Exuma is comprised of 365 small islands, each with its own wonders to explore. Before you pack your bags, it’s important to know how you’ll be getting around down there.
There are taxis available on the two main islands, Great Exuma and Little Exuma, which are connected by a bridge. Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself sharing a ride with other, it’s perfectly common here! If you’re staying at a hotel, most will be able to arrange taxis for you when needed.
If you’re planning on a lot longer trip, or aren’t staying in a hotel, consider renting a car to get around. While the islands may seem small, Great Exuma is actually pretty long. There aren’t any major North American car rental agencies in Exuma, but Exuma Transport has a good reputation on the island.
If you’re driving keep in mind that there are only two gas stations on the island. One is near Exuma International Airport and the other in Farmer’s Hill. They are generally open Monday-Saturday from 8am-5pm and Sunday from 8am-12pm. Make sure you’re topped off before they close!
A lot of the Exuma islands can only be accessed by boat. There are ferry services between some of the closer islands, like Great Exuma and Stocking Island. Boats can be rented for entire days, or for just drop offs. For tourists, most people book excursions to different islands, to see the swimming pigs for example, where boats are obviously included.
Certain areas of the Exumas are made for walking. George Town, the capital, and largest city is one of these areas. A taxi may be required to get to and from there, depending on where you are staying, but some hotels offer shuttle services Once there, feel free to explore on foot. On the cays, walking is usually the preferred and only method of travel so get ready for some exploring!
Bicycles and scooters are available for rent in certain locations. These modes of transportation are perfect for people staying near George Town but just outside of walking distance. There aren’t any bikes lanes on the island though, so look out for cars.
Golf carts are available to rent in some areas on Exuma. Staniel Cay and Black Point have rental locations. Golf carts are common, but they sure are fun to speed around in. They are faster than bikes or walking too.
There are multiple ways to get around the Exuma Islands depending on your needs and wants. The locals are extremely friendly to visitors and are happy to give advice and directions when needed. Most hotels and resorts will be able to arrange whatever transportation is needed for you.