Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay is, by every definition of the word, a tropical paradise. Although 1000 acres in size, less than 60 of those are actually developed. Its white sand beaches, clear blue water, and palm trees make it the perfect getaway for the winter weary traveler in search of warmer weather.
Because Disney is the only cruise line that sails to Castaway Cay, the proximity of the pier to the island makes it possible for the ship to dock directly next to the island. Only one ship can dock at the pier at a time which keeps the crowds low. The island is very walkable though trams are available to ride from one end of the island to the other.
Like at all ports of call, Disney offers port excursions for those looking for more organized recreation. However, for those who do not wish to pay extra for excursions, there are still plenty of activities to keep you having fun all day. Here is a list of things you can do on your own.
Relax on the beach/ Go swimming
Is there anything better when you’re on a tropical island than relaxing on the beach, soaking up the sun? Personally, I think not. Part of the reason we go away during the winter is to enjoy some warm weather. Castaway Cay has three beaches on the three-mile island: two family beaches and Serenity Bay, for adults 18 and older. With only one cruise ship in port, there is ample room for those who just want to lounge on the beach all day with their toes in the water. Park a beach chair in the water and stay cool while you watch the kids splash around in the water.
Slide down the Pelican Plunge waterslide
Make sure to swim out to the shipwreck off of Family Beach #2. We didn’t get a chance to slide down the water slide this time because Ladybug wasn’t tall enough. But I guess that gives us an excuse to make our way back someday.
Castaway Cay 5K
For those looking to work off some calories from all the amazing food on the ship, the Castaway Cay 5K is a race that takes you around the island. Along the way, make sure to take in some of the amazing views of the island. To register for the 5K, go to Guest Services while you’re on the ship. Racers meet up before the all ashore call to disembark together.
Indulge in a soft-serve ice cream cone
The food on Castaway Cay is included in your cruise fare so why not take advantage of the self-serve ice cream stations available near Cookie’s BBQ. Top off your lunch of ribs and corn on the cob with a refreshing cone (or two, no one’s judging) before heading back to the beach for more water time.
Drop the kids off at Scuttle’s Cove and spend some adult-only time at Serenity Bay
Scuttle’s Cove is the club for children ages 3-12 on Castaway Cay. It is fully supervised by cast members so don’t feel bad about dropping your kids off for a while to spend some quality time in an adult-only zone. This was something we didn’t get to do because Buddy is too young for Scuttle’s Cove but we would love to check out Serenity Bay the next time we find ourselves at Castaway Cay.
Take a walk around the island
In true Disney fashion, it’s all in the details at Castaway Cay. Though the theming of the island is not in-your-face-Disney (which is a good thing, in my opinion) little details that make the scenery fun and unique are all over the island. Definitely take a walk through the island and enjoy the scenery.
While on your walk, take some time to admire the little shops scattered around Castaway Cay. You can find souvenirs unique to Castaway Cay as well as Disney Cruise Line. You can also find some Bahamian items like bags and shirts.
Take some photos with Mickey and friends in their beach garb
Of course a day at Castaway Cay wouldn’t be complete without saying hello to a favorite Disney character. See Mickey, Minnie and friends in their fun beach outfits with the ocean or the ship in the background.
There is much to see and do on Castaway Cay for those looking for some fun in the sun. You can be assured that this tropical island will be a highlight of your Disney Cruise for years to come.
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