Great Stirrup Cay
This is a volcanic island so it does not have soft sand. It seems that the beach area has been carved out of the rough, ugly volcanic rock. It also seems like the beach sand was brought in from elsewhere. The sand was rough and gritty. Be sure to bring water shoes or other sturdy shoes if you want to walk on the rocks since they are very rough and would be painful if barefoot.
The water was quite chilly. We went in mid-January. We were able to go swimming but we are used to chilly water (New England). The water was crystal clear and if it had been warmer we would have enjoyed snorkeling.
The main beach area was extremely crowded. For a quieter beach experience, we walked down away from the main area to the second cove. There were plenty of beach chairs set up at all of the beaches. The sun was extremely hot. We ended up sitting on some chairs under the scrubby trees on the hill. It was a nice view.
Overall the island is not a lovely place -- the vegetation is sparse and all the trees are artificially brought in. If you want to be in the shade you are sitting on some kind of loamy brown mulch they have planted the trees in.