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World Turtle Day At Spotts Beach

May 23rd marks World Turtle Day each year and here in the Cayman Islands you are sure to see plenty of beautiful turtles at many of the wonderful beaches, snorkel and dive spots around the Islands. Our favourite place to go and see the turtles is Spotts Beach which is a relaxing and quieter day out.

About a 15 minute drive from George Town and 30 minutes from Seven Mile Beach, Spotts Beach offers some of the best snorkelling on the island. With high numbers of wild turtles it’s a common place to see them however, beginner snorkelers would be advised not to go out here as the level is medium to high. If you do get a chance to swim with these graceful creatures you only need to swim out 20 metres directly from the beach and you should start to see them in their natural habitat. Swimmers are advised to give them their space and not to touch as they are wild animals. All the same, you don’t need to worry about them being aggressive as sea turtles are very friendly.

A Sea Turtle glides through the waters off Grand Cayman

 

As well as the turtles you should be able to see a colourful display of different tropical fish. Parrot fish, snappers, different species of jacks and even lion fish. The lion fish is an invasive fish to the island so some people have licenses to hunt them which helps to protect the native species and local environment. If you look very closely at the sandy sea floor you may spot a flounder or a stingray. If you don’t feel confident in the water then there is a pier which you can usually see the turtles from so you don’t have to miss out.  

The pier at Spotts Beach in Grand Cayman

 

On Spotts Beach you can find lots of palm trees which offer shade so you can take a break from the sun.  There are no nearby shops to get snacks so bring plenty of water and food for your day trip, there are a number of picnic benches for you to utilise. At the end of the day Spotts Beach is the perfect place to see the sky and ocean turn brilliant shades of pink and orange. Make your way to the south-western part of the island, the reflection of the water produces a gorgeous sight every time the sun sets.

Sunset over the pier at Spotts Beach in Grand Cayman

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