Many Caribbean and Bahamas cruises offer a stop (sometimes even two) at private islands owned by various cruise lines. Itineraries are specially planned so your ship arrives in the morning allowing for an all-day adventure of fun activities, relaxation or a fantastic combination of both. Divide up your time pursuing fun in the sun with such water sports as snorkeling, paddle boarding, jet skiing and others. Take advantage of retail therapy with a visit to the local outdoor markets for the ideal souvenir. Enjoy fun beach barbeques or dine in other eateries. Prefer to simply kick back, relax and bask in the sights, sounds and smells of the island lifestyle? There’s a beach, clamshell, hammock or cabana just waiting for you.
Guests of all ages and interests will be thrilled with time spent in these tropical paradises. Be active, or don’t, grab a seat with your toes in the sand and a frozen beverage in your hand. Take a nap suspended between two shady palms in a gently swaying hammock. Frolic in the surf on water trampolines, get a bird’s eye view as you whoosh over the beach on a zip-line, take advantage of adrenaline fueled waterslides or listen to the beautiful sounds of children’s laughter as they play and explore in areas just for families with little ones.
Perfect Day at CocoCay
Perfect Day at CocoCay is a slice of heaven located in the Bahamas. Awaiting guests are white sand beaches and crystal clear water, a huge freshwater pool, a thrilling water park with two towers featuring over a dozen waterslides including the tallest in North America – 135-foot-high Daredevil’s Peak and other over-the-top offerings. Make your way to the wave pool, soar 450-feet in the air in helium balloons or take the whole gang to a family-friendly obstacle course. Cool off at the laid-back beach bars and chill out at a private cabana. Zip-line across the harbor with an unforgettable water landing. The private beach club, boasts the only over-the-water cabanas (bungalows) in the Bahamas.
Offering a variety of fun “neighborhoods,” Labadee has something for everyone. This lovely private resort is situated on the north coast of Haiti. Adrenaline Beach has the pulse pounding Dragon’s Tail Coaster, a 30 mph rollercoaster ride for those daring to try and Dragon’s Breath zip line. Kids will sleep, really well, after a joyous day at Arawak Aqua Park, complete with a waterslide, trampolines, rolling log, and more. Looking for a well-deserved break? Rent a relaxing cabana for the day and make yourself comfortable.
Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Great Stirrup Cay was the first of the cruise line private islands. Small in size but big on entertainment, it is a favorite among cruise passengers. What’s not to adore with 10 acres of pristine beaches and sparkling clear water that is ideal for swimming and snorkeling? Satisfy your need for something delicious, after working up an appetite doing everything (or nothing,) and head over to Abaco Taco or Jumbey Beach Grill. Plush cabanas overlooking the beach are available to rent and a stroll along the boardwalk will set you up for total relaxation as you enjoy the spectacular views.
Harvest Caye, Belize
Discover the beauty of Southern Belize at award-winning Harvest Cay, a 75-acre oasis of serenity. Awaiting your arrival is breathtaking flora and fauna, seating at the swim-up bar of a gigantic, 15,000 square foot pool and much more. Water sports enthusiasts will want to head to the salt-water lagoon where a host of activities are offered. Exciting highlights also include an exclusive seven-acre beach, a myriad of shore excursions from zip-lining and parasailing to exploring ancient ruins and more. Magnificent mangrove estuaries are home to many incredible marine animals. Rent a poolside or beachfront cabana for a rejuvenating afternoon of working hard on your relaxation skills.
Half Moon Cay
Named for its beautiful two-and-a-half-mile crescent of powdery white sand beach, the breathtaking island is situated between Cat Island and Eleuthera in The Bahamas. A variety of fun activities will captivate everyone in the family. A Stingray Cove Lagoon experience, jet skiing, bird-watching and an incredibly indulgent beachside massage are among some of the great options available. Luxury cabanas dot the pristine beachfront and provide the perfect venue to completely unwind. The kids won’t want to leave Lagoon Aqua Park’s water slides and playground.
Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
Posh Amber Cove is a stunning island with such fabulous amenities as private bungalows, a zip line and great shopping. While the 30-acre island does not have a beach, you won’t miss it because of the comfy loungers surrounding an immense refreshing pool with swim up bar. Soak up the sun and sip on a deliciously chilled tropical drink as you admire the stunning tropical vista. Enhance your island stay with activities including a culinary tour wherein you can sample the local flavors, take a cable car ride up to Mount Isabel or participate in a variety of eco-tours and water sports.
Princess Cays, Bahamas
Good times never stop at Princess Cays! This piece of paradise spans over 40 acres on the island of Eleuthera, with over a half-mile of white powdery beaches, a complimentary barbeque, snorkeling and shopping at a local craft market. Reserve aqua chairs, floats, clear bottom kayaks, paddle wheelers, bungalows and more. Enjoy a convenient marina, fabulous shore excursions such as stingray encounters, banana boat rides, bike tours and more. From high energy to low key, spend your day, your way.
Ocean Cay Marine Reserve, Bahamas
Spanning 95 acres, Ocean Cay Marine Reserve is the largest private cruise resort in The Bahamas. This biodiverse, sustainable and eco-friendly haven features six beaches, two lagoons, a lighthouse, zip line, shops, dining venues, a spa, a wedding pavilion – the perfect romantic setting to say your “I dos” or renew vows and more! Visitors will discover a yacht club and can learn about land and ocean conservation through “edutainment” at the marine reserve. Exciting nightlife includes live shows at the 2,000-seat amphitheater, light show from the 100 foot lighthouse plus a variety of fun bars and restaurants. Because ships dock pier side, you can conveniently go back to your stateroom to change for dinner after a day of fun in the sun.
Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Acclaimed by families, Castaway Cay is a 1,000-acre island full of fun activities for guests of all ages. Keep the cruise fun going with supervised activities ensuring kids and teens are having the times of their lives. Rent aqua trikes and snorkel gear, pick up a beach volleyball game, character greetings are going on throughout the island, Pelican Plunge is always a crowd-pleaser, get involved in epic water-balloon battles and check out a submarine used in the movie “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Looking for some “me” time? Serenity Bay is the adults-only place to be.
The Beach Club at Bimini, Bahamas
Stroll along the pristine white-sand beaches of the Beach Club at Bimini. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of this private island oasis. This seven-mile island features a large assortment of leisure activities. Begin your day with morning yoga and a meditation class on the beach. As the day progresses a more energetic vibe takes hold fueled by DJ-led pool and flotilla parties. If you’re looking for something more sedate, “chillax” on beach loungers or rent private cabanas. The day may be ending but the party is continuing with an unforgettable beach bonfire accompanied by acoustic musical performances. While you’re here, savor complimentary dishes such as conch and mango salad, banana leaf-wrapped snapper and, of course, decadent rum cake.
These beautiful private islands are found on many fabulous Caribbean or Bahamas cruise itineraries. Create a host of new memories with your favorite travel companions and leave the hustle and bustle of life at home behind you as you get into the island groove.
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