The Best Beaches in Exumas
With over 365 islands in Exumas, there are many beaches to choose from. Join us as we explore the Best Beaches in Exumas.
White, fine sand, and crystal-clear waters
The Exumas are a den of scenic beauty. This collection of islands houses the most exotic and unique marine life with white, fine sand, and crystal-clear waters, a major tourist attraction. Therefore, we are compelled to list the crème de la crème of the lot for the pleasure of true thalassophiles. That said, we present to you the seven best beaches in Exumas.
Jolly Hall Beach
Jolly Hall Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the Exumas. Located in Georgetown, Great Exuma, the beach earned its fame for its turquoise blue waters and clean white sands. Even though it is within walking distance of many hotels, Jolly Hall Beach is spacious and uncongested. Jolly Hall beach stays almost barren. This is unlike most Exuma beaches that feature rustic shacks, hotels, resorts, and other attractions.
Situated in Little Exuma, Forbes Hill beach is a sight to behold. A local’s secret whose location before the internet was often revealed on merit, Forbes Hill beach remains a hidden gem in the heart of the Caribbean. Forbes hill comprises two beaches within coves, terminating a short rocky road.
One beach has a long cove stretch, bordered by usually calm waters. There you will find a tire swing, picnic pavilion, and shady Australian pine trees – the makings of an old-fashioned beach destination. The second beach has rougher waters and rocks that you can climb if you're feeling adventurous. Also, you can go snorkeling in the clear waters. Since it's mostly secluded, the likelihood that you will have these beaches to yourself is high.
Tropic of Cancer Beach
None of the beaches on this list can match the tremendous popularity of the Tropic of Cancer Beach. The appeal of this beach grew tremendously after the filming of the Pirates of the Caribbean, with most beachgoers seeking to experience a piece of cinematic history.
Tropic of Cancer Beach
The Tropic of Cancer beach, also known as the Pelican Beach, is named after the Tropic of Cancer line that runs through it. It is the longest in the Exumas, and its clear waters shine when the light hits it, making for a beautiful sight. The waters are a popular snorkel and diving spot as the crystal-clear water makes it easier to see and experience marine life.
Located in the North East of the Great Exuma, Cocoplum beach is known for its calm atmosphere. Perfect for families and people who need a relaxed sort of adventure, Cocoplum beach is surrounded by shallow waters and sandbars visible at low tide.
Dotted with palm trees, Cocoplum Beach is a family-friendly beach with many popular restaurants serving local Bahamian meals. A great choice is the Shoreline Beach Club, popular for its vegan-friendly and gluten-free options.
Three Sisters Beach
The Three Sisters Beach is another of Exumas’ famous beaches, but not for a likely reason. Home to the Three Sisters Rock, this beach is cloaked in the mystery of a local legend.
The legend states that these rocks were borne out of three sisters’ tragic love for a sailor. They all died trying to reach his ship as it was leaving. Despite this sad and tear-jerking story, the Three Sisters Rock symbolizes a place of love. Couples frequent the rocks to take pictures or reaffirm their vows.
Somewhat of an oddity, Pig Beach is known officially as Big Major Cay. Located on a small uninhabited island barely a mile long, tourists love Pig Beach. The island is home to the Exuma pigs, in addition to some stray cats and dogs. The swimming pigs are the island’s major attraction. Over 20 of them inhabit the island, ranging in size from baby piglets to Big Momma—the oldest and largest pig on Major Cay.
Locals share countless stories about how the pigs got to the cay. One story says they were shipwreck survivors. Another narration is that they were placed on Major Cay by locals from a neighboring island. Though the tales are likely fabricated and exaggerated, they do not in any way dampen the queer nature of the beach. If feeding pigs is a great pastime for you, then they are all yours. Formerly, foragers, these swimming pigs depend on the benevolence of their guests. They are ready to gobble up the lettuce, watermelons, and any food on offer.
Pretty Molly Bay Beach
Another of Exuma’s beaches shrouded in legend is Pretty Molly Bay, found between the Ferry Settlement and Forbes Hill.
Pretty Molly Bay
Legend has it that the beach bears the name of a slave who drowned in the waters trying to escape her captors. At night she haunts the beaches as a ghost or turns to a mermaid, frequenting the shores. The mystery surrounding Pretty Molly Bay Beach adds a bit of paranormal to the ambiance the beach exudes. Legend aside, Pretty Molly Bay Beach is also famous for its powdery, soft sand and mellow vibes.
Touring The Shores Of The Exumas
Deciding which beaches are the best in Exumas has always sparked debate because Exuma Cays is home to many amazing beaches, each offering something unique to the beach experience. If you are thinking of visiting the Exumas on vacation, you should hit one or more of these beaches for the authentic Exumas experience.
There are many ways to tour the amazing beaches the island has to offer. You can choose to fly to the Exumas aboard Bahamasair. The airline offers twice-daily service to Georgetown from Nassau. There are also boat tours that take you from Nassau to the Great Exumas. However, the best option for a detailed tour of the islands and their beaches is by yacht. Chartering a luxury yacht provides you with privacy, freedom, and flexibility that is second to none. Our yachts offer you the chance to spend the day on the sandy shores of any beach of your choice and the nights dining underneath magical stars.
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