Just 56km (35 miles) southeast of Nassau, this 588km (365-mile) long string of islands and cays – most of them uninhabited – is the great yachting hub of The Bahamas, rivaling or even surpassing Abaco.
These waters, some of the prettiest in The Bahamas, are also ideal for fishers (bonefishers especially). Many secluded beaches open onto tranquil cays. Daily flights service the Exumas from both Nassau and Miami.
This island chain’s commercial center is George Town on Great Exuma, while the Exuma National Land and Sea Park – protected by The Bahamas National Trust – encompasses much of the coastline. The park is accessible only by boat and is one of the major natural wonders and sightseeing destinations of The Bahamas, with an abundance of undersea life, reefs, blue holes, and shipwrecks. Portions of the James Bond thriller Thunderball were filmed at Staniel Cay.
Each year in April, George Town hosts the interisland Family Island Regatta, a major event on the yachting calendar. A big new Four Seasons resort and gold course opened in 2003 at Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, bringing a new crowd here; there are also a few good inns centered mainly at George Town; and the locals are very hospitable. Otherwise, you’ll practically have the archipelago to yourself.
The Bahamas can be reached quickly by air or by sea. Easy access to The Islands Of The Bahamas makes this tropical playground a popular year-round vacation destination. Its proximity to Florida means just a short hop by jet, a pleasant day by cruise ship, or a memorable voyage by private or charter boat. Explore your options for travel to the Bahamas.
Getting between The Islands of The Bahamas.
Charter Air – For information on air charters and charter air services visit the Bahamas Web Directory Bahamas Air Travel page.
Mailboat – Inter-island mailboats depart from Nassau and run weekly roundtrip to/from all islands. The mailboats are a leisurely way to get around. One-way passage to just about anywhere costs around $35, ranging up to $140 for some round trips. Remember, these mailboats run on Bahamas time, so they’re a great way to slow down to the steady rhythm of the islands. For a list of all Bahamas Mailboats with island destinations visit the Bahamas Mailboats page on Bahamas-Travel.info.
Private Boat – You can always charter a private boat to get you where you want to go, on your own time. You will find boat charter companies in the Bahamas Web Directory Bahamas Boats & Boating page.
Exuma Bahamas Restaurants
The Exuma Islands, in the Bahamas island chain, offer a wide variety of restaurants and dining facilities to satisfy all pockets and palettes. Cuisine from around the globe can be found here with an emphasis on seafood and authentic Bahamian cuisine. We offer our comments from the establishments we have visited and from visitors recommendations.
Charter’s Restaurant – Exuma Islands, Bahamas
SanBig D’s Conch Spot – Steventon, Exuma Islands
Fisherman’s Inn – Barraterre, Exuma Islands
Bahama Houseboats – Bahama Houseboats have a fleet of houseboats to provide the vacation of a lifetime in the sheltered turquoise warm waters of Exuma, Bahamas. Rent a “floating hotel suite”. Our year round adventure playground will provide you great fishing, snorkeling, scuba, volleyball, beach combing, and just plain relaxing as you move your houseboat from anchorage to anchorage.
Minns Cottages, Exuma – At Minns Cottages you are only a 10 minute walk from the village of George Town, Exuma. Everything is close at hand… the groceries, restaurants, shops, straw market, and even night life.
Musha Cay – Private Island – The Most Luxurious Private Island Resort in the world. With more than 150 acres of unspoiled tropical environment, sparkling white sugar-sand beaches, crystal clear turguoise waters, superb elegant accommodations, and a staff of thirty-plus to attend to your every need, Musha Cay is available for exclusive and private use by you and seventeen of your guests for a total of eighteen, double occupancy.
Paradise Point, Exuma – The Exuma’s are an archipelago stretching along one of the most beautiful stretches of water in an area known for it’s beautiful waters and beaches. Pristine beaches, abundant natural life and a sense of tranquility reign supreme.
Peace and Plenty – Three small, intimate and relaxing resorts on the Out Island of Exuma. Sailing, boating, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and tennis available. Perfect for a weekend get-a-way!
Regatta Point, Exuma – Surrounded by the exquisite crystal waters of Elizabeth Harbour, Regatta Point offers the privacy of an “island apart”, but only a minute’s walk from the shops, restaurants, and night life of George Town.
While enjoying your Bahamas vacation there are hundreds of activities on land and sea to choose from; sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving, golf, photo tours, biking and hiking.
Exuma has everything you expect from a tropical destination. Spectacular beaches, a variety of activities, perfect year-round weather, a casual laid back atmosphere and warm Bahamian hospitality.
Visit historic sites, go kayaking in crystal-clear water, partake in underwater exploration and diving, try snorkeling or just lay back and enjoy island life.
Bahamas B2B’s Vacation and Travel Guide is intended to be an accurate, up-to-date, island-by-island guide to Bahamas vacation and travel resources of interest for both Bahamian residents and travelers.
Exuma Bahamas is a prime choice for a weekend getaway or an extended stay. Several airlines offer service to Exuma. Take either a short flight from the East Coast of Florida or a quick hop from Nassau or Grand Bahama where there is good connecting service from all destinations around the world.