Coco cay is gorgeous but poorly laid out. Barefoot bay was the only place we could find lounges still available on our visit. It is truly beautiful and serene with lovely water quality and high visibility. However it is a HIKE to food, bathrooms and bars. Why did rccl not build facilities on this side of the island?!?!!!?
The food was average quality at best with boring burgers,.chicken and hotdogs. Drinks were warm and watered down at the lunch stations. We found many broken lounges and were also surprised that you had to pay to rent an umbrella, however we did find shady spots under palms and pines.
Beach drink service was almost non existent. There were a few servers selling prepaid souvenirs cups with coco loco, their specialty drink, however since I'm allergic to strawberries, it was. No go for me. Their response "The bar is a 5 minute walk that way". So no beach service for me.
Over all a pretty island that has lots of opportunities for efficiencies to be added.
I've been to Nassau many times, both with a ship and flying from Orlando, and I love this city. This time around we spent our day at Melia Cable Beach and had a fantastic time. Nothing can compare to the color of the water in Nassau. Not st John, Puerto Rico, Mayan Riviera... Nassau takes the cake for water color.
Melia has a $30 beach pass that includes use of the hotel facilities and pools, including the lounges, palapas and so forth. Well worth the cost. Additionally the beach restaurant "ogrills" is beach bar food - elevated. Good quality and just a tad pricy. The skirt steak wrap was fantastic. Other menu options included grouper ceviche and conch burgers, along side standard bar fare.
The views were fantastic, shade plentiful under umbrellas, palapas or Palm trees, and the pools were huge with lots of features and beautiful ocean views. Hotel also has a Starbucks on site.
We also spent some time shopping downtown at a few of our favorite spots, including delsol which now has officially licensed disney merch.
Things to know about Nassau:
Yes there are vendors (just like any big city) if you don't want something, just say "no thanks, have a great day" unlike most US city vendors, they won't continue to haggle and will leave you be.
The pace is much slower here. Slow down enjoy island life.
Traffic is tight. Just look both ways and cross quickly. It's no worse than Rome or San Juan.
Don't listen to the people that say "stay on the boat or go to atlantis" atlantis is nice and worth staying at but pricey. Too much to do for a day trip off a ship. Instead grab a cab, pre negotiate your fair, and head to cable beach, cabbage beach, graycliff, arawak cay or any of the other amazing locales on me providence island.