The Exumas are some of the prettiest islands in The Bahamas. Shades of jade, aquamarine, and amethyst in deeper waters turn to transparent opal near sandy shores: The water and the land appear almost inseparable. Sailors and their crews like to stake out their own private beaches and tropical hideaways, and several vacation retreats have been built by wealthy Europeans, Canadians, and Americans. A spiny, sandy chain of islands, the Exumas begin just 35 miles (56km) southeast of Nassau and stretch more than 100 miles (161km) from Beacon Cay in the north to Hog Cay and Sandy Cay in the south.
These islands have not been developed like the Abacos and Eleuthera but they still have much to offer, particularly for the boaters. With crystal-clear waters on the west around the Great Bahama Bank, the 4,920-ft.-deep (1,500m) Exuma Sound on the east, uninhabited cays ideal for picnics, rolling hills, ruins of once-great plantations, and coral formations of great beauty. Although they're crossed by the Tropic of Cancer, the islands have average temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s (mid- to upper 20s Celsius).
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