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Coco Cay, Bahamas: private paradise in the Caribbean

Coco Cay was our first destination off board of the Enchantment of the Seas during our first cruise. I have to confess that I was not super excited about Coco Cay, since it's a private island from Royal Caribbean and therefore I thought it would be less especial than other places where it's possible to get to know the local culture. I was really happy to realize I was completely wrong! Coco Cay is beautiful, sunny and with crystal clear water, perfect for a relaxing time.

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Since the sea is shallow close to this small island in the Bahamas, our ship anchored slightly distant to Coco Cay and we took a smaller tender to the island. The transfer boats picked up and brought back passengers every 15 minutes, and that was the only way to get in and out from Coco Cay.

After arriving in Coco Cay we walked through the Straw Market, a market with very colourful little stores selling souvenirs from the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Less than 5 minutes walking from there, we could also see the Snorkel Beach.

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As its name suggests, snorkeling is available at the Snorkel Beach and, of course, Royal Caribbean offers several packages for this. One of the most popular snorkeling options amongst tourists is the "Snorkel Adventure and Underwater Treasure Hunt" where you can see tropical fish and wreckage from an airplane (man-made, of course) for around US$ 40 per person. Since we would snorkel the next day in Nassau and preferred to see a real reef rather than an artificially planned one, Sebastian and I didn't snorkel in Coco Cay.

Praia-nas-Bahamas


Snorkel Beach is also the most crowded beach in Coco Cay as most tourists prefer to get a sunbed in the closest place possible. In addition, the open-air restaurant Blackbeard's Grill, which serves lunch (included in the cruise's price), is also located on Snorkel Beach. Beach chairs are free of charge and it is possible to rent sun umbrellas. I recommend other beaches on the island for being more quiet and relaxing.

Praia-nas-Bahamas


After a few minutes walking we got to the Water Sports Beach and the Coconut Willie's Beach. Both beaches offer several activities including kayaking (about US$ 40 per person for 1h30min), jet skiing (about US$ 90 per person for 1 hour), parasailing (about US$ 93 per person for 1 hour), nature trail (about US$ 30 per person for 1h15min) and a floating waterpark for kids (about US$ 34 per person for 1 hour).

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Sebastian and I loved Coconut Willie's Beach as it had less tourists and also areas with more shade. What we liked the most about Coconut Willie's Beach were the hammocks that, amazingly, were free of charge, unlike almost everything else available at Coco Cay.

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The last accessible beach of Coco Cay is the South Beach, which a few years ago was known as Barefoot Beach. Before travelling to Coco Cay I read that Barefoot Beach was the best beach in Coco Cay as it was further away from tourists and also had softer sand. Unfortunately, Royal Caribbean has not only changed the name of the beach but also its structure. South Beach now offers bungalows (about $ 184 per person for all day) and beach beds (about $ 117 per person for the whole day), which makes the area look like paradise, but also prevents you to enjoy the place without additional costs.

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In general it's really worth it to leave the cruise ship and spend the day in Coco Cay. The island is amazing and was far beyond my expectations. Coco Cay is a great representation of the Caribbean! 

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