Tour of Disney’s Private Island: Castaway Cay

Did you know that Disney has their own private island in the Bahamas?  Castaway Cay is one of my favorite places in the world!  

You can walk right off the ship onto Castaway Cay and enjoy free chairs, umbrellas, hammocks, water-slides and a splash area for the kids.  You are also treated to a fabulous (also FREE) buffet lunch at Cookie’s BBQ (or Cookie’s Too BBQ) or on the adult only side – Serenity Bay Adult Buffet (which includes steak from Palo!).  Characters are out and about for meet and greets in their beachwear, not to mention a FREE 5K on the island for every cruise that stops there!  What’s not to love?!

Let’s take a tour of this beautiful island, starting with the walkway from the ship:

castaway cay welcome sign

castaway cay

castaway cay map

castaway cay

If you are planning to head to the Castaway Cay 5K first thing, you can drop the kids off at Scuttle’s Cove (the island’s kids club):

scuttles cove

Next head over to the 5K (Don’t forget to go read my review of the Disney Castaway Cay 5K)

castaway cay 5k start

Or, go ahead and find out a great spot to lounge:

castaway cay

castaway cay

castaway cay

castaway cay

Snorkeling equipment is available for rent on the island (or you can bring your own) and this entire area is roped off for snorkeling:

castaway cay snorkeling

snorkeling castaway cay
Life jackets are provided free to use (must wear while snorkeling)

Grab a drink at a bar:

castaway cay bar

castaway cay

castaway cay

castaway cay

Take the kids for some fun on Pelican’s Plunge (life jackets are available for use):

pelican's plunge

Grab a free wagon, stroller or jogger if you need one:

castaway cay wagon

Now let’s head over to Serenity Bay (the Adult Only Beach on Castaway Cay):

serenity bay castaway cay

serenity bay castaway cay

serenity bay castaway cay

serenity bay castaway cay

You might just even catch Jack Sparrow stumbling by:

jack sparrow castaway cay

Grab some lunch at the Adult Buffet:

serenity bay buffet

serenity bay buffet menu

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serenity bay buffet

Did I mention after all that there is also all you can eat ice cream??

There’s also an area called “In Da Shade” with basketball, pool and other games that the teenagers (or big kids) would enjoy:

in da shade castaway cay

Excursions are available on the island such as jet skis, parasailing, bike riding, tube rental, sting ray encounters and more!

parasailing castaway cay

Be sure to stop on your way back to the ship for some pics:

castaway cay

castaway cay

Are you ready to go yet?  What was your favorite thing to do at Castaway Cay?

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