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Population: 354,563 (throughout the Bahamas)
Language: English
Currency: Bahamian dollar

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This beautiful island chain offers exceptional boating, sailing, snorkeling, cave exploring, and world-class beaches.


The water that surrounds the 365 cays of the Exumas is light green, deep blue, and every imaginable hue in between; the pristine beaches are too numerous to count; and the people who live here are as welcoming as the surroundings. 

Stretching over 100 miles, from Sail Rocks to Beacon Cay, Exuma is an exotic island chain. With its northernmost cays only 35 miles from Nassau, this wonderland is closer than you may think. The largest of these many cays is Great Exuma on which lies the Exuma International Airport where there are direct air links from the U.S., so your beach playground is never far away.

The main settlement, located on the island of Great Exuma, is George Town, which lies on scenic Elizabeth Harbour. This small town is charming and quaint with its pleasant pastel homes, cozy inns, and sprawling fig trees that shade its open-air straw market where ladies sell their handicraft.

Many locals here bear the name Rolle, as do two settlements: Rolleville, and Rolle Town, this is in honor of a cotton plantation owner, Lord Rolle, whom upon his death, left his large estate to the area's freed slaves. Such history is plentiful in Exuma, and ruins of plantations can still be found in Rolleville, Rolle Town, and Williams Town.

In mid-April, this sleepy town awakens to one of the Bahamas' most spirited events, The Family Island Regatta. For this week-long extravaganza, Bahamian sloops and work boats from all over the islands vie for the "Best of the Bahamas" title. Not an empty inn can be found as fans fill the town, cheering for their favorite boats and celebrating for days. Aside from the regatta and other smaller races like it, much of Exuma remains blissfully undisturbed for the vast majority of the year.

This island chain is a popular location for boating, sailing, snorkeling, and cave exploring, and across the harbour from George Town lies Stocking Island, where a challenging underwater cave has yet to be fully explored—an irresistible attraction for those who love diving.

There are many attractions in this chain that have kept Bahamians and visitors returning to these cays. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, accessible only by boat, is a spectacular 200-mile-wide national park, home to the Bahamian Iguana, tropical birds, magnificent marine life, coral reefs, caves, and beaches protected by the Bahamas National Trust and all as untouched as if they had yet to be discovered.

Just south of the Park, Staniel Cay is a picture postcard settlement famous for sloop racing and diving. Like most of the Exumas, it's also known for a beauty and serenity not to be found anywhere else. Another such attraction is Thunderball Grotto, a breathtaking cave that can only be entered through an entrance just above the low tide mark and must be swum into. The Thunderball cave is located just a few yards off of Staniel Cay and was actually the location where the James Bond film Thunderball was filmed. 

If you are interested in buying an island, the Exuma Cays are a prime location, as these islands range in size from small one-man cays, to private estate-sized islands, or a private island smorgasbord. Because these islands have a relatively low purchase price and because of the low Bahamian tax system for foreigners, many wealthy individuals, as well as celebrities, own their own secluded islands in the Exuma Cays.

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