Vacation In Exuma

Vacation In Exuma is a property development in the Bahamas, located on the island of Great Exuma.

For most people, the best vacation is one that makes them feel relaxed and refreshed. Exuma is a beautiful island located north-east of Grand Bahamas Island and within the nation of Bahamas. Some consider it as the Island of 365 beaches.

With its pristine turquoise waters and pink sands, Exuma gives visitors the quintessential tropical island experience. The destination’s innumerable cays, inlets, and cliffs provide the backdrop for exciting adventures such as sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing, puddle jumping and so much more. The Exumas has become famed for its rich marine life. Dolphins swim nearby and you may even see a whale spout or two!

Exuma is an 80-square-mile archipelago of 365 islands (101 inhabited — 183 uninhabited), and it’s part of the Bahamas. The capital of the Exumas is George Town on Great Exuma, which lies at the southern end of a series of cays that extend south and west from there. The family-friendly atmosphere here has made this one of the most popular destinations in the Bahamas for water sports and eco-tourism.

The Exumas of the Bahamas are known as the ‘Hidden Coast’ or the ‘Garden Island of the Bahamas’, and this little group of islands is simply beautiful! From land to sea, you will love everything about it. I do want to note that the best time to visit The Exumas is during the Summer season, between mid-May and late-October. This is because during other times of the year, many businesses are closed or have shorter hours.

We knew we were in for something special when we looked out the window of our small commuter plane to witness one of the most beautiful views of islands I had ever seen. I’ve seen similar scenes from the plane like in the Maldives and Fiji but I had no idea that the Bahamas rivaled these exotic destinations.

Vacation In Exuma

The Exuma Cays are known for their gin blue waters named after the turquoise hue of the tasty spirit gin. But locals have taken the comparison even further referring to the upmarket blend of Bombay-Sapphire Gin. Yes, it is that blue! We couldn’t wait to touch down and get into that crystal clear water that was calling our name.

Home to the likes of Tyler Perry, Johhny Depp, and Oprah Winfrey, The Exuma Bahamas’ turquoise waters and snow-white sands is a place of paradise. It’s no wonder films like Pirates of the Caribbean, Into the Blue, and James Bond have all been filmed here.

Places To Visit In The Exuma Cays

1. Staniel Cay Exumas

boats in the staniel cay of exuma cays

Many people only know of Great Exuma Bahamas, but another excellent Exuma Island to choose is Staniel Cay. It is closer to many of the top Exuma Cays attractions than Great Exuma. About 100 people live on Staniel Cay and the only accommodation besides apartment rentals is Embrace Resort and The Yacht Club that has been around since the 1960s.

2. Staniel Cay Yacht Club

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Even if you are staying on another Exuma Island a visit to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club is a must. This is where everyone gathers in the Exumas. The Yacht Club of Staniel Cay has been in operation since the 1960s attracting celebrities and the rich & powerful who anchor their mega-yachts offshore. It has that perfect island vibe that takes you away from it all and immediately plops you into the laid back Caribbean lifestyle.

3. James Bond and Staniel Cay

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James Bond’s Thunderball cast and crew spent many a night enjoying Kalik (Bahamas local beer) and cracked conch at its bar in 1964. Sean Connery even blessed the yacht club with his presence along with many other celebrities over the years. There are photos of the famous James Bond Film inside plus the other movie start that have stopped in for some fun in the sun. Hot Suggestion, the 3-day island hopper tour from Nassau

We stayed at Embrace Resort on Staniel Cay. It is locally owned and operated by the awesome, Nikki. Plus she also offers a concierge service to aid visitors in planning their trips and tours around the 365 islands in the Exumas.

All of the major attractions of the Exumas are just a boat ride away from Staniel Cay and you can book tours to everywhere on the island.

4. Thunderball Grotto

inside Thunderball Grotto
Enjoying Thunderball Grotto

Our favorite excursion in all of the Exumas was visiting Thunderball Grotto. It is home to the famous underwater scenes of James Bond’s Thunderball.

  • If you haven’t read our article on Thunderball Grotto, head over there now, it’s worth going to the Exuma Cays for this alone!

At low tide, you can swim through caves and enter a beautiful cavern in the middle of an unassuming island. Once you are inside it is breathtakingly beautiful both above the water and below! The rocks and corals are lit up as the sun shines through and the bright colors of the fish sparkle in the beams of sunlight.

snorkeling in Thunderball Grotto
Swim through at Thunderball Grotto

When you look back towards the opening of the Grotto, it’s like a giant fishbowl before your eyes. It’s even shaped like a fishbowl and the colors are so vivid due to the sun streaming through the holes in the ceiling, it literally takes your breath away.

5. Pig Beach at Big Major Cay

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Famous Swimming Pigs of the Bahamas

One of the most famous stops in the Exumas is to swim with the pigs of Big Beach at Major Cay. Leftover from colonial days, this group of pigs now run wild in the woods off the beach and come out daily for a dip in the sea.

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