We travel a lot.
We are fortunate to have the luxury to do so at this point in our lives.
Years ago, when The Dudes were little and I was full time living that SAHM life, we rarely had the opportunity to getaway.
The kids were a lot, money was tighter, and making the effort to travel was hardly worth it.
Now that I have the opportunity to travel to awesome places as part of my “work” life, it’s the schedules! It’s tough to get away as a family when DudeDad has more responsibility at work and The Dudes have so many commitments at school and with sports.
So, when we do get the chance to get out of town, we make the most of it!
Dude 3 and I recently returned from our first Disney cruise.
It was a life long dream of mine and Mimi’s to go on one and there were so many things we loved about the experience.
There were so many things to do on the ship -watch shows, play games, catch movies, eat, eat more, eat again.
And then there was Castaway Cay.
We were more than excited by the opportunity to visit Disney’s famous private island.
We’d heard so much about it -the beaches, the water slides, the activities.
Because we appreciate the fine art of beach side relaxing, we planned to lay on the beach, play in the water, do the tropical island thing.
And then we saw the bikes!
It was never a thing I thought I’d enjoy -biking on vacation, and yet it was SO much fun!
Probably the best thing I’ve ever done on a vacation to date!
If you’re planning to visit Castaway Cay, totally get the bikes, and do all of these things too!
Castaway Cay: 20 Things to Do On Disney’s Private Island
Take great photos with your ship.
Get some exercise. They even had a 5k in the morning when we arrived (and yep, you get an awesome Disney medal to take home).
Hit the massive water slide.
Swim in the ocean.
Do a little souvenir shopping. There are a couple of shops on the island where you can snag things for people back home.
Mail your postcards. Then they will arrive back home with the Castaway Cay postmark. Take cash!
Go bike riding. It is $11 per bike per hour and it is so worth the investment. You can see the entire island and they have bikes for little people too.
Swim with sting rays. There is an extra fee, but you can book this excursion on the ship before you disembark along with many other water sports.
Lounge on the beach.
Get a massage. You can schedule them for the beach on board the ship at the spa.
Play pool. Shoot hoops. Play Foosball. They have a big pavilion of non-wet activities for those done with sand and sea, but not quite ready to get back on-board.
Get your hair braided.
Climb a tower. And look out over the entire island. You can walk there, but it’s faster to bike.
Enjoy a cocktail on the sand. There are bars and waiters waiting to deliver you a refreshing treat.
Go snorkeling. They have them available for rent on the beach.
Hit the splash park with the kids. It’s a great place for the little people in your party who don’t want to spend all day sandy.
Ditch the kids. You can leave them at Scuttle’s Cove and head to Serenity Bay, the adult only beach.
Plan to come back. Because after a full day of fun in the Castaway Cay sun, you’re going to want to!
Want to see more of our cruise adventure? Check out our Disney Cruise Favorite Things video!