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About Coco Cay

6 hectare (140 acre) private island exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests is a secluded tropical retreat in the Bahamas island chain. Surrounded by turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, Cococay is criss-crossed with nature trails and ringed with coral reefs.

Palm-fringed beaches overlook lagoons perfect for swimming and snorkelling, where guests can relax in hammocks or beach lounges while sipping on tropical rum cocktails. Cruise ship staff ferry passengers ashore on ship tenders for a day in this tropical paradise, replete with sumptuous beach barbecue.
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Sightseeing:

Stroll through the Straw Market, a recreated Bahamian village of colourful cottages and artisan huts selling locally made crafts, or stop in one of the tiki huts for hair braiding.

Explore the nature trail which winds through lush vegetation, or take a 50-minute guided wave-runner trip around Cococay and surrounding islands. For a bird’s eye view of the coral-fringed island, parasailing provides the ultimate thrill.

Snorkel over a sunken plane wreck, or take a shallow-water scuba beach dive to 12.2m (40ft) to view colourful tropical fish and coral. Sea-kayaking is a great way to view marine life in the crystal clear waters surrounding Cococay.

Highlights

• Caylana’s Castle Cove Aquatic Adventure Park
• Straw Market

Tourist information:

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
P.O. Box N-3701, Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: +1242 302 2000.
Website: www.bahamas.com

Shopping introduction:

Several souvenir shops are clustered close to the small boat dock, sporting a colourful array of T-shirts and locally made products such as straw artefacts, ceramics, clothing, seashell jewellery and woodcarvings. Find great savings on perfumes, crystal, leather, jewellery, linens, watches, cameras and china in Nassau and Freeport.

Restaurants:

Ship staff serve a delicious beach barbecue lunch of ribs, chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers and all the trimmings. Sip a tropical rum cocktail from one of the island’s three bars.

When to go:

The Bahamas are slightly cooler than other Caribbean island groups owing to their proximity to the continental North American cold air systems. May to October is the rainy season. The hurricane season is from June to the end of November.

Nearest destination:

Cococay.

Transfer distance:

6km (3.7 miles).

Transfer time:

20 minutes.