There are around 365 islands, or cays, in the Exuma collection, spanning around 200kms of beautiful, bright turquoise, reef-adjacent Caribbean waters. The majority of them are uninhabited or privately owned - some of these are the best places to stay in the Exumas - and of the populated, only Great Exuma has many locals.
So a visit to the Exumas is all about pottering around island hopping, or taking advantage of the vastly varied coastlines off which to dive, snorkel, fish or try out any number of other watersports.
The lack of people on the Exuma Cays equals a lack of footprints, and this is one of the best places to come in the Bahamas if you want to have a beach all to yourself.
Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their laid-back atmospheres and gorgeous natural surroundings, and the cays themselves are known for being either perfectly pristine, or else dotted with ultra luxurious private island resorts.
The best places to stay in the Exumas are ideal for both those looking for a Robinson Crusoe type experience or for those who like their hotels very much up to date. Our selection covers all bases from an eco hotel with wooden beach side cottages to 5 star modern luxury.
Eco hotel in wooden cottages on the beach. Interiors are charming with antiques, Queen-size beds, kitchens and large balconies. Outdoor pool, outdoor living room and library. Laid back restaurant serving locally sourced produce. A perfect hideaway on this undeveloped island location.
Great Exuma Island, Bahamas
Charming beach front hotel. Elegant rooms feature Caribbean furniture, four poster beds, large balconies and some with sitting rooms. Outdoor pool, gardens, library and massages available. Good Bahamian cuisine and lively bar with live music. Superb location to explore the islands from.
Pretty colourful cottages on the beach. Interiors are barefoot-boutique with rainfall showers, wooden floors, large verandahs and modern bathrooms. Outdoor pool, gardens and marina access. Tasty Bahamian cuisine and relaxed beach bar. Superb spot to explore the islands from, and family friendly.
Little Exuma, Bahamas
Gorgeous 5* beachfront hotel. Creamy rooms feature rattan furniture, large balconies, chic nautical furnishings and big bathrooms. Outdoor infinity pool, gardens, private beach. Outstanding menu from Peru, France and Asia; romantic bar. Boutique and luxurious.