CYDEC Conference 2019

West Bay Beach Tourism

West Bay public beach is becoming a new tourist hot spot as more and more visitors can be found lounging on beach chairs and enjoying the water.

The new traffic is part of a package deal with Cayman Turtle Centre and those who frequent the beach welcome the new faces.

Local resident Abraham Oakley says he’s happy for the new company.

“The community itself down here needs to get more promotion because the main attractions are all leaving from West Bay,” said Mr. Oakley.

Cayman Turtle Centre lifeguard Garry Watler said they embarked on a new contract with Carnival Cruise Line to provide options for tourists who are interested in checking out the beach.

“Only on certain days, we have a contract with Carnival Cruise Line and my supervisor, he would inform us when we have to come here. It is not like a steady day to come out here, like every Friday or every Wednesday, they just inform us the day before,” said Mr. Watler.

Mr. Watler said lounge chairs are brought down to West Bay public beach from the Turtle Centre on days visitors want to be there.

“I really do support the Turtle Farm and what they are doing, trying to make West Bay more promotive,” said Mr. Oakley.

As for the tourists coming into the area, Mr. Oakley said the locals will welcome them.

“It’s a public beach regardless of what, nobody is stopping the locals from coming here, you just got to keep to yourself and keep aside and don’t harass tourist or harass anybody,” said Mr. Oakley.

Mr. Oakley said initiatives like these are just what West Bay public beach needs.

The Turtle Centre said they only take tourist to the beach to lounge if they have more than 20 sign-ups.



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