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. The water entry is rocky and filled with sea urchins so use care - it is best at high tide. With a...
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. The water entry is rocky and filled with sea urchins so use care - it is best at high tide. With a barrier reef offshore, there is usually no surf or current. Make sure to snorkel out beyond the sea grass for real enjoyment. During Barefoot Beach snorkeling, you may encounter grunts, rockfish, 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 (usually unsigned and can be easily missed). There is limited roadside parking spread among two informal parking areas with room for 2 cars each.
Overall, Barefoot Beach is the 13th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 25 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Barefoot Beach including Queens Monument, South Channel Garden, Anchor Point, Sunrise-Noon-Sunset and Morritts - Reef Resort.
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