Hey Guys!! We are SO excited to finally have our website live to share with you all the fun things to experience while visiting The Exumas. We want to thank you in advance for your love & support, we can’t wait to share with you all of our travel finds & tips!
What makes The Exumas, Bahamas a place that everyone has on their bucket list? Well, if the pictures alone don’t make you plan your adventure today, then I’m not sure what will. ;) The Exumas have crystal clear blue waters & crisp white sand beaches. If you have been here, we know you want to come back. People always say, “Why would you want to experience the same place a second, third or fourth time.” Well the truth is there is SOOO much to see in The Exumas. So our answer is always YES we’d go again & again because, this is the place you can travel to over and over & experience something different each time! The people, the views, the adventure; it’s all MAGICAL.
Never heard of the Exumas? Never been to the Exumas? Well follow along with us & we’ll show you everything you need to know to create the best EXPERIENCE IN THE EXUMAS! Get ready to fall in love with the pristine waters, flawless coastlines and endless natural beauty. Tag us when you get here, cause’ we can’t wait to meet you!
Did you know that there are 365 cays in The Exumas? YES, there are 365. SO, you can visit one cay “island” for each day of the year (pretty cool, don’t you think?). The waters of Exumas showcase every hue of blue. The vibrant white sand are some of the cleanest beaches you will ever experience.
A little bit of history:
The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays (pronounced keys) & islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. Once called Yumey & Suma, the islands have gone through many changes over the years. Today, they are divided into three major areas- Great Exuma, Little Exuma & The Exuma Cays. Each offer its own unique Bahamian experience. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their laidback surroundings, while The Exuma Cays act as a playground for the rich and famous, boasting numerous private villa-style homes, luxury resorts, and beachside condos. The Exumas are also rich in history, as they were settled by the British Loyalists with their slaves following the American Revolution.
The largest of the cays is Great Exuma. Great Exuma is a 37 mile island, connected to Little Exuma by a small bridge. The capital & largest city in the district is Georgetown. Georgetown, Exumas was founded in 1793. Between 2000 & 2010, the population of Exumas more than doubled, reflecting the construction of both large and small resort style properties, bringing travelers into the towns.
The islands are a popular vacation spot for yatching, fishing, diving, honeymooning, coral reef & cave exploring. Many of the unnamed beaches and coves of the islands are included in the protected Exuma National Land and Sea Park. There are many islands that have permanent residents & resorts; Staniel Cay, Fowl Cay, Musha Cay, Iguana Cay.
The Exuma International Airport serves the city of Georgetown directly from Nassau, Atlanta, Miami, & Toronto. Staniel Cay also has a small airstrip; usually for private charters or small puddle jumper planes. Boat travel from Nassau to the Northern Exuma Cays is about an hour. From Nassau to Major Cay- Pig Beach is roughly 90 miles & is about a 2 hour boat ride.
Do it for the Gram:
Some travelers & influences are all about “Doin’ it for the Gram.” Even if you don’t have a million followers, we know you want to have an instaworthy picture for your page! Well we have complied a list of destination spots where you need to see if you’re all about social media; although its hard to not get a good picture in The Exumas. We are in the works of doing an entire piece specifically on this; but heres a little teaser of some of the #1 spots to see while visiting.
Thunderball Grotto, located just a few hundred yards off the popular Staniel Cay, and is one of the best diving experiences you will ever get to see. Thunderball Grotto got its name from being the location of the ever popular James Bond film, ‘Never Say Never”. Sandy Cay, just a short boat ride from Little Exuma, was the location used for filming the Pirates of the Caribbean beach scenes and a Shell commercial.
Sharks always have a bad reputation. For anyone afraid of sharks, you’ll be able to face your fears with these friendly nurse sharks at Staniel Cay & Compass Cay. After swimming with Nurse Sharks myself, I can honestly say its more fun than scary & such a unique experience. It’s not something you can do at any island vacation. The nurse sharks are wildlife, but very friendly sharks where you can swim with them all the time. Usually they are being fed bloody chum, & will swim right past you, at that point you can pet their backs & enjoy the experience. Their backs feels like sandpaper, but hey, it’s all about creating memories right. I’d say this is one of the top adventures while visiting the Exumas. If your not staying in Staniel Cay or Compass Cay don’t worry, there are multiple tours you can chose from or rent your own boat for the day to experience this!
Big Major Cay, is the ever popular swimming pigs beach. We are not sure how they got there but theres 20+ pigs & piglets on Pig Beach. They are living the easy life on Big Major Cay, with daily visits from Bahamians & tourists, brining them food & love. These friendly piggies will swim up to your boat when you pull onto the island; bring them treats they’ll be sure to return the love! This is one experience you can’t miss while you’re here; take a selfie they are even cuter in person!
The fun doesn’t stop there; man-made swings & hammocks at the waters edge, mile long sandbars, numerous beach shacks & bars, the unbelievable experiences with wildlife, fresh conch salads, & so much more!
We will show you how to get to each of the places we frequently share & talk about. Stay tuned for weekly articles about all things Exumas!! We thank you in advance & be sure to drop us a line with any questions & comments. We love to hear from you; your feedback is what helps us serve you even better!
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Have fun EXPERIENCING EXUMAS !!! The Exumas are our favorite playground!