Barefoot Beach Snorkeling

The 15th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.

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.

After a long day of snorkeling at Barefoot Beach, you might want to grab a cool, refreshing drink at Bar Jack, Tiki Beach or the Wreck Bar at Rum Point.

To reach the snorkeling on Grand Cayman Island by air, you will fly into the Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM). 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 19 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman.


Local Contact(s):  Cayman Islands Tourism (345) 949-0623; Ambassador Divers (345) 949-8839; Bob Soto Reef Divers (345) 949-2022

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Cayman Islands" from Lonely Planet

Recommended Map:  "Cayman Islands Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Dec. - May

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Cayman Diving Lodge (345) 947-7555; Eldemires Tropical Island Inn

Luxury Loding:  The Reef Resort East End (345) 947-3100; Compass Point Dive Resort (345) 947-0000

Breakfast Restaurant:  Eats Cafe; Cimboco

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  10/23/2016

ID:  24935


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