Sapphire blue waters, pristine beaches scattered along the coast of hundreds of deserted islets or populated by luxury resorts, up to some bizarre peculiarities such as the iconic swimming pigs. These handful of features are just some of the reasons why the Exuma archipelago has become one of the major tourist attractions in the Bahamas.
In this short article, we find out why the Exuma Islands occupy a special place in the best sailing holiday locations ranking. Let’s start:
Where are the Exuma islands located?
The term Exuma refers to an archipelago belonging to the state of the Bahamas and arranged to form a thin line of islands, islets, and atolls long and narrow that runs along the Bahamian sea.
This chain is commonly divided into three main areas, Great Exuma Island, Little Exuma Island, and the scattered Exuma Cays.
Great Exuma is the largest and home to most of the large resort hotels as well as Exuma International Airport and the main city, George Town.
Little Exuma, as expected, is the second-largest island in the archipelago and is located just south of Great Exuma, connected to it by a bridge. Compared to its “big sister” it enjoys more tranquility and hosts the famous beach of the “Tropic of Cancer”.
North of Great Exuma, finally, there are the so-called Cays, an endless number of islands and islets, some of which are home to dream beaches and resorts. No nautical charter that crosses these seas misses the opportunity to spend even one day here snorkeling near its pristine beaches and coral reefs.
What port is better to choose as your starting point to reach the Exumas?
Although Miami is also a strategically perfect marina for sailing to the Bahamas, those who choose to set sail for this paradise location usually decide to do it from Nassau, Bahamas capital located on the island of New Providence, north from the Exuma Cays. An equally convenient alternative is landing by flight directly at the airport located in Great Exuma.
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Why are they such a popular destination?
Exploring this archipelago means wandering from one island to another following the route leading you to a truly extraordinary experience linked in particular to marine life
Waters around the Exumas are in fact among the clearest in the world and this is the reason why they are appreciated by hundreds of divers and snorkelers who love to dive into large stretches of the sea so transparent that they can see the ocean floor. Two of the most visited sites are located in the Exuma Cays. They are “The Musician”, an underwater sculpture by the artist Jason DeCaires Taylor and the submerged airplane wreck, easily accessible and inhabited by hundreds of colorful fish.
The reason that made the Exumas so coveted is therefore its waters, so beautiful as to give emotions even to those who observe them from very far away, as in the case of astronaut Scott Kelly who from the international space station describes these islands as “The place more beautiful seen from space “.
What are their main tourist attractions in Exuma?
Here is a must-see destinations collection worth reaching while sailing the Exuma Islands:
Big Major Cay
Also called Pig Beach, Big Major Cay is home to the famous swimming pigs. Taking a selfie while swimming with adorable pigs splashing around in crystal clear waters is a priceless experience and has long become a tourist must-have.
It is not clear how these sweet pink pigs arrived on this uninhabited island, whether they were the result of a shipwreck or if they were specially brought by some unwary breeder and then escaped. Today they have become endemic to the place and are a symbol of Exumas around the world. I recommend, do not show up empty-handed. Swimming pigs love cookies, bread, and whatever food you want to offer them!
Exuma Cays Land and Sea National Park
Created in 1958 with an extension of approximately 456 square kilometers, the Exuma Cays Land and Sea National Park was the first land and marine park established in the world with great success. It is a huge reserve where any type of fishing is strictly prohibited and has become a wildlife refuge immersed in a breathtaking marine environment ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.
The island of Staniel Cay hides the famous Thunderball Grotto, a fantastic underwater cave. Its entrance is hidden underwater, but during low tide hours, you can swim to it and discover a world teeming with colorful tropical fish.
We end our tour with the legendary Chat ‘n’ Chill beach bar, located on Stocking Island and accessible only by boat. Ranked as one of the top 20 restaurants in The Exumas by Tripadvisor, Chat ‘N’ Chill offers Bahamian and American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere and has become famous for its cocktails, fresh conch salad, and most importantly its roast pork. The “Sunday Pig Roast”.
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