Just half a mile from where cruise ships dock in Nassau, Bahamas, Margaritaville opened its brand new resort in July 2021.
The resort offers day passes that cruise passengers can purchase to experience some of the resort’s amenities.
What does a day pass to Margaritaville Beach Resort include and how is the experience? Marcy visited the resort on a cruise in December 2021 to check it out.
The day pass includes:
- Admission to the “Fins Up” water park
- $25 food and beverage credit
- Access to the private beach (chairs first come, first served)
- Free WIFI.
Cost and Cancellation Policy
The current day pass price is $115 per adult, $45 for children 3-12 and under 3 is free.
You can cancel your pass until 11:59 p.m. the day before your arrival on their website, however you can cancel by email until 10 a.m. the day of your arrival.
It is a great flexibility in case of bad weather.
I booked the day pass online through the third party website resortpass.com.
Although Margaritaville doesn’t give an exact number, it says on their website that they will be limiting the number of passes sold per day. I received my confirmation email stating that I must check in at the front desk with a valid photo ID.
We visited the resort on Sunday December 19th as our Royal Caribbean cruise ship was docked in port for the day.
We decided to do the half mile walk from the ship to the resort, which took fifteen minutes (six of which were just out of the port). The walk between the ship and Margaritaville is relatively flat.
We arrived at the resort and headed inside to check in. We were stopped and told the policy had changed and were directed around the corner to the water parks ticket office. We provided our names and were given a wristband and our $25 per person coupons for food and/or drinks.
Fins Up Water Park
The water park opened at 10 am and we were there as soon as it opened.
The first thing I noticed was how clean it was. The park features a swimming pool, lazy river, children’s slide, three larger slides for all ages, a hot tub and a Flow Rider type ride which is a scaled down version of those on Royal Caribbean ships.
There is also a 10ft high ledge from which you can jump into the 11ft deep pool. It was something I had never seen before in a water park.
The pools are not heated, so in December it was a bit chilly. However, it was a sunny day so the water was nice.
There is a rock climbing wall however, there were no staff and we didn’t see anyone climbing it.
Beach chairs and beach towels are free. There were also lockers located near the toilets and changing rooms. I wanted to get one so my husband and I could store our valuables and enjoy the lazy river together, but were told they had just been installed and weren’t in use yet.
Free WIFI was easy to access. After connecting, a popup message said WIFI would only be active for a 1 hour window. Ours ended up working the entire four hours we were there, so I’m not sure what the current rule is.
The general atmosphere was pleasant. There were giant screens on the hotel itself playing every genre of music you can think of.
We’ve heard everything from Bruno Mars to U2, country music, 60s blues, 80s classic rock, Christmas music from The Monkees to Mariah Carey and of course lots of Jimmy Buffet. The music volume was perfect. He was brought up but not so loud that you couldn’t hold a conversation.
Food and drinks
This is the area that needs the most help, especially if you want to enjoy cocktails or any drink.
There are two areas to have a drink on the tour. The one by the food window was closed so only the main bar had a bartender the whole time we were there.
Obviously they have a little staffing problem. In fact, on their website they mention that they offer poolside food service which we did not experience.
Be sure to bring your wallet as the food is expensive, and this is from someone who frequents Walt Disney World, so I’m used to overpriced food.
We ordered a chicken wrap and a burger (including fries) and two alcoholic drinks totaling $85. Remember we had two $25 food credits which brought it down to $35 but that seemed very expensive to me.
Tips and VAT have been added automatically. They only accept credit cards, no cash.
I really enjoyed my chicken wrap. It was made to order so even though it took about 15 minutes to get the food, it was fresh and delicious. My husband was not impressed with his burger. It was overcooked and bland. The drinks were very good.
All in all, I really enjoyed the day. It wasn’t crowded I guess as not many people know about the day pass offer.
I love lazy rivers so I could have floated there all day. My husband’s favorite activity was the ten foot jump, he said it was the best thing there.
Would I do it again? May be. It was a nice day, but in my opinion, I could have a full day at CocoCay waterpark, which has more activities for a cheaper price that also includes food.
However, if you’re looking for something new to do in Nassau, or if you’re a fan of Jimmy Buffet and the Margaritaville brand, then the day pass is for you.