Little Exuma is only twelve square miles. It is here that scenes from two of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies were filmed.
Little Exuma summers are hot and humid, and the winters are very comfortable, mostly clear, and windy year-round. The temperature typically varies from 70°F to 88°F and is rarely below 65°F or above 90°F. Although the island isn’t in hurricane alley, it does get tropical storms.
Little Exuma: Things to see and do
- Eat at Santana’s Grill Pit, an open-air beach shack restaurant. Local favorites include cracked lobster, cracked conch, shrimp, grilled grouper, peas and rice, and macaroni and cheese.
- Visit the salt lake near Williams Town. Here, salt was once harvested and shipped abroad.
- Hike old footpaths and look for ruins of old plantation buildings such as the Hermitage Estate.
- Stand on the line that marks the Tropic of cancer at the Tropic of Cancer Beach, also called Pelican’s Bay Beach.
- Explore Moriah Harbour Cay National Park. The marine environment includes many habitats, including dunes, pristine beaches, mangrove creeks, and seagrass beds.
- Spend the afternoon at Forbes Hill Beach, a lovely secluded beach. There’s some good snorkeling here
is the southernmost settlement on Little Exuma. This quaint town is best known for its ruins of a former plantation home and a nearby beach that is touted as one of the region’s most stunning stretches of sand. Watch local fishermen bringing in their catches and see the haunting remains of the town’s salt lake.
Check out the unusual Salt Beacon, located on the Queen’s Highway on the outskirts of William’s Town. This 30-foot-tall (9-meter) Tuscan-style pillar was built in the 18th or 19th century to help guide ships to the salt port. Exuma’s salt-raking industry flourished for hundreds of years until refrigeration was developed in the 20th century. Look for a small plaque describing the beacon, as well as a lone cannon once used to defend the site against pirates.
The land at the base of the Salt Beacon is an excellent lookout point, offering views over the ocean and inland to the Great Salt Pond. Look over this eerie body of water, where salt was harvested before overseas shipment.
Don’t miss the picturesque hilltop ruins of the Hermitage, an 18th-century cotton plantation. The Hermitage spans 970 acres (390 hectares) and is the last surviving example of many plantations once dotted across the Exumas. Look for wild cotton growing around the property, a reminder of the slaves who once worked on the land.
The Forbes family first settled in Forbes Hill, and a small farming community now lives there.
The closest marina to Little Exuma is on Great Exuma Island.
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