Castaway Cay for Adults
The island of Castaway Cay is one of the stops that a Disney cruise makes during its time out in the high seas. Once the ship arrives at Castaway Cay, you can disembark and find yourself in a beautiful paradise. You may think that the island is completely geared towards kids.
While it does have plenty of family fun, there are so many things to do there for adults. You’ll find that a day at Disney’s Castaway Cay is exactly what you need in your life.
Really, is Castaway Cay for Adults?
Castaway Cay is covered in brilliant white sand and swaying palm trees. Best part? It all looks out towards the bluest of blue water.
Picture that, with an ice-cold drink in your hand.
The only thing that you will need when you arrive at Castaway Cay is your Key to the World card. All you will have to do is swipe for any purchases that you make while you are there. Everything else will be waiting for you as you stroll onto the sand for a magical day.
TIP: Before you get on the cruise or while on board, make sure to check out the Disney’s Castaway Cay excursions and book them before you port. If you didn’t get a chance to, head over to Port Adventures as soon as you can.
If you are planning a Disney cruise with a stop at Disney’s Castaway Cay, there are a few things that you should plan on doing while on the island.
1. Pick a Beach
There are three beaches on Castaway Cay and you will want to pick the one that best fits your needs. The two family beaches are filled with beach chairs and umbrellas, plus there are multiple lifeguards both in the water and on the sand. At the other end of the island is Serenity Bay, which is an adults only beach and there is a private bar nestled in the sand with the beach chairs.
While spending time on the beach at Castaway Cay is always popular among guests, there is so much more for you to choose from. Although, not many people will turn away an hour or two sitting in a lounge chair under the bright sunny sky. If the sun is your enemy, you can rent a cabana complete with lounge chairs, table, sitting area, fridge, and a locker for all your belongings.
2. Get Active
Often times, when we are with our kids, we have to be really selective about what excursions we pick. Age or height restrictions are always something to keep in mind. But, if you’re cruising sans le children, your possibilities are endless. For a little more action, you can head over to Snorkeling Lagoon to discover the marine life that lives in the water off the beach. If you are a beginner snorkeler, you will want to stick to the Discover Trail, while experts can head over to the more advanced Explorer Trail.
Of course, if you want to be out on the water and not in it, you can rent a boat for a few hours. You can choose from a kayak, paddleboat, an aqua trike, or a stand-up paddleboard for your fun and exciting adventures. Parasailing is another popular activity amongst the adults and you can find everything you need for it at Marge’s Barges.
There are many excursions available on this island including a bicycle adventure, fishing trips, stingray interactions, and glass bottom boat tours. So in other words, there is no shortage of things to do!
3. Choose a Restaurant
Families will love the selection of food that is offered at Cookie’s BBQ and Cookie’s Too BBQ, while adults down at Serenity Bay will enjoy some quiet time at the adults only BBQ restaurant. You need to make sure that you eat early enough though because these restaurants normally close around two in the afternoon. You don’t want to have to head back to the ship early, just because you’re hungry.
4. Ride the Tram
The island is large and one of the best ways for you to see as much as possible is riding the tram. There are plenty of Imagineered highlights all over the island and some may only be noticeable when you are on the tram. Plus, it gives you a chance to relax your feet a bit.
5. Shop, Shop, and Shop Some More
You might not think that there would be stores on a private island, but Disney has you covered! There are two shops on Castaway Cay and they both sell souvenirs as well as life’s little necessities like sunscreen, underwater cameras, and beach toys. This is the only place where you can find souvenirs from Castaway Cay, so don’t leave the island without making a purchase if you want a little memento of the time you spent there.
6. Run on a Private Island
Castaway Cay and Disney have a 5K that you can participate in when you are on the island. If you decide to do the 5K, you will be one of the first people to disembark the ship in preparation for the 9 a.m. start time.
TIP: Be sure to sign up for the 5K when you board the ship. Head to Guest Services or Port Adventures, it fills up quick!
It’s a great opportunity to stay on top of your fitness and an even better way to see the island in a different perspective. Darasak and my brother Frank walked the 5K and it was a nice little check off their bucket list.
If you simply cannot find anything for free to do while on Castaway Cay or you are looking for something a little more adventurous, you can look into the numerous port excursions that are available. You can choose from parasailing, watercraft ski adventures, kayaking, fishing, Glass Bottom Scenic Voyage, and snorkeling adventures. You can rent a bicycle and explore the island. There is so much to do!
Of course, you will also run into many Disney characters while you are on the island, so you will have a chance to snap pictures of a few of your favorites.
8. Serenity Bay
One of the biggest perks of being an adult at Castaway Cay is that you can jump on the tram and head over to Serenity Bay. A gorgeous beach that is completely kid-free. You can relax on the beach, get a tan, go for a swim, enjoy adult beverages, and just enjoy the Bahamian breeze. Check out my tips to make the most of your time at Serenity Bay.
Enjoy Your Day at Castaway Cay!
If you are traveling as a family and want some adult only time, you can take your children to the children or teen areas and they will be taken care while you are exploring the island on your own. Don’t worry, they will have a blast and you may have a hard time getting them to leave that area when you are ready for some more family time!
Plan Your Adult Getaway!
We had an absolutely amazing time at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. We made memories that we will always remember and we learned that Disney is amazing for kids but, it’s pretty incredible for adults too.
No matter how much you love Disney, one thing is for sure, there’s a reason why Disney Cruises are top-rated. Leading for best inside-cabins, families, entertainment, and dining. If you’re still not convinced, see why Disney Cruises make the perfect adult getaway. To book your cruise, visit Disney Cruise Lines!
Now, when are you booking your Disney cruise?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.