Castaway Cay is Disney’s very own private island in the Bahamas that they have leased from the Bahamian government. Anyone taking a Disney cruise out of Florida is sure to stop here at least once. The entire island is only 1,000 acres and Disney uses just 55 of those.
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Despite its small size, there are lots of things to do on the island. Amenities include gorgeous beaches, pristine lagoons teeming with curious sea life, splash-worthy water play areas, scenic walking trails, open-air BBQ dining locations serving complimentary meals, 2 stores featuring Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, free tram transportation around the island and more.
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Enjoy a bit of Caribbean marine life at the island’s 22-acre snorkeling lagoon, located at Castaway Cay’s Family Beach.
For the best snorkeling at Castaway Cay, go early in the day. Later in the day. the water (and sand on the bottom) is more churned up and it can be more difficult to see. The fish are toward the very end of the snorkeling area. Don’t even bother looking for fish until you get back there. Keep in mind that snorkeling here isn’t much if you’ve snorkeled almost anywhere else you will probably be disappointed.
- Mickey Mouse is underwater underneath the white buoy. In case you’ve heard about sunken treasure, this is it.
There are multiple kid areas. Two out in the water and a splash pad on land. There could be more, but these were the ones I saw.
The one shown above is Pelican Plunge. It is within swimming distance of the shore. It is a 2,400-square-foot floating platform with 2 water slides, a giant bucket that dumps hundreds of gallons of water, and four water cannons to shoot water.
They also have the kid’s club and teen club on the island, so your kids can keep on hanging out with or without you.
Teen Hideout is a place where teens 14 to 17 years of age can lounge and hangout in their very own slice of paradise.
In Da Shade Game Pavilion
Take a break from the sun to play games, such as table tennis, foosball, billiards, and basketball, inside this shaded structure, centrally located near Castaway Family Beach.
Throughout the day, meet and befriend some favorite Disney Characters at the Post Office, Gazebo, gangway, and elsewhere on Castaway Cay. These are perfect moments for photo-snapping!
Set sail in a boat of your choice and embark on a breezy excursion atop the crystal-blue waters of Castaway Cay. Choose a sleek 1-person sea kayak, a charming 4-person paddleboat, a fun 2-person aqua trike or an active stand-up paddleboard for your water adventure!
Strollers and Wheel Chairs
Strollers and sand wheelchairs are complimentary on a first-come basis.
They have exclusive beachwear, hats, souvenirs, and collectible pins with the Castaway Cay logo—all on sale at She Sells Sea Shells…and Everything Else! The staff will deliver your purchases to the ship.
Serenity Bay Beach Adults Only
Adults have their own area too over on the portion named Serenity Bay Beach. No kids are allowed on this side of the island. Don’t make my mistake and walk over, it’s a long walk. Instead, hop on the shuttle. While you are over here have lunch because they serve steak.
Drink of the day
Every day on Castaway Cay there is a drink of the day for just $5. The day I visited the Stingray was $5. I preferred the Konk Kooler though for $6.50. Most cocktails seemed to be $6.50.
I took a photo of one of the menus to give y’all an idea of what kind of alcoholic beverages you would have to choose from. It seemed to me that they had the same menu at every bar I went to. And yes, there are multiple bars.
If you have any issues you do not have to go all the way back to the ship. Instead, you can go in and see the nurse at the first aid building.
Have you heard about sea lice? I had never heard of this until my kids were completely miserable for no apparent reason. It didn’t take long to figure out that they had gotten something from the water. I highly recommend using Seasafe for swimming. You may only need it once, have it just in case.
One of the funniest moments on the Disney Fantasy cruise was when the Disney Dream pulled up at Castaway Cay and the two ships begin to play their horns back and forth. This video is of their “Horn Off” it went on for five minutes, but this video is just a minute or so. No one got off so I am assuming it was just for supplies or something.