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Great Exuma, Exuma Sound and the Exuma Cays, Bahamas
 
 

Landscape: The Exuma Cays which consist of approximates 365 islands stretch approximate 40 miles northwest and are basically uninhabited. There are a couple of hundred cays most having the same features of white sandy beaches with coral rock and heavy vegetation. About 175 square miles are dedicated to the Exuma Land and Sea Park, a marine conservation. Stocking Island is 3 miles end to end and is probably the largest of the small cays around the Exuma Islands.

The two biggest islands, Great Exuma and Little Exuma are about 200 yards apart and are joined together by a narrow bridge.

Many scenes from The Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed in the Exumas. James Bond films have also been seen filming in the Exuma's.

The Exuma's are known for their yachting paradise.










Population: 3,571
All but a few hundred Exuma residents live on either Little Exuma or Great Exuma Island. Georgetown has about 1,000 residences alone.

Capital: George Town

Language: English

Geography: The Exumas lie 35 miles southeast of Nassau, New Providence.

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

Currency: The legal tender is the Bahamian dollar (B$1), which is equivalent in value to the US dollar. Both US and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands. Travelers Checks and Credit Cards (credit cards not accepted at gas stations) are also accepted. There are ATM's available at the banks in the Exumas.

Economy: Most of the residents participate in some sort of marine life, whether it is fishing or diving or boating. Tourism, filmmaking (Pirates of the Carribbean), cave exploration, sailing and yachting.

Nationality: Bahamian

Entry Requirements: Passports required.

Driving: Bahamian's drive on the left side of the road (remember: right is left). It is hard to get lost in the Exumas as one road named Queen's Highway runs the entire length of Great Exuma.

Electricity: 120/240 volts, suitable for all US appliances.

Medical: There is a medical clinic on the island and helicopter ambulance services. No tropical diseases exist on the island. There is a little poison oak on the Bahamian islands.

Getting to Great Exuma or Little Exuma:
Airports: George Town International Airport
Take Bahamasair from Nassau or take American Eagle from Miami.

Mailboats: Grand Master and Captain C $60 one way.

Marinas:
Exuma Docking Service in George Town 232-336-2578
Sampson Cay Club 242-355-2034

Where to stay: There are various accommodations in Great Exuma and Little Exuma. Hotel rates tend to be higher than comparable North American rooms.

Drinking Water: Most homes have cisterns which collect rain water in a tank underground or above ground when it rains. Most cisterns are made of cement or plastic. It's always good to conserve the use of water when staying in the Bahamas as it can run out if it does not rain for awhile.

Weather in The Exuma: Click here for weather in the Bahamas

Highest Point Great and Little Exuma: 125 feet
Highest Point of Exuma Cays = 130 feet

Area (Sq. Miles)of Great and Little Exuma: 72 sq. miles

Marinas: Click here to view Long Island Marinas

Parks: In 1986, the Bahamas National Trust designated the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP) a "no-take" zone or"marine fishery reserve" becoming the 1st such reserve in teh wider Caribbean.

Farming: Bahamas, plantain, citrus, coconuts, guava, mango, sugar-cane, and vegetables.

Festivals:

  • Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival (March) at Regatta Park
  • Junkanoo Summer Festival (June/July) with Fish Fry
  • National family Isalnd Regatta
  • Farmers Cay Festival (February)

Sites to see:

  • Stocking Island
  • Farmer's Hill (highest point)
  • Exuma National Land and Sea Park
  • Rolleville Regatta (the oldest in Exuma)
  • Homecoming during the Emancipation Day weekend in the land of Pompey
  • Club Peace and Plenty Hotel
  • St. Andrew's Anglican (the oldest church in Exuma)
  • George Town in March
  • 'lights' of Lake Victoria.

 

 



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