva Kathleen lies in 6 foot deep water offshore. This is an old 200 foot long wooden hulled schooner that was raked over the reef back in 1929 due to a hurricane. If you look closely, you may see some of the remains.
After a long day of snorkeling at Barefoot Beach, you might want to grab a cool, refreshing drink at Tukka Beach Bar centrally located midway down the East End.
To reach the snorkeling on Grand Cayman Island by air, you will fly into the Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM). There are regular flights from Houston, Dallas and Miami. Once on Grand Cayman Island, the snorkeling dive sites are easily accessed by renting either a scooter or jeep, both of which are common means of transportation on the island. There is also a public bus that covers most regions of the island. When departing the Cayman Islands, there is a departure tax of $37.50USD. This tax may be included in the airline ticket, but you will want to verify in advance.
The Barefoot Beach snorkeling dive site is located on the East End of the island on Queens Road. If it is still there, there is an old Barefoot Gardens Villa sign for an old proposed resort, which is about 3.25 miles from the intersection with Frank Sound Road, and the beach access is next to this property (unsigned and can be easily missed).
Overall, Barefoot Beach is the 15th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Barefoot Beach including East End, Queens Monument and Anchor Point.