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Exumas


General Information about Exumas Cays, Bahamas

Exuma consists of two main islands, Great Exuma and Little Exuma together with approximately 365 little cays centrally located in the Bahama Islands chain. They are located 35 miles southeast of Nassau. The Exumas occupy approximately 110 square miles. Most cays are uninhabited and many are owned privately. The total reported population according to the 2000 census is 3,571 residents.

Exuma is home to the Bahama Iguana and on some cays they are large, friendly and you can hand feed them. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is a major attraction and offers a nature lovers thrill.

The Exumas have long remained yachter's preferred island. Offering many fine marinas, breath taking beaches and pristine reefs. Snorkeling and scuba diving are extremely popular as is bone fishing, a fly fishing sport. Staniel's Cay is where the James Bond 'Thunderball' movie was filmed and the site is now referred to as Thurderball Grotto. No doubt Hog Cay will remain a claim to fame from the filming occurring on it for Pirates of the Caribbean II & III.

The capital, located on Great Exuma, is George Town. In late April the Family Island Regatta is hosted here.

Farming was an important industry in Colonial times, with cotton a mainstay. Salt farming was also a key industry of the past. There are many salt ponds you can visit. Pirates were abundant in the cays of Exuma. Of special fame, Shark Lady whose all female crew took to sea topless.

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