DESTINATION: Exumas, Bahamas

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With sapphire-blue water everywhere, The Exumas are an exotic collection of dream destinations. Footprint-free beaches and ultraexclusive resorts and islands fit for celebrities make this tropical paradise an absolute gem. Here, nature outnumbers man, coastlines remain flawless and private homes play host to some of the world’s most famous stars. The Exumas truly are the ultimate escape.

"While Nassau is home to big resorts and trendy restaurants, The Exumas have a much more laid-back vibe, the type of place where some inhabited cays only have one local restaurant and everyone knows each others’ name." - Business Insider

The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. Once Swimming Pigscalled Yumey and Suma (names of Amer-Indian origin), the islands have gone through many changes over the years. Today, they’re divided into three major areas—Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays. Each offers its own unique Bahamian experience. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their laid-back surroundings, while The Exuma Cays act as a playground for the rich and famous, boasting numerous private homes, luxury resorts and beachside condos. The Exumas are also rich in history, as they were settled by British Loyalists with their slaves following the American Revolution.

General Information

Area: 5382 sq miles (13,940 sq km)  
Population: 382,600 
Capital City: Nassau  
Official Languages: English 
Ethnic groups: Black 85%, White 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3% 
Religion: Baptist, Anglican, Roman Catholic 
Government: Constitutional Parliamentary Democracy and a Commonwealth Realm 
Industries: tourism, banking, cement, oil transshipment, salt, rum, aragonite, pharmaceuticals, spiral-welded steel pipe 
Tipping: Tip according to quality of service.  Porters usually receive US$1 per bag, while most other servers (waiters, taxis, etc.) receive 15%. Some establishments include the gratuity in their bills.  
Currency: The local currency is the Bahamian Dollar. U.S. currency is accepted by all vendors.  
The electrical service on The Bahamas is normally 120 volts, 60 cycles AC, in which case North American appliances are fully compatible, while European appliances will need both converters and adapters. Voltage varies with location, however, and some places in the islands may have 220 volt electrical service. Call your hotel ahead of time to find out which system they use. The standard voltage on all yachts is 12volts in order to use electronic equipment that is 110v or 220v; you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter. 
Time: UTC/GMT - 5 hours

Festivals & Holidays  
1 January: New Year's Day  
1st Friday in June: Labour Day  
10 July: Independence Day  
1st Monday in August: Emancipation or Kadooment Day  
12 October: Discovery Day  
25 December: Christmas Day  
26 December: Boxing Day