It’s not on a map or in a tour guide. There are no signs leading to it. There’s not even a clear path to get there.
But Star Fish Point on Grand Cayman Island is one of those cool little spots you’ll want to stop at, because it offers something unique: live starfish in clear, calf-deep water, right off the sandy beach.
We saw five starfish while wading through a small beachfront area. While walking around, someone in our family would occasionally yell out “I found one!” Some boaters told us there is a sand bar just a short distance away (accessible only by boat) with hundreds of starfish on it.
Of course, the star fish are not souvenirs. One regular told us not to lift them out of the water very long, and definitely don’t lift them by the “arms,” because that can injure them. It’s not necessary to lift them anyway — you can see them easily through the see-thru, shallow water.
Star Fish Point is a popular spot for boaters to stop. On the afternoon we visited, it was a party-like scene, with music blaring from the stereos of the anchored boats, and people from the boats lounging in the water with a beer. I’d still call it a family-friendly spot, however. Everyone was very nice.
However, it’s somewhere you’d stop for an hour, not a day.
Bonus: it’s free.
WARNING: There are burrs on the beach, and if you step on them, they hurt. They stick to everything (including your towels and shoes). So you must wear flip flops or water shoes while you’re walking through the sand. Trust me on this.
TO GET THERE: On the north side of the island, go west on the main road toward Rum Point. As you approach Rum Point, there’s a triangular intersection. Turn left and go down a street with many houses and villas. Turn right on Water Cay Road, and go past Kaibo Beach Club. Follow the street as it curves around. You’ll come up to a cul-de-sac with a rounded brick entrance. Walk down that path, which is probably strewn with branches and leaves. Star Fish Point is behind that. If you’re going in the afternoon, you’ll no doubt hear music and party noises in the distance.