Sun worshippers, scuba divers, golfers, boaters, and bankers have long appreciated the appeal of the Cayman Islands, a British territory south of Cuba. Grand Cayman, the biggest island of the three, is also the most famous for the white sands of Seven Mile Beach and the photo ops of Stingray City.
For your next stay, choosing an Airbnb can grant access to high-end beachfront estates with a long list of services or more modest homes offering everything you need—this destination offers it all.
A Stately Affair
Located right on Seven Mile Beach, this five-bedroom luxury rental is massive enough to feel like its own resort. We’re especially taken by the two rows of ocean-facing beach loungers—offering plenty of space for everyone in your party. Plus, a palapa-shaded day bed gives even more options. Knowing the beach is such a draw, the owners built a full outdoor kitchen with a five-seat high-top bar so you and yours can grill shrimp and steak and refresh cocktails, all while staying outside.
More reasons you’ll be tempted to not leave the rental include the ping-pong, foosball and pool tables, as well as an outdoor putting green. Note, too, that you can add on extras, including airport pick-ups, childcare, a private chef, grocery delivery, bartender, and more.
If you want space, it’s hard to beat the 5,100-sq. ft. offered by this four-bedroom villa in the Seven Mile Beach area of Grand Cayman. What we like most: The balconies and outdoor dining areas look onto the Jack-Nicklaus-deigned Britannia Golf Course. Plus, in addition to the all-stainless kitchen, there’s a separate full wet bar with wine fridge to amply accommodate happy hour.
As for the location, it’s just under a mile from the beach, so make plans accordingly.
Farmhouse Chic Cottage
This one-bedroom cottage is one of the most modern on the island of Grand Cayman. With an all-white-and-neutral color palette, the vibe is crisp, clean and modern—with enough natural touches, from rattan lamps to raw wood stools, to still feel beachy. Most tropical of all is the landscaping, framing the exterior as well as the backyard patio, which offers a white-fringe-umbrella-shaded dining area, made cozy with café lights.
As for practical details, note that the unit’s one queen bed and queen sleeper sofa allow it to accommodate four guests.
Tower Living by the Beach
This three-bedroom villa, part of the Kimpton Seafire Resort, offers elevated living and views, all within a short walk of Seven Mile Beach. We love the main bedroom, opening to a patio overlooking the beach as well as that turquoise water the island is so famous for.
Even from the kitchen, with an oversize island and bar area, you can still enjoy sea views while making Sunday brunch or enjoying happy-hour wine and appetizers. With resort living included, every stay comes with daily breakfast buffet for two, daily housekeeping and a concierge service.
Little Cayman Getaway
The white sand beach is missing from the shore of this three-bedroom home on the island of Little Cayman. However, if you’re an avid snorkeler or scuba diver, you know that an ironshore coast trumps sand as those grains only mix with the water to limit visibility—making this a great spot for swimming with marine life.
Inside, the décor and flooring lean toward neutral, bright and Spartan, ideal for those spending lots of time outside and possibly tracking in sea and sand. Speaking of which, this property comes with snorkel gear and bikes, helping guests dive right into outdoor adventure.
Rum Point Bargain
If you’ve been to Grand Cayman before, you know that Rum Point is the place to go for blended drinks and kitesurfer-watching at beach bars. But beyond the action of the point, this area is a quiet retreat for travelers, located across the North Sound from the main city of George Town.
We like this one-bedroom, one-bathroom bargain out on Rum Cove for its waterfront access and private patch of beach. As if opening up to a white sand beach isn’t enough, this Airbnb offers a spacious sunroom with bold colors and screen walls, perfect for shaded breaks from the sun.
North Side Sand
The aerial shots of this four-bedroom beachfront home won us over. Not only does this Airbnb have beachfront access and no neighbors in sight to share it with, it also offers a rooftop with sun loungers and deck chairs—great for taking in the sun while enjoying an up-leveled view or for nightcaps while enjoying the sound of the ocean.
Rum Point Luxe
From nearly every space in this three-bedroom home, all you can see is turquoise—both from the sea just steps away, to the pool that runs nearly the length of the outdoor patio.
Choose this Rum Point haven for its quiet beach, dock—kayaks included—and choice of four outdoor living spaces, from the kitchen-and-grill area to a shaded living room. Oh, and three hammocks strung between palms only add to relaxing-in-the-tropics vibe.