At the northern end of Grand Cayman’s popular Seven Mile Beach, West Bay is a laid-back residential area of the island that offers a great escape from the upscale hustle of George Town. The town is home to Barker’s National Park, the first national park established in the Cayman Islands, where you can hike, horseback ride and birdwatch.
On the opposite side of the peninsula, the Cayman Turtle Farm is a great family destination, where you can swim in a lagoon with sea turtles and see a nine-foot saltwater crocodile. Along the West Bay waterfront, you can visit Dolphin Cove to arrange a dolphin encounter or a trip to Stingray City, and no visit to West Bay is complete without a stop in Hell, a stretch of stark-looking ironshore with a gift shop where you can buy postcards “From Hell.”
West Bay sits to the north of George Town, and it’s about a 20-minute drive to get there on the Esterly Tibbetts Hwy.