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Though Cayman Brac can hardly compete with Grand Cayman and its Seven Mile Beach, the beaches on Brac will satisfy most tastes, even if they're on a smaller scale.

Most of the beaches lie in the southwest, the northeast, and the northwest. The East End, where the cliffs of the Bluff meet the sea, is definitely not beach country.

The majority of visitors choose the small beaches along the southwest coast because this is the site of the major resorts where they're likely to be staying, such as Brac Reef Beach Resort. We've also found that these beaches are better for sunning than snorkeling because of the huge outgrowth of turtle grass in the water.

Directly east of these resorts is the public beach, reached by heading east along South Side Road West. You'll find it to the immediate south of the marshes and wetlands. With its gentle rollers, the beach itself is quite beautiful, though the wire enclosure enveloping the picnic area is somewhat unappealing. There are public showers here, but we've never known them to be in order (plus the water in the bathrooms has an unpleasant odor), and the toilets are foul. We suggest you do your showering elsewhere.

Many visitors opt to find their own small stretch of sand, particularly in the southwest area beyond Salt Water Pond. Another stretch of coastline is to the east at Hawksbill Bay.

Along the northern tier, the only stretch of coastline with a reef is to the west of Spot Bay, though strong currents on both the eastern and western tips of Cayman Brac make snorkeling a bit hazardous. It is also possible to snorkel at the wreck of the Captain Keith Tibbetts to the northwest .

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.