THE EXUMAS : Exuma and her outlying cays offer perhaps the most diverse range of real estate in the Bahamas chain of islands.
From opulent homes with sweeping views of the exquisite turquoise sea of Exuma to lazy island houses, this is truly a second home paradise.
Head west of historic George Town on the island of Great Exuma and you'll pass lots of pretty homes painted in the colours of the Exuma islands. You'll get to Hooper's Bay, which hosts one of the finest powder white sand beaches in the Bahamas.
Overlooking this is Blown Away, a beautifully designed home located within the enclave known as the Reserve at Hooper's Bay.
The Reserve offers ten prime lots in a gorgeous, secluded waterfront location convenient to the Exuma international airport and with the most beautiful beaches imaginable at your fingertips.
To the east of George Town, Little Exuma is joined to Great Exuma by a bridge. This is a delightful island of small villages and lovely seaside homes.
Fancy a private island? Big Darby Island offers 554 acres in the amazing Exuma Cays. With elevations up to 87', it has over 14 beaches, 2 miles of seafront and a "castle"! Contact one of our Exuma real estate agents if you're interested in finding a home here.
Welcome to Exuma
When you visit Exuma something magical happens. Robert Wilder felt it when he wrote Wind from the Carolinas, the story of the wealthy plantation owners who emigrated to Exuma after the American Revolution.
The owners farmed cotton on their Exuma real estate. The extraordinary turquoise colour of the sea of Exuma is why world travelers like Jacque Cousteau, Jimmy Buffet, and the Royal Family have been lured to its shores.
This 365-island chain stands out as the jewel among Bahamian islands, its beauty difficult to match.
Exuma real estate is some of the most spectacular in the Bahamas. A sea kayaking and sailing paradise, Exuma has deserted white sand beaches and gin clear waters in the most exquisite shades of turquoise imaginable.
The Cays (pronounced keys), as Bahamians call them, stretch over 120 miles. The two main islands - Great and Little Exuma - are located on the southern tip.
Exuma real estate typically comprises local homes, vacation homes and vacant land. Exuma is home to the Land and Cay Park, which is managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Created in 1958, this 176-square mile land and sea park is the first of its kind in the world and is famous for its virgin beauty, incredible anchorages and pristine, breathtaking marine environment.
The Exumas are known for their thousands of miles of beaches, sailing regattas and fishing. The economy of Exuma was built on cotton plantations, salt mines and piracy. Today tourism plays a leading role.
Real estate in the Exumas started to take off in the 1990s. Although much of the Exumas remain uninhabited, the cays are sprinkled with second homes.
In 2010, Sandals Resorts International opened the five star Emerald Bay Resort in Great Exuma. In fact, Sandals CEO Adam Stewart Emerald Bay as the "crown jewel" in the Sandals chain of hotels. Why? It sits on the most gorgeous piece of Exuma real estate imaginable. The resort and golf course sit on a sugar white sand beach, kissed by the incredible crystal clear turquoise with breathtaking views of the hills of Stocking Island across Elizabeth Harbour.
This Exuma real estate is really outstanding. Exuma property has increased in price as that chain of islands has become very popular. There are beautiful pieces of real estate on the Exuma market.
For further information, contact one of our Exuma real estate agents on the island of Great Exuma.
Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty's real estate agents are members of the Bahamas MLS, a branch of the Bahamas Real Estate Association.
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