What Are Some Interesting Facts About the Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas?


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Half Moon Cay is a private island in the Caribbean located about 100 miles southeast of Nassau and owned by the Holland America Line for use by its passengers. Purchased in 1997 for $6 million, the island, formerly known as Little San Salvador, encompasses 2,400 acres. Its name derives from its 2.5-mile long crescent-shaped beach. Holland America spent millions upgrading 50 acres of the island for passengers to enjoy. The rest of the island is a preserve for migratory birds.

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Guests on Holland America and Carnival cruises sometimes visit Half Moon Cay. The facilities include a welcome center, Bahamian Village and Tropics Restaurant. There are three Water Sports Centers where guests can snorkel, kayak, swim and sail. Children can enjoy the Half Moon Lagoon Aqua Park with its pirate-ship water slide, a playground and an ice cream parlor, while the adults can take advantage of three outdoor bars, relax in a hot tub or have a massage. Horseback riding, hiking and a stingray adventure are other available activities.

The Bahamian Village houses the ice cream parlor as well as shops, a straw market and hair braiding facilities. A chapel is available for those who wish to marry or renew their vows. Private beach-side cabanas provide couples with privacy and optional butler service.

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