If you’re looking to escape the sun while cruising to Half Moon Cay in The Bahamas, renting a cabana or a beach villa on the island may be an option for you.
Little San Salvador Island (otherwise known as Half Moon Cay) offers beach villas, cabanas, and clamshell sunshades for rent. There’s also the Private Oasis, considered the largest rentable building on the island.
Here, we’ll break down what these rentals include, how many people they can accommodate, and how much they cost.
Note: If you want to rent one of these buildings in advance, as they often sell out before the cruise. Once on board the ship, you can call the excursions desk to choose which cabana or villa you want.
Half Moon Cay cabana rental includes:
- Snacks such as chips, dip, and fresh fruit
- Water and soda
- Ceiling fan
- Table and chairs
- Misting outdoor shower
- Use of floating mats and snorkel equipment
Cabanas cost $700 and can accommodate four people. They can hold up to six people for an extra fee per additional person. The island has 15 cabanas on the main beach, mixed among the beach villas. They are situated just after Captain Morgan’s pirate ship bar.
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Half Moon Cay villa rental includes:
- Everything that a cabana has, plus a five-person hot tub
If you’re planning a beach vacation with up to eight people, you might want to consider renting a beach villa at Half Moon Cay. Each villa costs $1,000 and can comfortably accommodate eight people.
However, if you have a larger group, you can pay an extra fee per additional person and have up to 18 people stay in one villa. Five beach villas are located down the beach past Captain Morgan’s Bar.
The Private Oasis rental includes:
Private Oasis includes everything a cabana rental does except a guest-use refrigerator and a ceiling fan. Here are the additional features:
- A barbecue lunch
- Beer, wine, and tropical cocktails
- An eight-person hot tub
- Men’s and women’s restrooms
- Heated indoor and outdoor showers
- Misting stations
- A privacy gate
- Personal chef
- Dining table and chairs
- Cabana steward
The Private Oasis costs $2,000 and can accommodate 12 people. It can hold up to 24 people for an extra fee per additional person. Private Oasis is located on the peninsula where the tender boats dock.
Clamshell sunshades are also available for rent on the beach at Half Moon Cay. They cost $50, which includes two lounge chairs.
A note about dining
Except for the Private Oasis, with its barbecue lunch prepared by a professional chef, the private cabanas and beach villas only include snacks, not a full meal. When it comes time for lunch, you may head over to the covered barbecue buffet for hot dogs, jerk chicken, burgers, and a variety of sides and desserts.
This article was originally published in July 2021. It was updated and republished in September 2023.