Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, is located in the Caribbean Sea. Most Caribbean itineraries give you at least a one day visit to this Bahamian playground. Here are 10 things to do on Castaway Cay that you are sure to enjoy:
Play in the ocean. The waters at Castaway are crystal clear and absolutely beautiful. Take some time just to sit and play in the calm water. You can even bring one of the provided lounge chairs and put it right at the edge of the ocean.
Build a sandcastle. Disney dredged over 50,000 truckloads of sand from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to build the beautiful beaches. Get a couple sand toys (they sell them on the island if you didn’t pack any) and build a sandcastle with the kids.
Take a bike ride. Only 55 of the 1,000 acres on the island are developed. Rent a couple bikes and explore the island. You can ride on the abandoned airstrip from when the island was used for drug smuggling or ride up to the outlook tower that affords you a great view of the island and the ship. Bike rentals are for ages 3 and up.
Enjoy BBQ. On the island are 2 all-you-can-eat restaurants, Cookie’s BBQ and Cookie’s Too. Both restaurants offer the same food, but one is closer to the beginning of the family beach and the other is near Serenity Bay. You can also enjoy unlimited ice cream just like you get on the ship. It is great for cooling off on a humid day.
Meet characters. The Disney island wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to meet characters! You’ll find a number of them in their beach attire. You can also meet Jack Sparrow which seems fitting for the Caribbean.
Get wet. Visit Spring-A-Leak, a 2,400-square-foot water play area, to cool off and have fun. This massive area was ravaged by a storm that left it with dripping pipes, broken plumbing and hissing misters that are sure to help you cool off.
Visit the kids club. Just like on the ship, the island has it’s own versions of the kids club. Kids 3-17 can enjoy all the planned activities and the special kids club areas of the island. This is great for when parents want time to browse the adult-only area of the island.
Take a plunge. Located within swimming distance of the family beach is Pelican Plunge. This water-play area and platform has 2 twisting water slides and a giant “bucket dump.” The slides do end in about 8 feet of water, so be sure to put life jackets on the inexperienced swimmers.
Dig up a whale. At Monstro’s Point, your whole family can participate in a whale-bone excavation. Check your Navigator for organized excavation times where you’ll have a chance to talk with knowledgable Cast Members.
Plan an excursion. There are over 20 different excursions available on Castaway Cay that can be booked before your cruise. Choose from fishing, snorkeling, boat rentals, stingray feedings, float and tube rentals and many more. There is something for everyone on Castaway Cay!
One day at Castaway Cay is not enough! Many people book back to back cruises, that’s where you book a 3-Day followed by a 4-Day (or vice versa) and this enables them 2 stops at Castaway Cay. It is also cheaper than booking a 7-day cruise. There are also a couple sailings a year that include 2 days at Castaway Cay.