Hello! Today we have a travel post, from the girls at Hello City Girl– who write this pretty cool blog about travel, food and diy. Deanne sent me her travel diary on the Exumas and it was too good not to share.
I haven’t been to the Bahamas yet, but after reading this and looking at these beautiful pictures, I really want to. And I bet you will, too, after reading this.
Free of traffic jams, crowded spaces and loud noises, Exuma is a true paradise. You’re probably familiar with the Bahamas that is Nassau, where ships dock and tourists flock for spring break. Exuma is a stark contrast to Nassau. You won’t find a McDonald’s or KFC – or any chain at all.
The Exumas have been on the top of my bucket list since I came across a video of the Exuma swimming pigs a couple of years ago. Pigs are my favourite animal, if you couldn’t tell. I found a round-trip, direct flight from Toronto for $187 and knew it was time to cross this destination off of my bucket list.
We reached Exuma by flying into Georgetown, located on Great Exuma (the main island).
We knew we were in paradise when we looked out of our window at the crystal clear sapphire water. The water’s nothing like the lakes we find back home in Ontario, Canada. Every beach we visited managed to wow us. The best part was that we were often the only two on the beach, which apparently isn’t surprising during shoulder season.
Our favourite part of our trip to the Exumas was actually venturing off of the main island. Exuma is known for its 365 cays (small islands), some of which are owned by celebrities like Johnny Depp and Tim McGraw. It’s here where you’ll find the swimming pigs. You can also expect to see iguanas, starfish and nurse sharks as you tour the cays. We’ve been told that the pigs swim in the water to cool off. They’re used to tourists and will swim out to the boat, if you’ve got any cabbage or bread.
We’ve heard that Exuma is home to the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands and after a full week spent in Exuma, we now believe it.
You won’t be disappointed by any of the beaches in the Exumas. The water here has been labeled one of the world’s most beautiful and comes in every shade of blue and green. Don’t be surprised if you’re the only one on the beach. -Deanne
Omg! Totally in love with the blues and greens and just the whole idea of travelling to this dreamscape. If you like reading about exotic travel, head on over to Hello City Girl for more adventures.