Mom And Daughter Laughing together on Hammock at beach
  • On Jan 3, 2014
    Denise from NS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My husband and I are travelling on the Fantasy with our 5 year old daughter this month. At each port, we are looking to spend our time at the beach. For the Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, and Cozumel, are there beaches within walking distance of the ship?

    Welcome aboard, Denise! Setting sail on the Disney Fantasy is going to be a very magical vacation for your family. 

    I always recommend choosing one of Disney Cruise Line's Port Adventures versus going off in the port on your own. Disney takes care of all of the details and ensures that you are back to the ship in plenty of time. I promise that Disney's adventures are worth every penny versus trying to head out on your own. But if you do decide to explore the port on your own, I have a few suggestions. 

    Grand Cayman has some beautiful beaches along Seven Mile Beach. I've heard great things about some guests taking a bus for about $5 per person each way to Surfside Beach. There are umbrellas, chairs, snorkeling gear and other water activities available, all at an additional charge. The last time I sailed, a friend went there and told me that umbrellas started at $4, and chairs cost $5 or $6 each to rent. 

    You won't find any beaches within a short walking distance from the cruise port in Cozumel, so you'll need to take a taxi. Playa Palancar is supposed to be a nice spot accessible via a short taxi ride. But, I very much prefer Playa Mia Beach Club which you can enjoy with Disney's Port Adventure. Your daughter will love the waterpark area there and you'll enjoy relaxing in a lounger on the beautiful sandy beach while you sip a fruity drink! 

    Costa Maya's most popular beach on which to relax is Mahahual, which is a just a short taxi ride from the cruise port area. It's a cute little village and there's quite a bit available there at the beach, making it a nice place to spend the day. Look it up online, it's beautiful! 

    Enjoy each of your port days, Denise! Happy travels!
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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