Georgetown Bahamas (the capital as well as the largest city in the Exuma islands) is right on the Tropic of Cancer. This means that the sun smiles down on Georgetown almost all year round. This peaceful and quiet seaport is a much frequented stopover port for yachters. However, you don’t need to be a yachtsman or a sailing fanatic to enjoy this city. Aside from fishing and bonefishing, the waters of Georgetown are also perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving escapades.
Georgetown Bahamas Onshore Activities
Onshore activities also await you in Georgetown Bahamas. Stroll on your own or join a walking tour to check out the city. The Georgetown Straw Market, St. Andrews Anglican Church, the Government Administration Building, and Lake Victoria are places of interest that should be on your list.
• Do your shopping at the Georgetown Straw Market.
In addition to the genuine Bahamian crafts – bags, hats, baskets, and dolls made from braided and decorated dried palm and leaves of sisal plant – you will also find a wide assortment of sun hats, souvenir shirts and beach must-haves for sale in this straw market. Mouth-watering and freshly harvested tropical fruits such as papaya, avocado, and watermelon (depending on which is in season) are also sold here.
Have you ever wondered how it feels to have braided hair? Georgetown Straw Market has expert hair braiders who can beautifully braid your mane in no time.
• Check out the Government Administration Building.
When it comes to architecture, the Government Administration Building is a must-visit in Georgetown. The structural design of Nassau’s Government House was the inspiration of this pink-and-white government building.
• Stop by St. Andrew’s Anglican Church.
Although the Exuma islands have a colorful history, there are only a few historical places of interest in Georgetown Bahamas. St Andrew’s is a more-than-a-century-old church on Kitt’s Hill. From there, visitors get a great view of Lake Victoria and Elizabeth Harbour. St. Andrew’s Anglican Church is undoubtedly the most eye-catching structure in Georgetown.
• Enjoy a leisurely walk or boatride on Lake Victoria.
At some stage on your leisurely walk, take time to explore the local shops and restaurants around Lake Victoria. Don’t miss sampling some Kalik (local beer) and cracked conch.
Bahamas Resorts: Where to Stay When in Georgetown, Bahamas?
Below are Georgetown Bahamas resorts that have received positive reviews from their previous guests.
• Hoopers Bay Villas Exuma
Experience the Out-Island Bahamas life of peace and relaxation in Hoopers Bay Villas Exuma. You will find their multi-colored cottages less than 10 minutes (along Queens Highway and Garden Road) from Georgetown Airport.
These cottages have front and back verandas where guests can laze around. Their kitchens are equipped with basic conveniences such as toasters, microwaves, and dishwashers. Guests can wash off the salt water from their bodies without having to go inside their cottage since all cottages have outdoor showers.
Hoopers Bay Villas Exuma guests have free Wi-Fi access as well as free use of the Cable TV and DVD player. They are also be provided with towels and chairs. Guests may also borrow bicycles, kayaks, and snorkeling gear from the resort (subject to availability).
• Hideaways at Palm Bay
Hideaways at Palm Bay is located at Jolly Hall Bay, Queens Highway. Guests are bestowed with a view of either the alluring Atlantic Ocean or picturesque hills. Hideaways at Palm Bay has an outdoor pool. It also has a bar and a restaurant which serves tasty Caribbean cuisine.
All of their rooms are fully air-conditioned and well-decorated. Each room has a balcony with seating space and a small kitchen area furnished with a microwave, a coffee machine, and a fridge.
Guests may use Hideaways’ paddle boats and kayaks free of charge. Transport service to the city center is provided for free as well. Guests will have no problem getting to the city center.
Wi-Fi access and water sports amenities – as well as babysitting, tour and concierge services – are available for a fee.
• Club Peace and Plenty
Situated on Elizabeth Harbour and just a mile away from Stocking Island, Club Peace and Plenty’s private balconies offer their guests a great view of the lovely Stocking Island, the hotel’s outdoor pool, or the harbor.
Take pleasure in the modest and cozy accommodations that this resort offers. Whichever type of accommodation a guest books, they will get an air-conditioned room with satellite TV and a fridge.
In this resort, you can whet your appetite for sumptuous local cuisine (e.g. grits and conch burgers) in their gourmet restaurant, quench your thirst for cocktails and good wine in their bars, and loosen your tight muscles by taking advantage of their in-room massage service.