Disney’s Castaway Cay is their very own private Bahamian island, located southwest of Freeport and almost 100 miles directly north of Nassau.
With so much to see and do, be sure to get off the ship for this last port call of your cruise! And whereas the other ports had add-on pricing for excursions, most of the activities here are absolutely free. You can relax by the beach, grab a tube and just float in the warm blue water, snorkel, play games, and so much more.
The nicest part is that all of this is just a short walk from the cruise ship, or if you’d rather not walk, Disney offers a tram car from the ship to the family beach area.
For our family, this was probably our favorite stop on the cruise. Here’s what we would recommend:
Can’t Miss Activities on Castaway Cay:
Get up early and run the 5k race:
If you’re a runner, recreational jogger, or otherwise toying with the idea…do it! It’s too unique to miss. Granted, it’s hard to PR with the heat, humidity, and the fact that you’ve been gorging yourself for a week straight…but it’s still worth it! This course loops around the center part of the island, has a few water stops, finisher’s certificates, medals…and no entry fee!
Don’t miss Cookie’s BBQ!:
This lunchtime feast on the island is phenomenal and has all of the menu items, side dishes, and fixings that you would hope for in a picture-perfect barbecue! It also creates a good time to regroup with your family before they hit the games and beach activities.
Castaway Cay Pelican Plunge:
This set of water slides was a lot of fun. Set up on a pier that’s a short swim from the beach, it has 2 slides, a giant bucket dump, water cannons, and it’s all surrounded by the clear, warm Bahama waters! The cast members will give the littler kids life vests, allowing them to relax and float (and allowing us parents to worry less!).
Discover & Explorer Snorkel Trails:
The Discover Trail is the shorter of the 2 trails and each has some underwater Disney treasures to spot (find the hidden Mickey statue!)…along with the native tropical fish. I would highly recommend grabbing one of the inflatable life vests (even for the strong swimmers) – it’s a long swim and nice to take some breaks without having to constantly tread water!
Don’t miss the photo spots:
Mount Rustmore; Family Beach with Disney Fantasy in background; and even the departure archway “Se Ya Later Mon” (leaving is so sad). You’ll also see lots of characters roaming the area – even Captain Jack Sparrow! It’s a great time to get your picture with these Disney celebrities with no long wait.
In Da Shade:
Located behind the family beach was this teenager game room of ping pong, foosball, billiards, and basketball. Our guys enjoyed this afternoon hang out.
Mail a postcard:
The Castaway Cay post office is operated by the Bahamian postal authority at the base of the ship’s pier and will likely open up in the afternoon (they’re on their own “Bahamian hours” according to Disney’s crew!). You can also exchange some of your currency for Bahamian coins for the kid’s keepsakes.
Disney’s Castaway Cay exceeded all of my preconceived notions as to how Disney would run a private tropical island. It was a perfect last port call on a perfect vacation.