The islands, surrounded by crystal clear water, are clement with vivacious and tranquil islets.
There are 700 islands, including uninhabited cays and large rocks, totaling a landmass of 5,382 sq. miles.
The best way to be “in” the Bahamas is to visit one of the Out Islands.
They may not be as well known as Nassau or the Grand Bahamas, but each one of the Out Islands has its own warm, charming and laidback personality.
Not sure which island to try first?
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) will point you in the right direction.
If you want an exotic locale, away from the hustle and bustle; remote, but not too isolated, The Exumas and Long Island are just what the doctor ordered.
LONG ISLAND is tucked away from all the regular tourist trappings. There are peaceful villages, wonderful, sandy secluded beaches, old plantation ruins, caves and hidden coves.
STELLA MARIS RESORT CLUB
The resort offers panoramic ocean view rooms, water front and beach front Bahamas bungalows (some even with private pool).
The Club offers everything from pools, cycling, table tennis, a gym, several beaches, snorkel excursions, boat cruises and more.
The resort’s main restaurant offers both international and Bahamian cuisine. It also has the island’s largest selection of fine wines.
Highlights include the Long Island Museum, St. Peter’s & St. Paul’s Catholic Church, and the exploratory Hamilton’s Cave. The tour of the cave is fascinating and educational as is Deans Bluehole, the world's deepest blue hole (underwater sinkhole), which plunges 202 meters (663ft) to the ocean floor, in a bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island.
CAPE SANTA MARIA RESORT
The property, which has high-speed internet, is classy, seductive, yet relaxed and inviting. The Villas at Cape Santa Maria feature new, high-end amenities. If you need it, they’ve got it.
THE EXUMA ISLANDS, which are a part of the many islands that make up the Bahamas, is actually a group of 365 tiny islands known for their pristine beaches, snorkeling, sailing and fishing. It’s also the largest island of the Exuma island chain. Whether you are looking for a non-stop party or you simply want to enjoy the area’s culture, you’ll find it there.
The Exumas is a historical smorgasbord. Check out one or all of the following: Allan’s Cay Iguanas, highlighting fearsome looking yet gentle lizards; Thunderball Grotto, a hollowed out island near Staniel Cay, which is great for snorkeling. There you can eyeball tropical fish, rare sponges and corals.
Historical highlights include: Rolle Town Tombs, Cotton Plantation Ruins & Loyalist Tombs, St. Christopher Anglican Church, Tropic of Cancer at Pelican Beach, Pompey Monument/Ole Jail House, Three Sister’s Rocks, The Ferry Bridge, Patience House and the Shark Lady of the Exumas (an unusual museum and shop located in the home of Gloria Patience).
Great Exuma Island is the largest of the Exuma Islands and the location of Exuma’s capital city, George Town, which is 35 miles southeast of Nassau, stretches more than 120 miles and has a population of approximately 3,600.
There is much to enjoy because The Exuma Islands, described as ‘the fastest growing island in The Bahamas,’ have traditions, plus a profound admiration of history.
Anywhere you stay in the Bahamas – you win. Whether you’re staying at a resort, renting a villa or you’ve purchased some enviably exquisite property – you can’t go wrong. Following are some suggestions.
PALM BAY BEACH CLUB
The property boasts more than 70 beachside cottages and hillside villas, two swimming pools, jacuzzis, a beach bar and grill, water sports and a shuttle service to George Town.
GRAND ISLE RESORT & SPA
If you just want to relax, there is a nearby spa.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can enjoy charter fishing, swimming, sailing, or exploring the many nearby uninhabited cays.
FOUR SEASONS RESORT
But don’t spend all of your time in the room – play some tennis, play golf, or get a massage at Tranquility Garden – a full-service spa. The resort is 15 minutes from the international airport and is a short 90-minutes from Florida and 35 minutes from Nassau.EMERALD BAY MARINA in Exuma is a Four Seasons resort residence. Once you visit this property you’ll understand why there is nothing like stylish living in the Bahamas.
A 470-acre community overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Emerald Bay, this resort is a spectacular example of the possibilities in Great Exuma.
Dubbed one of the top five hottest properties in the Caribbean by the Wall Street Journal, FEBRUARY POINT on the island of Great Exuma is jaw-dropping spectacular.
An upscale resort community, February Point offers some of the most popular oceanfront real estate in the Caribbean. Located on a private 80- acre peninsula, February Point just screams paradise. You can either rent or own in this upscale community.
Knowledge is power. Now that you have the information, what are you waiting for?
Beaches, nightlife, fabulous food, warm sun, entertainment, adventure and luxury – it’s only a short plane ride away.
Just going to a destination is not enough. Do it well. Do it in style.
It’s time to see and experience The Bahamas!
You can reach The Exumas via Bahamasair, which flies into Exuma International Airport.
Airlines flying to Exuma from Nassau:
Bahamasair, Flamingo Air and Sky Unlimited.
***Note – Be sure to bring enough cash. There are not a lot of ATMs. Credit cards are not widely accepted, other than at the resorts. There are a few local groceries and some local places for eating out, but none of them accept credit cards. The U.S. dollar is an even exchange throughout the Bahamas.
*September through May, island temperatures average 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit; the rest of the year is warmer, with temperatures between 80 and 85 degrees. Nighttime temperatures are generally cooler by five to seven degrees.
*All U.S. citizens and foreign nationals traveling to the United States from The Bahamas are required to present a valid passport or another secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. For more information: Bahamas.com.