The Bahamas Island Your Cruise Company Doesn't Want You To Know About
Turquoise water laps at white sand beaches across the 700+ islands of the Bahamas. Year-round sunshine soaks into the souls of locals and tourists alike, making it the ultimate cure for seasonal depression. And, as is the case with most mouthwatering destinations across the globe, The Bahamas has become a go-to stop for almost every cruise line.
Although 100-acre water parks and all inclusive excursions are nothing to be sneezed at, in order to truly experience the intoxicating culture of the Bahamas, you have to venture out of the tourist traps and enter a world where the answer to every question is, “ya mon” and the go-to dress code is “no shirt, no shoes, no problem.”
The “renaissance man” of the of the Bahamas is Staniel Cay - well-rounded and well-liked you’ll be hard pressed to find something bad to say about this island.
Although home to just about 100 people, Staniel Cay, Exuma has enough going on that your family's beach bum, fishing fanatic, and adventure junkie will feel as if the vacation was tailor-made for them.
Fun For the Whole Family
Of the 365 islands that make up the Exuma chain, Staniel Cay is one of two that are occupied by humans. But those unoccupied islands are far from deserted; swimming pigs and grape-loving iguanas have laid claim to two of the islands that make for fantastic day trips. Rent a boat for the day or grab a seasoned guide to take the (under ten minute) ride over to pig beach. Pro-tip: Don’t forget bread, it’s like showing up to a dinner party with no wine - the hosts may be less friendly and you’ll end up wanting to borrow from someone else’s supply.
Get Your Thrills In
While you’re on the water, send your adventure junkie on a snorkeling expedition. The schools of vibrant fish at Thunderball Grotto are as laid back as the locals, and make great subjects for photos. From the surface, you only see a rocky protrusion, but underwater is a scene deemed worthy by Hollywood - making a cameo in Bond's 007 and other films.
Cast Your Line
Staniel has something for every fishing flavor, deep sea or in the turquoise shallows- you really can’t go wrong. Have a local guide take you bonefishing. Explore the surrounding islands, where your guide can spot the school of bonefish with a naked eye. The beauty of this is that you know 100% that you will not be drowning bait - and these guys put up a big fight.
Beach Bums Rejoice
You could easily spend days exploring the many beaches of the island. Although they are different sizes and shapes, you can count on clean white sand and inviting crystal-clear water. Try your hand at paddle boarding, shell searching, and kayaking.
Last, but certainly not least, is the food and drink: enjoy some catch of the day on the yacht club's sun-soaked deck, enjoy white tablecloth dinners in the dining room, burgers by the pool table, and leave the watch at home. The only clock that matters is hung above the bar, scribbled with the slogan “who cares, you’re already here.”
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