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A Tourist Guide for Planning a Trip to Great and Little Exuma

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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 forest...it is a photographer's dream.

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

(Video source:  JL Powell.  Exumas Youtube. (2012).  Great film capturing imagery and philosophy of fishing in the Exumas)

Exuma is an angler's paradise.   The bonefishing, in particular, is probably  the best in the world.

Bonefish live in shallow water - the Exuma flats.   They are a sleek and muscular silver fish that usually weighs between 2 and 5 pounds with the world record currently at 19 pounds.   While they are very common around the Exumas, they are not...

Stocking island is a quintessential part of the Exuma experience.   If you don't have your own boat, you can get a water taxi from the dock in Georgetown, or rent a boat from Minn's in George Town.

Chat and Chill is the beach restaurant that makes a great conch burger and also succulent bbq ribs.  They also do a pig roast at noon on Sundays.   There is a beach volleyball court, hammocks and also fresh made conch salad at a stall on the beach which is incredible.   The beer is magi...

What is happening this week in Exuma?


Part of the fun of Exuma is being on "island time", where you drift along without a schedule.

 

That said, there are some fun happenings - especially music and food - that only happen on certain days that are worth knowing about.  At certain times of the year there are regattas, music festivals, and holiday parades that aren't to be missed.

You can get a weekly calendar, which is put out on Mondays, at the Tourist Office (above the Royal Bank in...

St. Andrew's Church is on Kidd Hill in Georgetown, overlooking Stocking Island and Kidd Harbour at the front and with views of saltwater Lake Victoria behind it.  This whitewashed Anglican Church was built in 1802. It fell into decay and was rebuilt in 1860 and again in 1885.    Apparently, Churches and pirates don't mix that well. 

 

It makes a great venue for a wedding but there are many other churches on Great and Little Exuma.   And if a beach wedding is your prefe...

On the Queen's Highway near Williamstown is "the Salt Beacon".   The beacon is a seemingly out-of place classical Tuscan column built in the first half of the nineteenth century to guide ships to the salt port.

Exuma's naturally flat geography lent itself to salt raking.       Natural salt ponds were discovered by John Darrell, a loyalist hunting whales in Bahamian waters, in 1670.   Salt was big business and may well have been the first commercial operation on the island starting...

(Video source:  JL Powell.  Exumas Youtube. (2012).  Great film capturing imagery and philosophy of fishing in the Exumas)

Exuma is an angler's paradise.   The bonefishing, in particular, is probably  the best in the world.

Bonefish live in shallow water - the Exuma flats.   They are a sleek and muscular silver fish that usually weighs between 2 and 5 pounds with the world record currently at 19 pounds.   While they are very common around the Exumas, they are not...

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