Not just Sun &
Surf: Top 10 Things to do in Exuma, Bahamas
The scenery is breath-taking! The surf is lapping
at your feet and its waves beckon you to envelop
yourself in their crystal clear warmth. The
beaches may be addictive, but there are plenty
of other things to do in Exuma, Bahamas. There
are must-sees and must-dos for every individual’s
taste. The beaches are only the beginning.
Delve beneath the surface
Exuma boasts some of the most famous underwater
caves and blue holes. Thunderball Grotto is
a popular and interesting spot for divers and
snorkelers; the underwater cave was featured
in two James Bond films. Exuma caves are famous
for their diversity, varying in length, depth,
and beauty. Explore the lush vegetation and
unusual inhabitants of the briny deep and be
sure to bring those underwater cameras!
2. Hook a bone!
Bonefishing is an intriguing Bahamian sport
and is popular pass time in Exuma, Bahamas.
The south western shores of the Exumas are the
ideal location to engage in this exciting, tide-dependent
sport because bonefish keep to the sandy shallows
in search of food. Bonefish are slippery, silvery
creatures that can streak up to 25 miles per
hour to elude predators. They are mostly caught
in the spirit of the sport, as they are not
known to be particularly appetizing. The average
number of bonefish sighted in Exuma per day
is between 40 and 400, while the average number
of fish caught daily is between 3 and 45. The
usual weight of a bonefish is between 4 and
6 pounds, but they can reach up to 19 pounds!
3. Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park
There are numerous things to do in Exuma, Bahamas,
so before you take the trip, do some research.
You will discover that the Exuma Cays Land &
Sea Park, a marine wildlife reserve located
on Great Exuma, is worthwhile exploring. Opening
in 1959, it was the first of its kind. It spreads
over 176 square miles. The scuba diving is spectacular
due to the crystal-clear waters that provide
excellent visibility on any given day. The park’s
remoteness offers you a personal paradise where
large groups of reef fish can be observed in
their natural environment. This land and sea
park is home to the lutia, a rabbit-like rodent
that was thought to be extinct until 1966.
Swimming with the dolphins
Swimming with the dolphins literally takes your
breath away, and is definitely considered one
of the most memorable things to do in Exuma,
Bahamas. It is an activity that can involve
the whole family touching, interacting, and
even hand-feeding these wonderful creatures
in their natural habitat.
5. Become a Bahamas history buff
Soak up some of the local history by visiting
the Bowe Family Plantation, an old cotton plantation
that tells of the colonial history of the Bahamas.
The main structure lies in ruins today, yet
visitors can clearly make out the arrangement
of the house, including the location of the
kitchen and slave quarters. For the not so faint
at of heart, there are spooky things to do in
Exuma, Bahamas, such as a visit to the Rolle
Town Tombs, a cemetery wherein rest an overseer
and his wife that lived during times of slavery.
If that is not chilling enough, make your way
to The Hermitage, another cemetery located eight
miles from Georgetown, where the tombs date
back to the 1800s, and are most interesting
when visited with a knowledgeable guide.
6. Parading about
If you want to experience the Bahamian culture
to its fullest, participating in the annual
Exuma Junkanoo Summer Festival is essential.
Not only can you sample local foods and beverages,
and participate in games and old-fashioned competitions,
but you can also learn much about the island
since great emphasis is placed on Bahamian heritage,
culture, and entertainment during this celebration.
7. Did someone say sailing?
One of the outstanding things to do in Exuma,
Bahamas is sailing. Each April, Exuma holds
its annual National Family Island Regatta, where
the world’s best sailors flock to compete
for the coveted title of “Best in the
Bahamas.” The competition is based on
boating skills and excellence in the sport.
Beginning in the 1950s, the regatta is held
in the waters between George Town and Elizabeth
Harbour. It is always an animated and boisterous
event that concludes with a junkanoo parade
in Regatta Park with the Nassau Police Band
entertaining the crowd.
Biting into the Bahamas
Definitely deserving of a spot in the top 10
things to do in Exuma, Bahamas is the superb
gastronomy experience. With menus replete with
sumptuous seafood, savory spices and chilled
exotic beverages, sampling the native fare is
a must! Begin with a nice bowl of souse, a soup
made of onions, lime juice, peppers, celery
and meat, and then move on to a main course
of conch meat. The conch is an ocean mollusk
that produces a peachy meat which can be eaten
fresh, uncooked, and seasoned with lime juice
and spices. Afterwards, relax with a bottle
of Kalik, the local beer in Exuma, or a tasty
glass of Sky Juice, a rich concoction of coconut
milk, coconut rum, and gin. Shaken, not stirred!
9. A View from the Top
Imagine floating through the balmy Bahamian
breeze staring down at a veritable kaleidoscope
of brilliant blues and greens. That is the reality
of parasailing in the Exumas. It offers you
a view that you never dreamed possible. Seeing
the splendor of the islands from 400 feet in
the air is an unforgettable experience that
is well-deserving of a place on the list of
things to do in Exuma, Bahamas.
10. Life’s a Beach!
Last, but not least, are the magnificent beaches!
Located on Little Exuma is the Tropic of Cancer
beach, the longest beach on the island, stretching
one and a half miles, and boasting powdery sand
and turquoise water. This beach got its name
from its geographical location - the Tropic
of Cancer runs right through it. Equally inviting
is the affectionately nicknamed Hamburger Beach
and Volleyball Beach on Stocking Island. Only
a 10-minute ride from the Georgetown docks,
visitors to the area can enjoy a hearty meal
at the Chill’n’Chat or the P&P
Hamburger Stand. These beaches are hotspots
for avid surfers and seashell gatherers as their
shores are rich with exotic and unusual seashells.
Finding the perfect sandy nook is one of the
easiest things to do in Exuma, Bahamas, that
and finding total relaxation, of course.
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