Passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship making a port of call at Coco Cay Port are in for a tropical adventure. Once known as Little Stirrup Cay, this deserted island is a part of the Berry Island chain of the Bahamas, located just 50 miles south of Nassau. Recently renovated and updated, it now contains 140 acres packed with fun-in-the-sun, sand and surf activity for everyone of all ages. New, modern restroom facilities were a part of the renovations, as well as a top-quality First Aid station. The approximately 3 miles of nature trails also got a facelift. Not to be left out, a hard-surface path gives access to select parts of the island for those guests who must use a wheelchair. As with most of the private island retreats, ships anchor offshore and passengers are tendered ashore. The large tenders based at Coco Cay make this a breeze.
Not a lot of shopping to be found here, but there is a Bahamian-style Straw Market where local artisans and crafters show off and sell their wares. Try out a tropical 'do' at one of the new Tiki Huts offering hair braiding.
Things to See
'So much to do, so little time' will be your first thought upon arriving! For the real water babies, the largest- of -its- kind in the Caribbean Caylanas Aqua Park is a veritable floating playground located just offshore. For a definitely unique experience, try the floating trampoline, or the climbing wall and giant waterslide, plus so much more. They have a scaled down version of all the attractions that is designed just for the younger set. Note there is an additional charge to enter the Park. Jet skis, paddleboats and other watercraft are available for more water fun as well as rafts and floats to just laze away the day getting your tropical tan.
Several different excursion packages are offered; certified snorkle and scuba instructors are on hand to lead you out to the coral reef and help identify the many species of tropical fish, or pay a visit to the sunken airplane and shipwreck replica of Queen Anne's Revenge. The Star Trek Waverunner excursion is a 50 minute guided tour of points of interest around the island. Minimum age to operate a waverunner is 16 with a valid license. Children 10 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tandem parasailing gives a totally different outlook from 400 feet above the island. If all you have in mind is relaxing, take a stroll through the 3 miles of updated nature trails or just kick back in one of the many lounge chairs scattered around the beach or catch a quick nap in the tropical breeze swaying in a hammock strung between the towering palms, listening to the steel drum band.
Restaurants and Bars
Black Beard's Grille offers up an island-style seaside barbecue for those who have worked up a hearty appetite. Water is included with the meal. There is a charge for soda or cocktails from any of the three bars. New dining shelters and specialty seating areas are available.