The Beautiful Exumas

Roughly 250 nautical miles from The Worth Avenue Yachts Fort Lauderdale Office are a world of turquoise bathwater and swimming pigs. A location so remote, it can only be reached by boat, or in this case, yacht. Welcome to The Exumas; a string of 365 islands (cays) located in The Bahamas. When traveling to the Out Islands of the Bahamas, it’s important to note just how remote this area is. Only accessible by boat or seaplane, the private serenity of The Exumas makes it the perfect yachting destination.

Let the Journey begin

Begin your journey with a brief cruise through the Atlantic Ocean before entering the Bahamian oasis. Widely known for its luminous blue water, the Exuma’s water can be seen from space! Whether you’re going for a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation, there is no better place to charter a yacht than The Exumas. Sprawling 120 miles southeast of new providence, Exuma is a tropical hideaway reserved only for those who can find a way to get there. The Bahamas is famous for its brilliant turquoise waters; due in large part to the shallow nature of the water (the word ‘Bahamas’ comes from Bajamar, which means ‘shallow water’ in Spanish. 

pig beach

From the moment you approach the shoreline, you will be greeted by the island’s salty four-legged inhabitants. A popular destination for visitors, Big Major Cay is home to the world-famous pig beach. Since the early 1990s, these four-legged celebrities have grown in numbers. Gracing the presence of visitors with their curly tails and wiggly noses, the pigs love peeping their heads through the water as they swim (most likely looking for scraps). If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Pig Beach is a must-see. 

Leaf Cay

For the real nature enthusiasts, head over to Leaf Cay for even more wild animal action. Welcome to Iguana Island. Leaf Cay is a private island owned by actor Nicholas Cage. This beach is home to dozens of wild iguanas. These well-fed reptiles will walk right up to you if offered a slice of bread or fruit. The water in the Bahamas is exceptionally calm, allowing for plenty of warm and sunny beaches to explore.  

Compass Cay

For the adventure seekers, swim with wild nurse sharks at Compass Cay. Stand in 4’-5′ water as the gentle nurse sharks swim leisurely through the water. Don’t worry, these gentle giants will not hurt you. Simply float adrift into the bright blue water as you’re graced by the presence of docile nurse sharks. If the thought of swimming with sharks is unsettling, this may not be the activity for you. 

Delicious dishes

A staple in Bahamian cuisine, conch is used in just about every dish cooked in the Bahamas. Whether it’s conch burgers, blackened conch, cracked conch, grilled conch, or conch fritters, the island cuisine is sure to satisfy your taste buds. On the healthier side, conch salad is made with just lemon juice, conch, fresh tomatoes, onion, green pepper, and cucumber. Devouring these fresh fruits and vegetables on the sundeck of your yacht is truly an experience to be had. There’s nothing quite like a view of the bright blue ocean as you dig into a freshly prepared local Bahamian lunch.

Musha Cay

Nothing goes together like a sunny day and an ice-cold beverage. Sip on something sweet as you cruise to Musha Cay for some afternoon snorkeling. Fun fact: Musha Cay is owned by David Copperfield. Many of these islands are owned by distinguished celebrities. The lush tropical landscape and warm blue water make for the perfect island getaway. Perhaps most famous for its underwater statue Musha Cay is a popular snorkeling spot. Throw on a mask and snorkel down to the underwater mermaid statue. There you’ll find a mermaid perched on a bench with a real-life piano! 

onboard options

Your Private Yacht Vacation is all about you. That is why the Worth Avenue Yachts team ensures that each detail of your vacation exceeds your expectations. A full crew is ready to make this the best trip of your life. How you choose to spend your time onboard is up to you. For the adrenaline junkie, head to the beach club for some watersports. Our charter yachts come fully stocked with water toys such as Jet Skis, Sea Bob’s, and more. If you prefer to relax on vacation, nestle with a good book and a glass of wine as you watch the sun go down. The Worth Avenue Yachts team is proud to offer a bespoke charter experience from the moment you hop aboard to the moment you leave and for years to come.

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