With its sparkling blue waters, palm-swept white sand and spectacular coral reef, its no surprise Little Stirrup Cay has been described as a hidden paradise.
The small Bahamian island forms part of the Berry island chain, a collection of some 130 cays and islets covering about 30 square miles in the Northwestern Bahamas.
The isle is about one kilometer in length and less than 200 yards in width. Most recreational activities take place at the eastern end, where a colorful coral reef full of sea cows, rays, and an abundance of fish lie parallel to the pristine beach. All over the island are nature trails where vibrant birds flock among exotic flora. The northern end has a rocky inlet from which tenders operate.
Little Stirrup Cay is leased by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. – the world’s second largest cruise line operator – who have renamed it Coco Cay. Cruise ships from Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises – each of which is owned by Royal Caribbean – regularly bring visitors to the island. Next to the isle is Great Stirrup Cay, a private island owned by Norwegian Cruise Line.
Little Stirrup Cay is a popular location for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing and scuba diving. Royal Caribbean also provides activities for children on the island, including a Power Wheels track sponsored by Fisher-Price.
This small island is one of the Bahamas’ best kept secrets. It is an ideal place for all vacationers. Those looking for some quality family time, the chance to enjoy a romantic picnic on its secluded beach, or a peaceful walk along its scenic nature trails.