Our Beautiful Island
In the Bahamas, the Exumas are made up of a 120 mile long chain of islands and cays, providing one of the most exotic destinations to visit in the Caribbean. Overall, the Exumas are sparsely populated, with the most developed being Great Exuma. On this island, visitors can stay in accommodations ranging from high end to family run resorts and hotels to luxury villa rentals and basic fishing lodges.
The large numbers of islands and cays to visit offer more amazing vacation possibilities than can be imagined. Many of the cays are privately owned and operate under a member’s only policy or are homes to some of the world’s most rich and famous.
The beauty of the Exumas is enhanced by the clear aquamarine waters surrounding them, and for those looking for fishing, diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean, the Exumas provide a dream location.
Things To Do
The Exumas are a water lover’s paradise. With 120 miles to explore, what more could boating enthusiasts want? As boats are the main mode of transportation around the Exumas, sail boat, motor boat and fishing charters are all available. There are also plenty of reefs, underwater features and wrecks of both ships and planes for divers to explore. In amongst the reefs, many different species of tropical fish can be observed and even interacted with.
While the Exumas are known for their waters, there are plenty of possibilities for land lovers. With so many islands and cays, there are a myriad of beaches to visit. Pelican Beach on Little Exuma is one of the best known beaches, and it is often called the prettiest. If you want to get off the beaten track, there are plenty of romantic secluded beaches to be found in amongst the rest of the chain.
Even golf lovers will find something to keep them occupied. The Four Seasons at Emerald Bay on Great Exuma is home to a championship course designed by Greg Norman. The course runs along the ocean side providing some of the most stunning views over the white sand beach and clear blue waters.
Places To Go
With so many cays to explore, you could spend your entire holiday out on the water. If you’re looking for some time off the boat, the Exumas do have some very interesting attractions to visit including the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.
This is the oldest park in all of the Bahamas and since 1986 it has been a no take zone, where all fishing is prohibited. The park was established in 1958 and was the first of its kind in the world. Most of the park is under water, but it also has a small land reserve. Guided tours of this park will be a memorable experience for all involved.
Finally, Staniel Cay is home to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, which is a popular gathering place for all boaters in the area. From this cay, the Thunderball Grotto, where two James Bond films were filmed, and the famous swimming pigs of Major Cay can be visited.
Getting Around The Island
Travel amongst the islands and cays of the Exumas is solely by boat. You can rent your own or take part in guided tours. A complimentary shuttle exists from the airstrip to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Car rentals are available to explore Great Exuma and Little Exuma.
Getting To and From The Island
To travel to the Exumas, you can either fly into the airport at George Town on Great Exuma or enter by sea at the George Town Port. Direct flights are provided from Florida to Great Exuma, or connections can be made through Nassau and Freeport. Staniel Cay also has a small airstrip where mostly charter flights land.
Whether you sail through them or gaze down while you fly overhead, everything about the Exumas is sure to enchant all who vacation here.
- Local currency – Bahamian dollar (US dollars also accepted)
- Average Temp – Average daytime high of mid 70s – mid 80s
- Visa Needed (from USA) – No
- Latitude and Longitude of principal city – George Town
- High Season dates – December - April
- Pets Allowed – Yes with permit
- Which side of the road do they drive on – Left
- Amount of airport departure tax - $15 for all passengers over the age of 6 (for all of the Bahamas it seems)
- Don’t miss these events- National Family Regatta Sailboat Competition or "The Regatta"