On our way back from the ruins we took the option of being dropped off at the town of Majahual, a small fishing village. We sat at table with umbrella on the beach and had a delicious late lunch while the children played in the ocean. It was beautiful- a perfect setting for relaxing after a busy morning of touring the ruins. When we first arrived a man tried to get us to pay for beach chairs, but we walked down the beach a few yards and were invited by another establishment to sit at their free tables, so don't take the first offer you get, scope things out first. Took a 5 minute taxi ride back to the port where we enjoyed some shopping and a dip in the port pool, which has a swim up bar, and plenty of lounge chairs.
We took a cab ($5 per person) to 7 mile beach, and made the mistake of going to the second cab stop-Seagrape beach, Public beach, and Courtyard Marriott were all at this stop. The first stop was Royal Palms and the reef grille, and that was probably the better stop as we found out too late. The beach was nice, but only a very narrow band of sand, and the ship took their beach tour there so it was very crowded. We paid for 4 chairs and an umbrella ($50) at the Courtyard Marriott, and were disappointed in the amount of dead coral in the water as it was difficult to swim. At the end of the day we walked down the beach and found that there was more sand, and nicer swimming-live and learn! The other complaint on the beach was that there were cigarette butts in the sand, and it seemed dirty-not the paradise we experienced in Cozumel. In addition, everything in Grand Cayman was very expensive-$10 hot dogs! If we had had more time, I would have one to Rum Point, or some other more remote beach. In any case, we still had a nice day, it just was not what we had hoped for. Leave plenty of time (at least 45 minutes) to get back to the port by cab as there seemed to be a lot more traffic at the end of the day.