Little Exuma Island, Bahamas

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Little Exuma Island, Bahamas

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Little Exuma Island packs a tropical punch

Little Exuma Island might seem like just an extension of its bigger brother, Great Exuma, but that's kind of missing the point. It's got a distinct character of its own, with secluded bays dressed in clambering sea vines, and bountiful blooms of sunspots that decorate the salt-washed rum shacks in the morning. You can book yourself a Little Exuma Island vacation rental in the shadow of crumbling pirate fortresses. You can visit ruined plantation estates at the Hermitage, dating all the way back to the 1700s. And _ of course _ you can laze on the pristine beaches of your dreams.

Going off-the-beaten-path on Little Exuma Island

The delights of Little Exuma Island are all about straying from the trodden trails of the Bahamas. Yes, you can sunbathe and splash in the crystal-clear Caribbean waters. But the coves and stretches here tend to be more secluded and empty than those on Great Exuma, cranking up the romance and enchantment. Guided boat tours over to other tiny, remote cays with their own little beaches and clusters of desert-island palm trees are popular, while walks through the backcountry to discover historic plantations are also on the menu.

Tropics and buccaneer forts on Little Exuma Island

Little Exuma Island vacation rentals that butt up to the sands of Tropic of Cancer Beach won't only put you within strolling distance to the powdery shores of the Caribbean Sea, but also right on the line of the tropics as they pass over the Exuma Cays. Keep going south along the shore from there and you'll come to Williamstown, an old plantation settlement. The Hermitage ruins _ another plantation from the 1700s _ are close to that, while the remains of pirate settlements can also be spied out on the low hills.

Tropical changes on Little Exuma Island

Be aware that, because of its sultry tropical climate, the whole of the Bahamas can get some seriously scorching summers. They run from May to August, and often see wild storms cross through the region of the Exumas well into the end of September. That means it's much better to book your Little Exuma Island vacation rental for the winter months. They go from November to March, and ensure you will find the sugary sands nice and peaceful, and the Caribbean Sea calm enough to swim in.

Fruits of the sea around Little Exuma Island

Little Exuma Island crowns the end of the long chain that's known as the Exuma Cays. It's got all the tropical treats that its near neighbors have, whether that means aquamarine waters or ivory-white stretches of sand that are shaded by palm groves. The main natural attraction is surely the wealth of coral reefs and little islets that pepper the region, though. You can boat to many of them, don the snorkel, and be swimming in the company of rainbowfish and sea turtles in no time.