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The Exumas: A Special Vacation Destination

The Islands of The Exumas are known to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world

George Town is a settlement in Great Exuma where locals gather for lunch and activities. A welcoming spot for vacationers to enjoy a meal or spend an evening getting to know the people and place. Learn of the best tropical vacations spots to snorkel, dive, kayak, fish, and explore. Be sure to cross the demarcation of the Tropic Center of Cancer that runs through George Town, just to say you did.

Frolic in the surf at secluded Major Cay, a short boat ride from Staniel Cay. Don't forget to bring a snack for the famous swimming pigs.

Mystery Cave is a 400-foot deep-blue hole 15-feet below the surface that rapidly drops to 100-feet. Book your flights and hotel packages to The Bahamas because this is a must-see for divers and snorkelers venturing south of Stocking Island. If you're in nearby George Town, you'll want to visit the powder-white beaches at Stocking Island.

North of George Town and a mile offshore from Mt. Thompson is a unique trio of rocks jutting out the sea. Called Three Sisters Rock, town lore has it these rocks appeared after three heart-broken sisters drowned swimming out to their loves. Count the nearby Three Sisters Reef as another nice spot off the beautiful beach to go snorkeling.

The Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park is the first of its kind in the world. Famous for its pristine beauty, outstanding anchorages, and breathtaking marine environment, its transparent turquoise waters feature natural gardens of coral reef teeming with fish and lobster. Within the boundaries of The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park are several public and private cays: Little Wax Cay, Shroud Cay, Little Pigeon Cay (private), Hawksbill Cay, Little Hawksbill Cay, Cistern Cay (private), Long Cay, Warderick Wells, Halls Pond Cay, Little White Bay Cay, South Halls Pond Cay (private) Soldier Cay (private), O'Brien's/Pasture Cays, Bell Island (private), Little Bell Island (private) and Rocky Dundas. It's the first marine fishery reserve in the Caribbean and is accessible only by boat.

Some of the oldest living evidence of life on Earth, stromatolites, blue-green, and reef-forming algae, call the park home. Fossil stromatolites date back 3.5 billion years and those on Great Exuma and Stocking Island are believed to be 2,000 years old.

Sun and moonlight filters through the hole in Thunderball Grotto, dancing off the gin-clear water, highlighting the exotic fish beneath.

Allan’s Cay

Allan’s Cay is one of the few places in the Out Islands where you see iguanas. Looks can be deceiving, however, while iguanas may look fierce, they're actually gentle herbivores.

The Hermitage estate ruins are a reminder of the cotton plantation days on Little Exuma, which didn't survive long. Visitors to The Hermitage can see the foundations of the main house and old tombs dating back to the 1700s. Hermitage Tombs are the only three marked graves on the small settlement that was settled by the Ferguson family from the Carolinas after the American War of Independence. Each tomb has a different inscription: to the memories of George Butler (1759-1822), Henderson Ferguson (1772-1825) and Constance McDonald (1755-1759). The unmarked grave is believed to be that of an unnamed slave.

The Exumas is a special destination with hotels and resorts that bring guests closer to the sea. Wake up to the crystal blues of the Atlantic on islands with a long list of things to do.

At Chat N’ Chill, you can savor a few tropical drinks, play some volleyball, and soak in the laidback atmosphere.

Chat 'N' Chill

Experience the laidback atmosphere of Chat 'N' Chill, featured in Caribbean Travel & Life as one of the “Ultimate Beach Bars”. Bask on 1,000 feet of pristine white sand and savor a menu of tropical drinks, grilled island foods, and six volleyball courts.

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