Swim Near Wild Sea Turtles At This Lesser-Known Caribbean Beach With Clear Blue Waters

Grand Cayman has the honor of having some of the best beaches in the Cayman Islands and, arguably, the Caribbean. Notable mentions include the legendary Seven Mile Beach and Smith Cove. While these might be some of the island's best-known beaches, several hidden gems are just as gorgeous. Case in point: Spotts Beach. It's located in Savannah, under 20 minutes from George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands. Spotts Beach can best be described as a hidden paradise. Surrounded by palm trees and greenery, it features crystal waters and powdery white sand.


But its spectacular scenery is not the only allure drawing visitors in. Spotts Beach is known to be home to sea turtles, which are a common sight on the Cayman Islands. In fact, visitors can pay to swim with these docile creatures at the Cayman Turtle Centre, also in Grand Cayman. However, you can swim with sea turtles at Spotts Beach for free.

In February 2024, one reviewer on Tripadvisor wrote, "Within 5 minutes we spotted a sea turtle feeding in the seagrass with remora fish hanging on for the ride. Followed behind it for around 20 minutes as it fed off the bottom. Amazing experience." If you plan on swimming with the sea turtles at Spotts Beach, here's how to get the best experience.

Know before you go to Spotts Beach

Regardless of the time you visit Spotts Beach, you have a high chance of spotting sea turtles. However, in addition to sea turtles, Spotts Beach has a thriving ecosystem with coral reefs, fish, and more. Bring snorkel gear to get up close and personal with the sea turtles and other aquatic life. As evident by Spotts Beach, Grand Cayman has some of the best snorkeling in the world. Visitors can find affordable rentals at Divers Supply in nearby George Town.


When swimming with sea turtles, keep your distance and do not disturb or touch them. The last thing you want to do is cause them discomfort in their natural habitat. Also, do not feed them, and ensure all trash is properly disposed of. Some other things to note about Spotts Beach: There is a pier for beachgoers and a free parking lot. Reviewers on Tripadvisor say that there is also a portable toilet and picnic tables.

Keep in mind that there are no lifeguards at Spotts Beach, which is known to have strong currents. There have been reports of swimmers dying there. Thus, stay close to shore and always swim with a buddy. Likewise, don't pass the buoys in the water.

Where to stay near Spotts Beach

Grand Cayman has stunning resorts, but the best option is Airbnb for those who want to be close to Spotts Beach. The surrounding area is primarily residential. That said, there are several listings on Airbnb within walking distance of the beach. One guest favorite is a two-bedroom condo in Savannah, steps away from Spotts Beach. It features ocean views and access to an outdoor pool. Additionally, the property was on Season 26 of HGTV's "Beachfront Bargain Hunt." At the time of this writing, prices start at $189 a night, with a three-night minimum.


Another guest favorite is this modern two-bedroom apartment in Savannah. Like the condo, it's located directly on Spotts Beach. Moreover, it has everything a family would need for a vacation, including a kitchen, washer and dryer, pool, and more. At the time of this writing, prices start at $295 a night, with a five-night minimum.

Looking for something snug and homey? Then this highly-rated small cottage is for you. It has one bedroom and is ideal for two guests. Although it's in Savannah, the listing states it's a five-minute drive from Spotts Beach. At the time of this writing, prices start at $135 a night. For an ultra-luxurious stay in Spotts Beach, check out this beachfront four-bedroom villa aptly named Turtle Beach. Rates start at $1,456 a night.