If you love beaches, boating, nature and sea life, Exuma Bahamas has to go on your bucket list.
These are the top 5 surprising things we found while visiting Exuma Bahamas last year.
After a few days at the Atlantis Bahamas Resort we took a short flight to Great Exuma, the largest of 365 islands that make up Exuma.
Here’s what you need to know about Exuma.
Things To Do In Exuma Bahamas
If you think of the Bahamas as an exotic honeymoon destination, Exuma does not disappoint with hotels like Sandals Emerald Bay.
Ours was not that kind of trip.
With 3 little kids under the age of 6, it was definitely NOT a honeymoon.
You don’t have to be on your honeymoon to find awesome things to do in Exuma Bahamas!
We spent the day on empty, pristine beaches that went on for miles.
We took boats & water taxis around to see the various islands in Exuma.
Yes that is a massive stingray.
We saw islands full of iguanas…
And swimming pigs!
We even spent the day on the very same beach used for guests at the Sandals Emerald Bay (the other side is an empty, public beach).
As long as your traveling companions love the water, there are lots of things to do in Exuma.
If you’re looking for entertainment – cafes, bars, restaurants, amusement parks, etc – you’re in the wrong place.
Here were our favorite things to do in Exuma Bahamas.
You’ll want to rent a car to see as many of Exuma’s incredible beaches as possible.
We spent an afternoon collecting sand dollars & riding the sea swings at Coco Plum Beach.
You can easily rent a car when you arrive at Exuma airport.
You could also take taxis around, but having a car makes it easier to get to the emptier beaches.
It really depends on how much you plan to venture out from your hotel.
Where To Stay In Exuma Bahamas
You can do the Exuma Bahamas all-inclusive resorts, but we went the Airbnb route.
The danger of an Airbnb is that the pictures don’t exactly tell the true story.
This looks like a gorgeous, private beach, right?
That’s that we thought too.
But in reality, this was the back of our Airbnb.
We didn’t mind walking a little ways to the beach… except there was no beach access at all!
There was a beautiful deck in back on top of the cliff.
But even the great view didn’t make up for the fact that there was NO BEACH ACCESS.
If you decide to opt for an Airbnb or VRBO in Exuma, you’ve been warned!
Exuma Boat Rental Tips
We absolutely loved taking boats around Exuma because there are so many things to do in the sea.
We took a Elvis’s water taxi to Chat N Chill, the most relaxed beach bar on the planet.
Yes, this is the beach bar!
On the weekends when the locals are off work, the place get much busier.
There’s an amazing Conch Bar where they cook & serve the fresh mollusk.
You can also rent boats for full or half day excursions.
This is how we visited the swimming pigs & iguana island.
We even stopped along the way to see some giant starfish up close.
Other Things To Do In Exuma
You’ve probably guessed by now, but Exuma is pretty deserted.
While it’s perfect for seeing pristine nature & quiet beaches, don’t expect many other things to do in Exuma.
If, like us, you do not end up in an all inclusive resort, options for dining out are limited.
There just aren’t many restaurants, cafes or bars.
Plan to hit the supermarket in your rental car & you’ll be all set.
You can find more about our trip to the Bahamas here.