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Countless Beaches; Exuma Cays, Bahamas

Exuma Cays, Bahamas

Don’t like the island you’re currently lounging on?  Head somewhere else.  Not keen on that one?  Venture forward.

We could go on all day listing various destinations along the Exuma Cays.  With hundreds of islands to choose from, you won’t have to settle for anything less than ideal.

Exuma Cays

Amounting to a collection of some 360 islands, the Exuma Cays offer visitors an opportunity to experience Caribbean paradise.  The chain of islands, running for some 130 miles (209km), include both significant pieces of land as well as tiny islets representing little more than a bar of sand.

While the prospective visitor may picture a simple collection of scenic islands, rest assured that the Exuma Cays amounts to so much more.  The cays’ many resorts are filled to the brim with amenities, prepared to pamper its enthusiastic guests.

Credit: WorldIslandInfo.com Credit: WorldIslandInfo.com

Sands of Exuma

When you’re not enjoying luxurious accommodations or participating in abundant activities, odds are you’ll be enjoying life on the beach.  The stretch of sand that you choose will largely depend on your personality.  Whether you’re looking to play with your friends or sunbathe with your sweetheart, the Exuma Cays have you covered.

Hamburger Beach

Just off the shores of Exuma’s largest city of George Town, Hamburger Beach is the place to be if you’re looking to find some action.  Boaters will have plenty of space to drop anchor while land dwellers have the opportunity to access the island with a short ferry ride.

Loungers need not apply as Hamburger Beach is set up for activity.  Visitors will have no trouble finding a game of beach volleyball, the area’s trademark sport.  After you’ve worked up a hunger, enjoy the island’s namesake at one of Hamburger Beach’s snack stands.

Credit: Geoff Livingston Credit: Geoff Livingston

Three Sisters Beach

Located a short distance from the Exuma International Airport, the Three Sisters Beach is so named for the trio of rocks protruding out of the water a short distance from the shores.  The white sands are matched only by one of Exuma’s best sunsets.  Unfortunately, a stay along the region’s legendary beach doesn’t come cheap.

As it stands now, the official Palms at Three Sisters is offering condos with prices starting at around $1,300,000US.  There is a hotel located next to the development offering rooms starting at $150 per day.

Credit: Shane's Stuff Credit: Shane’s Stuff

Saddle Cay

For those who seek isolation, consider hiring a boat and making your way to Saddle Cay.  With no hotels or restaurants, the island gives visitors a chance to experience untouched nature.  In addition to the isolation, the sheltered region is ideal for swimming.

Because of the lack of facilities, reaching the beach will require some extra effort on the part of the traveler.  Rather than cede to laziness, pack yourself a picnic, grab that special someone, and get that privacy that you so desperately crave.

When To Go

When considering spending some time on Excuma’s beaches, you’ll likely want to avoid the rainy season, which runs from May to October. Beyond that, the region is open to be visited at any time.

Climate

Expect daily averages in the area to range anywhere from 62°F (17°C) in January to 66°F (19°C) in April. Highs during the tourist season will rise up towards 82°F (28°C).

Getting There & Around

To reach the cays, fly into the Exuma International Airport, which services flights from North American and the Bahamas’ capital city of Nassau. Exploring the region will require a car to get around and a boat to explore other islands.

Average Costs

  • Mid-range accommodations: $150-200
  • Meal: $15-30
  • Beer: $2

Do’s

  • Get away from Great Exuma by hiring a boat for the day.
  • Expect crowds on the main island’s beaches.
  • Base your vacation at one particular hotel and make day trips out and about.

Don’ts

  • Just hop on any island. Many of them are privately-owned.
  • Miss out on the Land and Sea Park if you’re looking to check out some marine life.
  • Drive on the right side of the road. You’ll be begging for head-on collisions.

Fun Facts

  • One of the region’s dive sites was used in the James Bond film, Thunderball. As such it has been named Thunderball Grotto.
  • The Bahamas is part of the British Commonwealth.
  • The nation’s official bird is the flamingo.

Feature Image Credit: jikatu

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