6 Reasons Why You Need to Visit the Exumas Right Now

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By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor

Need a reason to visit the Bahamian archipelago comprising 365 white-sand cays and idyllic islands? We’ve got six of ‘em! Pack your bags.

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They’re So Easy To Get To

Great Exuma airport (GGT) is less than an hour’s flying time from Fort Lauderdale or Miami; and only 30 minutes from Nassau, which has direct service from numerous US gateways. Leave now and you’ll be there by lunchtime.

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The Weather

Today it’s 54 degrees in Los Angeles; 11 in New York; and -4 in Chicago.Current temperature in the Bahamas: 76. ‘Nuff said.

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The Water

They don’t call it “Bahama Blue” for nothing. The sea surrounding the Bahamas is crystal clear and almost impossibly blue – and the Exumas’ waters are arguably the best example of that.

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The Swimming Pigs

Pigs may not fly but in the Bahamas they swim. Take Exuma Water Sports’ half-day Ocean Safari tour to discover the mystery of the swimming swine and paddle with the porkers yourself, like these.

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Chat ‘n Chill

The Sunday pig roast is what brings most visitors to this Stocking Island restaurant and bar. But we think their amazing conch salad ­– made right in front of you with ruby-red locally grown tomatoes and orange juice – is reason enough to make the five-minute boat ride from Great Exuma.

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Grand Isle Resort & Spa

One of our favorite resorts in the Exumas, Grand Isle offers 78 plush townhouses, most with a stunning view of the jaw-dropping expanse of blue. And right now, if you book and pay 14 days in advance of your stay, you’ll save 15 percent off the rate.

 

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