What is Coco Cay, Bahamas?

A lot of people ask the question “What is on Coco Cay?” , so I figured I would do a post on it to let you know exactly what the island is and what to do there.

Coco Cay is part of the Berry islands, a cluster of islands in the outer banks of the Bahamas that cruise lines lease or have purchased.  They are approx 55 miles NNW from Nassau, Bahamas.  Royal Caribbean leases Coco Cay for their exclusive use, which they named Coco Cay.  Disney (Castaway Cay), Princess Cruises (Princess Cay),  and NCL (Great Stirrup Cay) are other lines that have a private island for the cruise line use. The islands are populated by just one ship at a time.  Since the islands are only a couple square miles each, cruise ships can not pull into port there, instead anchor about a mile off shore.  A tender (ferry) boat takes you to and from the boat to the island though a little inlet. The tender boats weather permitting operate about every 30 minutes to and from the ship.

The cruise lines weather permitting through a BBQ on island that is at no cost. 

Since Coco Cay is exclusive to Royal Caribbean cruise lines, you will find that you will only be able to book your excursions through the cruise line.  There is quite a bit to do on the island that will cost you nothing. Hundreds of blue sun chairs and hammocks line the island for the relaxing island ambiance.

If water sports is your forte, you will love Coco Cay!  Jet skis, snorkeling, kayaks, a floating aqua park, a huge water slide, floating mats, and para-sailing are just a few of the exciting activities found on the island.  Also on the island are a couple of bars, hair braiding, volleyball court, and a nature trail, a live band, and a straw market.   Keep in mind that the straw market is cash only, the bars and excursions if you pay on the island is your on board sail account card only. A thing to remember because you are on a unpopulated island DO NOT drink the water in the restroom facilities, drinking water is available at the bars and for sale at different kiosks throughout the island.    Also use caution while snorkeling and tampering with the coral or sea life, they are living organisms too! Most importantly, enjoy your 8 hour stay on the island with plenty of sunscreen!

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