Cabana? Cabana? Why should I book a Cabana?

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#1
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I've seen tons of threads about booking a cabana at Half Moon Cay. Why? They're pretty expensive, aren't they?

Why should I book a cabana? Sell me, please!
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Alabama
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Joined Jul 2009
HMC is hot. Hot, hot, hot! Unless you are in the water the entire time, you will be hot. The cabana has air conditioning and shade. Also, it costs money to rent floats, the cabanas include them. And the cabana gives you your own personal shower. If I go back to HMC, I will spend the money or just stay on the ship. That is my own personal opinion though, most people love the place. It was just too hot for me. Couldn't sit in the lounge chair for even a few minutes and that was in October.
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#3
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They are about $200. So if there are 4 of you, that's only about $50 each.

For the money, you get shade, a/c, shower, two loungers, table and 4 chairs, fridge, privacy, chips, salsa, fruit & veggies, dip, snorkel gear, floatie mats...did I leave anything else out?

Worth it to me.

ETA: I left out soda/water.
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#5
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If you have someone who:
A. Loves the beach, but not the sun
B. Can't take the heat (elderly, sick, young)
C. Wants a place to put things, eat, etc. without getting sand in everything

then rent a Cabana. Even my accountant husband said it was the best money we have spent on an excursion.
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#6
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I just rented one for my cruise coming up in January. I wouldn't normally consider it because it is alot of money (229.00) but my MIL and FIL are both 71 years old and do not like too much sun. There is nothing else to do on this island - it is a beach and that's it. Of course there is a restaurant area but it's truly just a full day at the beach. I couldn't figure out what we would do with my in laws all day until I came across the cabanas. I purchased them but haven't told my inlaws. We going to surprise them!!
Not sure did anyone mention you don't have to bring towels, there is a shower and a misting fan? A mini fridge is there too.
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#7
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We booked one for 3 of us on a girls cruise in May and all agreed it was some of the best money we spent!
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#8
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Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by CruzerDeb
I've seen tons of threads about booking a cabana at Half Moon Cay. Why? They're pretty expensive, aren't they?

Why should I book a cabana? Sell me, please!
Been to Half Moon 5-6 times and never needed any of this. Beach, BBQ, bars, and bathrooms are all right there.
#9
Western Massachusetts
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Joined Jan 2005
Neither the hubs nor I are beach people. Basically, on any private islands visited we've gotten off the ship, taken a walk, had a drink and lunch and gotten back on the ship. Renting a cabana wouldn't be for us.
However, from the various descriptions, I can definitely appreciate the value if you really want to maximize the day at the beach with more creature comforts than just a beach chair or towel.
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#10
Southeast Pa
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Joined Jul 2010
We LOVE the cabana and I would highly recommend it. AC, free snacks and drink, water floatations, snorkel
Gear included. A great addition to a wonderful island. If I went there 10 times I'd get one every time.
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#11
New York, NY
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Joined Aug 2004
It is the best way to maximize your time at HMC which is one of my very favorite places. You get priority tendering with cabanas rental so you can stay on the island for nearly the whole day. The showers are great to rinse off with and the shade can be a great respite if the sun is too much.
#12
Fredericksburg, va. USA
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We love the beach...don't need a cabana! Unless you really want one, and feel the need to spend the $$$, your day won't be ruined by NOT having a cabana!
#13
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Joined Feb 2007
Just got back from HMC. Had a Cabana as usual and had a ball. Hubby had skin Cancer so stays out of the sun. Altho this time he got into the water as it was Oct and not as hot as it is in the summer--but it was pleasantly warm! The air conditioning and mister help if you don't like warm temps. We were the first tender over and one of the last to leave. If you look at it like a 7 hour excursion it is not that expensive!
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#14
Urbandale, Iowa
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Do you "NEED" the cabana? No, however for us it is a great value and well worth the cost.

First the things that you get that you would otherwise need to pay for:

8 cans of pop @ $2 each = $16.00
2 bottles of water @ $5 each = $10.00
Snorkel set @ $19 each = $76.00
Float Mats @ $15 each = $60.00
total = $162.00

What else you get:
Oranges
Melon plate - watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, muskmelon
Veggie tray - carrots, cauliflower, etc
Chips & Dip - salsa, guacamole, etc
Mini Fridge
Cooler w ice
Air Conditioner
Fan w mister
towels
table w 4 padded chairs
2 padded loungers
shower
priority tender to the island
Pick up and delivery! (they will drive you to the back of your cabana when you arrive, and come pick you up if you request it at the end of the day)
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#15
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Joined Dec 2007
Thought about the cabana on our first trip to HMC but didnt get one.

Found plenty of lounge chairs in shaded areas and they give you a very nice lunch.

For us it is not worth it. Also we are platinum so we dont have to wait for a tender.
#16
Alabama
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Joined Jul 2009
Originally posted by Anthomaniac
Do you "NEED" the cabana? No, however for us it is a great value and well worth the cost.

First the things that you get that you would otherwise need to pay for:

8 cans of pop @ $2 each = $16.00
2 bottles of water @ $5 each = $10.00
Snorkel set @ $19 each = $76.00
Float Mats @ $15 each = $60.00
total = $162.00

What else you get:
Oranges
Melon plate - watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, muskmelon
Veggie tray - carrots, cauliflower, etc
Chips & Dip - salsa, guacamole, etc
Mini Fridge
Cooler w ice
Air Conditioner
Fan w mister
towels
table w 4 padded chairs
2 padded loungers
shower
priority tender to the island
Pick up and delivery! (they will drive you to the back of your cabana when you arrive, and come pick you up if you request it at the end of the day)
That is an excellent breakdown and I am sure that I will rent one next time now that I have seen that. Thanks!
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#17
Yellowknife, Canada
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Joined Jul 2007
We didn't "need" one, but were in Half Moon Cay for our first time on Oct.14th and we LOVED our cabanna.
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#18
Urbandale, Iowa
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Joined Feb 2012
Originally posted by MrsZee
That is an excellent breakdown and I am sure that I will rent one next time now that I have seen that. Thanks!
Welcome! I may have missed a couple of things, if anyone notices anything, please add it!
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#19
Neptune Beach, FLA
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Joined Nov 2011
Well we rented one and then spent all day in the water or in a hammock. Not to mention nobody really ate the food included. So for 200 we got 4 waters
#20
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Should we ever sail to HMC again, I would definitely get a cabana. Would be nice to have a place to get out of the sun, if necessary. When we finally got to the beach after our excursion, there were very few chairs around - and as others have said, it gets very hot (not that there's anything wrong with that!).

I like the idea of having goodies in the cabana, and the water floats and noodles readily at hand, too.
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