By Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher ©2012
(first in a series)
The Bahamas conjures images of warm, seductive waters bearing so many shades of blue that naming them all is impossible. Swaying palm trees, rustling sea grape leaves, a hammock rocking in the breeze, all beacon the traveler searching for a tropical getaway.
Yet most people can only name Nassau and Freeport as Bahamian places, likely because of the casinos with mega resorts or cruise ships that bring untold numbers of passengers to play for the day
Actually, the Bahamas is chain of more than 700 islands and cays, (pronounced keys) that run for about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) from a point off the east coast of Florida almost to the island of Hispaniola at the edge of the West Indies. Most of the cays are small and uninhabited: some are privately owned; many contain communities with multi-generational families as their core; and a few have cities, like Nassau, the capital, with more than 225,000 people.
The Bahama islands are spread over 13,939 square kilometers (5,382 square miles), and the largest – Exuma at 532 square kilometers (211 square miles) – is one of the lesser known.
Nearly all of Exuma’s inhabitants would discourage us from telling the rest of the world about Great Exuma and neighboring Little Exuma, but this piece of paradise is too good not to share.
With a full-time population of only 3,500 in some 20 villages (George Town, with about 1,000 people, is the main port), Great Exuma remains gloriously undiscovered about 300 miles southeast of the Florida coast. The island is only 76 kilometers (47 miles) long and about seven kilometers (four and a-half miles) across at its widest point.
But it’s growing – in tourist appeal.
This is the first in a series about the Exumas – Great Exuma and Little Exuma, two islands connected by history, culture, location, and a little one-lane bridge. Be on the lookout for the others to follow, which in total will reveal why so many people are discovering this little piece of paradise.
And if you can’t get there soon, you can go on an armchair adventure called Great Exuma, a personalized ebook by YourNovel.com that lets you be the star in a romantic story about this friendly, romantic water wonderland.
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International Travel Examiners J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.