George Town, Great Exuma

A Top Ten Island Jewel

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Georgetown, Bahamas, once praised by the Washington Post, as “one of the 10 most desirable international locations,” is best known for its protected national park; underwater caverns; extraordinary fishing and boating; and intriguing Georgetown history. A great choice of accommodations is here, ranging from locally-owned fishing lodges to upscale resorts, including Augusta Bay, Sandals, Grand Isle Resort & Spa, Peace & Plenty and Coconut Cove. Service to Great Exuma Island is seasonal.

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Georgetown, Bahamas's top attraction is the 176-square mile National Land and Sea Park. Thanks to stringent protection and no-take fishery policies, this underground paradise has flourished since its inception in 1957. If you’re a romantic at heart, be sure to visit Three Sisters Rock, a famous Bahamas legend. It’s said that even a glimpse of this sea rock formation sparks romance and magic. On land, explore the history of Exuma’s capital, George Town. Its harbor was commandeered by pirates in the 17th century; its land occupied by Virginian, North and South Carolina plantation owners in the 18th century and its port used by the British and US military in World War II. Today, it’s a favorite hangout for yachters. Other points of interest here: national parks, old slave ruins and quaint fishing villages.
PLAY
Great Exuma Island cave diving is unforgettable: extraordinary shapes, depths and colorful marine life. Experience it at Angelfish Blue Hole, Mystery Cave, Crab Cay Crevasse or at the most famous of them all…Thunderball Grotto…featured in the movies ‘Splash’, ‘Thunderball’, ‘Never Say Never Again’ and ‘Into the Blue’. If you snorkel, 10 sites offer the prettiest marine life you have ever seen. Take your pick of five Great Exuma Island beaches. Kids will love feeding the swimming pigs on Major’s Cay. Like to fish? You landed on the right island! Great Exuma has produced record numbers of wahoo, mahi mahi, tuna, barracuda, blue marlin, king fish and sailfish. Golfers will like the Emerald Bay course at Sandals, designed by Greg Norman and named by Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine “The Best Golf Course in the Caribbean.” Premium pampering is at Red Lane® Spa at Sandals Emerald Bay and SeaStar Spa at Grand Isle Resort
SHOP
Pick up an authentic basket or purse from The Straw Market on your way to George Town. If you like the local works you see on display around the island – they likely come from Yuma Arts, which has a wide selection for sale. All the resort shops sell duty-free gifts, crafts and souvenirs.
FEAST
Great Exuma Island dining at its best combines the freshest seafood with seaside ambiance. Santanna’s Grill Pit is no exception – many diners say the food and views are amazing. Another favorite spot is Big D’s Conch Stop. If you’re craving a conch burger, it’s the house specialty at Chat ‘N’ Chill on Stocking Island, a popular boaters’ hangout.
CELEBRATE
For high-energy nightlife and live music, your best bets are the resort clubs. Head to local beach bars for a quieter vibe.
SOURCES
Bahamas.com
Exuma Bahamas
Sandals Emerald Bay
Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort & Villas