After crossing the Gulf Stream and making it in and out of Nassau Harbor, the next step on our journey are the Exumas Cays of the Bahamas. Exuma sound has spectacular water colors and ideal sailing conditions. Even with winds around 20 knots, there’s barely a ripple on the water in the Sound. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park have 12 or so Cay’s that lie within the park. There are creeks, caves, hiking trails, pigs, and amazing reefs. The “no-take” rule within the park has allowed fish populations and reefs to flourish. It is said that even if you take a few months to explore the Exumas, one couldn’t possibly see all that it has to offer. It is also highly recommended to take your time island hopping through.
Beyond the amazing reefs, spectacular waters, and unique landscapes, it is summer time – the slow season in the Bahamas. A lot of the time it was only us or maybe another boat at the various anchorages we visited. Often there were nurse sharks or lush reefs right off the stern of our boat. The mangrove creeks are crystal clear water unlike I’ve ever seen in Florida. The park has several mooring balls on various islands and beaches that are just unbelievably beautiful. There are sand bars and coral gardens throughout. Without a doubt the Exumas are one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.