Coco Cay Travel Guide

  • The far side of the island
    The far side of the island
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    Serenity
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Coco Cay Things to Do

  • Not a Boring Port

    When we booked this cruise I thought this would be the least fun port, but it turned out to be my favorite! I do not sit on the beach and tan. I would rather be exploring local culture and having new experiences of all kinds and this didn't look like a good spot for that. However, it turned out I just needed an attitude adjustment. Once I decided...

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  • Snorkeling on Coco Cay

    I first thought I would pay for the kayak and snorkel combo for $60 so I could snorkel when I wasn't kayaking, but my brother suggested we bring our own gear and pay just the $38 for the kayaking. Amazon has sets for around the $33 it would cost to rent gear on the island and would give us the option to snorkel at our other ports also, so we did...

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  • Kayak Adventure Shore Excursion

    Sea Kayaking was on the top of my shore excursion wish list and Coco Cay was the ideal place do fulfill that wish on this cruise. The cost was a reasonable $38 for 1 1/2 hours. There are two tour times, 9 am and 11 am. We went at 11 and went on shore at 9 so we had time to snorkel for an hour before going to Barefoot Beach where the kayaks are. The...

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Coco Cay Restaurants

  • Avoid the Barbecue

    To be honest, I would avoid 95% of this barbecue. Although a lot of the flies you hear about with this were not evident due to the breeze the food was blah at best. I tried a burger and it was eh...Liz had a hotdog but threw it out after two bites.After our first experience with the BBQ we prefer to have a big breakfast before coming ashore and...

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  • Delicious Dinner

    The dining room always has excellent service and we have never been dissapointed in the food quality or staff attention. On this particular night there were so many good choices on the menu. The food was delicious and the service was on point. It was our last dinner on the cruise and it was a wonderful experience. We were seated at our table and...

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  • Good Food, so so service

    We normally have excellent service onboard the ship. This one particular lunch had so so service. Our lunch order was taken quickly but it took forever for Liz's Caesar salad and my sandwich to get served. Dessert was ordered and then never came. We wound up walking out without even asking where our missing dessert was. In total a 55 minute...

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Coco Cay Nightlife

  • Coconut Willie's

    Coconut Willie's is the main bar on the island. After walking around the island, splasing in the water and a nice lounge in the hammock we like to head here for some drinks. The bartenders are very attentive. The drink of the day is usually a Coco Loco but they have other beverages avaialble. I like the Coco Loco but Liz enjoys her Strawberry...

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  • Drinks Poolside

    We love visiting the Pool Bar. The drinks are always good and it's a great place to people watch. This particular day we had just returned from Coco Cay and wanted a drink or two. So off we went to Deck 12 for some liquid refreshment.The bar itself consists of some chairs in a semi circle surrounding the bar. Waiters can bring you drinks to the...

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  • My kind of place...

    We wandered into the Viking Lounge after watching the sun set on deck. The lounge is perched on the highest point of the ship and has incredible views. The only drawback is that smoking is allowed here. We spent some time taking in the views and having a drink before the smoke started to bother us.They had really cool Viking drawings, ship models...

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Coco Cay Transportation

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    by cjg1 Updated Jun 12, 2008

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    When you arrive here it will be on a tender from the ship. The boat anchors off shore a ways and then they shuttle you back and forth on small diesel powered ferries also known as tenders.

    They can push about 200 people per run on board so I imagine the lines will not be too long. I did not experience rush hour as we were on one of the first while many were still in bed.

    This whole process was nothing new to me as in my Navy time we almost always had to use these to get ashore. But it was a first for Liz and I tried to make sure we sat on the lower level and in the middle until she got used to it.

    June 1, 2008
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Coco Cay Shopping

  • Yes they have one...

    The straw market here on Coco Cay is even more disappointing than the others around the Caribbean. I personally only saw 1 item I'd consider and I didn't consider it long.Save your shopping money for other places and just relax and have fun here.Shopping can be had elsewhere.

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  • Overpriced

    There are lots of little huts with shops which sell screenprinted t-shirts and sarongs...they're all overpriced, I wouldn't recommend it. Too Much

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Coco Cay Local Customs

  • Towel Animals

    We love the towel animals that appear in our staterooms on cruises. On this particular night we had a lobster on the bed. This was one of the unusual ones we have seen.

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  • Gratuity

    Royal Caribbean hands out an information sheet regarding customary gratuity amounts. Envelopes are provided in your stateroom the day before arrival back in the home port. You can put money in the envelopes for the appropriate staff or go to the customer service desk and have the gratuity added to your seapass account.The Gratuity Guidelines...

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  • Drink of the Day

    The drink of the day on Coco Cay was a Coco Loco. It comes in a plastic collectors cup in assorted tropical colors with a plastic straw.**Most Frozen Drinks were served in the souvenier cup**

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Coco Cay Warnings and Dangers

  • Roosters & Chickens on the Loose!

    The Island of Coco Cay seems to have an abundant population of Roosters and Chickes roaming about. I joked that they were our BBQ lunch on legs.....You can here the rooster crow from the trees. Some of the birds even wander onto the beach. Liz hates birds and was totally freaked out when large rooster came over to our hammock.

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  • Sometimes it's Windy and Cold

    It can be windy and cold on Coco Cay. That morning it was a bit chilly and windy. Liz wrapped herself up in towel and cuddled up to me in the hammock. In about a half hour the sun began to pour down some heat onto the beach and she was able to ditch the towels and head for the water. Next time we will be a bit more prepared and bring sweatshirts...

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  • Wear Sunblock!

    The sun is very strong so make sure you are prepared and apply plenty of sunblock. Liz and I both applied sunblock 70 to avoid getting a burn. Protection against the sun and its harmful rays is so important. We saw so many people with bad sunburn, looking like Lobsters and in pain. We also saw people baking themselves on the beach with oil. Is...

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Coco Cay Tourist Traps

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    by cjg1 Written Jan 28, 2009

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    This is one of the more ridiculous things I see when people go on vacation. If your a child then it's fine to look silly with braids in your hair. To see a grown woman or older woman sporting a full head of braids with colored beads looks ludicrous. Maybe they've let too much tropical drink consumption influence their bad braid choices.

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Coco Cay What to Pack

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    by cjg1 Written Jul 21, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will probably want a pair of water shoes here. The shoreline in the water can be quite rocky and getting back onto shore if not at the one end with many sandy beaches will require you to climb over sharp rocks.

    Photo Equipment: Of course you should have your camera. A watertight case for it would be a good idea too.

    Just a simple bikini swim trunks and my camera
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Coco Cay Off The Beaten Path

  • Private Other End

    My wife and I along with another couple and two other ladies walked to the other end of Coco Cay and found it to be great. We were the only ones there. The ladies wanted to get a "all over tan" and they did. We were there for about 3 hours and nobody else walked that far. It's only 1 mile from the drop off point to the other end. We walked straight...

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  • The Far End of the Island

    This really is off the beaten path. I'd be willing to be as much as 99% of the people that visit Coco Cay do not make the trek to the end of the island.I had read online about how getting on an early ferry and heading to the end of the island would leave you "alone in the world." And they were 100% dead on point with this one. We went over an hour...

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Coco Cay Sports & Outdoors

  • Kayaking

    Sea Kayaking can be booked through the Explorations Desk by Guest Relations on Deck 5. Spots fill up early so book your adventure as soon as you get on board the ship. The Kayak adventure is about an hour and a half and costs $38 per adult. Be prepared to get up early...the adventure begins at 8am on the beach. You begin with a safety class on the...

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  • Parasailing

    Parasailing is available on Coco Cay. Arrange for the parasailing through the Explorations Desk by Guest Relations on Deck 5. Availability is limited and spots go fast. So book as soon as you get onboard to ensure you have your parasailing adventure on Coco Cay.The price of parasailing on Coco Cay is $84 a person for 1 hour on the boat. Actual fly...

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  • Soda Card

    When on this ship you must purchase your soda or buy a soda card for unlimited refils. The only free beverages are: water, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, tea and juices with breakfast. I wanted to have the option of being able to have soda so I purchased the card. They give you a refillable thermal cup and place a soda sticker on your seapass to...

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  • Relax with the One You Love......

    Experiences are always better when they are with someone special. This was our second trip to Coco Cay and it was just as wonderful as the first time. I especially enjoyed our time in the hammock. I love the pristine beaches of Coco Cay and the wonderful foliage. The palm trees are incredible to look at when swinging away in the hammock. The water...

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