Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Castaway Cay, formerly Gorda Cay, is an ultra-tidy 1,000-acre splash of sun and sand located near Great Abaco Island. Owned by the Walt Disney Company, the island is used exclusively for passengers of its cruise line. Before becoming one of the cruise line’s most popular ports of call, it was a haven for pirates and, subsequently, smugglers. (An airplane runway that runs down the spine of the island is no longer used, though it remains a busy thoroughfare for bicyclists, pedestrians and trams.)
There is a beach for everyone – Teen Beach, Serenity Bay Beach for adults, Sports Beach and Castaway Family Beach. Away from the beach is a play area called Spring-a-Leak while a hike or bike ride away there is an observation platform located in the forest, offering a bird’s eye view of the area. Other amenities include massage huts, games room and hammocks. Parasailing, a Stingray Adventure and fishing are excursions offered for an additional fee.
There are numerous bars to choose from and food is complimentary at several covered dining spaces.
There are a few shops offering Disney merchandise and an area with Bahamian crafts.
The island has its own post office with a special Disney themed postmark, (stamps are extra). Your keycard will work everywhere else for alcohol/shopping and excursions.
The disabled cruiser visiting Castaway Cay
Where You’re Docked
Ships dock directly on the island at the Arrival Plaza, from which you can either hop on a tram or walk along well marked trails.
The tram stop at Sports Bay and the Family Beach, from here you can take another tram along to Serenity Bay (Adults Only). Snorkelling is possible at both the family beach and Serenity Bay.
Towels are obtained on the dock to take with you to the beach.
Good to Know
You’ll fork over extra for booze, souvenirs, water sports equipment (paddleboats, kayaks, sailboats, snorkel gear) and shore excursions like the Stingray Adventure, Watercraft Ski Adventure and Walking and Kayak Nature Adventure. One cool extra fee: The island has its own post office with a special Disney-themed postmark, though you’ll need cash to pay for stamps.
There’s no chaotic straw market on Castaway Cay. Instead, expect a few shops offering Disney merchandise (including Buy the Sea Shore and She Sells Sea Shells) and an area offering Bahamian crafts.
Food is complimentary island-wide at two spectacularly clean, well-laid-out, covered dining spaces. Cookie’s BBQ is an outdoor eatery with burgers, barbecued chicken and ribs, while Cookie’s Too BBQ is a family lunch buffet with all-you-can-eat barbecue, island-spiced rotisserie chicken, burgers, grilled fish, fresh salads, flatbreads and ice cream.
Points of Interest
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Castaway Cay Accessible Excursions
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Castaway Cay Accessible Guided Tour
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