A Fun Spot for Film Buffs - Pirates of the Caribbean and Fans of Johnny Depp
If you are planning a trip to Exuma, it is highly recommended that you explore Little Exuma Island during your visit! Little Exuma Island is a hop, skip, and a jump away from Great Exuma and can be accessed by vehicle by crossing a small bridge that connects the two islands. If you aren’t paying attention, you might actually think they are the same island however, Little Exuma has a lot to offer all on its own. From gorgeous beaches, delicious food, and historical sites, you won’t want to miss out on this short little trip.
A Notable Beach of Little Exuma Island
Tropic of Cancer Beach (also known as Pelican Beach) is so called because the tropic of cancer line apparently runs through the beach. It received its claim to fame as Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed here and became recognized as one of the prettiest beaches in all of Exuma. The long, crescent shaped beach is graced with gorgeous white sand and teal blue water. It is the largest beach in Little Exuma and is quite often one of the quietest. Don’t be surprised if you find your party to be the sole occupants of the beach while visiting! Be sure to bring your snorkel gear or rent it from Hideaways, as there is ample opportunity to see some unique and colorful fish!
Getting to Tropic of Cancer Beach
Hungry on Little Exuma Island? Don’t miss out on these dining opportunities!
Mom’s Bakery – sitting right next to Santana’s Grill Pit is a truly local treat. If you give Mom’s Bakery a quick search on the internet, you will find reviews such as ‘Mom’s Bakery is a Must!’ and ‘An Absolutely Brilliant Bakery’. Mom makes fresh baking everyday, including her delicious vanilla or chocolate rum cake. Her baking is so good and so sought after that when she is closed up for the day, Santana’s and other restaurants on the Exuma Islands will often sell her treats as dessert items on their menus.
Interested in History? Little Exuma Island has a lot of this.
Aside from its pirate forts and shipwreck remains, Little Exuma Island has a great deal more history to offer, as it was once the site of salt production and shipping. Evidence of this can be found throughout the island including a salt beacon along the main road on your way into Willams Town. Before there was a Williams Town, salt came from the ‘Great Salina’ in Little Exuma. At the site of the salt beacon, an excerpt is provided with explanation of its purpose:
“Overlooking Exuma Sound and the “Great Salina” of Williams Town the thirty-foot-tall marker situated on this low waterfront cliff guided ships to pick up salt harvested from Little Exuma’s three salt ponds. Designed as a Tuscan column, the marker was most likely constructed in the Loyalist Era of the late 18th or early 19th century.”
In addition to salt production, Little Exuma was also known for cotton plantation. The cotton on Little Exuma Island was planted by Loyalists and slaves during the time of salt production and shipping, and carried on into the 1800’s as well. A major tourist attraction on Little Exuma Island is the Hermitage Estate in Willams Town; a cotton plantation site. Visitors to this site have the opportunity to see the Cotton House, which happens to be the oldest building in the Exuma Islands. The Cotton House was built in the 1750’s by the Kelsall family and is still standing alongside an old Loyalist tomb and partial structures of three slave quarters. In a place which is largely known for it salt production and shipping, the Hermitage Estate ruins are a key reminder on the island of Little Exuma that cotton plantation also took place here.