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Guide to Perfect Day at CocoCay Bahamas

After reading about the $200 million transformation in 2019, I was eager to visit Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas – Perfect Day at CocoCay. Select Caribbean/Bahamian sailings to visit the island for the day, and it’s filled with activities and amenities that can help you have the perfect day on your vacation. 

As someone who loves the beach, warm water, and fun activities, I felt that Perfect Day at CocoCay would be the perfect place to spend the day. I really loved my day, and am already eagerly planning my return. 

Disclosure: My sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas (and flights to/from the port), was complimentary. We also had a complimentary cabana and water park access for the day All opinions are my own. 

Perfect Day sign as you enter the island

Guide to Perfect Day at CocoCay

What is Perfect Day at CocoCay? 

Perfect Day at CocoCay is Royal Caribbean’s private Bahamian island. Up to two ships can dock at the island at one time, and it’s staffed by 350+ employees who reside on the island full time. Despite the two cruise ships there during my visit, the island never felt overly crowded. 

Not all Royal Caribbean ships stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay. So, if it’s something you definitely want to do, you’ll want to make sure your itinerary includes a visit. 

As a Bahamian island, you can generally expect good temperatures on Perfect Day at CocoCay year round. However, the winter months maybe a little more chilly. I’ve been to the Bahamas in January when it’s been both cooler and hot, so it really can vary. 

Arriving at Perfect Day at CocoCay 

Once your ship is ready for disembarkation, you’ll hear an announcement. If you are doing an excursion, you may be given a specific time to meet up. Otherwise, you can exit the ship whenever you are ready.

Unless you are spending the day at Coco Beach Club, you’ll want to bring your own towels from the ship. You can pick these up with your key card from the towel kiosk near the pool deck. Wet towels can be exchanged on the island. Be sure to bring your used towels back to the ship when you are done for the day. 

A complimentary tram runs around the island from the ship. It is, however, very walkable, if you choose to walk. Don’t forget to pack your beach bag for the day with essentials. There are complimentary lounge chairs and umbrellas located throughout the island, with cabanas and daybeds available for rent. 

Here’s what you’ll find on the island:

The first thing you’ll see as you head into the arrivals plaza is Captain Jill’s Galleon, a ship splash zone with water cannons and small slides. It’s great for younger kids to splash around.

Daredevil Tower with a waterslide wrapped around

Thrill Waterpark 

The Thrill Waterpark is a full waterpark located right in the center of Perfect Day at CocoCay. Home to the tallest waterslide in North America, the Thrill Waterpark is offered at an additional charge. It’s worth the extra fee, if you plan to spend most of your day there.

The waterpark includes:

Splash Summit: six water slides including the Sling Shot, Twister, and Splash Speedway.

Daredevil’s Tower: seven separate slides, including the 135 foot Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide in North America. 

Wave Pool: the largest wave pool in the Caribbean

Adventure Pool: offers an obstacle course, a rock wall, and rope swings.

There are chairs and umbrellas located throughout the waterpark, as well as cabanas for rent. Freshwater showers are available, as are beach wheelchairs. Kids under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult, while kids under 4 get free admission. 

Mini waterpark area with bucket, splash pad, fountains, slide

Splashaway Bay

Like the popular and kid-friendly Splashaway Bay on the ships, this one includes waterslides, pools, and a drench bucket. It’s complimentary and great for younger kids. 

Oasis Lagoon 

This central lagoon area offers the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool with three different coves. You’ll find a zero-entry pool, a swim-up bar, and a relaxing area. This is a great place for the whole family because younger kids will appreciate the zero-entry pool. 

Two beach chairs with umbrella and a seagull on the umbrella

Chill Island 

Want to visit the beach on your vacation? Then head to Chill Island, with beachfront access, chairs, and umbrellas. This is a nice, relaxing area to enjoy swimming in the beautiful Caribbean sea. 

During my visit to Perfect Day at CocoCay, I spent some time in the afternoon cooling off in the water. It was surprisingly warm, and I was able to get some great shade under an umbrella. 

There’s also the second part of Chill Island called Breezy Bay at Chill Island. This area offers a sports court area with basketball and volleyball courts as well as other fun games. 

Servers go around taking drink orders – while these are an extra fee, a drink package purchased on the ship does apply on the island. If you like tropical alcoholic drinks, try the Coco Loco – the signature drink of the island. 

South Beach

This active area of the beach, South Beach offers beach chairs and umbrellas along a narrow stretch of beach. It’s one of the newer parts of the island and is on the opposite side of the island from the Arrivals Plaza. There, you’ll find the floating bar, a barge in the middle of the sea where you can get some of your favorite drinks. There are also sports courts for volleyball and basketball. 

Coco Beach Club 

If you are looking for a more luxurious day on the island, the Coco Beach Club may be perfect for you. This area is available at an additional fee and offers floating overwater cabanas, waterfront cabanas, a freshwater pool, and more. There’s also a private restaurant in this area, just for guests of the Coco Beach Club. 

Raft rental area on Perfect Day at CocoCay

Activities on Perfect Day at CocoCay

Your Cruise Compass (and the Royal Caribbean app) will include a listing for planned activities during your Perfect Day at CocoCay. During our sailing, these included open play volleyball, basketball, giant Jenga, bean bag toss, foot billiards, and table tennis. 

You’ll also find entertainment options on the island, including the Island Junkanoo Dancers – held both at arrivals and in the afternoon at the Oasis Lagoon Pool. There are also bands and other live music performers, as well as a DJ. Specific times and options are listed in the Cruise Compass. 

Waterpark cabana with lounge chairs and umbrella
A cabana in the water park

Excursions on Perfect Day at CocoCay

You can also book excursions and extra experiences on the island. Keep in mind that availability will be varied, based upon weather conditions. Activities should be booked in advance.

Some of the more popular excursions include the Up Up and Away helium balloon ride, kayaking, a zip line, spa treatments, jet skis, scuba diving, and swimming with pigs. While these can definitely add to your experience, there are plenty of included activities on the island if you don’t want to spend any additional money. Be sure to bring closed-toed shoes if planning to ride the zip line. 

You can also rent snorkel equipment and rafts at various locations on the island. Again, these aren’t essential but could make your beach day more fun. 

Straw market area with small colorful buildings

Shopping at Perfect Day at CocoCay 

I always love shopping, and luckily, there is a great shopping area on Perfect Day at CocoCay. The straw market is located right by Chill Beach and includes small hut buildings with wares from various local Bahamians. Cash or your SeaPass is accepted. There’s also a small kiosk with Perfect Day at CocoCay logo merchandise.

Food at Perfect Day at CocoCay

Of course, you’ll want to eat lunch at some point during your day, and there are plenty of options on the island. If you have rented a cabana for the day, your cabana comes with attendant service, and your cabana attendant can help with getting your food. Otherwise, you can visit one of the many venues.

There are three locations of the Snack Shack, which offer hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, and appetizers. For tacos, burgers, salads, and more, visit the Skipper’s Grill next to Splashaway Bay There’s also the Chill Grill, at Chill Island, with similar food offerings. Captain Jack’s Wings and Fries offers a la carte options (for an additional cost) if you’d prefer that menu.

To have the Perfect Day, it’s a good idea to do some planning in advance. Make sure you make any purchases of extras (including excursions) as soon as you can. You’ll also want to pack a beach bag to take with you including sunscreen, a hat, lip balm, and anything else you’ll need to protect yourself from the strong Caribbean sun.

Collage with blue umbrella on the beach with a seagull on top, and Daredevil's Tower with waterslide wrapped around it.

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