Great Stirrup Cay



Private Paradise

Paradise should be free and open to all, right? Well, yes, but there are still some places where you’ll need an exclusive pass to enter.

Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas is one such place. It’s a small island owned and operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines, which has created this unique beach destination to cater to its guests’ every whim.

The Cay’s Beginning

First, a bit about the cay. It’s part of the Berry Islands and was purchased from the Belcher Oil Company in 1977. Nowadays, Caribbean-loving cruise visitors enjoy their brief stops on this strip of land, which is home to coconut palms, lizards, crabs, several bird species and a protected marine life sanctuary.

What to Do

After docking, explore the island habitat or simply claim a hammock and stretch out under the blue skies. Beach huts, chairs and umbrellas are also plentiful.

To get to know this tiny slice of heaven better, take a stroll on the walking trails or near the lagoon, or even book a kayaking or sailboat excursion. Kids love snorkeling, running freely in the kids’ area and getting soaked at the aqua park. The gigantic Hippo Slide never fails to delight.

Hungry? A free barbecue and buffet is offered to all guests stopping through Great Stirrup Cay. If you’re up for an adult beverage, order one at one of the island’s three bars, but be prepared to pay—these don’t come free, unless your onboard account includes them.

Great Stirrup Cay at a Glance

City:Berry Islands

Country or State:Bahamas

Length of Beach:1.5 miles

Access:By Norwegian Cruise Line only

Best time to visit:June - best weather

High Season:December to April

Low Season:May to November


  • Free BBQ and buffet - Drinks for purchase
  • Rentals: Chairs, umbrellas, cabanas, snorkeling equipment, water sports equipment
  • Lifeguard
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular