Last month we spent another wonderful week in the Bahamas, where we stayed on a very secluded beach on Little Exuma. In December 2013, we stayed on Stocking Island in the Exumas and literally started planning our trip back before we had even returned from vacation.
We rented a house called Quinta Vida which was one of only three houses on this stretch of beach. During our stay, the other two homes were vacant and so we had the beach to ourselves. The water temperature in May was definitely a lot warmer and Lily’s teeth weren’t chattering with every dip in the ocean. We are adventurous vacationers, but this house was really off the beaten path. The “road” was a bit difficult to traverse in our Kia rental, but it was well worth it!
Hiking across some rocks along the beach, we discovered the Tropic of Cancer beach which was absolutely pristine and beautiful. It is probably the only beach I’ve seen that has made me spend some time investigating property for a possible retirement home. We managed to swim out to the island in the photo below, tugging Lily along in a small raft.
We took an all-day bout tour and saw some of the many other Cay’s (pronounced Key’s) in The Exumas. We fed the swimming pigs.
We fed the iguanas. Next time, I am purchasing surf shirts for the whole family since Lily stayed burn-free during the 9+ hour boat tour. My shoulders? Not so lucky!
We snorkeled. We discovered sea stars and sand dollars and baby live conch shells on a 4 mile long sand bar in the middle of the ocean. It was surreal to walk around surrounded by the deep blue waters on eat side.
We ate freshly made conch salad. We swam with nurse sharks. It was a bit nerve-wrecking when they would glide between your feet in the slightly murky water. This is honestly the cloudiest water we ever saw in the Bahamas due to all the sharks stirring up the sand.