The Exumas, an archipelago of 365 cays and islands in the Bahamas, are an exotic collection of dream destinations including February Point, a popular master-planned gated community located on Great Exuma, within walking distance of George Town. The Exumas are now even easier to get to as Delta Air Lines has recently announced it will increase its nonstop flights from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to George Town, Exuma.
Starting in December, the three flights per week will be increased to daily service. Delta’s Atlanta to George Town (Exuma International Airport) schedule:
Flight DL5607 departs Atlanta (ATL) at 10:05 a.m. and arrives in George Town (GGT) at 12:35 p.m. Daily. This is effective beginning December 19, 2015.
Flight DL5606 departs George Town (GGT) at 1:24 p.m. and arrives in Atlanta (ATL) at 3:55 p.m. daily. This is effective beginning December 19, 2015.
Surrounded by gin-clear water and protected from the Atlantic winds and surf by Stocking Island, February Point offers an out-island lifestyle unlike any other. With so many cays and islands, both inhabited and uninhabited, to discover – residents of the community enjoy yachting, sailing, diving, and coral reef and cave exploring.
Each of the Exumas’ three major areas: Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays – provides its own unique Bahamian experience. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their laid-back surroundings, while the Exuma Cays boast numerous private estates, luxury resorts and beachside condos and are a haven for yachters.
A popular activity is to swim with the “domesticated” pigs that live on the uninhabited Big Major Cay. While it is uncertain on how this pack of pigs came to live on the island, they have become the welcoming committee for visitors arriving at the island, by swimming out to their boats. Visitors who venture out to join the pigs in the water get the opportunity to swim and play with them. Among the most recent celebrities to enjoy the unusual and unique pastime are actress Gabrielle Union and her husband, the Miami Heat’s star basketball player Dwayne Wade.
For those interested in exploring the authentic Bahamian culture, in George Town there is the famous Chat ‘N’ Chill bar; a volleyball beach bar and grill that is an international playground for visitors from around the world. At the popular spot, guests enjoy the casual laid-back atmosphere, menu of grilled island foods, tropical drinks, six volleyball courts and over 1,000 feet of pristine white-sand beach. Also shoes are never required. An “out island” in of itself, Chat ‘N’ Chill is accessible only by boat or seaplane. Ranked by TripAdvisor visitors as a top-five activity in The Exumas, it is an experience not to be missed.
Another not-to-be-missed attraction is the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park. The park spans 22 miles and is the first park of its kind in the world, offering some of the best snorkeling and diving in the country. For those preferring land activities there are hiking trails and birding sites.
For the more adventurous, there are opportunities to swim with dolphins and sharks! Back on the mainland in George Town, visitors have their pick of local artwork at the popular Sandpiper Arts & Crafts shop, which is filled with authentic Bahamian souvenirs. Shoppers can also peruse the Straw Market which features items from individual vendors and artisans ranging from straw goods, including beautiful baskets, to other handcrafts such as jewelry and art.
Set amid so much beauty, February Point offers a home port in one of the most picturesque locations in the world. Privacy is cherished, and the main island has been a haven for celebrities for years. Frequent visitors over the years have included Princess Margaret, Jackie Onassis, Jessica Tandy and Sigourney Weaver. Celebrities who have fallen in love with the region and have purchased their own cays include: Johnny Depp, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Eddie Murphy, David Copperfield, Eddie Irvine and Tyler Perry.
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