Do you know what are the most popular Exuma landmarks and attractions? Certainly, the Exumas are popularly known for its crystal-clear waters and world-famous swimming pigs. The islands consist of over 365 cays, which cover more than 130 miles. The Exumas are surrounded by endless shades of coastal waters, featuring white sandy beachfronts with crescent-shaped shallow islands.
Visit these islands if you are ready for the good but simple life. The Exumas are a great family vacation spot as they encompass a laid-back vibe. Therefore, you certainly will feel the time moving slower.
Popular Exuma Landmarks & Attractions
When it comes to natural beauty, these islands pack a punch. Below, we highlight some of the best Exuma landmarks and attractions that you can visit.
Are you interested in seeing some beautiful old architecture? St Andrew’s Anglican Parish, consists of six churches including a historic church, the oldest place of worship in Exuma. These churches are filled with history dating back to the 1800’s. Some of the churches not to miss in Exuma are:
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church – This church was built in the year 1802. It’s conveniently situated atop a hill, where you can enjoy both the views of Lake Victoria and Elizabeth Harbor.
St. Christopher’s Anglican Church – This is considered to be the smallest church in Exuma being built in 1939 when Father Marshall was the parish priest. A schooner, the Frank A. Murray, was wrecked off Cape Santa Maria, Long Island. It was loaded with timber from The Abacos. Father Marshall heard of this and on visiting Lewis and Clarence Fitzgerald at The Ferry.
He suggested they consider visiting the wreck to see what timber might be salvaged to build a family church. The salvaged timber was used to build the church and its pews. The Fitzgeralds prepared the lime generated for the mortar by making use of the mangrove trees, conch shells, and tamarind trees found in The Ferry. The kiln used to prepare the lime was also made by Lewis and Clarence Fitzgerald.
This Harbour is special for a myriad of reasons. It is home to the National Family Island Regatta, which is where sailboats race annually. One of the largest natural harbours in the world, Elizabeth Harbour is picture perfect with its translucent waters that have many shades of blue and green. The Harbour remains a favorite haven for yachtsmen from November to May.
It features calm, shallow waters where you can see dolphin and sea turtle occasionally. Elizabeth Harbour also boasts of magnificent coral reefs and much more aquatic life. You will be well advised to rent a boat for the day so you don’t miss out on these spectacular views.
Exuma Land and Sea Park
The Exuma Land and Sea Park is quite literally one of a kind. It’s a well-protected Exuma landmark and attraction. It is the first park of its type in the entire world. The park is a protected area and boasts ample wildlife and a breathtaking marine environment.
This park houses a unique ecosystem of marine life which includes stunning coral, tropical fish, and crustaceans. The Exuma Land and Sea Park is a great place for divers and nature lovers. It is filled with stromatolites, reef-dwelling algae which represents the oldest living evidence of life on the planets. You are going to see some of the specimens in the park which are at least 2000 years old.
Georgetown (Island’s Capital)
Being one of the major settlements in Exuma, Georgetown is where many visitors and locals check out the shops, head to the markets, and do their day-to-day shopping. At Funntripps, a complimentary vehicle is included, which allows guests the ability to explore this charming little city at their leisure.
Straw vending is considered one of the country’s oldest industries with organized markets in Nassau, Cable Beach, Paradise Island and a number of The Family Islands. In existence since the early 1960s, the Straw Market in picturesque George Town is a one stop shop to purchase locally handcrafted handbags, baskets, coconut and sand jewelry, woven straw hats, T-shirts and many other locally made souvenirs.
Stroll down to the famous native Straw Market where you can find bustling activity with vendors who are willing to bargain with buyers. They also carry a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Hermitage Estate Ruins
This ruin serves as a reminder of the cotton plantation days on Little Exuma. However, those days were short-lived. On your visit to this ruin, you’ll see the foundations of the main house.
You can also explore the Hermitage Tombs, which are the only three marked graves on the small settlement that was settled by the Ferguson family. Each of the tombs is inscribed with different markings which are to the memories of George Butler (1759-1822), Constance McDonald (1755-1759) and Henderson Ferguson (1772-1825). There is also an unmarked grave which is believed to be of an unnamed slave.
Pompey Memorial and Jail Ruins
This is an iconic landmark in Exuma. It’s where Pompey and 77 others led the heroic rebellion, starting the anti-slavery movement in the Bahamas.
Located down the road from the quiet town of Steventon, this piece of history is worth visiting. It is the most historical of the Exuma Landmarks and Attractions on this list. Learn about the history of Pompey and have the opportunity to see a beautiful tribute statue which has been placed to remember the sacrifices made.
As various times throughout the year, Exuma hosts a number of Regatta’s which are a big attraction for tourists and locals alike. Watch the sailing races in the pristine waters of Exuma. Popular regattas include the National Family Island Regatta and Rolleville Homecoming Regatta.
Tropic of Cancer Beach
This beach is considered to be among the most magnificent beach on Little Exuma Island. The beach features a lush, soft, white-powder sand. The bright blue waters of the beach are mesmerizing and quite suitable for swimming. This beach is regarded as a hidden gem, which is great should you want to escape from the crowded island beaches.
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Swimming with The Pigs on Pig Island surely must be the most popular of the Exuma Landmarks and Attractions! This is the ultimate opportunity to see all the amazing attractions in the Exuma Cays.
Our Swimming with The Pigs mini-course (eBook included) was created so that you could enjoy the most beautiful country on earth and get the most out of your trip there.
Explore the Exumas – the warm, welcoming Exumians you meet along the way make this even more delightful. From them you’ll get the sense that here is a place you are welcome to return to, again and again. See you soon!