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About Exumas

Made up of around 365 islands — or cays — The Exumas stretch across almost 200kms of dazzling Caribbean waters, perfect for sailing, snorkelling, diving, fishing or simply soaking up the sunshine from your perch on a white powder beach. Accommodation options tend to be small and friendly, with private cottages or stylish suites fit for a whole host of budgets. The majority of the best places to stay in the Exumas are clustered on Great Exuma, but one of our favourite hideaways sits on a tiny island to the north, and is especially well-suited to sailors.

These Bahamian islands are prized for their spectacular scenery, as well as their promise of tranquility. Most are either uninhabited or privately owned, meaning that you can expect even the surrounding sea to be very quiet. This can be particularly appealing for honeymooners eager to unwind, or for adventurous travellers who hope to visit intriguing dive sites and fishing spots without the crowds. Families will find this is a wonderful region for snorkelling, sailing lessons, kite surfing, or boat trips.

If you’re keen to experience a wider array of beach bars, independent shops and fresh seafood eateries, base yourself on Great Exuma or Little Exuma. Great Exuma's George Town is well worth a wander. Most of the local population lives on one of these two islands, but the vibe remains brilliantly laid-back and you can island-hop between smaller cays with ease.

The best places to stay in the Exumas fill up fast during the Christmas and New Year season, so book your trip well in advance!

The Best Places to Stay in The Exumas

For Families or Groups

  • Club Peace & Plenty is a chic choice in Great Exuma. The converted historic house boasts 32 cool, contemporary rooms, and is set right on the water in George Town, alongside its own private beach club. Five one- and two-bedroom cottages sit just across the water on Stocking Island, perfect for families or groups. There's a lively buzz, with sailing, fishing and water-sports aplenty for guests of all ages.
  • Paradise Bay Bahamas offers a selection of bright one- and two-bedroom cottages on an idyllic stretch of Great Exuma beach. Come with the kids and spend your days kite surfing, sailing, zipping around the island by road or taking fun boat trips before kicking back at the beach restaurant. Simple, self-catering and picturesque.

For a Remote Escape

  • Staniel Cay Yacht Club consists of a collection of 14 pretty beach cottages on a remote island north of Great Exuma. Expect a laid-back, barefoot feel, with wooden floors, rain showers and large, traditional verandahs. There's an outdoor pool, easy access to the marina, and a great Bahamian eatery. For outdoorsy adventurers and relaxed sailors looking to arrive by boat. Very secluded.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Exuma International Airport on Great Exuma. Most hotels will be happy to coordinate an airport pick up for you in advance.
  • There's so much to see in the Bahamas! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel between November and mid-April for warm, dry weather. The hurricane season — July to October — is best avoided. The Christmas and New Year season is especially busy, so book your trip well in advance. Travel in late April or May for great hotel deals.



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    Best Hotels in Exumas

    • Staniel Cay Yacht Club Bahamas 14 rooms from £144

      Local exploring  -  Staniel Cay has its own marina, and extensive boat tours and fishing trips, as well as local wildlife
      Kayaking  -  All guests with a lodging package receive complimentary access to a Stand-Up Paddle Board
      Fishing  -  Fishing trips as well as half-day or day-long excursions and conch expeditions
      Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby islands Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
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      Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors

      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. See More

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    • Club Peace & Plenty Great Exuma Island, Exumas 32 rooms from £212

      Local exploring  -  Expect a wide range of excursions from this prime location, such as Stocking Island
      Beach Life  -  Boasting an enviable beach location topped off by the property's Beach Club
      Fishing  -  At the Bonefishing School, you can learn how to use a fly rod from a flat bottomed boat
      Sailing  -  Boats can be hired through the property to explore the islands at your own pace
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      An historic house, turned into a chic beachside resort, offering luxurious accommodation and an unbeatable Caribbean setting. Light rooms are simply styled with whitewashed walls, unpolished wooden furniture and large terraces with sea views. Just a stroll from the beach, this is an indulgent stay. See More

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    • Paradise Bay Bahamas Farmerʼs Hill, Exumas 13 rooms from £232

      Families  -  Families will feel at home in the two-bedroom villas. Decorated in a more cosy style, there's plenty of space and home comforts
      Total relaxation  -  Idyllic location to spend time doing very little; rotate between a picture-perfect beach, delightful pools and a fun beach bar
      Beach Life  -  The only property located on a stunning stretch of white sand beach and turquoise waters, home to a protected coral reef
      Honeymoons  -  Ocean Front Cottages are located 20m from the sea; jump out of bed and directly into the turquoise water
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      A cluster of one & two-bedroom bungalows with private terraces set on a stunning white-sand beach. Painted in pretty pastel shades, rooms are decorated with simple beach-hut furnishings and nautical tones. Two pools and a restaurant & bar ensure all you need is on-site. Charmingly rustic beach stay. See More

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