Like magic, when we woke on day 3 we were at Cocoa Cay. This is Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas. After prying Chad out of bed with a crow bar (he came in around 1:00a again), and grabbing some breakfast, we set out to go ashore.
The first step was to get a beach towel from the towel station on deck 3. When we arrived we found a line, and learned they had run out of towels. I remember sarcastically saying to Heather, “What? Shouldn’t they know how many people are on the ship?” I’ll give the crew some credit though, they found a way to solve the problem, and after a few minutes the line was moving again.
The second step was getting on a tender (smaller boat) that would take us to the island. The tender came around about every 15 minutes so after a few minutes of waiting we were headed toward Cocoa Cay?
The third step was a little bit more of a challenge… find 4 beach chairs together. Fortunately, after a few minutes of searching we found some, and after some rearranging of the furniture we settled into our spot for the day. It was a decent spot too, there was a little “bay” to swim in, the restrooms and drink stations were close by, and we could hear the band that was playing beach tunes.
Insider Tip: Heather and I went for a walk later in the day and discovered an area called “South Beach”. There were fewer chairs and people on South Beach, and it was much quieter. If you are looking for peace and quiet, keep following the beach after you get off the tender, until is reaches a point and turns right. Keep walking until you see the South Beach sign. Had Heather and I been there without the kids this is where we would have moved to.
Lunch was served buffet style on the island. Hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, jerk chicken and other BBQ-style fare. I tried a hamburger, hot dog, and ribs (don’t judge me, I was on vacation and New Year Resolutions were still a few days away). Overall the food was good. However, the ribs are honestly the worst I have ever had in my life. They were over done and gristly. If you have false teeth, you’d better skip them!
Around 3:00 we headed back to the boat to get showers, and get ready for dinner. Heather and I hung out at the Schooner’s Bar as the boat pulled away from Cocoa Cay, and got to see an amazing sunset where the bright orange sun seemed to be setting into the water. I had experienced this once before on a sailing trip that Heather was not on, so I was glad she got to experience it as well.