5 Days in Tropical Paradise: Great Exuma, Bahamas

Some people think that five days in The Bahamas means five days of laying at the pool or beach. If that sounds perfect to you, you should go. Go now! Book your ticket and pack your bathing suit. But, if you like a little more adventure and activity, five days in The Bahamas might not be for you, right? WRONG! You should still go. Now!

Itinerary for Great Exuma Bahamas

Day 1 – I knew as soon as we began our decent into the Georgetown airport mid afternoon, that I needed to change into my bathing suit fast. Th calm, clear and warm water beckoned me. So, after we found our vacation rental, we found the water. Our property had a dock and sandy bottom swimming area that was perfect. A long walk to dinner at a local boutique hotel, Turquoise Bay, was the end to our first day on the island.

Day 2 – Being in the water was great, but exploring the surrounding waterways and islands was just as exciting. Our boat rental with Minn’s afforded us that opportunity. We cruised the harbor, had a little engine hiccup, cruised some more, snorkeled, ate lunch at The Chat ‘n Chill and swam in Elizabeth Harbor.

Huge Starfish in Great Exuma

Day 3 – We spent our third day on the island exploring land, not the water. We drove north, to the tip of the Great Exuma island as well south, down Little Exuma. There were mangrove swamps, sandy beaches, small villages and luxury resorts. We ate enough fried seafood at Santana’s (on Little Exuma) for an army and managed to find the Tropic of Cancer beach to build a sand man, play paddle board, swim and relax.

Sandman Exuma

Day 4 – I admit that seeing a picture of swimming pigs was the catalyst for our trip to Exuma and on Day 4 I was able to experience it myself. I swam with – OK, away from – pigs. I didn’t account for the fact that pig hooves hurt when they hit your arm or leg. The tour also included snorkeling, feeding lizards and easy walks on barrier islands in the area.

Swimming Pigs Georgetown Exuma

Day 5 – We spent our last day in Exuma kayaking around our vacation rental. The water was calm and clear and perfect for paddling around. Except for crossing a channel, the paddling was very easy. I would have definitely paid to rent kayaks here, but since the boats we used were free with our vacation rental we felt like we really lucked out!


6 thoughts on “5 Days in Tropical Paradise: Great Exuma, Bahamas

  1. Jessica Cucchiaro

    Hi there, thank you so much for this information, it was great! Can I ask, where did you stay during this trip?

  2. Taylor A

    Awesome blog. Good info on Exuma seems few and far in between! can I ask you a couple of things?
    1. In Georgetown-is there a main ‘core’ of restaurants/shops/downtown area that is an ideal place to stay so we can walk around to everything?
    2. Can I ask you how much your boat rental was?
    3. Also how much your car rental was and where to get it from?
    4. The giant starfish are amazing!!! Was that in Elizabeth Harbour during your boating day?

    Thank you! 🙂

    1. Wife with Baggage Post author

      Great questions Taylor! 1. Georgetown is teeny tiny. We only ate out 3 times during the four days in the island – once at cute coffee shop in town, once at Santana’s (on little island) and once at a small resort closer to Hartswell. I’d stay at a hotel you like and not worry about the town much. 2. Minn’s boat rental is well worth it. I don’t remember the cost – but it was our favorite day there! 3. Rental car – a story within a story. We didn’t rent a car prior to our trip. We thought we could wing it! We were wrong. Luckily, the caretaker at our VRBO helped us rent a car from one of his friends. It was not a company LOL …. we definitely bootlegged that! 4. Yes, Elizabeth Harbor with our Minn’s boat. It was incredible!!!! We are going back to the Bahamas this summer. This time to Eleuthera; typing this response is getting me revved up for how beautiful those islands are!

      1. Taylor A

        Awesome thanks so much for your reply! Sounds amazing! I’ll be booking everything beforehand which sounds like our best bet. Have a good trip again! Cheers from British Columbia, Canada 🙂


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