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The Exumas

Although there are many beaches around the world, Bahamians have a strong prejudice that is best understood on Exuma, where water visibility is impeccably clear and sand texture is powder grade. The islands of the Bahamas were not formed by volcanic rock like Caribbean and Pacific islands; the interplay between wave action over limestone and coral reef has produced a geological marvel for travellers who love the open air and salty sea spray. Between Exuma’s mainland and its 365 cays, water is ever-present in shades ranging from sapphire to turquoise. Combined with shifting sandbars and shallow coral reefs, Exuma’s geological character is a work of art.

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Chat ‘N’ Chill™
   
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Chat ‘N’ Chill™

This volleyball beach bar and grill is an international playground for those seeking adventure...

 Outdoor Adventures
Allan's Cay Iguanas
   
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Allan's Cay Iguanas

This is one of the few places where you can still find these fearsome-looking, yet gentle...

 Outdoor Adventures
Big Major Cay's Swimming Pigs
   
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Big Major Cay's Swimming Pigs

Just north of Staniel Cay, a drove of pigs lives on an island of their own called Big Major's...

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The three tombs in The Hermitage
   
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Hermitage Tombs

There are three tombs here, encased in red brick, in addition to a grave with different...

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National Family Island Regatta
   
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National Family Island Regatta

This event is held each year during the last full week of April. It originated in 1954 with...

 Natural Area
Tropic of Cancer Beach
   
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Tropic of Cancer Beach

Tropic of Cancer Beach, also known as Pelican Beach, is a graceful crescent of white-powder sand...

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Quick Facts

Area: 112 sq. miles
Population: 6,928 persons
Highest Point: 130 feet
Location: approximately 35 miles southeast of New Providence and 220 miles southeast of Florida
Original Names: The Exumas were once called "Yumey" and "Suma" (of Amer-Indian origin), which over time have gone through many changes.