The Exumas, an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, are located approximately 35 miles southeast of Nassau, Bahamas. They are divided into three major areas—Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays. Each of these offers its own unique Bahamian experience. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their relaxed surroundings, while the Exuma Cays are known for being a playground for the rich and famous – with numerous private homes, luxury resorts and beachside condos. The Exumas are also rich in history, as they were settled by British Loyalists with their slaves following the American Revolution.
Some of the points of interest of the area include:
Moria Harbour Cay National Park
With 13,440 acres, Moria Harbour Cay National Park is a vital part of the ecosystem between Great and Little Exuma and includes sand dunes, beaches, mangroves and sea grass beds. It is home to nesting seabirds and a wonderful nursery for marine life.
One of the unique and fun attractions of the area are the ‘Swimming Pigs.’ These “domesticated” pigs live on Major’s Spot Cay; it is uncertain how they arrived on the island. Whenever a boat arrives, they swim out to meet it and expect to be fed, a practice that’s been going on for years!
Stromatolites, are the oldest known macro-fossils on earth. They encode biological activity that could span thousands of years. Beaches on the Atlantic side of Stocking Island have some, and modern stromatolites thrive in the Cays.
Tropic Of Cancer Beach
The beautiful Tropic Of Cancer Beach is named for its geographic coordinate and also called Pelican Beach. It is a graceful crescent of white-powder sand which borders the translucent blue-green water along the coast of Little Exuma. It is the longest beach on the island and prettiest in the Exuma chain. More…