Here at the Southern Cross Club, we are very fond of our 900 feet of natural beach dotted with palm trees and your private beach front, ocean view bungalow. It provides easy access to the South Hole Sound right from the doorstop of your cottage. Fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding or any other lagoon activity is very literally at your door step.
As beautiful as it is, it sometimes surprises people that is is not a swimming beach as it contains a large
Seagrass Bed as seen in the aerial photo below. **Click the photo for a high resolution view.**
We are very lucky to have such a valuable resource at our doorstep and it is highly prized and even protected by the Cayman Islands Department of Environment.
The summary of average global value of annual ecosystem services below values the ecosystem services of different habitats. Notice that the Marine biome is considered MOST valuable to the planet, however within the marine coastal biome, Seagrass Beds are listed as the Second Most Valuable resource behind estuaries!
**The value of the world’s ecosystem services and natural capital – Costanza et al 1997
The seagrass bed is one of the the nursery’s for the reef and many reef fish begin their life here. Without the nursery area, the coral reef cannot survive.
The seagrass cannot harm you and it is a perfectly safe area to explore. But if a nice relaxing area to lay in the water is what you’re after, then grab a mask and fins, or a kayak or paddleboard and head to Owen Island a few hundred feet offshore! Owen Island is a private and undeveloped island where trespassers are welcome. The 11 acre oasis is great for fishing or exploring and has a wonderful swimming beach. Take only pictures and leave only foot prints!