Starfish Point Grand Cayman (2021) - All You Need To Know

 

In this article, we review Starfish Point in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. 

 

What is Starfish Point?

Starfish Point is a secluded beach in Grand Cayman that has a lot of starfish.

The water here is very shallow, and then drops off to about 10 feet deep. Most of the starfish are in the deeper area, but they move into the shallow areas occasionally.

aerial image of a boat and person at starfish point

Over the last 5 to 10 years, Starfish Point has become a popular tourist attraction, with more companies offering boat tours here, typically alongside their Stingray City tours.

 

Where is Starfish Point located?

Starfish Point is located on the north side of Grand Cayman near Rum Point & Kaibo.

It is about an hour drive from Seven Mile Beach to Starfish Point, and about a 45 minute drive from George Town to Starfish Point.

picture of map showing location of starfish point on north side of Grand Cayman

There are two ways to get to Starfish Point: car or boat. You can check out the 5-stop stingray eco tour offered by George’s Watersports if you are looking for a boat tour that goes to Starfish Point.

Below is a Google Map showing the exact location of Starfish Point:

 

Can you snorkel at Starfish Point?

Yes, you can snorkel at Starfish Point.

Most of the starfish are in the deeper drop off area just beyond the beach. They live on the sea floor on top of the sea grass bottom.

You can snorkel over the edge and see the starfish on the sea floor. If you bring your own snorkel equipment, you will see many more starfish compared to if you don’t snorkel. You can check out our article here where we discuss the best places to rent snorkel equipment from in Grand Cayman.

picture of woman snorkeling underwater holding a starfish

There is a lot of boat traffic at Starfish Point, so you need to be very careful and not spend too much time snorkeling in the areas that boats move through.

Also, there is no coral at Starfish Point, meaning that there aren’t a lot of fish to see. The purpose of snorkeling at Starfish Point is to see the starfish on the sea floor, not to see fish or coral. If you want to snorkel somewhere that has a lot of coral and fish, then you should check out our article where we discuss the top 25 snorkel spots in Grand Cayman.

 

What will you see when you visit Starfish Point?

When you arrive at Starfish Point, you will see a secluded beach that has shallow water surrounding it.

picture of a boat and person at starfish point with sea and trees in background

This shallow water is only 2 to 3 feet deep, meaning that you can walk through it. Towards the edges of the shallow water is a drop off. This is where the water drops to about 10 feet in depth.

Typically, you will see 10 to 15 starfish in the shallow area, but most of the starfish are in the deeper area beyond the drop off. You need to snorkel over the drop off to see these starfish.

In the distance, you can see boats at Stingray City about a mile from Starfish Point.

Below is a video showing Starfish Point:

 

Can you hold the starfish?

Yes, you can hold the starfish, but it is very important to keep them in the water at all times.

It is illegal to remove the starfish from the water, even for photos. You can damage/kill them if you remove them from the water repeatedly.

picture of sign saying that it is illegal to remove the starfish from the water

Also, it is very important that when you are finished taking photos, you don’t drop the starfish. You need to gently place them back on the sea floor.

 

Can you drive to Starfish Point?

Yes, you can drive to Starfish Point.

It is about an hour drive from Seven Mile Beach to Starfish Point, and about a 45 minute drive from George Town to Starfish Point.

picture of boat at starfish point

Most people that visit Starfish Point don’t drive, but instead take a boat there. There are many Stingray City tours that include Starfish Point as a stop on the tour. The 5-stop stingray eco tour from George’s Watersports includes Starfish Point as one of the stops on the tour.

 

Is Starfish Point worth visiting?

Starfish Point is worth visiting if you are already in the area or if you are visiting by boat during a tour that also goes to other stops.

picture of person surrounded by starfish

Starfish Point isn’t worth visiting as a single attraction. It is interesting but after 30-minutes you will want to leave. It is quite a long drive to Starfish Point, so it is only worth traveling the distance if you are also seeing other attractions on the way.

 

When is the best time to visit Starfish Point?

The best time to visit Starfish Point is on a day when there are no cruise ships in Grand Cayman.

Starfish Point can become very busy when there are cruise ship passengers in port. You can check the cruise ship schedule here.

It is also best to avoid Starfish Point on the weekend as it becomes more busy with locals on Saturdays and Sundays.

picture of four starfish underwater

 

Is there an entrance fee?

There is no entrance fee. You can enter Starfish Point for free.

All beaches in the Cayman Islands have free entry. The reason that there are tours that charge money to Starfish Point is because you are paying to go on the boat and also other stops during the tour. You are not paying to enter Starfish Point.

picture of signs at entrance of starfish point

 

Is there free parking?

Yes, there is lots of free parking.

However, once you park, you then need to walk for about 2 to 3 minutes to then reach Starfish Point beach.

picture of person walking on grass to starfish point

 

Final thoughts

Starfish Point is a beautiful beach that is worth visiting.

The best way to visit Starfish Point is during a Stingray City tour that includes Starfish Point as one of the stops. The 5-stop stingray eco tour by George’s Watersports is a great tour that includes Starfish Point as one of the stops.

Starfish Point can get busy when there are cruise ships in port, so you should plan your trip for a day when there are no cruise ships in Grand Cayman.

If you are looking for other things to do during your vacation, then you can check out our article where we discuss the top 25 things to do in Grand Cayman.

 

What is Starfish Point?

Starfish Point is a beach in Grand Cayman that has a lot of starfish.

Can you snorkel at Starfish Point?

Yes, you can snorkel at Starfish Point. The starfish are underwater, so the best way to see them is with a snorkel and mask.

What is the best way to get to Starfish Point?

The best way to get to Starfish Point is by taking a boat. There are many tours that offer boat trips to Starfish Point.