When it comes to activities, there's plenty to do. Explore the coral reef or coconut palm groves, take a nap in a shaded hammock, relax and enjoy drinks at one of three on-site beaches, or take to the water on a paddleboat, banana raft or floating mat. Just keep in mind that almost all in-port activities carry an additional cost, and they vary by season. Kayak, paddleboat and paddleboard rentals are available from $15 per half hour to $25 for an hour. A mat rental is $14. Shore excursions are also available and include everything from WaveRunner trips and kayaking to parasailing, snorkeling, scuba-diving and glass-bottom boat rides. Additionally, there's Caylana's Aqua Park, a water-based playground that features a floating sandcastle, a water totter and a log roll. Admission runs $16 per person (child or adult) for an hour of enjoyment, with a minimum age requirement of 4 years and a minimum height requirement of 48 inches. Separate from the Aqua Park is a 40-story inflatable waterslide -- the world's largest. All-day access to the slide will cost you about $22 per person, but a combined pass to both the slide and Aqua Park costs $32 (a savings of $6 per person).
There are 14 Deluxe Cabanas in the Island Oasis Cabana Club, a private beach on CocoCay dedicated to passengers renting one of these cabanas. Each cabana is $200 for the day and can accommodate up to six people. Passengers staying in suites enjoy priority booking. Amenities in each cabana include a wicker sofa, two wicker loungers, two wicker side tables, two to four vinyl loungers on the sand, an exclusive beach barbecue lunch buffet, a fruit plate, four bottles of water, two floating beach mats, two snorkel set rentals, towel exchange upon request and personalized bartending service.
Additionally, there are 14 cabanettes and five tiki (palapa) umbrellas available for rent on CocoCay's Barefoot Beach. Each cabanette or tiki umbrella is $50 for the day and can accommodate up to two people. Cabanettes are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Amenities with each include two vinyl loungers with one side table, two bottles of water, a fruit plate, two floating beach mats, towel service upon request and personalized bartending service.
Mixed and frozen drinks are offered at three bars on each of the island's three private beaches -- Barefoot Beach, Coconut Willie's Beach and Snorkel Beach.
A straw market offers the usual island souvenirs -- purses, jewelry, clothing and the like. Hair-braiding is also available. There are no other shops or restaurants on the island.
What's for Lunch
In the way of food, you'll find a complimentary island barbecue with the usual grilled fare: hot dogs, hamburgers, etc.
Watch Out For
You'll incur additional fees for alcoholic beverages, souvenirs and shore excursions. The use of beach chairs is free, but an umbrella rental will cost you $12 per day. Visitors can use their onboard accounts for such purchases while ashore.
What Sets It Apart
In addition to the typical beaches and souvenirs, CocoCay also offers a nature trail and a sunken replica of Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge.
For More Information
On the Web: Royal Caribbean's CocoCay info page.
Cruise Critic message boards: Cruise Line Private Islands
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Editor; updated by Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor