This was our first trip to Great Exuma.
Being from Northeast Ohio, we are thrilled with any warm weather destination that has you arriving in the early afternoon. Happy to know we could be on island by 12:30. Well, plans do change. Apparently one of the problems with traveling in cold weather, is the jet way can become frozen and won't move, so the jet can't leave. As entertaining as it was to watch them try and solve the problem, we missed our connection in Atlanta. To Delta's credit, they had us rebooked with a flight to Miami and then on to Exuma. We arrived at 5 and our luggage the next day. We were happy.
We stayed at the Dillycrab Ranch just north of the airport. I was a bit concerned that it was too far north on the island, but loved the location. The house is great. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, pool, 3 miles of deserted beach, and a wonderful game room in the lower level. Would definitely stay here again.
Rented a car from Thompsons Car Rental. It was easy and they were friendly and efficient. Would use them again.
Food- Exuma has great seafood. We ate at Big D's on Exuma and Stocking Island, La Shantes, Santana's, Catch a Fire, Exuma Point Grille, Chat N Chill and Houseman's. Wonderful conch and snapper everywhere.
Rented a 17' boat for 2 days from Minn's. The first day the wind was coming across the harbour and we were pretty wet in the boat form the waves. Considered upgrading to the cat for the second day, but the wind changed and the second day was fine.
We did a half day tour with Sugar Adventures. Since it was a half day we didn't make it all the way up to the swimming pigs, but there is an island that has a half dozen pigs that is closer. The pigs appeared on the beach when we arrived but were not interested in swimming, so we got in the water and coaxed them out with food. While not the experience further north, it was definitely entertaining. Sugar made us a conch salad while we were there. As we cruised by the islands, Sugar kept us informed as to the celebrity ownerships. We stopped at a great spot to snorkel and lobster hunt. Large rain clouds appeared so we made a run to Farmer's Cay and stopped at Ali's bar for a drink and to wait out the rain. On our way back we stopped and had a fresh fruit plate on the boat and then one more snorkel stop. Our tour started at 9 and we were back at 2. It was a great day. We would recommend Sugar for a half day or full day trip.
I know this is a highly debated subject, but we do bring along a small backpack cooler. Sometimes we don't want to go out to eat in the evening and simply enjoy a light snack. We brought along local cheese, pepperoni, hummous (this was packed in a small cooler inside our checked baggage with frozen juice. I didn't think it would survive the delay, but when it arrived the next day, the ice packs were still frozen in the center.) This trip we also brought along steaks and hamburg from our local butcher.
The grocery store in Exuma is small but packs a lot in there. Some prices are the same as home. Coppertone 8 oz was $8.35, dozen eggs was $2.65, pound Jimmy Dean Sausage $5.95, jar spaghetti sauce $4.90, red peppers $5.60 a pound, apples $1 each, cantaloupes $2.95 each, Bacardi Oakheart rum $15.95, Case of Sands beer $37, Case of Kalik $50, 6 pack of diet Coke $4.95.
We enjoyed our trip and look forward to returning one day.