A Day at Disney’s Castaway Cay in the Bahamas
How would you like to visit a private island? And what if that private island is owned by Disney? Heaven, right? We visited Disney’s Castaway Cay in the Bahamas on our first Disney Cruise, and that day was magical.
Castaway Cay 5K:
The morning we arrived via the Disney Fantasy at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, we were up bright and early dressed in our running wear and getting ready to run the Castaway Cay 5k.
Disney makes running on island time easy by including admission to the Castaway Cay 5k with cruises to the island. Guests must simply sign up at guest services to participate.
Running in a runDisney event has been on my bucket list for a while, so participating in the cruise was a must for us. Running for free was even better!
This was our second 5k we’ve ever run. By participating in the 5k, entrants are led off of the cruise ship early to run in the cooler morning hours, but also to run along the bike routes before the crowds arrive.
By walking from the ship to the starting line, running the course on the bike path and the landing strip, and returning, the 5k is a great way to see the island.
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The race finishes near a few shops where souvenirs-including race souvenirs- are available for purchase. A cast member also awards each finished with a Castaway Cay 5k completer medal at the finish line.
Completing the race will always be a special memory to me.
One: I finished a race.
Two: I got an awesome medal.
And, most of all, our entire dinner table group that we became friends with also participated in the race and waited for me at the finish line with high fives! Finishing a race with people cheering for you and smiling is the best way to finish!
After finishing the race, we were super sweaty and in need of showers, so we knew we’d need to head back towards the ship.
We did all of our souvenir shopping as we walked back so that we could drop off all of our purchases in our stateroom.
After getting refreshed, we grabbed our snorkeling gear and headed back out to Castaway Cay. As we returned, we could smell barbecue and realized that lunch time had crept up on us!
Barbecue Buffet Lunch:
Lunch consisted of a backyard barbecue-type buffet (all-you-can-eat, of course) and is also included in the price of the cruise.
Lunch allowed us to pass some time as the beaches were closed due to rainy weather.
Hermit Crab Race:
We also participated in a hermit crab race, but the one we were rooting for just wasn’t in the mood to move that day. Remind me to never bet on a hermit crab.
By the end of the hermit crab race, the weather cleared and we headed to the family beach for snorkeling.
Castaway Cay does have its own “adults-only” beach, but we had special intel about the family beach snorkeling area—there are Disney statues and shipwrecks under the water!
The area is full of huge, gorgeous fish and stingrays. We had to be very careful of where we stepped in our flippers as to not step on a hidden stingray in the sand.
Besides the wildlife, we were looking for those underwater treasures! We found full-size boats, machinery, and even a submarine rusted and covered in barnacles under the waves. Fish love those hiding spots.
My favorite underwater find was a statue of Mickey!
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Speaking of Mickey, he and his friends were out and about on the island sporting their swimwear and posing for photos. If you’ve ever wanted to see the Fab Five in their swimsuits, this is your chance!
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Trams are available to shuttle visitors from one area of the island to another.
We loved the little details around the island that are so very “Disney,” like “Mount Rustmore.” There are also many opportunities to take photos with the characters, with minimum wait, of course!
We were also sure to stop by the tiny post office close to the dock to send some postcards from Castaway Cay and to pick up some souvenir stamps.
Even with not-so-perfect weather, Disney treated us to a magical day on their private Bahamian island!
Have you been on a Disney cruise? Have you had a great adventure on Castaway Cay? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and doggie-daughter, Gizmo. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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