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 splashy surprises to some of the island’s can’t-beat bites — check out a few of the top secrets to uncover on your next cruise.
Everyone has their own idea of vacation mode. Good news — 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 surrounding the pool and even private cabanas that you can rent online ahead of your trip on Cruise Planner.
But hands down one of our favorite 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 with 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.
However you choose to spend your day, you’re bound to build up an appetite. Luckily, you have tons of options. And while Chill Grill and Skipper’s Grill are the biggest places to grab a bite on the island, the most buzzed-about dish actually comes from a much smaller spot — the Snack Shack! Featuring an all-beef patty, American cheese and signature Shack Sauce on a brioche bun, the Shack Burger is an absolute must try. The best part? It’s complimentary. Almost as popular is the mouth-watering Shack Crispy Chicken sandwich. But if you want to take your noshing to the next level, ask the chef to set you up with the Chick N’ Stix, a secret menu item spin on the classic that’s topped with mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce.
On the western side of Perfect Day at CocoCay lies Chill Island — the ideal spot to claim as your out-of-office oasis. From snorkeling and jet skiing to cabanas nestled along the powdery shoreline, you’ll find all the fixings for your best beach day ever. And when you’re ready for a tropical beverage, the Floating Bar is bobbing 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.
Trying to level up your social media feed with something that’ll give all your followers vacation envy? Order a Coco Loco, Perfect Day at CocoCay’s signature cocktail. Made with rum and served in a pineapple, it’s just as photogenic as it is flavorful — and it’s included in your beverage package. They’re available everywhere on the island, so grab one for the ‘gram, then go back for seconds and keep the tropic-cool vibes going strong.