Welcome to Great Exuma Island….
The Exuma Islands in the Bahamas are becoming an increasingly popular destination for vacationers. Many of the rich and famous vacation here and a great deal of them purchase land including their own private islands, or ‘cays’ as they are called here in Exuma. So why should you consider a trip to Exuma? The reasons are endless, but here you will find some of the most notable reasons why this should be the next destination on your travel list!
The Exuma chain is made up of 365 tiny little islands called ‘cays’. Pronounced ‘keys’ like the Florida Keys (or your car keys) for example, many of these small islands are uninhabited, and celebrities and famous individuals alike are scooping them up and developing them for their own personal hideaways.
The main islands are Great Exuma and Little Exuma. Check out our blog on Little Exuma island here --->http://www.hideawayspalmbay.com/blog/little-exuma-island-a-lots-to-offer.htm
Since Little Exuma island has a blog posting, so should Great Exuma island, as it has so much to offer and this is where most visitors to the island(s) spend their time!
Landmarks and Attractions
The Exuma Land and Sea Park
Interested in seeing some beautifully old architecture? These churches are filled with history dating back to the 1800’s.
• St. Andrew’s Anglican Church – dating back to the year 1802 when it was built, this church is situated conveniently with views of both Lake Victoria and Elizabeth Harbour.
• St. Christopher’s Anglican Church – remaining the smallest church in Exuma, St. Christopher’s Anglican Church was built in 1939
Pompey Memorial and Jail Ruins
Located down the road from the quite town of Steventon, this piece of history is worth visiting. Learn about the history of Pompey and have the opportunity to see a beautiful tribute statue which has been placed to remember the sacrifices made
Jolly Hall Beach
Jolly Hall Beach is a secluded and quiet crescent shaped beach, perfect for a relaxing day or a night time visit under moonlight.
Coco Plum Beach
Coco Plum Beach is a breathtaking beach, with sand bars as far out as the eye can see during low tide. The water is shallow, crystal clear, and filled with sand dollars. This beach is a top pick while visiting Great Exuma.
Hideaways Private Beach
If you are a guest of Hideaways, you have direct access to our pristine, white sand beach, overlooking Elizabeth Harbour. Splash! Bar & Grill is located right on the beach as well with a beautiful view of the turquoise water throughout the day and into the evening. Grab a drink from the bar, a snack to fill you up, and enjoy your time spent at our secluded, private beach.
Three Sisters Beach
This beach is home to the legendary rock trio!
“Town lore explains the appearance of the rocks after three heart broken sisters drowned swimming out to sea to their wayfaring loves.”
Coco Plum Beach
Georgetown is likely your best bet for visiting the shops. Here you will find grocery markets, art galleries, bakeries, gift stores, clothing stores, and many other unique boutique shops.
Exuma Market offers a wide range of foods including fresh produce, meats, cheeses, dairy, and much more. This market is the spot of choice for picking up all of your necessities for your stay in Exuma.
The market hours are as follows:
> Monday – Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
> Thursday – Saturday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
> Sunday: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
> Closed on Holidays
Looking for Souvenir’s? Check out Tropical Accents & Gifts,Top II Bottom or the local Straw Market while in Georgetown.
Although not exactly on Great Exuma island, there are a lot of very exciting tours that you can take from Great Exuma and have the opportunity to experience some of the most sought after activities in Exuma. From swimming with the pigs, to visiting the iguanas, to snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, kite surfing, and so much more, the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to step off the island and explore some of these incredible adventures while you are vising Great Exuma!
• Stocking island
• Stocking island mystery cave – snorkeling and scuba diving
• Thunderball Grotto
• Allan’s Cay Iguanas
• Swimming Pigs – Major Cay
• Nurse Sharks
• Musha Cay Sandbar
• Bird Watching Tours
Your Hideaways representative or concierge service will be able to assist guests in choosing the best tours for their own unique interests, as well as recommend the best tour operators and prices.
Dining and Nightlife
Splash! Bar & Grill
The Fish Fry
Tourists and locals love the Fish Fry on Great Exuma island, and it is recommended as one of the top things to see and do while visiting Exuma. The Fish Fry features a number of different fish fry stalls, all offering their own unique dishes and drinks. Visit one, two, or all of them. Some of the stalls you will find are Aces, Big 12 Sports Bar, Charlie’s Restaurant and Bar, Honey Dew, The Out Deck, and Tino’s Deck. We highly recommend Shirley’s for the grouper fingers and Charlie’s for Karaoke.
Latitudes at Exuma Beach Resort
Catch A Fire
Live entertainment is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation, preferably for an ideal time to watch the sun go down along the horizon