Salty's 01/10/2013 Trip Reports


Distance: 2.5 miles

Low Elevation: 0 feet
High Elevation: 30 feet
Elevation Gain: 40 feet
Elevation Loss: 40 feet

Start Location: Little Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, west end
Finish Location: Little Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, west end
Route: Nature trail to west end and back

Weather: Sunny, warm, not too humid
Companions: (none)


Mostly a picture show, and barely a hike. Start on page 3 of the picture link above to see all the hike pictures.

I've been liking the Work in a Hike During a Cruise, but the Bahamas don't present much of an opportunity. Until I noticed a sign at CocoCay (properly known as Little Stirrup Cay) labeled Nature Trail. CocoCay is Royal Caribbean's private island, only about a mile long, and I've been there a number of times, but I've never done this. My wife was fine with me running away, so off I went, not knowing what to expect.

Thanks to one dude, I finally noticed this guy hanging out.

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After maybe a quarter mile of following signs, I came to the, ahem, trailhead.

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I was pleased to see it was an actual trail after following dirt roads before the, ahem, trailhead.

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I was quite happy, as there were interesting things to see, like neat looking trees.

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Occasionally, I'd wander off trail, finally answering the question of whether employees lived here (yes, I found their quarters), and finding little surprised like this termite mound.

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There were several beaches I didn't realize existed, including this far flung one, which had a bar. Probably not the greatest job on the island given how (relatively) few people come out this far.

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The trail got rockier, reminding me of New Hampshire.

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More side paths, more abandoned beaches. Cool to know you can have a beach completely to yourself on a small island where at least 2000 people are hanging out. The trail actually started closing in a bit, and I came to this.

End of trail?? Wait a minute, I haven't reached the end of the island, which must be close. I don't think so. There was a herd path going ahead, so I kept going and shortly came to the end.

Yay, I traversed a whole island, ha ha. It was a beautiful day, as the humidity wasn't too bad, and the trail was shaded by trees by and large. I followed the road for a bit, and shortly came across this.

Perhaps the neatest spot on the island. I spotted a platform, and got an interesting view over much of the island.

It was too hot on the road, so back to the trail, where I was now hurrying, underestimating the length of the trail. I didn't want to wife to worry or feel abandoned, so I boogied on back. Like a few other times, she wasn't worried at all, and said I had no reason to hurry. Ah well. At least I got a cold (tasty!) beer that much quicker.