Popular Great Stirrup Cay Shore Excursions
Snorkeling: If you own your own snorkels, then don't forget to bring them with because there are lots of colorful fish to be spotted swimming amongst coral. Don't worry if you left your gear at home because it's available to rent. You can snorkel from all three beaches but the main beach, Bertram's Cove, has a brand-new underwater sculpture garden complete with stone statues of mermaids, starfish, treasure chests and skulls inspired by the island's history of piracy.
Stingray Encounter: Mingle with and learn about these tame sea creatures at Stingray Cay. Then pet, feed, play and snorkel with them. You'll be able to brag about the experience back at home.
WaveRunner Tour: Climb aboard a WaveRunner (similar to a Jet Ski) for a 45-minute guided adventure through the Berry Islands, passing the lighthouse, Slaughter Harbour and the abandoned community of Cistern Cay. Participants must be at least 18 years old and with a valid driver's license.
Foam Float: We think that floating at sea brings relaxation to a whole new level. Floats are available to rent on the island.
There are three main beaches on the island and with hundreds of more chairs introduced, there shouldn't be a problem finding somewhere to lay your towel. All three beaches boast the same white powdery sand, have easy access to restrooms and are lifeguarded.
Best for Families and Active Types: Bertram's Cove is the nearest to where the tender drops you off. It's by far the busiest beach and it's also where there's the biggest buzz. Not only is it home to the volleyball court, but the bandstand is also situated just behind it. This is where the Youth Team organizes family entertainment throughout the day -- think water games, tug-of-war and sandcastle building. Out at sea from the beach and submerged beneath the waterline is the new underwater sculpture garden, which adds an extra dimension to time spent snorkeling. Speaking of which, snorkel and floating mat rentals are conveniently close by, as are the eateries. Plus, this is where most excursions depart from.
Best for Adults: Cabana Beach is the middle stretch of sand on the island and, as its name suggests, it's where you'll find some of the exclusive cabanas (from $549 to rent for the day) set back on a hill. It's slightly smaller than Bertram's Cove, as well as being closer to the Bacardi Bar, which has a great atmosphere thanks to its DJ booth. If you like 'adult' entertainment then you'll enjoy the bar's limbo contests, beach babe competitions and adults-only parties. There are still corners of the beach, however, where you can get away from it all.
Best for Solitude: While we can't promise you'll have Fiesta Beach to yourselves, it is the furthest beach from the tender dock and the seven minutes or so it takes to walk there seems to act as a deterrent to many fellow passengers. It's a pretty, small, secluded bay and our favourite curve of sand by far. It's also the quietest and where you'll find the remaining private cabanas. This beach is serviced by the Lighthouse Bar, but you'll have to walk further to find food. That just means you'll be more deserving of seconds!