Tips for a perfect day at MSC Ocean Cay

Or how to make the most of your day at Ocean Cay Marine Reserve MSC private island

Ocean Cay is a beautiful and peaceful place to relax and unwind with crystal-clear waters, picturesque beaches with heavenly white sand, beautiful palm trees, and a lighthouse. Ocean Cay MSC Private Island is located halfway between the Florida coast and the Bahamas. The island is a former sand quarry transformed by MSC into a marine reserve with a man-made lagoon and beaches. There is plenty of room for everyone to spread out and various activities to choose from.

Here’s some helpful information to help you get the most out of your visit to the island:

Go to the beach-

The island has seven beaches where you can spend the day. Those in the lagoon (South beach) have soft white sand, very calm water, free sunbeds, and umbrellas at an extra charge. Located close to the central food court, a bar, a food truck with free food, and a beach shack seafood at an additional cost.

South Beach on Ocean Cay (lagoon)
South Beach on Ocean Cay (lagoon)
South Beach on Ocean Cay (lagoon)
South Beach on Ocean Cay (lagoon)
Central food court         
Central food court
The food truck with complimentary food
The food truck with complimentary food
Beach shacks seafood at an additional cost.
Beach shacks seafood at an additional cost.

If you’re a wave enthusiast, there are a few oceanfront beaches with beautiful white sand and picturesque stone scenery, a lovely spot for your best Instagram shoot.

Views from Bimini Beach
Views from Bimini Beach
Views from Sunset Beach
Views from Sunset Beach
Lighthouse view
Lighthouse view

My favorite is Lighthouse Bay, with stunning views of ships and the Lighthouse. There are brightly colored umbrellas, chairs, and loungers, all free of charge. In addition, there are many palm trees to provide additional shade, a complimentary food truck, a bar where you can use your beverage package or cruise card, a washroom with fresh water showers, and locker rooms. Be sure to bring a beach towel with you from the ship.

The Lighthouse Bay Beach
The Lighthouse Bay Beach
The Lighthouse Bay Beach
The Lighthouse Bay Beach
he Lighthouse Bay Beach
he Lighthouse Bay Beach

Beverage packages and WIFI

Essentially, the island is an extension of the ship, and what’s covered by the package is what’s covered by the package on the ship. So, as with the WIFI package, you can use it on the island by logging in to the router on Ocean Cay.

Book an excursion-

Make the most of your day. There are a variety of water sports to choose from, from snorkeling to stand-up paddle board kayaking, water jet skiing, romantic champagne sunset cruises, and much more.

Go Walking-

Love to walk? Just pick a trail and do some exploring. The island is beautiful, and there are a couple of deserted beaches with tropical scenery that make for the perfect spot for an Instagram shot. There are many species of birds to be seen, some of which have made the island their home and some of which are seasonal migrants.

The Patch on the island
The patch on the island
Island vegetation banana trees
Island vegetation banana trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotted woodpecker during January
Spotted woodpecker during January

Take the tram-

There is free transportation all over the island, with stops at every beach and all major stops.

One of the many Transport Pavilions
One of the many Transport Pavilionsù

The Spa on Ocean Cay-

Indulge in the ultimate pampering experience at the spa while enjoying a super-soothing beachside massage with an eco-friendly product. Remember to book your appointment onboard.

Wedding Pavilion-

Say “I do” or “I still do” with a wedding or vow renewal ceremony in one of the most romantic places on Earth. This is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Bride bouquet with a view
Bride’s bouquet with a view
The Wedding Pavilion
The Wedding Pavilion

Shopping on the island-

Take a piece of this magnificent place back home. There’s a wide selection of souvenirs and gifts inspired by nature. Items for adults and children include T-shirts, hats, beach items, towels, and accessories. No cash is required to shop; everything goes to your cruise card.

The shops ate Ocean Cay Village
The shops at Ocean Cay Village.
The shops ate Ocean Cay Village
The shops at Ocean Cay Village.

Visit the Lighthouse-

The island’s focal point is a 100-foot red and white Lighthouse. It is also a helpful point of orientation and the first thing you will see when the ship arrives and the last thing you will know when the ship departs.

View of the Lighthouse at the arrival of the ship
View of the Lighthouse at the arrival of the ship

If you book a tour, you can climb up to the Lighthouse and take your best pictures of the island and the ship from the top.

The lighthouse
The Lighthouse
The winding stairs of the Lighthouse
The winding stairs of the Lighthouse

Beneath the structure is a Hemingway-style bar and terrace with comfortable sofas. This is the perfect place to enjoy the view with a refreshing cocktail and lunch (at an extra charge).

The Lighthouse Bar
The Lighthouse Bar

The Sunsets at Ocean Cay are spectacular-

Enjoy the sunset and after-sunset disco on the beach. Each one is unique in its colors and shades of light. Perfect for your Instagram Story. The Lighthouse Bay Disco starts right after sunset, followed by the Lighthouse Show. The 23,000 LED lights that cover the structure put on a choreographed show you will never forget.

Sunset watchers from the Lighthouse Bay Beach
Sunset watchers from the Lighthouse Bay Beach
Sunset from the Lighthouse Bay Beach
Sunset from the Lighthouse Bay Beach
The Lighthouse at Night
The Lighthouse at Night

Take the kids to the island-

The Kids Club offers activities for kids and families on South Beach. With games such as the Island Family, Adventure, the Doremix Family Disco, Lost in Ocean Cay game, the Treasure Hunt, and Team Challenges. The lagoon’s calm waters are a favorite place for young children to play. And the beach at Lighthouse Bay is my son’s favorite place to snorkel and watch the colorful fish around the rocks.

Numerous Fishes at the Lighthouse Bay Beach
Numerous Fishes at the Lighthouse Bay Beach

To keep the island and the ocean clean-

The Ocean Cay Marine Reserve is a protected area still recovering sea life and corals after having been a garbage dump island for the last few decades. Please keep the beaches clean; there are a lot of garbage bins everywhere. Please be sure to pick up your trash when you are about to leave the beach. Please do not throw any plastics, glasses, or bottles into the water or bury them in the sand. Yes, the island staff is always concerned about keeping the island clean. However, Mother Nature appreciates every effort.

Thank you so much, and have a great day at Ocean Cay.

XOXO

Svetlana Hristova

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