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Rolle Town Tombs

About 7 miles south of Georgetown is the quiet settlement of Rolletown.   The site of the tombs is well signed from the main highway.  The tombs date back to the loyalist era and belong to Ann McKay, who died at aged 26, and her newborn son.  There is a poignant inscription on hers, the largest monument.   Her husband, Alexander McKay, died just 2 years later in 1794.  Down the hill is the Rolletown cemetery where generations of Rolles are interred....

If you like to hike, the trails of Stocking Island are incredible.    The island itself acts as a natural barrier to Georgetown harbour and is about 6 km (3 1/2 miles) long from tip to tip.

What makes this hike so incredible is the variety of the terrain, from long expanses of surf beach, to hidden coves to sand dunes to salt flats to shaded paths under a full canopy of dry tropical is a photographer's dream.

There is a navy beacon mid-island that operated as a m...

Almost all of the best things to do in Exuma involve water - so planning around high and low tides may be necessary, but the information is tricky to find.

Here is what we use - I would not use this for navigation....but handy to know tides for beach trekking or fishing.

Now this is a topic of much family debate! 

Ultimately, part of the Exuma experience is visiting a number of beaches and deciding for yourself which is your favourite.   Do you want long sweeping powdery sand, a hidden grotto sheltered by rocks, access to snorkelling or walking distance to a great beach bar?  There are also a number of beaches that offer opportunities to see all kinds of interesting sea life, or in one case pigs trying to impersonate sea life.

Our fav...

West of Georgetown is the town of Steventon.  (Follow the signs to the memorial statue of Pompey and the ruins of the Steventon jail.)

Pompey is a national hero who led a slave uprising.

After his cotton plantations failed, Lord Denny Rolle, founder of Rolle Town and Rolleville, and the largest slave owner in the Bahamas, left Exuma and returned to Britain.

The slaves continued to labour in the local salt flats and at subsistence farming, under the watch of an overseer that Roll...

A great side excursion is to ask the water taxi to swing by The Blue Hole on the way to or from Stocking Island and Chat and Chill (usually at the cost of a good tip).   Blue holes are scientific curiosities...caves formed by water erosion when sea levels were lower and the area was on dry ground.  In the 1970s, the marine biologist and tv personality Jacques Cousteau filmed a dive into the hole traveling inside for about 1,700 feet.   In fact he released red vegetable dye during a...

Here is another really well shot video posted to youtube last week that follows a couple's trip from Miami to Nassau to the Exuma Cays - in December 2014.   Some great time lapse work. 

The video captures the downshift in pace and increase in natural beauty first from Miami to Nassau and then again when they move to the relaxed out islands of Great and Little Exuma at about 2 minutes mark.  Wonderful. Thanks for sharing!  

Georgetown is the capital of the district of Exuma. It is built around a Main Street that circles Lake Victoria and has a number of restaurants, hotels and other services.    There are a couple of well stocked, if small, grocery stores, a hardware store, several liquor stores, a gas station, 24 hour ATMs and several government offices including the tourist office.   Ferries and water taxis leave from the main dock.  Boat rentals are available at Minn's.   


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