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Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Castaway Cay (pronounced “Castaway Key”) is a tropical retreat with white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and aquamarine water. What makes it so magical is its theming—it’s not unlike visiting one of Disney’s excellent water parks, such as Typhoon Lagoon. The island even has its own legend—they say three explorers set sail with their families to the scattered islands of the Bahamas in search of fame and fortune. Their adventures brought them to this island, where they found sunken treasures, the secret of youth, and the skeletal remains of a giant whale. The explorers and their families remained on the beautiful island for years as castaways—you can still see the original structures and artifacts left behind.
Disney may call this out-island Castaway Cay, but in its previous incarnation it was Gorda Cay. The island is a part of the Abaco Bahamas island archipelago. Its history is murky. It may have first been inhabited by Lucayan Indians, “discovered” by the Spanish, later used as a harbor for pirates, and was long used by the Abaconians for farming pumpkins and sweet potatoes. In the ’70s and ’80s, the island was a base for drug operations. Disney leased the island and, over the next 18 months, spent $25 million to fix up 55 acres (only about 5% of the island). 50,000 truckloads of sand were dredged to make the beautiful beaches. Its extensive facilities are the best in the cruise industry. For more history, visit: http://www.disneydispatch.com/content/columns/the-626/2011/04-the-colorful-story-of-castaway-cay/
Castaway Cay was recognized as the Top Cruise Line Private Island in the second annual Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. It's also the most highly-rated Caribbean island overall among members.
Top Photo Slice: Looking down on Castaway Cay from the Dream (℗ 51160) Photo contributed by © chezp
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