Friday, September 13, 2013

Disney Cruising 101: Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay is Disney's own private island located in the Bahamas. Disney purchased a 99 year land lease on Castaway Cay in 1997 from the Bahamian government. Castaway Cay features many activities both on land and in the water for all ages! There is snorkeling equipment available for rent, bikes available for rent and an adult only beach (Serenity Bay) for those looking for some peace and quiet. There are two restaurants on Castaway Cay and a bar and gift shop. There is even a post office on the island featuring special "Castaway Cay" postmarks. Be sure to bring cash because they do not accept anything else and you must purchase Bahamian stamps.
Disney provides trams on the island to transport guests all around the island. The two restaurants are free to guests however you must pay for your own drinks from the bar. Pelican Plunge is free but for those looking for a little more adventure there are other options too but unfortunately they're not free. Jet ski rentals are available but they are not cheap. You can swim with stingrays or snorkel too.
Tips: Bring your kids a few small sand toys from home, they are available to purchase but they're pricey. Bring sunscreen and a book to read. Check your children into the kids club and relax-this is your vacation too! Spend a few hours playing with your kids on the beach and then let them have fun at the kids club while Mom and Dad relax at Serenity Bay having a cocktail and relaxing!
Did you know that you can have a surprise gift basket for your kids delivered to your stateroom? Check out The Perfect Gift to see the different options available. They have some really cute personalized sand buckets that can be delivered filled with juice boxes, snacks and items for your kids. They can also create a custom basket.
Castaway Cay's Pelican Plunge is a playground in the water

splash park for children of all ages

let's sail away

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