Smith's Cove

Top choice in Grand Cayman

Easily one of the best snorkeling spots on Grand Cayman, this series of coves has shallow, calm water, pretty rock formations and a nice variety of sea life, including colorful fish and a resident octopus or two. The beach offers a changing area and bathroom, as well as some shaded picnic tables in the sand.

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