Port of Call Coco Cay, Bahamas
Cruise ships anchor offshore and passengers are tendered into the island. Coco Cay's proper name is Little Stirrup Cay, which is one of the Berry Islands, a collection of islands and small cays. Royal Caribbean leases the island for their own exclusive use and have named it 'Coco Cay'.
Coco Cay Shore Excursions
Just next to the tender pier, the Straw Market is a great place to pick up all your last minute beach needs. Souvenirs of the Bahamas (some locally source, but not many) are available.
The whole of the eastern and southern shores of Coco Cay are beautiful beach, with warm water lapping against soft white sand. The beach just across from the tender pier is always very busy, but as you walk further away, the sands become emptier, and finally towards the western tip of the island, you'll probably have the beach to yourself!
Located a little offshore in calm waters, the Aqua Park is a real hit with the kids (or adults in touch with the child inside themselves!). There are floating activities to appeal to all, with icebergs for climbing, floating trampolines, logs, and teeter-walkways.
Coco Cay is less than a mile long and 200 yards wide, and is covered from shore to shore in shrub and greenery. A nature trail runs around the island, for a total length of about two and a half miles. The local fauna is interesting, the scenery is pretty, and short trails off from the main trail take you to lovely viewing points across the ocean. Plus there's lots of shade, which makes a pleasant change from the dazzlingly sunny beach.
Sunken Pirate Ship
With tongue-in-cheek Royal Caribbean have added a little pirate theme to Coco Cay. At the island's center you’ll come across a fake Blackbeard’s tomb (the infamous buccaneer was actually beheaded by the Royal Navy off the coast ot North Carolina, and his body dumped at sea). Of more interest to the keen snorkeler, is a hull fragment of a sunken pirate ship (previously a prop in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie), which attracts colorful shoals of fish.
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