Little Stirrup Cay

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CoCo Cay

Little Stirrup Cay
Island
Little Stirrup Cay
Little Stirrup Cay
CoCo Cay is located in Bahamas
CoCo Cay
CoCo Cay
Coordinates: 25°49′N 77°56′W / 25.817°N 77.933°W / 25.817; -77.933Coordinates: 25°49′N 77°56′W / 25.817°N 77.933°W / 25.817; -77.933
Country Bahamas
IslandLittle Stirrup Cay
DistrictBadge of the Berry Islands.jpg Berry Islands
Population
(2010)
 • Total38
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern Time Zone)
Area code(s)242

Little Stirrup Cay or Co Co Cay, Bahamas, is one of the Berry Islands, a collection of cays and small islands and is located approximately 55 miles north of Nassau.[1] It is used for tourism by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd exclusively.

Description[edit]

The island is less than a mile (around one kilometer) wide from east to west and less than 200 yards (183 meters) from north to south. It has a population of 38.(2010 census)[2]

The east end is the center of recreational activities with beaches fronting a coral basin where manatee, rays, and numerous fish can be seen. There is a rocky inlet on the north side of the island large enough for the cruise ship tenders to operate from. Nature trails run the entire length and width of the island.

Little Stirrup Cay is adjacent to Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line's private island.

Tourism[edit]

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises, assumed the lease of the island upon acquisition of Admiral Cruises[3] and renamed it Coco Cay, one of the first cruise lines to lease islands for their exclusive use.[4]

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise ships frequently anchor off the island and bring passengers ashore by tenders. Activities available to guests include swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, scuba diving, and WaveRunner piloting. Royal Caribbean extends its children's programs onto the island including a Fisher-Price-sponsored Power Wheels track for young children.

Future plans[edit]

On March 14, 2018 Royal Caribbean announced plans for a $200 million overhaul of the island. Plans include the addition of two water slide towers (one with seven slides and the other with six), a wave pool, fresh water pool, zip lines, private cabanas and a permanent dock for ships. The changes will allow Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class ships to visit the island.[5]

Prices for cruise travelers who will visit the island starting May 2019 will range from $39 (half-day entry to the Thrill Waterpark) to $1,599 (full-day rental of an overwater cabana for eight). However, the island will feature many free amenities.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coco Cay". Washington Post. January 21, 2007. pp. P10. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  2. ^ BERRY ISLANDS POPULATION BY SETTLEMENT AND TOTAL NUMBER OF OCCUPIED DWELLINGS: 2010 CENSUS - Bahamas Department of Statistics
  3. ^ "CRUISE LINER CATCHES FIRE, INJURING 18". Miami Herald. July 31, 1986. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  4. ^ "CRUISING CAYS PRIVATE ISLES GIVE VISITORS A BEACH OF THEIR OWN". Miami Herald. February 8, 1998. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  5. ^ "Royal Caribbean plans massive overhaul of private island CocoCay". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  6. ^ "Royal Caribbean Reveals Pricing for Perfect Day at CocoCay - Royal Caribbean International". www.cruisecritic.com. Retrieved 2018-07-06.

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