Last year, we cruised on the Carnival Freedom and had a stop in Mahogany Bay. We actually didn’t book an excursion because I had read about their beach that was within walking distance. With no big plans, we ended up having our best port day at Mahogany Bay! Visiting Mahogany Bay with kids was so much fun too as we all had a blast!
Port Welcome Center
When you walk off the ship, there’s just a short walk until you get to the port’s welcome center. Once there, there are several shops and restaurants to check out. I love walking around and seeing all of the stores and souvenirs they were selling. There’s so many shirts and hand-made crafts and jewelry to bring home. We were there in November so there were Christmas decorations up around the shops including a tree that we had to take our picture in front of!
Getting to Mahogany Bay Beach
As I mentioned, we didn’t book any excursions and just planned on spending time at Mahogany Bay Beach which was within walking distance from the ship. You have two options to get to the beach. You can walk or you can take the Magical Flying Beach Chair. We decided to walk because we heard it was so nice!
The trail to get to Mahogany Bay Beach took us about 10 minutes and it’s handicap accessible. It’s a very flat trail with plenty to look at! My kids loved looking at all of the different flowers and plants that we passed.
If you want to take the Magical Flying Beach Chair to Mahogany Bay Beach, it’s $14 for adults and $8 for children ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and under are free and the price is for an all day pass so you can take it back and forth from the beach to the welcome center.
Mahogany Bay Beach
Mahogany Beach is a FREE 825-foot-long white-sand beach. It was gorgeous and when we got there, it wasn’t very busy at all! We were able to grab lounge chairs to park all of our stuff. There’s also lockers if you want to lock up any of your belongings. If you want to rent a clam shell, you can do so when you get there or book this Carnival Shore Excursion which includes the clam shell rental, beach floats and Magical Flying Beach Chair passes!
We just had fun playing in the gorgeous blue water of Mahogany Beach but there’s also plenty of other stuff to do – like Caribbean Fish Therapy! Yep, I put my feet in some water and had fish give me a pedicure! It was such a unique experience and something I’d definitely do again.
In addition, there’s also a beach hut where you can rent kayaks, snorkeling equipment, aqua cycles, clam shells and more. There’s also a massage tent, volleyball court, plenty of restrooms and showers.
There are plenty of waiters walking around who will give you a menu, take your order and then deliver your food to you all while you relax in your lounger! The food comes from Playa Tortugas Chill n’ Grill and you can also go and eat in their restaurant space. There is also a Fat Tuesday’s on the beach too. We really sitting down at Playa Tortugas Chill n’ Grill and relaxing. Their food was good and the staff was great too. Make sure to bring your credit card or cash because you can not use your Carnival Sail and Sign card!
We had such an amazing time at Mahogany Bay and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Of course, there are plenty of fun excursions you can book through Carnival like ziplining, swimming with the dolphins, jungle ATV tour and more!
Check out all of my other posts about our Carnival Cruise!
- Delicious Dining Options on a Carnival Cruise
- Keeping Kids Busy on a Carnival Cruise
- Stay Connected on a Carnival Cruise with the Carnival Hub App
- Exploring Grand Turk, Amber Cove and Half Moon Cay with Kids
- 7 Things To Do On The First Day Of A Cruise With Kids
- Fun with Dr. Seuss on a Carnival Cruise
- Celebrating the Holidays on a Carnival Cruise
- Room Decorations on a Carnival Cruise
- Activities on the Carnival Freedom
Disclosure: A huge thanks to Carnival Cruise Line for hosting us on a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Freedom. All thoughts and opinions are my own.