Start Planning Your The Bahamas Vacation
You’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip back in time when you visit the Exumas. It's a favorite among Hollywood stars searching for luxury and seclusion (Johnny Depp fans - he's got a private place out here). Once you visit, you'll see why. This lovely stretch of islands boasts 365 islands and cays, all virtually untouched by man. Here you can find real escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life – sail out and explore the numerous secluded islands on your own or explore the 176-square-mile nature preserve know as the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. You'll find hidden coves, quaint bays and several harbors for yachting and fishing. You can also find a handful of luxurious secluded resorts and hotels, so when you’re done being an adventurer, you can relax in comfort. The Exumas is the perfect combination of adventure and secluded relaxation.
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Mapping Out the Bahamas
With over 700 islands and 2,000 cays sprinkled across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas can be kind of confusing without a guide. Lucky for you, we've got you covered.
The most popular islands you've probably heard of are New Providence, home to Nassau and Paradise Island, and Grand Bahama Island.
However, there are numerous other small islands that make up the Bahamas, and they're typically known as the Out Islands. These beautiful, more pristine islands are true gems in the Caribbean. The most popular tourist region in the Out Islands is the Abacos. But whether you stay on the mainlands or adventure to the Out Islands, you'll love every minute in the Bahamas.
Sneak Away to Stocking Island
This 4-mile-long island is a castaway's dream, with shallow reefs for snorkeling, lush trails for hiking and plenty of powdery white-sand beaches for strolling and sea-shell hunting.
Even if you aren’t a castaway, this small eco-friendly island has breathtaking sights that just about anyone can enjoy. Explore the island's glowing blue holes, snorkel past the coral gardens and venture into its undersea caves.
You can also see giant sand dunes that have hardened into limestone rock. The highest dune is called the Beacon, and serves as a navigation point to attract yachters, hikers and you!
Want to feel like James Bond for a day? Or maybe you’d prefer to play "Pirates of the Caribbean" instead. Whatever your choice, you’ve got to head to Thunderball Grotto, where scenes from both of those movies were filmed.
Just head straight across the water from the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, and you'll find this Hollywood hotspot. It's a striking marine cave that you can explore during low tide if you're a snorkeler or an experienced scuba diver.
If you don't want to sail out on the water to reach this grotto, you can see it in the James Bond films "Thunderball" and "Never Say Never Again" as well as in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. But we promise it's much better in person!
See the Swimming Pigs at Major’s Cay
Maybe you won’t ever see pigs fly in your lifetime, but here in the Exumas you can see pigs swim!
Yes, that’s right – chubby, four-legged pink creatures swimming happily in crystal blue waters. Actually, you can even jump right in and swim with them too.
These little groups of pigs hang out at Big Major Cay at the southernmost beach, appropriately named Pig Beach. They’ve attracted quite some attention from online videos featuring their aquatic skills, and now you can frolic right along with them.
Explore Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
Calling all eco and water-sport lovers! The beaches and land here are so pristine that this 176-square-mile park was turned into the very first land-and-sea preserve in the world.
Once you arrive, the first thing you'll notice is its strikingly clear water and pristine beauty. With more than 20 miles of cay to explore on this nature preserve, you definitely won't get bored.
You'll love seeing tiny islands made out of limestone, rows of bright coral, and all shapes and sizes of colorful fish.
Make Your Way Through Miles of Mystery Cave
Indulge the adventurous explorer inside you and set out for Mystery Cave!
You'll find this diver’s paradise just beneath Stocking Island. It's a 400 ft. deep blue hole that branches out into a stunning network of glowing blue caverns that extend for miles beneath the island and surrounding ocean.
Strap on your diving gear and go - the diving depth starts out at a measly 15 feet but quickly drops off into a heart-thumping 100 feet! So, make sure to dive with an experienced guide. You'll still earn bragging rights for having explored this natural wonder yourself.
Exumas Quick Facts
120 volts AC; American appliances are fully compatible
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from the Bahamas.
Water is safe for drinking
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
November to May