Great Stirrup Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas, Kayaking
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Great Stirrup Cay

Great Stirrup Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas, Beaches Photo credit: Norwegian Cruise Line | Aerial View of Great Stirrup Cay

This 250-acre island in the Bahamas was the first to be purchased by a cruise line (Norwegian Cruise Line bought it in in 1977) and remains a private paradise. Lounge on the sparkling beaches or go for a walk and wade into the warm turquoise sea. The more adventurous can try out parasailing, hit the water on a WaveRunner, or grab flippers and goggles for a snorkeling treasure hunt. A beach barbecue is complimentary to cruisers, and Great Stirrup Cay has a Straw Market full of local products for shoppers.

What We Love

Beachfront Cabanas: If you want to upgrade your beach time, rent one of these private retreats. Food and drink and use of a float are included.

Pirate History: The island was once a pirate hideout. As a deterrent, the British erected an 80-foot-tall lighthouse here in 1863. It still shines a light visible for 20 miles. Check it out and practice your pirate speak — arrgh.

Best Known For

The Hippo: Great Stirrup Cay is home to what is billed as the world’s largest inflatable waterslide. At 40 feet high and 175 feet long, the Hippo is a must-do wet and wild thrill ride.

Stingray Encounter: Get cozy with stingrays in a special enclosed area, where you can safely feed and pet them.

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Who It's Best For

Party Crowd: Those seeking a beach party scene will find one. There are rum and tequila bars, and an outpost of Jimmy Buffet's 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar is due in 2016.

Families: Despite the carousing, all ages will find their fun. Kids will love the aqua attractions (including the enormous waterslide) and there's also a children’s play area.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

One Fish, Two Fish: Those seeking a colorful array of fish may be disappointed with what they see from the beach. You'll need to head out on an excursion to spy a wider variety of sea life.

Tenders: The island can’t accommodate large ships right at the shore. Small boats are used to ferry passengers back to cruise ships, which involves waiting in lines.

Fran Golden

Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.

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