Can “castaway” be my new job? I’m obsessed with Disney’s Castaway Cay. This private island in the Caribbean has to be the most luxurious accommodations for sailors at sea. The island is approximately 1,000 acres and is a common port on Disney Cruise Line’s Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries.
The island’s history itself is fascinating. Disney Cruise Line does not technically own the island, but they are renting it from the Bahamian government. Less than 10% of the island is actually developed! Cruise ships dock on the Western side of the island. No need to tote around your passport either. When you depart the ship you will use only your Key to the World room card.
The island sparkles with Disney magic. When we disembarked the boat there was a huge Christmas tree complete with snowmen and fake snow greeting us for the holidays. When heading towards the beaches you’ll pass tons of fun activities including a Castaway Cay post office to send mail to land locked lasses at home. Be sure to pick up Bahamian stamps from Guest Services before you disembark. There are also two free postcards in the desk drawer of your stateroom!
Castaway Cay is also a perfect place for character interactions you can’t find anywhere else! I always make it a point to meet Captain Jack Sparrow at Marge’s Barges. I had run into him the night before at the Pirates of the Caribbean deck party and he asked me to come see him on the island the following day. Duh, I went. There’s also a character dance party for tiny cruisers and plenty of photo ops of the Sensational Six in their swim gear.
Serenity Bay is the official adult destination of island. They tone down the Disney theming to zilch on this side of the island. The cove is super quiet and well… serene. The beach offers a bar and massage cabanas. This part of the island is only available to guests 18 years of age and over.
Your fabulous Disney dining continues on Castaway Cay with Cookies BBQ and Cookies Too serving up your favorite burgers, hot dogs, chips and more. With vegetarian options of course. The famous unlimited ice cream continues on the island as well as awesome drink and fruit stands.
Our favorite thing to do on Castaway Cay is book the Getaway Package. This package includes bicycles, tube rentals and snorkel rentals. It’s a great way to see the sunken Disney depths and the island paradise. We love taking the bikes up and down the air strip and up the island to the lookout point. It has amazing views of the ship and the undeveloped part of the island. You can also bike behind the cabana rentals to another lookout point over the water. It’s an easy ride and the bikes are super cute.
If you can make yourself a morning person on vacation, definitely do the Castaway Cay 5K at least once. You won’t regret it! Read more about our experience here.
Castaway Cay is like a second vacation home to us. The familiar and private island balances the tranquility of the escape the the touch of Disney magic. It’s exclusive, serene, private and homey.
Five FUN Facts You Definitely Didn’t Know about Castaway Cay
- They have about 100 staff member who live on the island full time to keep it beautiful and show-ready for the next group of guests once your ship debarks the port. We even met cast members who commute in from the mainland.
- For cast members who do get a day off on the beautiful paradise island, it is rumored that there is a private cast member beach. Often times, you get to know your cast members on the ship very will. I frequently see them on their days off in other ports but never Castaway Cay!
- If you go snorkeling at Castaway Cay, you’ll see plenty of sunken treasures, including an old submarine from the attraction 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Walt Disney World. The attraction stopped voyaging in 1994, but one of it’s submarines found a new home in Castaway Cay.
- The Flying Dutchman from Pirates of the Caribbean called Castaway Cay home for a hot second. For a couple years in the early 2000’s, guest could gawk at Davy Jones’ The Flying Dutchman sitting in the Castaway Cay bay. This full size movie prop was a MARVEL. Unfortunately, due to the harsh weather and water of the Caribbean, the movie prop wasn’t built to last and it was taken down by the time we took our second trip to Castaway Cay. Look up pictures. It’s freaking fabulous.
- Remember how I mentioned the airstrip? Well, depending on which cast member you ask, the airstrip was used for drug runners before Disney leased the island. The island was formerly known as Gorda Cay.
Thanks so much for reading and let me know if you have any more questions about Disney’s Castaway Cay. We love every adventure and magical moment we make their as a family. We can’t wait to go back!