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ON THE COVER Cleopatra Turnquest

Tel: 336-2396 or 524-8396 homeinnovations275@hotmail.com

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8 Important Numbers 9 Welcome 10 Calendar of Events FEATURES 12 Exuma Considers the Future of Elizabeth Harbour 14 Island Routes makes a Splash in Exuma 40 Investing in Real Estate in the Out-Islands of the Bahamas In Every Issue 16 What to do 24 Marinas 26 Maps 32 Shopping 38 Dining 40 Real Estate 42 Where to stay 45 General Information Contributors Exuma Tourist Office, Cleopatra Turnquest Publisher M. Jane Braynen

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information

Important numbers

If you need assistance call Exuma Tourist Office: 336-2430 AREA CODE - 242

Airlines

American Airlines (MT)...........345-0124/5 Bahamasair (MT)........................345-0035 Gulfstream International Airlines (Continental Connection)...........345-0280 Sky Bahamas (MT).....................345-0172 US Airways (MT)........................345-0103 Watermakers Air.............. (954) 771-0330

Charters

Island Air Charter................800-444-9904 Shoreline Air Services (MT)........358-4065 Westerm Air...............................345-0300

ATMs

Taxis

Exuma Transit Services...............345-0232 Junior Taxi Service.....................336-2509 Leslie Dames Taxi Service...........357-0015 Bal Sound’s Taxi Service..............336-2375 Luther Rolle Taxi Service............345-5003 Patricia Wring #63.....................464-6168 Ken Nixon #61...........................422-7399

Private Medical Services

Exuma Dental Services...............358-4584 Island Med.................................336-2220 Peach House Vet.........................336-3006

Scotiabank Bahamas Ltd (GT) 336-2651/2 Scotiabank Bahamas Ltd. (EB)....336-4651 Royal Bank of Canada (GT).....336-3251/2 Bank of The Bahamas (GT).........336-3000

Mailboats / Shipping Co.

Bus Services

Visitor Services

Exuma Bus Service.....................554-3227

Car Rentals

Airport Car Rental (MT).............345-0090 Don’s Rent A Car (MT)...............345-0112 Exuma Transport (GT)...............336-2101 Thompsons Rental (GT).............336-2442 Joey’s Car Rental (EB).................357-0217 Sure to Shore (GT).....................336-3466

Scooter Rentals

Prestige Scooter Rentals (GT).....357-0066

Emergencies

Clinic (GT).................................366-2088 Clinic (S)....................................358-0053 Police (GT).................................336-2666 Police (FC).................................355-4034

Government Offices

Located next to Administrative Building, George Town

Post Office..................................336-2636 Customs.....................................336-2072 Port Department.........................336-2312 Administrators Office.................336-2166 Ministry of Works.......................336-2543 National Insurance.....................336-2533 Utility Companies George Town Electricity...................................336-2022 Telephone...................................336-2011 Cable..........................................300-2200 Water & Sewerage......................336-2863

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Grand Master................... (242) 393-1064 Bahamas Ferries............... (242) 336-3456 G & G Shipping (GT)................336-2359 Resource Center (GT).................336-2790 Directory Assistance............................ 916 Long Distance Operator.......................... 0 Exuma Tourist Office (GT).........336-2430


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elcome to Great Exuma, home of iconic events such as the National Family Island Regatta and the Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival. I truly hope you have a relaxed, fun-filled Bahamian experience during your visit. You are sure to fall in love with our island as you tour our quaint settlements and historic sites like old slave plantations, Loyalist tombs, the salt beacon and our first jail house. In addition, no trip to Exuma is complete without exploring our pristine beaches and coves of the mainland as well as our 365 cays. As you become acquainted with Exuma, this guide will assist you in navigating the many options that the destination has to offer. Increasingly, the choices available on the island are meeting every possible taste and preference. We are certain that many of our offerings will suit your particular liking. Exuma is also a place that is blessed with tranquility for those who need total rest and relaxation. Peaceful, secluded expanses of beaches are abundant. Moreover, their rolling waves are soothing and their cool breezes are medicinal. By far, however, our greatest natural resource is our people. Bahamians are known for being the warmest and most hospitable people in the world. Exumians, you will find, have a special brand of hospitality that is not easily matched. Without a doubt, they will add a special element of enjoyment to your stay. We wish you a wonderful visit with us in Exuma, and we look forward to having you here again in the near fture. Sincerely,

Charity Armbrister Director, Central & Southern Bahamas Exuma Tourist Office

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information

Calendar of events

Dates are subject to change. For more information contact Exuma Tourist office at (242) 336-2430

MAY 1st

JULY 10th

delicious cracked conch, scorched conch, conch salad, steamed conch, conch chowder, stewed conch and many other conch dishes will be on sale. Come see conch like you’ve never seen it before. Contact: Mr. Terry Bain ph. (242) 3554006/355-4017.

Roker’s Point School grounds, featurin plaiting of the Maypole, climbing the greasy pole and delightful Bahamian food. Contact Ms. Sandra Davis at (242) 336-2533.

Farmer’s Cay Conch Jamboree

Whit Monday Holiday weekend

21st – 24th Barraterre Festival and Regatta.

Three days of sailing. Experience delicious native dishes, Rake ‘n Scrape music, Hoopla, quadrille, Plaiting of the Maypole, native crafts on display and other exciting shows including the Marching Band and Talent Show. Contact: Ms. Mildred Lloyd at (242) 357-0786 or (242) 336-2677.

28th People to People Tea Party. It’s a

delightful afternoon of tea, pastries and Bahamian hospitality on Great Exuma. For further information, please contact the Exuma Tourist Office at (242) 336-2430.

JUNE

Junkanoo Summer Festival (TBD)

at the Fish Fry in George Town. A community fun day for visitors and Exumians featuring local and visiting bands, Junkanoo, kids sunfish sailing, boat building displays, arts and craft on sale, fish scaling and onion peeling contests and lots more.

4th Labor Day Fair St. Margaret Anglican

Church. Native dishes on sale, also games such as hoopla, bouncing castle and punch board for the kids. Contact: Daphne Rodriquez at (242) 336-2130.

3rd - 6th Labor Day Weekend Ramsey Homecoming. Entertainment

by D.J., kiddies’ corner, hoopla, punchboard. Native dishes such as crab and rice, macaroni and cheese and baked chicken. For more information, contact Mr. Barry Ramsey (President of Homecoming Committee) at (242) 345-7032.

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Independence Day Celebrations

10th Rolle Town Homecoming

Join the reunion of family and friends as they celebrate in a weekend filled with activities for all. Contact: ph. (242) 357-0538.

26th Full Moon Beer Festival Farmer’s Cay. \

Contact: Mr. Terry Bain ph. (242) 3554006/355-4017

Junkanoo Summer Festival

(TBD) at the Fish Fry in George Town. A community fun day for visitors and Exumians featuring local and visiting bands, Junkanoo, kids sunfish sailing, boat building displays, arts and craft on sale, fish scaling and onion peeling contests and lots more.

AUGUST Emancipation Day

July 30th – August 2nd Rolleville Regatta and Homecoming.

An exciting weekend of activities; native sloop racing, Talent and Beauty Pageant, fun run/walk, greasy pole climbing and lots more. Bahamian dishes on sale. Contact: Mr. Jeffery McKenzie ph. (242) 524-6284.

2nd Emancipation Day Black Point Regatta.

Native sloops take to the beautiful waters of Exuma in a long weekend of racing and exciting on-shore activities.

First weekend Staniel Cay Homecoming

Contact: Mrs. Bernadette Chamberlain ph. (242) 355-2043.


information

Calendar of events

Dates are subject to change. For more information contact Exuma Tourist office at (242) 336-2430

Regatta

First Friday Annual Forest Homecoming.

8th - 11th Hermitage Homecoming

Enjoy a fashion show, concert on the school grounds, beach picnic, church service and other family-oriented activities. Contact Mr. Lavon Ferguson ph. 358-8041.

Contact: Ms. Erica Williams ph. (242) 3362533.

13th - 5th Forbes Hill Homecoming

day and Friday, souse out, cookout on Saturday and Monday. Sunday the community worships at one of the churches. Enjoy the evening in concert and talent show. Contact: Ivan Rolle ph. (242) 358-7020.

A weekend full of activities for people of all ages. Thursday’s Souse-out kicks off the slate of events with DJ music, native dishes, and bush tea. At Friday and Saturday Fairs, there are, Fishin’ on the rock, marble shooting, needle and thread and straw plaiting competitions, as well as hoopla, bouncing castle, sack races for the kids and a whole lot more. The weekend climaxes with church service and beach picnic on Sunday.

8th - 11th Mt. Thompson Homecoming Thurs-

12th Hand Line Fishing Tournament –

Staniel Cay. Contact: Ms. Bernadette Chamberlain ph. (242) 355-2043.

23rd Fishy Fest Hand Line Tournament (23rd). The Fest opens the winter sea-

Little Farmer’s Cay. Exciting races to prepare young sailors for international competition.

son events. At Fishy Fest, visitors, locals and business owners alike will get the opportunity to purchase fresh fish, fruits and vegetables at Regatta Park at a special rate for one day only. Food vendors will be on site to preparing every FISH dish imaginable!

8th – 11th Williams Town Homecoming

29th - 30th Moss Town Homecoming

OCTOBER 4th - 7th

Annual Bahamas Sunfish Festival

Williams Town is the last settlement on Little Exuma. This quaint settlement celebrates its homecoming during the Columbus Day festivities. There are lots of prizes and surprised and fun for the whole family. Contact: Ms. Renée Styles ph. (242) 345-4016.

This weekend is packed with exciting activities for adults and kids alike. Watch as the famous Maypole is plait, there is bouncing castle, hoopla and lots more games. Don’t forget to purchase some good ole “down home” native dishes. Contact: Virginia Deveaux ph. (242) 345-0287. Exuma Visitors’ Guide

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A popular anchorage area. Stocking Island, Elizabeth Harbour.

Exuma Considers the Future of Elizabeth Harbour Sustainable development “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

– “Our Common Future” Brundtland Commission (1987)

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s The Bahamas sets its course toward sustainable development, Great Exuma has been given a great opportunity to contribute to this goal by demonstrating a better approach to taking care of the coastal marine environment. Elizabeth Harbour, Exuma’s largest body of protected water and the most popular cruising destination in the country, has been chosen by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to participate in the Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management (IWCAM) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) project. The Bahamas is one of thirteen participating SIDS. Other participating countries include Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Cuba, Grenada, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago. The IWCAM demonstration projects address the issues of diminishing freshwater supplies, degraded freshwater and coastal water quality, inappropriate land use, and

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Mr. Basil Minns describes the sensitive habitat areas found in Elizabeth Harbour. hygiene and sanitation that are common problems in Caribbean SIDS. The Bahamas is very dependent on the health of its most valuable natural resource, the marine environment, as it supports vibrant tourism and fishing industries, and a good quality of life. The IWCAM project is providing funding to address one of the issues causing degraded coastal water quality in Exuma, a major threat to the area’s seagrass and coral reef ecosystems. It is hoped that the lessons learned here can set an example for other Caribbean nations that wish to ensure sustainable use of their marine resources for future generations. In Exuma, a picture is indeed worth a thousand words. “People often have difficulty describing the beauty of the waters here with so many hues of turquoise and blue. Pat Smith with his mobile pumpout service boat.


A local student studies the fragile Elkhorn coral found in Elizabeth Harbour. We have to ensure that we sustain this beauty for years to come.” says Charity Armbrister, Ministry of Tourism Director of the Central & Southern Bahamas. “This project will maintain the cleanliness and beauty of our natural resources” adds Craig Parotti, Chairperson of the Elizabeth Harbour Management Partnership Steering Committee, the group that was formed locally to implement Exuma IWCAM project. The Steering Committee includes representatives from The Bahamas Water and Sewerage Corporation, the Department of Environmental Health Services, the Ministry of Tourism, the Port Authority, and Local Government as well as members of the general public and business community on the island. Their goal: to improve the water quality of Elizabeth Harbour through the installation of new facilities for the yachting community, including pumpout

Kids enjoy the water as the sun goes down. services, a new wastewater treatment facility to handle vessel waste, and moorings. The Bahamas Environment Science and Technology (BEST) Commission is handling project implementation matters in Nassau. IWCAM Project Coordinator for BEST, Sherlin Brown “is pleased that the Committee is working closely with us to complete the project in June.” Patterson Smith has taken initiative in starting Elizabeth Harbour’s first mobile pumpout service. “I was operating the water taxi in 1995 and 1996 and I saw the

need for it then with the amount of boats out there…I said I’ll try to get out there and get it done when the opportunity presents itself. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time.” says Mr. Smith. Right away, he realized the problem of not yet having a proper disposal facility on the island. He contacted Sandals Resort at Emerald Bay to ask for their assistance and now, this key partnership with Sandals has helped the project get off to a good start and provides a perfect example of how partnerships like this are critical for the success of integrated resource management efforts. Mr. Teddy Clarke, Exuma’s Chief Councilor is thrilled with the partnership and the project. “This is exactly what we needed and at the right time.”

The anchorages of Elizabeth Harbour attract hundreds of cruising boats every year. “The Elizabeth Harbour Management Partnership is looking at other upgrades to Elizabeth Harbour that it can work toward in the future,” said Mr. Parotti of other measures the committee is considering to improve the harbour such as better aids to navigation and the need for properly dredged channels for bigger vessels. For now, they are appreciative of the assistance they’ve received from the GEF and the support they are getting from Exumians and visitors alike. Together, with the support of the community, they hope to guide the sustainable development of Elizabeth Harbour to ensure her beautiful waters will impress many, many more people for a very long time. More information about the IWCAM Project can be found at www. iwcam.org. The Elizabeth Harbour Management Partnership can be contacted via email elizabethharbourmanagement@ gmail.com. Exuma Visitors’ Guide

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Island Routes Makes a Splash in Exuma

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rom the late 1700s to the turn of the century, Exuma flourished with the success of cotton culture. Today, the 120-mile locale of the Bahamas is comprised of over 300 small islands (cays) that now thrive with the success of the tourism industry. In comes Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours, a new tour company based in Jamaica that presents visitors with the ‘best of the best’ things to do and see in Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Jamaica, and now…Great Exuma, Bahamas. Island Routes truly has something for everyone—offering adventures that petition backpackers, lovers, anglers, and nomads with water sport adventures, island hopping, and private island getaways for two. AT LAND…AND AT SEA From deep-sea dives to bone-fishing expeditions, Exuma has a wide 14

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range of activities for people of all tour styles. For that extra-special vacation one will not soon forget, Island Routes is at your service with extraordinary land and sea adventures. The company offers travelers an experience like no other—a diverse range of activities amid acres of tranquility and delightful wonderment, all against the backdrop of secluded islands that await exploration. Try the Eco-Kayak Tour,

Snorkel & Starfish Beach Tour


With a vibrant and shifting history that seems to evolve with each coming year since its existence, Exuma and the cays of the area are experiencing a bursting change, one that is expected to progress with each coming year.

Shark Dive Tours a trip among the mangroves of Moriah Marine Park. The 007 Thunderball Tour allows guests to cruise in and out of 150 islets, snorkel the incredible Thunderball Grotto, and interact with the wild iguanas and docile sharks. While there are many adventures to explore at sea, Exuma also has a landscape ideal for enjoying activities on land. With Island Routes, one can learn about Bahamian culture and lifestyle while on the Bahamian Bus Tour, or inhabit a private island with a Castaway Getaway. AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE Just 35 miles southeast of Nassau, the majority of the Exuma cays are lush and plentiful, surrounded by coral reefs, colorful fish, and protective sandbanks—a perfect canvas for an Island Routes adventure. Located on this spectacular atoll, Island Routes adventures feature several unique surprises, including a pick up service and lunch at the acclaimed Royal Plantation resort. Island Routes’ unexampled standard of service excellence exceeds the norm of the tour industry, offering nearly 150 adventures in four different destinations as well as comprehensive insurance coverage and unmatched safety standards.

Island Routes - Exuma Choose from our many tours Eco-Kayak Tour 007 Thunderball Tour Brigantine Island Adventure Tour Deep Sea Sport Fishing Tour Snorkel & Starfish Beach Tour Eco Harbor Tour Reef Fishing Expedition Fly Fishing Expedition Shark Dive Tours (wreck and night) Bahamian Bus Tour Castaway Getaway www.islandroutes.com

Castaway Getaway

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what to do

Island Routes @ Sandals, Emerald Bay

what to do use this key for business locations

B - Barraterre • BP - Black Point • C - Curtis • CC - Compass Cay • EB - Emerald Bay FH - Farmers Hill • FrH - Forbes Hill • F - Forest • GT - George Town • H- Harts HW - Hartswell • FC - Farmers Cay • MT - Most Town • MtT - Mount Thompson R - Ramsey • RP - Rokers Point • RT - Rolletown • RV - Rolleville • St.C - Staniel Cay S - Steventon • SI - Stocking Island • SM - Stuart Manor • TF - The Ferry TH - The Hermitage • WT - Williams Town board the English trading ship named Attractions Peace & Plenty in 1783. Henry Flagler’s Cultural Sites grand nephew bought a house on Mount Thompson Packing House. Elizabeth Harbour and built a hotel there, Island produce is prepared for shipping to now the lounge area of Club Peace & Nassau by mail boat. Plenty.

Hermitage Tombs The Ferguson family from the Carolinas settled in the small settlement of Hermitage, after the American War of Independence. There are three tombs and a grave with different inscriptions. Rolle Town The Rolle’s live here. Actress Esther Rolle of the popular television show Good Times has descendants here. Club Peace & Plenty Lord Denys Rolle set sail for Exuma on

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Beacon on Stocking Island This beacon was used to guide ships out at sea to or around the 3 1/2 mile-long island. Rolle Town Tombs Laying in the middle of a secluded clearing in Rolle Town today, lay three tombs of Ann M. Kay, Alexander M. Kay and their infant child. Dated 1792. St. Andrew’s Anglican Church This old church, was built in 1802 and has a picturesque view that overlooks both Lake Victoria and Elizabeth Harbour.


what to do St. Christopher’s Anglican Church This church is the smallest church in The Exumas. It was built in 1939.

Kidd’s Cove Captain Kidd, a U.S. Navy officer visited this cove during the pirate era.

The Hermitage Here is where you’ll see old homes from the cotton plantation days. They were originally built by the Kelsall family in the late 1700s.

Allan’s Cay Iguanas One of the few places you can still find these fearsome looking, yet gentle lizards.

Elizabeth Harbour This 15-mile long harbour in George Town is a favourite of yachtsmen from all over the world. Regattas and sailing events take place here every year.

Salt Beacon This landmark was designed as a Tuscan (Roman) Column during the first half of the 19th Century. The Three Sisters Rocks A romantic mythical historic landmark. Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (see location on Exuma Cays Map Page 27) Call Ray Darville at 359-1821 The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park was created in 1958. This 176-square-mile park was the first of its kind in the world and is famous for its pristine beauty, outstanding anchorages and breathtaking marine environment. It is the first marine fishery reserve in the Caribbean. Accessible by boat only.

Beaches

The emerald and turquoise waters of The

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what to do Photo by Cleopatra Turnquest

Bahamas archipelago naturally form breath-taking beaches. Some beaches are: Secluded Tropic Of Cancer Beach Three Sisters Beach Coco Plum Beach Hamburger Beach Volley Ball Beach Exuma Cays Land And Sea Park

Bird Watching

Car /Scooter Rentals

Boating and Sailing

Diving

Amateur ornithologists will revel in sightings of the bird species unique to The Bahamas. The protected land parks as well as the local mangrove swamps are guaranteed to provide a once in a lifetime experience. Exuma Tourist Office 336-2430. Sailors will enjoy what the Exumas have to offer. There are numerous cays and coves which provide smooth sailing along various hues of blue and green water. You are sure to be delighted by coral reefs as well as the opportunity to swim on your own beach with no one else for company unless you want it. Minns Water Sports (GT)...........336-3483

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KEEP TO THE LEFT. Airport Car Rental (MT).............345-0090 Don’s Rent A Car (MT)...............345-0112 Exuma Transport (GT)...............336-2101 Thompsons Rental (GT).............336-2442 Sure to Shore (GT).....................336-3466 Joey’s Car Rental (EB).................357-0217 Dive Exuma................................357-0313 Turtle Divers...............................524-3305

Ecotourism

The quiet life of the Family Islands in general make an ideal vacation spot for those who are looking for something more indigenous with a real local flavour. Travelers looking for that something special will not


what to do be disappointed as they move throughout the settlements between George Town and Barraterre. Take a tour to Lake Victoria, check out the harbour and learn more about the local plants and bush medicine. Exuma Cays Adventures (GT)....357-0570 Exuma Watersports (GT)............336-3422

Entertainment

Check out the local entertainment provided at the various hotels and lounges. Bars & Lounges Dames’ Bar & Lounge.................345-0088 Club Peace N’ Plenty (GT)..........336-2251 Dancing Eddie’s Edgewater . ....................336-2050 Splash Bar & Grill (GT)..............336-2787 Take 1 Restuarant & Sports Bar..358-5050 Three Sisters (MT)......................358-4040 Exuma Palms Hotel....................358-4040 Fridays Only Scorpio Inn (BP).........................355-3003 Rolle’s Liquor Store (H)..............358-0043 Fresh Grilled Fish & Conch Da Trap Entertainment Lounge & Game Room........................336-3352 Port N’ Starboard Bar (GT).........336-2579 Sunset Bluff (GT)........................336-3147

Fishing

The Exumas are ideal for fishermen of varying tastes, whether you enjoy fishing in the shallows or trying your hand at deep sea fishing. Whatever your liking, something is sure to grab you, hook, line and sinker. Bonefishing Near to Great Exuma is an area commonly referred to as “flats”, where you will find an abundance of bonefish, grouper, snapper and lobster. It is in the flats where bonefishing takes place. Certified Bonefishing Guides Adrian “Bulley” Rolle..................355-5052 Alston “Rambo” Rolle............... 345-5555 Cely Smith ............................... 345-2341 Drescel Rolle ............................ 345-5025 John “Olie” McKenzie............... 358-7011 Marvin “Bandit” Adderley......... 358-8011 Reno Rolle................................ 345-5003

The Official Gamefish Chart of The Bahamas Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.

BLUE MARLIN WHITE MARLIN SAILFISH BROADBILL SWORDFISH DOLPHIN WAHOO KINGFISH MACKEREL ALLISON TUNA BLACKFIN TUNA OCEANIC BONITO BLUEFIN TUNA BONEFISH PERMIT TARPON AMNERJACK GROUPER SNAPPER BARRACUDA SHARK

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Excellent Good to Excellent

Good

Fair

Occassional None


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Kite-Surfing

Exuma Kite Surfing....................524-0523

Out-Island Adventures Steve Ferguson...........................345-0153 Peace & Plenty Bonefish Lodge..345-5555 The Cays Development...............336-2299 Deep Sea Fishing The Exuma Sound provides another type of fishing. With its 6,000-foot drop, you can look forward to trying your hand for the bigger marlin, sailfish and wahoo. Staniel Cay Yacht Club...............355-2024 Fish Rowe Charters....................357-0870

Fish Fry

Off Island Adventures.................524-0524 Also available KITE BOARDING Exuma Cays Adventures . ..........357-0390 Chat n’ Chill Adventures............336-2700 Roberts Island Adventures..........345-4266 Exuma Watersports Ltd 007 Thunderball Safari Tour (B).336-3422 or 357-0100 Four C’s Adventures (SM).........464-1720 Starfish.......................................336-3033 Reggae Boat Adventures............524-4039 G. Sea Adventures......................357-0441 Island Routes..............................336-6819 Out Island Explorers..................336-2246

Visit various shacks at the Fish Fry, George Town for a Bahamian experience and native food on the waterfront.

Kayaking

Exuma Watersports (GT)............336-3422 Palm Bay (GT)............................336-2797 Out Island Explorers..................336-2246 Island Routes..............................336-6819

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Sales & Service

Parts & Accessories, Fuel & Lubricants Marine Hardware, Paints, Cleaners Masks, Fins and Snorkels Dockage & Storage Boats up to 30ft Rentals: Boston Whalers & Power Cat

Tel: (242) 336-2604 email: info@mwsboats.com

Fax: (242) 336-3483 • P.O. Box EX-29020, George Town, Exuma, The Bahamas

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Pig Roasts

Every Sunday enjoy a deliciously seasoned smoked pig served Bahamian style at Chat-n-Chill. Located on Volleyball Beach, Stocking Island. Chat-n-Chill............. VHF 16 or 336-2700

Snorkeling

This is a popular sport can be experienced at any number of locations. Dive Exuma................................357-0313 Off Island Adventures.................357-0390 Exuma Watersports Ltd 007 Thunderball Safari Tour (B).336-3422 or 357-0100 Island Routes..............................336-6819

For more info call.......................357-0570 Exuma Tour by Christine Rolle...336-4016 Tour Operators Exuma Watersports Ltd 007 Thunderball Safari Tour (B).336-3422 or 357-0100 East Coast Busing Co..................345-4199 Exuma Transit Services...............345-0232 Bill Curtis...................................357-0270 Exuma Transport........................336-2101 Yumey & Suma Tour Balfour Bros. Scooter Tour & Rentals 336-2385 or 524-0832 or 428-9402 Bush Medicine Tours Take a bush medicine tour with Christine Rolle, the Island’s “bush medicine doctor”, to search the many herbal remedies that have been passed down through generations. Christine Tours...........................358-4016

Spas

Grand Isles (EB).........................358-5000 Red Lane Spa (Eb)......................336-6802

Watersports

Exuma Watersports Ltd 007 Thunderball Safari Tour (B).336-3422 or 357-0100

Stocking Island

A must see. Visit Stocking Island for half day or full day. Ferry leaves from Club Peace & Plenty at 10am and 1pm. Enjoy swimming snorkeling, shelling, windsurfing, hiking and volleyball on the long stretch of sandy white beach. A Wedding Breeze......................336-2700 Chat ‘N’ Chill.............................336-2700 Club Peace & Plenty...................336-2551 Dive Exuma................................336-2893 Exuma Cays Adventures.............357-0390 Off Island Adventures.................554-2768

Tennis

February Point Resort............336-2693/90

Tours

Island Tours Island Routes..............................336-6819 Dive Exuma................................357-0313 Exuma Transit Services...............345-0232 Rolleville Historic Tour...............524-4788 Roberts Island Adventures..........357-0224 Seaside Tours Bill Curtis...................................357-0270 Ecotours

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Weddings

February Point (GT)...................336-2661 Palm Bay Beach Club (GT).........336-2787 Grand Isles (EB).........................358-5000 Oceania Heights (MT)................345-0187 Sandals (EB)...............................336-6802 Peace & Plenty (GT)...................336-2251 Bougainvillea House...................345-0005 Island Destination Services ........336-4437 Unique Etiquette........................336-2711 A Wedding Breeze......................336-2700


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Exuma Cays How to Get Here

Travel by air from Pindling International Airport with Flamingo Air to Staniel Cay, Black Point or Farmers Cay or contact Stephen Smith with Shorline Air Services. Other charter flights are available see Pg. Travel by boat with Exuma Cays Adventures or Four C’s Adventures

Where to Stay

Barefoot By The Sea..................... 524-8114 at Royal Plantation Island Fowl Cay, VHF Ch. 16 Sampson Cay Club (SC............... 355-2034 Hotel Higgins Landing................ 357-0008 Staniel Cay Cottages (St.C).......... 355-2043 Staniel Cay Yacht Club (St.C)...... 355-2024

Other Info

There are no Banks in this area!

Blessings (St.C)........................... 355-2101 Compass Cay (CC)...................... 355-2137 Farmers Cay Yacht Club (FC)...... 355-4017 Royal Plantation Island................ 357-0095 Fowl Cay, VHF Ch. 16 Sampson Cay Club (SC............... 355-2034 Hotel Higgins Landing................ 357-0008 Long Bay Cottages (BP)............... 355-3064 Staniel Cay Cottages (St.C).......... 355-2043 Staniel Cay Yacht Club (St.C)...... 355-2024

What to Do

• Boating • Bonefishing • Deep Sea Fishing • Snorkeling • Spearfishing • Swimming • Tennis • Exploring • Water-Skiing, Sailing, Kayaking Tours Exuma Watersports Ltd 007 Thunderball Safari Tour (B).336-3422 or 357-0100 Four C’s Adventures...................464-1720

Where to Dine

Restaurants are located within each Marina or Resort. Enjoy! Compass Cay (CC)...................... 355-2137 Farmers Cay Yacht Club (FC)...... 355-4017 Exuma Visitors’ Guide

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Marinas

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Marinas

Elizabeth Harbour

Farmer’s Cay Marina

Compass Cay - 355-2137

The Marina at Emerald Bay

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B - Barraterre • BP - Black Point • C - Curtis • CC - Compass Cay • EB - Emerald Bay • FH - Farmers Hill • FrH - Forbes Hill • F - Forest • GT - George Town • H- Harts • HW - Hartswell • FC - Farmers Cay • MT - Most Town • MtT - Mount Thompson • R - Ramsey • RP - Rokers Point • RT - Rolletown • RV - Rolleville • St.C - Staniel Cay • S - Steventon • SI Stocking Island • SM - Stuart Manor • TF - The Ferry • TH - The Hermitage • WT - Williams Town Automobile Repair Nigel’s Auto Repair Shop...........464-1670 Auto Extreme Ltd. (GT).............336-2386 Exuma Repairs (GT)..................336-2596 Auto Marine Brown’s Auto Marine (GT).........336-2883 CNA Auto (GT).........................524-1736 Bakeriers Mom’s Bakery (WT)...................345-4662 Manor Bakery (SM)...................345-2313 Beauty Salons/Barbers Traineé’s Beauty Salon................336-2620 Total Transformation (FH).........358-4068 Sheanda’s House of Essence Beauty & Barber..................336-2869 Innovative Orginal Lines...........336-3239 Brianne’s Unisex Salon(GT).......336-2330 Books & Magazines Sand Piper Arts & Craft (GT)....336-2084 Mailboxes Etc. (EB)...................336-4100 Boutiques/Clothing Sand Piper Arts & Craft (GT)....336-2084 Guys & Dolls #2.......................358-4582

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Vision Enterprise (HB)..............336-2655 Airport Fashion (MT)................345-0250 Simply Beautiful (GT)................336-3314 Camera, Film Developing I & M Picture Perfect U.............423-6797 Personal Touch Studio...............336-3478 Contractors S&G Construction (GT)............345-4199 Super Sea Marine (GT)..............336-2822 “Clara”...a fresh water pearl necklace in espresso brown with red coral pendant and sterling silver accents. An exclusive designed by Amie Baranda-Bowe, Tel: 242-556-3032 or email: amie@gulfstreamfilm.com


shopping Customs Brokerage C. P. Morley Customs Brokerage (GT).......336-2188 Forbes Enterprises.....................336-2857 Arawak Imports.........................225-0905 Dry Cleaners Exuma Cleaners........................336-2038 Dancing Classes Yoga Dance Studio.....................336-3499 Diving & Snorkeling Gear Minns Water Sports and Boat Rental.............................336-3483 Top II Bottom............................336-2200 Fabric Crafts Espree.......................................336-3421 Florists Erika’s Floral Design..................336-3075 Lori & Dee Thompson..............524-3161 Garden Supplies Garden Creations (GT)..............336-2380 Gas Stations Shell Service Station (GT)..........336-2378

Grocery Stores Exuma Markets (GT).................336-2033 Smitty’s Convenience (HB)........336-2144 Shop Rite Mart (GT)..................336-2670 Adderley’s Convenience Store....358-8056 Emerald Isle Supermarket (EB)..336-4000 Heaven Sent Grocery Store........345-6115 Hardware Stores Darville Lumber Co.(GT)..........336-2114 Top II Bottom (GT)....................336-2200 Grog Pond Hardware (FH)........358-4147 Exuma Building Supplies..........336-2402 A.I.D (GT).................................336-2780 Heavy Equipment Super Sea Marine Co. Ltd. . ......336-2822 Rolle’s Redi-Mix & Heavy Equipment ............358-0025 Home Centers Exuma Home Center (GT)........336-2374 Tropical Accents & Gifts (GT)...336-2396 Marilyn’s Gift Shop (GT)............345-0321 A.I.D (GT).................................336-2780 Jewellery Tropical Accents & Gifts (GT)...336-2396

SHELL SERVICE STATION GEORGE TOWN

Art by Dianne Minns

SANDPIPER Arts & Crafts

SOUVENIRS • BAHAMIAN ARTS & CRAFTS CLOTHING • BOOKS • MAPS & CHARTS

Gas • Diesel Lubricants Water • Drinks

Tel: 242-336-2378 Prop. Brian Strachan

Pottery by Jessica Minns

Located across from The Peace & Plenty

Open 8:30am - 5pm

Closed Sundays & Holidays

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Internet Cafe Bal Sounds (GT)........................336-2375 Taylor’s (next to the direction sign GT) Forbes Enterprises (GT)............336-2857 Exuma Business Centre (GT).....336-2091 Laundromat L & D Laundromat....................358-0130 Liquor Exuma Liquor & Gifts (GT)......336-2101 John Marshall Liquor Store (GT).336-2771 Rolle Liquor Store (H)...............358-0043 Bristol Wines & Spirit...............336-2834 B G S Liquor Store.....................336-2900 CNK Liquor Store......................336-2145 Coconut Grove Liquor Store......358-0138 Marine Stores Top II Bottom............................336-2200 Super Sea Marine......................336-2822 Minnis Watersports...................336-3483 George Town Marina.................345-5116 Native Arts & Crafts THE YUMA ARTS ASSOCIATION Nancy Cole ..............................345-0074

Basil Minns . .............................336-2064 Bahama Blues Gallery........ 604-928-2091 Party Supplies Espree.......................................336-3421 Perfumes Tropical Accents & Gifts............336-2396 Pet Supplies Exuma Pets (GT).......................336-2079 Pharmacy Smitty’s Pharmacy......................336-2144 Photography Personal Touch Studio...............336-3478 Sandals & Shoes Guys & Dolls............................336-2582 Bountiful Bargains.....................336-3211 Sand Piper Art & Craft..............336-2084 Souvenirs Sand Piper Art & Craft..............336-2084 Top II Bottom............................336-2200 Tropical Accents & Gifts............336-2396 Storage Caroll’s Mini Storage..................336-2386

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Local Artist Cleopatra Turnquest Professional Photographer

I received my first camera on my twelfth birthday. In my younger years, I was probably the happiest girl alive! From then to now, I’ve always been fascinated by nature’s ability to calm, relax, rehabilitate and mesmerize. In 1995, I moved to Exuma and I simply couldn’t believe that an island with so much scenic beauty, and breathtaking, panaromic views, as well as the most perfect, white sandy beaches was practically unheard of to the rest of the world. It was like walking into “Photographer’s Heaven”. Seeing this was the moment of truth and at that time, I knew that Exuma was going to be my home - permanently! Exuma is, undoubtedly the place, where my husband and I would raise our children and I knew someday that i was going to share my picture - perfect photos, that I’ve taken over the years, with the rest of the world. I sincerely hope that the purchaser, enjoys my photographs as much as I’ve enjoyed taking them.

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dining

Outdoor dining at Grand Isle Resort & Spa

On Exuma’s Beautiful Waterfront Fresh Seafood Steaks l Spirits

dining

Located at the Emerald Bay Marina Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner

Pallappa Reservations: 336-6516

For Delicious Bahamian cuisine choose from the following eateries:

Sandals Emerald Bay...............336-6802 Great Exuma, Bahamas Queens Highway P.O. Box EX29023 Toll Free: 1-800-SANDALS Barefoot By the Sea Restaurant Royal Plantation Island For reservations, call...............524-8114 reservations@royalplantation.com Splash (GT).............................336-2787 Enjoy a fantastic selection of local favourites, signature specials, delicious island drinks, and full array of desserts. Exuma Palms Restaurant and Bar..............358-4040 Dine indoors or out in our oceanfront dining room and bar overlooking the beautiful Three Sisters beach. Enjoy traditional Bahamian dishes as well as standard fare. Children’s menu available. Daily specials. Our bar features tropical drinks and a relaxed atmosphere with 2 plasma TV’s. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Bar & Grill

Casual Island Cuisine Seafood X Steaks X Vegetarian Spectacular Waterfront Dining Public Welcome Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner Reservations: 358-5000 Located at


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Big D’s Conch Spot (S) • 358-0059 B, L & D Castaways Restaurant (MT) • 345-0248 B, L & D Chat ‘N’ Chill (SI) • 336-2700 L & D Cheater’s Restaurant and Bar (GT) • 336-2315 L & D Club Peace & Plenty (GT) • 336-2551 B, L & D Coconut Cove Hotel (GT) •336-2659 L & D Coco Plum Beach Bar & Grill (RV) • 554-3358 B, L & D Eddie’s Edgewater (GT) • 336-2659 B, L & D Exuma Palms Hotel • 358-4040 B, L & D Exuma Point Bar & Grill (RV) •345-6244 L & D February Point Bamboo Bistro (GT) • 336- 2400 L & D Foxy’s Pizza (MT) • 345-7112 L & D Grand Isle Resort & Spa • (EB) Pallappa • 358-5000 L & D Haulover Bay (RT) L Iva Bowe’s Rest. & Bar (R) • 345-7014 B, L & D Kermit’s Airport Lounge (MT) • 336-2579 B, L & D Marko’s Takeaway (GT) • 336-2545 B, L & D Neighbourhood Club & Rest. (H) 358-0070 B, L & D Oceanview Rest. Bar (RV) • 524-2679 L Peace N Plenty Bonefish Lodge (HW) • 345-5555 Runaway Bay (RV) •345-6279 - Sam’s Place (GT) • 336-2579 B, L & D Sandals (EB) • 336-6802 Barefoot by The Sea L&D The Drunken Duck D Bahama Bay B, L & D II Cielo B&D Dino’s Pizzeria 11am - 6pm Same Ole Place (B) • 355-5050 L & D Santana’s Grill Pit (WT) • 345-4102 L & D Splash at Palm Beach Club • 336-2787 Con.B, L & D St. Francis Restaurant & Bar (SI) • 557-9629 B, L & D Three Sisters Rest. & Bar ( ) • 358-7011 B, L & D Towne Cafe (GT) 336-2194 B & L

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Real Estate

Three Sisters Rocks, photo by Cleopatra Turnquest

real estate

Investing in Real Estate, in the Out-Islands of the Bahamas By Azaleta Ishmael-Newry

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ome of the most desired real estate in the world is available in The Bahamas and both locals and visitors seek after family island properties. Some important questions to ask suggests Jonathan P. Morris of Sotheby’s Realty in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera is to determine your lifestyle. “Do you wish to live on a beach or close to a marina for boating? Would you like a condo, a house or do you wish to build?” Whatever your desires, affordability and selection awaitsyou in Eleuthera. On the other hand, “If you wish to have a private island experience without the full responsibility of a private island owner,” said John Christie of HG Christie in Nassau, “it’s available at Children’s Bay Cay in Exuma.” The Bahamas has many licensed Bahamian real estate professionals to assist you. Wendy Rowe of Front Rowe Realty

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in Exuma suggests buying property that holds or increases in value. Although there are no strict criteria for purchasing land in tax-free Bahamas, there are certain fees that have to be paid and that information is available on her website or from HG Christie with the “International Landholding Act, 1993” or the Investor’s Guide that is published by their firm. When looking to invest in real estate in the out islands, there are many choices and opportunities available.

Real Estate Listings and website addresses

Bahamas Waterfront Properties.. 328-7777 www.bahamaswaterfront.com February Point.......................... 336-2661 www.februarypoint.com Front Rowe Realty (GT)............. 336-3440 www.frontrowerealty.com Dilly Crab Realty....................... 345-0400


real estate

Grand Isle Resort & Spa at Emerald Bay Contact the resort at 242-3585000, or sales associate Joe Scaggs at 561-350-3091. It’s not hard to see why so many want to call Grand Isle their home away from home. With amenities that dazzle, and among the most beautiful villas in the Caribbean, be sure to check out the 1,2, 3 & 4 bedroom villas available for purchase, with gorgeous views of the ocean and marina. On-site rental program, restaurant, luxury spa, world-class fitness and beautiful crescent beach.

HG Christie Ltd......................... 336-2274 www.hgchristie.com Oceania Heights........................ 345-0187 Ocean View Realty..................... 336-2443 Palm Bay Beach Resort.............. 336-2723 www.palmbaybeachclub.com Coldwell Banker........................ 336-2675 Sea to Sea Real Estate................ 336-2409 www.seatosearealestate.com Crab Cay................................... 554-3868 www.crabcay.com LPRE......................................... 357-0609 The Palms at Three Sisters.. 866-955-7256 www,palmsatthreesisters.com

Law Firms

HC Halsbury Law Chambers..... 336-2263 Gibson, Rigby & Co Chambers........................ 336-3485

Insurance Companies

Colina Imperial......................... 336-3128 British American........................ 336-2047 Insurance Management............. 336-2304 JS Johnson.............................. 336-2420/1

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where to stay

Mount Pleasant Suites Hotel

where to stay

Hotels Great & Little Exuma Augusta Bay (GT).......................336-2251 Barraterre Bonefish Lodge...........355-5052

Club Peace and Plenty............. 336-2551 Coconut Cove Hotel..................336-2659 February Point Resort Estates......................336-2661

Whether you’re ready to invest in your piece of paradise or simply planning a vacation getaway... Welcome Home

Palm Bay Beach Club On of of Elizabeth Harbour in Great Exuma, PalmPalm Bay Beach Onthe theshores shores Elizabeth Harbor in Great Exuma, Bay Club offers its offers villa owners and owners guests a and rangeguests of amenities includBeach Club its villa a range of ing a sandyincluding beach, twoa swimming pools, Jacuzzis, a full range of amenities sandy beach, two swimming pools, Splashsports, Beach and Bar and Grill.Beach Bar Jacuzzis, awatersports full range and of water Splash 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom styles are and Grill. Studio, available 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 for rent or purchase. bedroom villa styles available for rent or purchase. Located on Queen’s Highway Just 10 minutes from the airport. Shuttle bus service to town provided daily.

Local Tel: 242.336.2787 Toll Free:1.888.396.0606

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where to stay Exuma Palms Hotel....................358-4040 http://www.exumapalms.com

Grand Isle Resort & Spa......... 358-5000 http://www.grandisleresort.com Mount Pleasant Hotel, Suites & Villas................. 336-2960 Home away from home it’s the suite life. A cozy atmosphere keeps you coming back for more. Reasonable accommodations, it has a wonderful scenery and is close to the beach. Oceania Heights.........................345-0187

Palm Bay Beach Club & Spa...................... 336-2787 http://www.palmbaybeachclub.com Palm Bay Beach Club offers a sandy beach, two swimming pools, jacuzzis, a full range of water sports, Splash - our beach bar and grill, and shuttle service to George Town. The resort has over 70 well appointed beachside cottages and hillside villas. There is a choice of studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom villas all with either a full or partial kitchen. Our beachfront resort overlooks Elizabeth Harbour and Stocking Island. Located on Great Exuma island, the larg-

Comprising: Exuma Docking Services - 336-2578 Exuma Liquor and Gifts - 336-2101 Exuma Transport - 336-2101 Sam’s Place - 336-2579 Mt. Pleasant Suites Hotel Woods Estates Ltd. - 336-2101 Tel: 336-2960 VHF CH 16 - Sugar One • Fax: (242) 336-2023 Fax: 336-2964 email: exumadocking@yahoo.com or email: exumadocking@gmail.com Meeting all your vacation needs in Exuma for over forty years Exuma Visitors’ Guide

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where to stay est island of the 350 Exuma island chain, Palm Bay Beach Club hotel and resort is just seven miles from Exuma International Airport, one mile from the capital, George Town, and a short drive to the new Sandals Resort.

restaurant serving exquisite cuisine and a personal boat to explore neighboring islands.

St. Francis Resort........................557-9629 http://www.stfrancisresort.com

Sandals Emerald Bay..................336-6802 Great Exuma, Bahamas Queens Highway P.O. Box EX29023 Toll Free: 1-800-SANDALS The gem of Great Exuma, Sandals Emerald Bay is the first and only all Butler resort with oceanfront rooms, suites and villas. Experience five world-class restaurants, an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course, a deepwater marina and a 16,000 sq. ft. Red Lane® Spa.

Royal Plantation Island by Sandals at Fowl Cay Steve Huggins....... 357-0095 or 355-2043 Coordinates: 24 11’0 N, 76 28’0 W VHF: Channel 16 Toll Free: 1-800-48-ROYAL Your 50-acre, private Bahamian Island awaits! Boasting six gorgeous one, two, and three bedroom villas featuring a fully-stocked kitchen and elegant island décor. Enjoy secluded beaches, a hilltop

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Peace & Plenty Bonefish Lodge (RT)..............345-5555 Regatta Point (GT)......................336-2206 The Cays (MT)...........................336-2299 Marshall’s Guest House (GT)......336-2694 Sapphire Garden Town Houses (GT)..................336-2442 Club La Shante (Forbes Hill)......345-4190 The Village at Hoopers Bay Hoopers Bay Villas (HB).............429-0236 Master Harbour (RT)..................345-5076 Villas at Pretty Molly Bay............336-2697

The Exuma Cays Blessings (St.C)........................... 355-2101 Compass Cay (CC)...................... 355-2137 Farmers Cay Yacht Club (FC)...... 355-4017 Sampson Cay Club (SC).............. 355-2034 Hotel Higgins Landing................ 357-0008 Long Bay Cottages (BP)............... 355-3064 Staniel Cay Cottages (St.C).......... 355-2043 Staniel Cay Yacht Club (St.C)...... 355-2024


information

General information

For urgent assistance while you stay in The Bahamas & Exuma Call the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Helpline at (242) 326-HELP (4357) ATM Machines Visitors to Exuma can get cash 24 hours a day. ATM’s Operated by RBC Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank (Bah) Ltd and Bank of the Bahamas in George Town provide convenient banking services 24 hours a day. Banking Hours Banks are open Monday-Thursday 9:30a.m.-3:00p.m. Fridays 9:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Entry Requirements Airlines Arrival: Each visitor must fill out a Bahamian Immigration form and retain the detachable portion for departure. Customs declarations are oral. See Bahamas Customs this section. Departure: Departures to US must go through US Customs pre-clearance. Boats: A fee of $150 is payable for entry for boats 35 feet and under and $300 for boats 36 feet and over. This fee is valid for two entries during a 90-day period. This includes government taxes and fishing permits for four (4) persons. Each additional person is charged $15. Upon arrival at the port of entry, visitors must clear Entry Requirements for Air Travellers to the United States Effective Oct. 1, 2007, U.S. Citizens traveling by air to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda must present a passport or other WHTI-compliant documentation to enter or depart from the United States. It is always strongly recommended that U.S. Citizens verify the specific documentary requirements for their destination country. For more information visit: www.bahamas.com

Customs and immigration. The flying of a yellow quarantine flag will notify Customs of your arrival. Until the vessel is cleared, no one except the captain is allowed to leave the boat. All passengers must have proof of citizenship and fill out an immigration card. If you have a fire arm on board, this must be declared to Customs along with serial number, manufacturer and exact count of ammunition. The firearm cannot be taken ashore unless permission is obtained from the Bahamian police before hand. General Information Bahamas Ports of Entry Abaco government docks at Green Turtle Cay, Marsh Harbour, Sandy Point, Walkers Cay, Grand Cay, Spanish Cay and the Treasure Cay marina. Andros government docks at Congo Town, Fresh Creek and San Andros. Berry Islands government dock at Great Harbour Cay, Great Harbour Cay Marina and Chub Cay Club Marina. Bimini government dock at Brown’s Marina, Sea Crest Marina, Bimini Big Game Club, Bimini Blue Water Marina. Cat Cay Cat Cay Club Marina. Eleuthera government docks at Governor’s Harbour, North Eleuthera/Harbour Island, Rock Sound, Spanish Wells. Exuma government dock at George Town. Grand Bahama docks at Freeport Bell Channel Marina, Port Lucaya Marina Village, Freeport Harbour, Running Mon Marina, Xanadu Marina, government dock at West End. Inagua government dock at Matthew Town. Long Island Stella Maris Marina. Mayaguana government dock at Abraham’s Bay. New Providence/Nassau Arawak Cay, Bayshore Marina, Brown’s Boat Basin, Clifton Pier, Coral Harbour Marina, East Bay Exuma Visitors’ Guide

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information Yacht Basin, Hurricane Hole Marina, John Alfred Dock, Kelly’s Dock, Lyford Cay Marina, Nassau Harbour Dock West, Union Dock. Ocean Cay Dock. San Salvador government dock, Cockburn Town Church Services The Bahamas prides itself on its religious and spiritual traditions and Exuma is no exception. Feel free to worship with a congregation of your choice. Some churches are: St.Margaret’s Anglican Church, Harts Sunday Mass at 8am St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Ebenezer Union Baptist Church St. John’s Baptist Church St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Communications Local Radio Station The Breeze - 98.3FM.......... 358-7201/2 and ZNS 1540 AM The Breeze Newspaper - debuts every month. Local and national programming and advertising. 24 hours broadcast. Currency Local currency includes a 1/2 dollar, 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar bills. Exchange Rates The Bahamian dollar is pegged to the US dollar. There is a conversion fee charged at the banks Exuma Tourist Office Director: Ms. Petherina R. Hanna Exuma Tourist Office Tel: 336-2430, The Exuma Tourist Office is a tourist information center. If you have any queries or comments, please come visit our office. Our friendly and helpful staff is waiting to assist you. Health The Ministry of Health operates the Government Clinic in George Town. In cases where emergencies or more medical services are needed patients are flown to Princess Margaret Hospital or Doctors Hospital in Nassau. Illegal Items Strict laws and penalties apply for posses-

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sion of dangerous drugs and firearms. Any drugs considered dangerous including marijuana brings stiff fines and even jail terms if found in the possession of unauthorized persons. Immigration An immigration card is issued to all visitors to The Bahamas upon arrival. Once you have filled out the top section, the bottom part is returned to you for use upon your departure. Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable. Citizens of the US, Canada and the UK do not require a passport if their stay is less than three weeks. However they are required to have a photo identification, birth certificate and a return ticket. Please note that the back of the immigration card provides the Ministry of Tourism with an excellent opportunity to sample our visitors and receive their feedback. This enables us to provide a first rate travel experience for our visitors. As of December 2006 American citizens need passports to reenter United States. Postage The post office is situated in George Town and provides services for airmailing to North America, Europe and the rest of the world. Services are also available for regular surface mail along with courier services using Federal Express, by Mailboxes Etc. and DHL by Top II Bottom. Postcards are 65 cents to US, UK and Canada. Airmail letters (one-half ounce) 75 cents for US and Canada, 80 cents to Europe Shopping Hours Store hours vary. Most stores open Monday-Saturday 9a.m-5:30p.m. Closed on Holidays and Sundays. Grocery stores open on Sunday from 8a.m-11a.m. Taxes There is no sales tax in The Bahamas. However, there are other forms of taxes that may apply during your trip to The Bahamas. Hotel room tax of 6%-12% will be added to your bill at time of check out.


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Exuma Visitors Guide, April 2010  

A visitors guide to the island of Exuma, The Bahamas

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