One of the ‘out’ islands of the Bahamas, the 365-plus cays of Exuma have a distinct natural beauty that has featured in three 007 movies. The Abaco islands are one of the sailing capitals of the world and snorkelers can enjoy an up-close-and-personal shark experience!
Hotels in the Exumas
Essential information for the Exumas
Most of the cays that make up the Exumas are only accessible by boat, arranged via your hotel. Georgetown is easily explored on foot or fix a price with a local taxi driver. Alternatively, hire a car, stopping en-route to admire the various sights and sounds. Motor scooters are also available for hire or peddle your way round on the non-motorised variety!
Want to feel like James Bond? Like your Martinis shaken, not stirred? Exuma might feel familiar if you’re a 007 fan – it’s featured in three of the films with our favourite secret agent. You may also recognise it from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, so you know from the second you arrive that you’re slap-bang in the middle of a Caribbean tropical paradise. Exuma holidays introduce you to a laid-back lifestyle with fabulous beaches, crystal-clear water and rum that’ll knock you off your feet. Welcome to Exuma holidays, where the days are long and hot and the drinks are cool.
Exuma isn’t a single island – it’s a chain of over 360 little dots of land in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, most of them privately owned. The biggest island is Great Exuma, which is only 37 miles long and linked to its neighbour, Little Exuma, by a bridge. You really are in the tropics here, as the Tropic of Cancer runs right across Exuma’s Pelican beach. If you’ve been searching for holidays in the Bahamas but didn’t fancy the usual offerings, Exuma resorts offer you a much more laid-back and easy-going atmosphere, great food, and fabulous accommodation.
Exuma holidays are all about relaxation — lying back on sugar-soft white sand, blue Caribbean Sea lapping at your toes, cocktail in hand as the sun sets. It’s idyllic, it’s glorious, and it’s all-inclusive. Exuma all-inclusive holidays are designed specifically to cater to your every need, from the moment you get up to the moment you slip into your luxury king-size bed at the end of another perfect day.
Our top spot in this tiny island chain is the fabulous Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort. Sandals really know how to do Caribbean holidays, and this gorgeous beachfront resort with its own mile-long private beach, golf course, and full spa ticks every single box. It’s much smaller than the usual Caribbean resorts, with just 249 rooms and suites. That means everyone gets a beachfront view and Club Level or Personal Butler Service included.
Don’t feel that you have to do something different every day. Exuma holidays are designed to make you slow down, relax, and unwind. If you want to play 18 holes of golf, go horseback riding or diving in the clear blue water, then you can. But if you just want to lie back and do nothing, that’s fine too!
The whole point of an all-inclusive holiday is to make sure you don’t have to think about a thing, including food and drink. Exuma all-inclusive packages include your meals from breakfast through to dinner. You have a huge choice of cuisine to choose from, ranging from traditional British pub grub to authentic Caribbean jerk chicken, rice and peas. The islands are famous for their abundance of fresh fish, including more unusual offerings like sailfish, wahoo, bonefish, and conch. When they’re in season, the lobsters are amazing, while the snapper is melt-in-the-mouth fabulous, down to the last bite.
You probably won’t want to go too far from the resort, but if you do decide to go island hopping then there are local charter and tour boats that can be booked through your resort concierge.
By Car – if you’re staying on Great Exuma then you can hire a car and explore the island by road. (It doesn’t take long!)
This is the Caribbean – there’s probably no ‘wrong’ time to travel! Throughout the year you’ll rarely dip below 25°C during the day, while during June, July and August you’ll see temperatures up in the 30s. The average water temperature ranges from a very pleasant 24°C in January and February, to a positively bubble-bath temperature of around 29°C in July. You might catch a very brief shower or two in June, but even that’s warm!