by Dayna Engberg

5 Reasons to Visit This Private Island

There’s only one place in the world where you can conquer the tallest waterslide in North America, ascend 450 feet in the air in a giant helium balloon and take a dip in the Caribbean’s largest wave pool, all in the same day. This is Perfect Day at CocoCay — Royal Caribbean’s private island where everything is bigger, bolder and more breathtaking than any other island you’ve ever visited. Read on to discover five reasons why this over-the-top vacation truly outdoes the rest.
Daredevil's Peak
Daredevil’s Peak Waterslide at Thrill Waterpark

1. The waterslides are on another level. Literally.

Push your limits at Thrill Waterpark, where you’ll find one of the tallest waterslide in North America, Daredevil’s Peak, featuring a heart-stopping 135-foot plunge. And that’s just one of 13 thrilling water slides on the island. At Daredevil’s Tower, you can race a friend down the twin Dueling Demons, plummet down the near-vertical Screeching Serpent or brave the coils of the twisting, turning Green Mamba slide.

Not enough for your adventure crew? There’s also an entirely separate set of slides specifically designed for multiple riders. On the Slingshot, four can share a raft and a time-stopping zero-gravity moment before freefalling. Grab a buddy for the winding tube slide, The Twister. Or unleash your competitive side on the four-lane Splash Speedway. And no visit to Thrill Waterpark will be complete without a dip in the largest wave pool in the Caribbean.

Splash Summit
Splash Summit, Another Tower of Waterslides on CocoCay

 2. Your kids will have a blast, no matter their age.

Exploring with little ones in tow? Kids can enjoy buckets of fun at Splashaway Bay with a frenzy of fountains, sprinklers and pools, plus two massive drench buckets and five slides. On Perfect Day at CocoCay, there’s no age limit for adventure. Even the littlest explorers can see what it’s like to be buccaneers for the day at Captain’s Jill’s Galleon, where they’ll find plenty of exciting ways to make a splash. From kiddie slides and colorful interactive water cannons to a lookout tower and a splash pad, this interactive pirate ship is loaded with swashbuckling thrills for kids of all ages. Whether you’re traveling with teens or tiny tots, no island has more ways to get soaked.

Up, Up and Away
Aerial Views aboard Up, Up and Away

3. It's way more than a waterpark.

At Perfect Day at CocoCay, you can also enjoy high-flying fun without ever getting wet. Snap some seriously envy-inducing selfies at Up, Up and Away — a colorful helium balloon that floats up to 450 feet in the air, where you’ll score breathtaking views overlooking the entire island and the deep blue ocean horizon beyond. Ready for an adrenaline rush?  Leave your cares on the ground and feel the wind in your hair as you soar high above the island on 1,600 feet of zip line, ending way across the harbor.

Oasis Lagoon Bar
Swim-Up Bar at Oasis Lagoon

4. It's the perfect place to chill out.

Once you’re firmly back on the ground, there are plenty of ways to keep the good times going. South Beach is the go-to spot for those who like to get their game on. Amp up the excitement with volleyball, beachside basketball, paddle boarding and kayaking. To quench your thirst, wade on over to the floating bar just offshore.

Looking to sneak away from the action? Head to the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, Oasis Lagoon, where you can sip on colorful cocktails at the swim-up bar or lounge in your own private cabana. There’s also Chill Island, where you’ll find all the elements for the perfect beach day, from crystal clear tropical waters to powdery sands and fresh bites at Chill Grill. Or unwind at Captain Jack’s, where the calypso beats and ice-cold brews will put you in an island state of mind in no time. Grab a Coco Loco at the rowboat bar, settle into a rope swing seat and snack on an array of house specialties — we’re still daydreaming about the mango-habanero wings.

Coco Beach Club
Private Cabanas at Coco Beach Club

5. You can rent your very own overwater cabana.

At the exclusive Coco Beach Club, you can treat yourself to the ultimate beach day upgrade: The first overwater cabanas in The Bahamas. Get a taste of Bora Bora with bright blue ocean views in every direction as you make yourself at home on an overwater hammock for two or splash into the sea on your own private slide. Getting hungry? Savor the best of land and sea served up just steps from the ocean at the restaurant at Coco Beach Club, offering top-notch dining featuring a selection of fresh lobster, grouper and steak — plus a buffet of soups, salads and starters. Then head to the clubhouse to cap it all off in a picturesque infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Could it possibly get any better?! We don’t think so.



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