Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay, just got a $250 million makeover. With 13 waterslides, multiple pools, swim-up bars and margaritas aplenty, it looks like an absolute paradise for parents and kids alike.
The newly-reopened island is only accessible to Royal Caribbean guests and is the first in the cruise line's "Perfect Day Island Collection" private destinations that its ships will travel to around the world. Along with massive waterslides—Daredevil's Peak is 135 feet—the private island has a wave pool, adventure pool, and freshwater pool, beachside cabanas and special beach areas designated for kids. There's even a hot air balloon-like experience: Up Up and Away takes you 450 feet in the air inside a helium balloon to get a perfect view of the entire island.
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Of course, there are plenty of places to refuel, including a swim-up bar at the Oasis Lagoon and a floating bar at South Beach. For lunch, dine at Captain Jack's for burgers, wings, and a seat at the rowboat bar, or head to Skipper's Grill for salads, sandwiches, tacos, burgers, and more. At Chill Grill, the island's largest dining venue, meals are served beachside on colorful picnic tables.
Come December, Coco Beach Club will open. Its biggest draw is the overwater cabanas—each one comes with its own slide into the ocean, an overwater hammock, a shower and a dedicated attendant. Super casual. The club also boasts a 2,600--foot infinity pool that I can only imagine will be the sight of a million Instagrams.
You can visit CocoCay by way of Royal Caribbean cruises out of Florida and the Northeast, including 3, 4, 7, and 8-night itineraries. For shorter visits, travel onboard the Mariner of the Seas or Navigator of the Seas; for longer trips, Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class ships will take you there. Explore all your options here.
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