The Bahamas are made up of over 900 islands with plenty to see. My favorite island and one that I highly recommend is Exuma Island. There is so much to see and it is much less commercialized when compared to that of Prince Edward Island. Plus, not only is the water breathtaking, but the people are so kind and the island is largely uninhabited. It is easy to find yourself on a beach alone... just you and endless turquoise water!
There are also plenty of day tours from the dock that take you out to see various other islands in the area including the infamous Pig Island. With access to endless sightseeing even outside of the island, Exuma is my top pick for the Bahamas! You can see more pictures from my time there: here. And, read below for more tips on When, Where, and How to visit Exuma!!
Here are the "When, Where, and How's" for Visiting Exuma Island:
WHEN TO VISIT:
With the warm weather, it is almost impossible to visit at a bad time. The water is crystal clear 365 days a year. However, it is the Caribbean which means rain, tropical storms, and even hurricanes can be a threat. Hurricane season lasts from July to October with these summer months being quite rainy and warm. Thus, according to many, high season (November to mid-April) is the most desirable months to visit.
With that being said, I visited in late May and found it to be perfect! The typical tourist stops were not too crowded and the light afternoon rains were more than bearable for the vacation. It was warm, but not too hot. The water was a great temperature and the relatively small amount of tourists made for a great stay on the island. Thus, May in Exuma has my vote!
WHERE TO STAY:
If I have sold you on Exuma as your destination of choice in the Bahamas, then the next question is "Where to stay?" I stayed in a little airbnb apartment that happened to have the beach in the backyard and it was perfect. In general, renting a car is a must, so when considering the size of the island, that means that where you stay isn't a huge factor.
Personally, I think Little Exuma is the ideal place to stay. It is a much smaller and quieter part of the island connected by bridge. You won't find any resorts here, but there are plenty of rental properties. Quite a lot of my desolate beach pictures in this article are taken from Little Exuma.
HOW TO VISIT:
So, you are sold on Exuma, but how does one get to the island for a reasonable price? Well, you have a few options. In general, flying into Nassau is much cheaper. You can find direct flights to Exuma from cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Montreal. Or you have the option to fly into Nassau and then catch a small hopper flight to Exuma.
There are several airlines that go to georgetown such as Sky Bahamas and Bahamasair. It is roughly a $30 minutes flight and coming from Nassau it is the cheapest for time effective way to venture to Exuma.
If time and sea sickness aren't issues for you, fast ferries are also an option. Check out Bahamas Ferries for more information on boat rides from Nassau. There are also boat "tours" from Nassau but unfortunately most return that evening rather than allowing you to stay on the Island.
And, trust me. you will want to stay and vacation on the island. Nassau is beautiful but it can't compare to the rest of the "Sister Islands" the Bahamas has to offer so make sure to get out and see more of this region of the Caribbean! You won't regret it!
WHAT TO PACK:
We are already dreaming of weekends wasted at the beach with the warm sun kissing our skin and the ocean breeze blowing through our hair! We put this day dreaming to good use and collected our COH° Must Haves for summer. Listed here is everything you need for a perfectly fashionable weekend in Exuma. Click the image below for more!
IN IT TO PIN IT:
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