Buried treasures are the stuff pirate legends are made of. And while there are tales of loot scattered throughout The Bahamas, there are some hidden gems that you can’t miss on your next trip to the Royal Caribbean private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay. From underwater surprises to a powerful geyser that shoots high into the sky — check out a few secrets to uncover on your next cruise.
A visit to the best place to vacation in The Bahamas deserves the grandest of welcomes. As you
set foot on the island, you’re immediately greeted by Captain Jill’s Galleon — a throwback to
the days of buccaneers, equipped with water cannons, dry slides and a rope bridge.
Amidst all the swashbuckling you’ll find an Instagram worthy surprise in the form of a geyser that shoots water over 70 feet into the air. And while you can spot the spout from many places around the island, the best spot to score your #geysergram is right in front of the galleon.
Insider tip: If you don’t have a waterproof smartphone or camera, make sure to grab a shot from a safe distance because you may get wet.
Whatever kind of pool or beach day you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it at the largest
freshwater pool in the Caribbean — Oasis Lagoon. There’s a sloping entry that’s perfect for kids
and their families, a swim-up bar with in-water seats, loungers in the water and even private
cabanas that you can rent online ahead of your trip on Cruise Planner.
But hands down one of our favorite seaside surprises at the lagoon is the underwater musical soundtrack that seems perfectly scored for the weekend getaway you’ve been craving. Plunge your head below the surface for some awesome surround sound.
Perfect Day at CocoCay is overflowing
pools where you can soak up sun and fun. From the
largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean, Oasis Lagoon, to the biggest wave pool in the
Caribbean. But nestled in the middle of all the action at Thrill Waterpark is the
soon-to-be-famous Adventure Pool, an interactive obstacle course filled with an abundance of
thrills all its own.
Adventure Pool is the perfect spot to set up camp and call home for the day with plenty of umbrellas and places to sit — and lots of ways to make a splash. You can hone your rock-climbing skills, hop across floating lily pads and make a splash into the pool from a swing rope. And when hunger hits, you’re right near a Snack Shack, where complimentary burgers, fries and snacks will fuel your next daring feat.
Your favorite beachside brews are on tap at the full-service bars sprinkled throughout the newly revamped Royal Caribbean private destination. But if you want to enjoy a cold one on demand, you’re in luck. Two spots have conveniently located self-serve beer stations where you can get pours on demand (for an additional cost) while nibbling on bites with a harborside view at Chill Grill, or just steps away from the beach at Skipper’s Grill. Your weekend cruise to The Bahamas just got infinitely more chill…and frothy.
What lies off the coast of this palm-fringed, tropical paradise? An underwater world waiting to
be explored. You don’t have to plunge too deep beneath the turquoise waves or swim out very far
to see the next secret on our list. Resting no more than 15 feet below the surface and 150 feet
from the shoreline is a sunken airplane that was strategically placed to promote marine life.
Grab your snorkel gear and get up close to thriving reef inhabitants, like parrot fish, grouper,
triggerfish, stingrays and eagle rays.
But your underwater explorations don’t have to stop there. With average visibility stretching to about 100 feet, your dive can go way past the sunken plane. You can book a certified scuba dive tour on Cruise Planner before you sail — and for those who prefer to keep adventure above the water line, there are jet ski rentals available too.
On the southern side of Perfect Day at
CocoCay lies South Beach — one of the best spots to
connect with your ideal vacation vibe. Whether it’s starting the morning with sun salutations at
a yoga class on the sand, bringing your A game to beachside volleyball or lounging in your own
private cabana — this is what beach days were made for.
And when you’re ready for a tropical beverage, you’ve got multiple bars to choose from, including a floating bar just offshore. Work up a thirst with a quick swim to a place where it’s 5 o'clock all the time and try the signature Coco Loco while enjoying views of the horizon that are just as refreshing. This is one watering hole you don’t want to miss.