EXUMA LIVING AT YOUR PACE
Easy to reach. Impossible to leave.
Five minutes to deserted, white sand beaches as serene and untouched as they were 5000 years ago. Or, just a short drive away from all the amenities necessary for comfort. This isn't a dream, nor is it just the Caribbean once thought lost; it's one of the last uncrowded places and truly where the soul of the Bahamas still quietly resides.
The waters of the Exumas are considered to be amongst the most beautiful in the Caribbean, if not the world; waters so clear you'd swear you could breathe them in. World-travelled yachters hold this to be true and return year after year to take in the unrivaled colors and pristine beaches.
Gone is the high-rise culture of Nassau and the bustling drone of Grand Bahama, replaced instead by a lush tranquility and the very real opportunity to just ease out, breathe a little deeper, a little calmer and truly find one's sense-of-place.
But still, Exuma isn't a sought-after paradise just for its natural beauty. The innate cultural charm of the Exuma people holds a strong attraction, as well. Widely known for their warm and friendly nature, Exuma natives find great pleasure including everyone in their good times and visitors are consistently taken by the laughter and lightheartedness encountered here.
EXUMA AT A GLANCE
Location: 23° 27' 37.19" N, 75° 44' 26.52" W
Language: English with, of course, a charming Bahamian accent
Population: Less than 3700
Island Size: 37 miles (60 km)
Largest City: Georgetown (pop. 1000)
Average Temperature: November - May, 70-80°F, June - October, 80-95°F
Cost-of-Living: Similar to that of the US or UK
Freshwater: Drinkable, plentiful and quite refreshing
Safety: No political or social upheaval exists on Exuma or the Bahamas as a whole, another reason why this is a truly remarkable, positive place to call home.
Proof: Islands Magazine recently named Exuma one of the top five islands in the world on which to live, the only island in the Bahamas to be recognized.
OWNING PROPERTY IN THE BAHAMAS
First off, you'll need to slow your heart rate and slip on a pair of proper sandals, and then come down to experience the wonder that is Great Exuma for yourself.
Let us give you the tour of the island and our properties. Of course, you'll need to meet the locals. Then do some fishing. Sailing. Golfing. Diving. Chilling on a quiet beach. Or learn how to husk a coconut and cook a traditional Bahamian meal. Truth be told, everyone defines "The Good Life" in a deeply personal manner and a visit or two gives us all a great chance to find out what it means to you and talk through what makes sense in a home or property on both a practical and ideological level.
You'll also have a fantastic chance to see the efficiencies of our construction process in action. Or learn about options for property management and vacation rental that make an already wise investment that much more intelligent. Above all, it presents the unique opportunity to get to know each other and the island, which helps you make a pressure-free decision that just feels right - not coincidentally the defining difference between our lifestyle and, well, just another development company. Regarding the nuts and bolts of Exuma home ownership, The International Persons Landholding Act has made it much less complex for non-Bahamians and companies under their control to own property. Contact us for more information about Bahamian property ownership.
Arriving from the US (and regretfully, having to leave), flying to Exuma is convenient and efficient. Georgetown is accessible via a direct flight from the United States and Canada on Delta, American, Continental and Air Canada. Several scheduled daily flights to Nassau are available on a number of major airlines out of North America and Europe, in addition to many private charters. Entry requires just a valid passport and a return ticket, which you'll likely be tempted to just tear up after your first day here.Commercial Airlines - American, Delta, Silver, Bahamas Air, Air Canada Charter Service - Exclusive Charter Service (Preferred Partner)
Rest assured, on Exuma you're never too far from solitude or the creature comforts necessary for an enjoyable stay. From any road-accessible location on the island, Georgetown's services are always within a 20-mile drive and though not as concentrated, there are various service options located throughout the island.
You'll find dining options like The Fish Fry, Peace and Plenty, Santana's, Coconut Cove and Augusta Bay, to name just a few of our favorites. Well-stocked stores like the Exuma Market in Georgetown provide extensive food supplies for the many of us who enjoy cooking at home. Smaller markets throughout the island offer staples and other hidden treasures. For those seeking wellness and relaxation, we'd be happy to point you in the direction of one of the island's more popular spas, massage services and fitness centers.
On a purely pragmatic end, Georgetown's emergency and overnight treatment facilities are staffed with resident doctors and nurses, and full-service pharmacies are available to assist with medications. Excellent, comprehensive medical treatment is now available in Great Exuma’s new hospital located just outside of Georgetown. And yes, the island's infrastructure and your well-being are kept safe by the Royal Bahamas Police Force. We also have a short list of vetted boat and auto mechanics, contractors and building supply retailers we trust to help with any repairs or improvements necessary.
Should you desire on-island travel without owning your own transportation, Georgetown also provides the option of taxi service, car or motor scooter rental and even a bicycle touring service. Driving is permitted with a full driver's license from the country of your origin.
Among Exuma's most attractive features is that so much can be done in a day. Initially, as an outsider, this can come with a learning curve or prove somewhat overwhelming. This is exactly where we come in. A distinct aspect of our culture is immersing you and your family in the island's unique customs and activities by sharing with you what, how and where to experience the island's endless possibilities. It's as if you're an insider, right from the beginning.
Traveling by boat with family and friends to the countless deserted cays and the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean is one of the cornerstones of the island experience. In fact, Exuma may be one of the few places in the world where you'll find yourself passing on one breathtaking beach and moving to another simply because a single boat was already there. This experience is largely made possible by Exuma's expansive 'soft water' natural harbors, which provide wonderful access to so many possibilities without venturing into the open ocean and potential rough seas. Access to moorage, fuel and amenities is also excellent for those seeking multi-day waterborne adventure.
The Exumas are quickly gaining attention as one of the best kitesurfing destinations in the world. With calm shallow waters and white sandy beaches so deserted you feel as if you have the entire island to yourself, Exuma is a natural wonder that continues to maintains its charm and infectious way of life. Even when the winds fade, the island keeps giving back. Spend a day on the water in Exuma and you'll never want to leave.
Whether with tanks or free diving the reefs and wrecks that fill the waters of the Exumas, the diving is simply far too amazing to miss. Because no rivers exist anywhere in the Bahamas, there is no sediment and no fresh water algae. As long as the winds have been fairly calm, you'll likely see fish swimming more than 100 feet away. As far as we can tell, if you're living on an island surrounded by beautiful water this clean clear and teeming with this much life, you might as well dive.
With such a variety of waters and so much of it, there's no wonder why so many fishing opportunities exist in the waters of Exuma. Just minutes from the protected waters of Exuma's harbors, the ocean floor drops a few thousand feet providing excellent opportunities for wahoo, tuna, dorado and even marlin - all only minutes away from the dock, and a place to grab a burger and a beer. The harbors along the island's east side and the expansive southwest-side flats offer excellent bonefishing, as well as lesser-known opportunities for tarpon and permit. Finally, one should never overlook the fantastic fishing available for snapper, jacks, barracuda, sharks and other species available throughout Exuma's waters.
At best misunderstood and by-and-large completely unknown, surfing in Exuma and the Bahamas is a quietly kept secret. Population and tourist centers have been, for the most part, located in protected areas of each island and just around the corner one may find the surf break of one's dreams. In fact, every swell that hits the fabled breaks of the north and west shores of Puerto Rico hits the Bahamas first! Here, however, the lineups are empty and the water, crystal clear. We are avid surfers and would love a chance to show you the best breaks Exuma has to offer.
The 7,200-yard, par 72, Greg Norman-designed Oceanside course at Sandals is considered amongst the most challenging anywhere and is, without question, one of the most beautiful you'll ever experience. The front 9 winds through a mix of seaside dunes and scenic mangroves while the back 9 play along the rocky peninsula of the magnificent Emerald Bay.