Visiting the Bahamas is a magical experience, especially when you go to Exuma. It’s like being transported to another world. Things move slower, the people are welcoming, the water is must see to believe beautiful, and the excursions will take your breath away.
What the heck are the Exumas? Exumas = Paradise. The Exumas itself is an archipelago of 365 cays (pronounced keys) and islands. They’re known for pristine beaches, fishing and privately owned islands by the rich and famous! It’s home to the Swimming Pigs, Iguana Island, sunken planes, intense sunsets, breezy nights, friendly nurse sharks, and all the Kalik you could ever desire.
After spending an action packed weekend in this other worldy paradise, I compiled a list of Bucket List adventures to share with you.
GETTING THERE: Fly into the Exuma airport (GGT). It’s a tiny airport and when you walk out, you can go right across the road to Kermit’s Airport Lounge. The website says they accept credit cards, BUT they actually do not. Make sure you bring a few hundred dollars in cash for those places that don’t accept cards.
WHERE TO STAY – THE BEACH BLANKET
The Beach Blanket is a private 2,600 square-foot house on that offers four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and three outdoor seating areas. It’s located on Sandy Lane, just 200 feet from the sparking, turquoise waters lapping the shoreline at the three-mile stretch of Jimmy Hill Beach. The house sleeps 8-10 people and it’s just a few minutes from the Exuma airport.
The house is so colorful and beautifully decorated. It’s fully stocked with dishes, pots and pans, towels, hair dryers, toiletries and everything else that you can think of that you’ll need for your stay other than your food. There’s a grocery store in town called Exuma Markets LTD. It’s expensive, as are most things in Exuma, but if you’re hoping to fill the fridge, make the trip over and stock up!
Ok, back to the house. Scroll through this gallery to see the entire house. You can CLICK HERE to reserve it for your vacation.
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WHAT TO DO
Okay, let’s dive into the adventures that Exuma has to offer. Exuma Water Sports can create the best trips. When you’re booking your trip, ask for Justin. He’s a native Bahamian who knows those islands like the back of his hand!
The swimming pigs are famous and it’s so fun to watch them swim to your boat when you arrive at the island. There are several tours that visit the island each day, so they greet you with enthusiasm in hopes of a meal. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. This was my second visit to pig island. The first time, I didn’t have the courage to hold a piglet, but it was my goal to hug a baby pig before we left the second time. The tour guides will provide food to feed the pigs. Just watch your shins while you’re in the water. If the pigs can’t touch the bottom, they will be treading water and that means you can get kicked.
The next stop on our tour was to see the Iguanas. I love those crazy little monsters. They look like mini dinosaurs and they love fruit so we fed them grapes. Watch your fingers though! You will definitely want to put the grapes in the palm of your hand and let them grab them there.
SWIM WITH SHARKS
If you want to get your “I’m a bad ass who swims with sharks” card, make sure you stop off at Compass Cay and climb into the water with the nurse sharks that hang out in the Marina. It looks scary, but these sharks don’t bite unless you put your hand directly into their mouths. They stay around because they get fed squid when they swim around the dock. It can be a little unnerving when you first get into the water, but when they swim past and bump into you but nothing more.
Also…. you should do it for the gram. It looks incredible on your feed. 🙂
HANG OUT ON THE SAND BAR
Seriously though… you should do it. The tide comes in on both sides and it’s like you’re standing in the middle of the ocean (because you are). There’s no water in the world as beautiful as the water in the Bahamas. When you make your way to the sand bar, you can see it in it’s full glory.
Justin brought fresh pineapple for us. So delicious and refreshing!
The sandbar also causes you to break out in full photo shoot mode. There’s endless photo opportunities in the Bahamas, but this is one of my favorites.
CHAT ‘N’ CHILL
Chat ‘N’ Chill is a famous beachside bar that is worthy of an entire afternoon of your time. There’s so much to do. There’s a Conch Bar, Sting Rays that you can feed, a swing hanging over the Sting Rays, a ton of spots for taking photos, volley ball, food, picnic tables and there’s usually a band playing as well. Bring a blanket and lay out in the sun, shop at the gift shop, eat lunch and take a lot of photos!
WHERE TO EAT
Breakfast: Splash at Hideaways Exuma. It takes a long time to get your food here, but it’s worth it for the experience. There are swings at the bar instead of bar stools and it’s right on the water so you can look out at the Ocean to start your day. Not a bad way to do breakfast.
Lunch: The Rusty Anchor. The food is DIVINE! It’s at February Point. I highly suggest making it there before you leave the island.
Dinner: Palapa Grill at the Grand Isle Resort. This place can be a romantic date spot or perfect for a group outing. The food is amazing and the presentation is equally as impressive.
Late Night Dining: Charlie’s at the Fish Fry. This place is an experience. The food is crazy delicious and it’s super laid back. Sunday night is Karaoke Night too!
Bars: Exuma Beach Resort: Ask for Axel aka AJ. Friday nights are the best there because they have a DJ. YOLO at Exuma Palms gets rowdy on Saturday evenings. Nothing gets too exciting until around 9pm though, so have dinner then go out and hang with the locals. Sunday night, make your way over to the Fish Fry.
If you haven’t started planning your trip to Exuma, get moving NOW! It’s a must visit place that you’re sure to fall in love with. Bucket List dreams are made of this.
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