There are so many exciting things to see and do on Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas, you’ll be hard-pressed fit it all into one day. The same is true when it comes to the food and drinks you’ll find on the private island — which is great, because in between conquering the tallest waterslide in North America at Thrill Waterpark and soaking up the sun in the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Fortunately, there’s something for every taste and diet on this island, and most of it is at complimentary dining venues.
One of the very first restaurants you’ll see when you get to Perfect Day at CocoCay is Skipper’s Grill. Located right on the harbor, this laid-back guest favorite is one of the island’s main free dining venues, offering delicious options that both parents and kids will love, like crisp salads, assorted sandwiches, tasty tacos and guacamole, juicy burgers and other family-friendly favorites hot off the grill. Also on the menu is fresh tropical fruit and an array of tantalizing desserts, including decadent double chocolate chip caramel brownies, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and refreshing soft serve ice cream — all served with a side of beautiful waterfront views. If you’re in the mood for a cold one, look for the self-serve beer station, available at an additional cost.
Directly adjacent to Skipper’s Grill and Splashaway Bay, the lively Captain Jack’s is the best place to hang like a local while enjoying live jams, salty sea breezes and amazing food and drinks at the Perfect Day at CocoCay island. Live musicians set the mood with tunes all day long, while sweeping waterfront views remind you that it’s five o’clock somewhere — so why not let loose? The menu here is a la carte and spotlights crispy golden steak fries and chicken wings served up with an assortment of signature sauces, including TLC (tequila, lime and chipotle), parmesan and peppercorn, honey mustard and sambal garlic aioli. There’s a full bar fashioned after a skiff, too, and hanging rope swing seats to help get you running on island time if you aren’t already. Once you’re here, you’d better settle in and start sipping, because you’re not going to want to move anytime soon.
Coco Beach Club is the go-to spot for visitors looking to turn their beach day into a luxury getaway. If you purchase admission to this exclusive tropical hideaway, you’ll get to enjoy a bevy of premium perks, like a sprawling infinity edge pool with in-water loungers overlooking the Caribbean Sea, occasional live music performers, inclusive amenities, and rejuvenating spa offerings which you can book on the island, on the ship, or ahead of your visit via Cruise Planner. There are beachside cabanas and daybeds available for visitors to rent, but Coco Beach Club’s real treasure will be its overwater cabanas — the first ever in The Bahamas and a must if you’re looking to have the bougiest beach day ever. A truly one-of-a-kind premium experience, each overwater cabana features its own slide into the ocean, an overwater hammock, a freshwater shower, and dedicated attendant service. Guests at Coco Beach Club will also get to savor elevated contemporary Mediterranean flavors at a sophisticated beachside restaurant — all included in the club’s entrance fee.
Chill Grill is the largest restaurant on the island and one of Perfect Day at CocoCay’s best known complimentary dining venues. You’ll find it steps away from the tranquil blue shores of Chill Island. With plenty of shade and picnic tables, Chill Grill keeps the laidback vibes going strong all day long. Like Skipper’s Grill, Chill Grill serves up tasty beachside classics, like burgers, sandwiches (the jerk chicken and shaved rib eye cheesesteak are legendary), and tacos you can build yourself, not to mention to-die-for sides like country potato salad and fries. There are also plenty of options available if you’re vegetarian or trying to stay on the light side while rocking that swimsuit, like fresh fruit, crunchy mixed greens and a Portobello and mozzarella sandwich that definitely hits the spot. And of course, you’ll also find a full-service bar and a self-serve beer station in case you’re craving an ice-cold brew or a Bahama Mama. Alcoholic beverages come at an additional cost, but if you’ve purchased a drink package, you’re welcome to use it on the island.
Snack Shack is probably the most accessible complimentary dining venue on Perfect Day at CocoCay. There are three of them on the island — one at Thrill Waterpark, one near Oasis Lagoon, and one on South Beach. True to its name, Snack Shack serves craving crushers like mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce, crispy salty fries, flavorful beef hot dogs, and a variety of salads. The real hall-of-fame dishes, though, are the signature Shack Burger — served on a brioche bun with American cheese, beef steak tomato, lettuce and special Shack Sauce — and the Shack Crispy Chicken Sandwich — also served on a brioche bun with pickles, basil and mayonnaise. With so many tempting beach day fixings, trying not to fill up will be quite the challenge. But the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, chewy chocolate caramel brownies and crispy sweet funnel cakes are well worth saving some room for.
Head to Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean, and you’ll discover the liveliest swim-up bar in the tropics. Complete with in-water tables, this happening cocktail spot is home to a team of talented bartenders who know just how to mix up the perfect Coco Loco — the island’s signature drink. There’s music constantly playing on speakers to keep the party vibes here going strong, but dive below the surface of the water and you’ll find you can still hear the beats, thanks to state-of-the-art underwater speakers. As with the other bars around the island, alcoholic beverages are served at an additional cost, but if you’ve purchased a drink package you can definitely use it on Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Even if you want to spend the day lounging shoreside or snorkeling the colorful coral reefs near South Beach, you don’t need to go far to find your favorite beach day sip. In fact, you can cool off with an ice-cold beer, a piña colada or a Coco Loco without even getting out of those crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Located within easy wading distance from the shore, the island’s famous floating bar is the place to go for the ultimate drink in paradise — just look for the floating tiki hut and head toward it. Before you know it, you’ll be soaking up views and floating along in an island state of mind as you bob gently on the waves.
Also located on Chill Island’s pristine shores, the Wacky Seagull and Wacky Seagull Jr. bars make it easy to grab cocktails or beer any time you feel like you want a refresher. The two sister bars are located at opposite ends of Chill Island — one is near the beach rentals kiosk on the southwest corner of the island, and the other is close to the shore excursions kiosk on the side nearest Oasis Lagoon. Snag a drink and bring it back to your daybed or private cabana to enjoy beachside or stay a while at the bar and let the sound of crashing waves carry you away.
Now that you know all the ins and outs of dining and drinking on Perfect Day at CocoCay, you’re ready to hit the sand running. So make sure you bring an appetite — and your Sea Pass card — because you’re in for a beach day flavor fest unlike any other.