Leaning tree above calm turquoise sea, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

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Seven Mile Beach

Grand Cayman

Although it’s really only about 5½ miles long, this gorgeous strand has flawless white sand and crystal-blue waters – it's just as pretty as a postcard. It's lined with resorts and vacation properties, but the beach itself is public. The main public beach-access point – just south of the Kimpton – has a big parking lot, a playground, beach volleyball and lounge-chair rental, with beach bars and plenty of other diversions nearby. Crowded but fun.

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1. Governor’s Beach

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2. Cemetery Beach


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3. National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

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4. Hell


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5. Barkers National Park

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6. Cayman Turtle Center

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