George Town / Elizabeth Harbour, Great Exuma Island, Exumas

Settlements:
Mid & South Great Exuma, including Stocking Island and Elizabeth Harbor. George Town, February Point, Fish Fry, Flamingo Bay, Hoopers Bay, Moss Town, Stuart Manor.

Also See These Pages:
Note:
For several interesting articles about the Bahamian Regattas, Check out this series of articles written and photographed by fellow sailor & cruiser Jan Pehrson for Southwinds Magazine : Bahamian Racing Regattas

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An End of an Era Leads to a New Adventure

Pam and Oliver are moving on to a new adventure after 15 years of serving AND enjoying the George Town Cruisers community. They have put their cruising sailboat, Dejarlo, a Beneteau 441, up for sale here in George Town — completely outfitted and furnished for the next owner.

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International March for Science
22 April 2017
The Sign Post, Volleyball Beach


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Updated: 22 April 2017

Explorer Chart:
EX-30, EX-30A, EX-30B

  • Note: Explorer Charts are available at: Top II Bottom and the Sandpiper.

Airstrip
  • Exuma International Airport (GGT); 242-345-0607. Serves Great Exuma Island and the surrounding area. Moss Town.
  • Note: cruisers recommend taking a taxi from George Town to the airport at least 1.5 hrs before the flight.
  • A good website to check flight status for GGT: FlightStats

Air Service

  • Extensive air service is available at George Town International Airport from a number of scheduled airline.
  • Taxi service is available; call on VHF Ch-16. Cruisers often offer to share taxis during the daily Cruisers' Net on VHF Ch-72.
  • American Eagle; 242-345-0124; 800-433-7300 (US).
  • Bahamasair; 242-345-0035.
  • Continental Connection; 242-345-0280; 800-231-0856 (US).
  • Delta from Atlanta.
  • Florida Air Express; 954-359-0493 (US).
  • Island Air; 800-444-9904 (US). Charter.
  • Lynx Air; 242-345-0108; 954-772-9808 (US); 888-596-9247 (US).
  • Professional Flight Transport; 954-938-9508. Charter.
  • Reggie Express Service, Inc; 954-761-3131; fax: 954-583-8547; reggiexp@bellsouth.net.
  • Sky Unlimited 242-245-0172. Charter.
  • Sky Bahamas Airlines; 242-345-0172; 242-300-0294. Moss Town.
  • Southern Air; 242-3323-6683; 242-345-0607. Charter.
  • Twin Air; 954-359-8266; charter. Moss Town.
  • Watermakers Air; Started regular service to Great Exuma in 2016.
  • Western Air; 242-345-0300.

Anchorage
  • Elizabeth Harbour is quite large and offers many anchorages that allow a cruiser to locate depending on draft, weather conditions and interests.
  • Anchor lights are required in all anchorages.
  • Avoid anchoring in or too near the shipping channels. Extra care is needed at Monument and Honeymoon Beach, Stocking Island, where the channel runs close to shore.
  • Avoid anchoring in the approach channel to Exuma Yacht Club marina in Kidd Cove.
  • Avoid anchoring in the channel along the N side of Gaviota Bay, Stocking Island.
  • Stocking Island Anchorages / Beaches from N to S:
Hamburger Beach (N Monument Beach).
Monument Beach, Stocking Island.
Honeymoon Beach.
Volleyball Beach; home of Chan 'n Chill.
Sand Dollar Beach (S end of Stocking Island).
  • Kidd Cove. Note: Keep channel to Exuma Yacht Club clear.
  • N of Mailboat dock; be sure to anchor out of the shipping channel!
  • Red Shanks Cays; S of George Town.

Area Events
  • Annual George Town Cruising Regatta. An annual fest of activities organized by the community of visiting cruisers. Centered around Volleyball Beach on Stocking Island. See: George Town Cruising Regatta.
  • Annual National Family Island Regatta. Apr 25 - 29 2017. Continuing a tradition started in 1952, there will be five days of racing by ~60 traditional Bahamian vessels in 5 classes, A thru E. See: Family Island Regatta.
  • Annual Bahamian Music & Heritage Festival.

Area Information / Tourism
  • Bahamas Area Websites. Sites that can be searched for tourist and business information throughout the Bahamas.
  • Elizabeth Harbour Conservation Partnership website provides information about environmental issues affecting Elizabeth Harbour as well as general information on issues relevant to those who use it.
  • Exumas Visitors Guide. A free guide booklet available at many local businesses. It provides a good directory of services and attractions throughout the Exumas.
  • Exuma Tourist Office; 242-336-2430. Tourism information. Located in the Turnquest Plaza on Queen's Hwy near Immigration Office.
  • George Town Cruising. Basic information on the George Town Cruising Regatta.
  • Emerald Bay North Great Exuma.

Art Gallery / Art

  • Sandpiper Arts & Crafts; 242-336-2084. Art, pottery.

Bakery
  • Bakery Cafe (aka Towne Cafe Bakery) Located next to the Shell Station. Serves traditional breakfast M-F and Bahamian breakfast on Saturday. They break bread twice a week, whole wheat on Saturdays; call to reserve a loaf.
  • Mom's Bakery; Little Exuma. Mom used to sell her goodies out of her van but no longer comes to George Town. Her bread and pastries are now available at Exuma Market.
  • Home Made Goodies, HMG; Edwardo and Kimberly Beneby. 242-336-3056, edandkimbeneby@yahoo.comor. Specializes in cakes,cupcakes and candies. They also sell bread, pie and delicious cinnamon buns. They can be found across from the Exuma Market on Fridays and Saturday's from 9:00 to 1:00.
  • Manor Bakery; 242-345-2313. Stuart Manor.
  • Watson Bakery. Don sells bread, etc. across from Exuma Market; will take orders.

Bank & ATM

  • Bank of the Bahamas International; 242-336-3000. located N of town. Hoopers Bay. ATM
  • Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited; 242-336-3391. George Town.
  • Royal Bank of Canada; 242-336-3251. George Town. ATM
  • Scotia Bank Bahamas, Ltd.; 242-336-2651 / 2652. George Town. Located across from Exuma Market. ATM. An affiliate of Bank of America.

Beverage Store
  • BGS Liquor Store; 242-336-2900.
  • CNK Liquor Store; 242-336-2145. Hooper's Bay. Beer, wines, champagnes, rum, liquors.
  • Big Mac Enterprise Wholesale Liquor; 242-345-0150.
  • Exuma Liquor & Gift; 242-336-2003 / 2101. George Town.

  • 700 Beverages; 242-336-2771. George Town. Hours: Open Sunday. Located next to Shell station.

Bike Rental
  • Starfish Exuma Activity Center
  • Two Turtles

Boat Rental / Charter

  • Minns Water Sports 242-336-3483 / 2604; Lake Victoria; Hours: Daily 0830 - 1700.

Book Exchange
  • The local library offers a $3 seasonal membership.
  • Two Turtles Inn.

BTC / Batelco Office
  • 242-336-2011; Fax: 242-336-2013.
  • The office is located on the S side of Lake Victoria across the road from the lake. It was remodeled in 2013 and has an expanded customer service section.
  • Hours 0900-1600

Business Services
  • J&K Productions; 242-336-2566; jkproductions24@hotmail.com. Julius & Kristal offer copying; laminating; computer repairs; WiFi. Can special order computer parts. Open 0900-1700. Located 1 block SE of Exuma Market. Top up your cell phone minutes; just need phone number and $. Phone calls to the US are $0.25 / min. They have broadband internet service available if you have large files to send or receive.

  • Forbes Enterprises Ltd.; 242-336-2857; Fax: 242-225-0139; forbesenterprise4@yahoo.com. Closed Sat & Sun. Naaman Forbes. Customs brokerage.
  • Notary; Percy Fox, Ocean View Realty

Car Rental
  • Airport Car Rental; 242-345-0090. Airport; Mount Thompson.
  • Berlies Car Rental; 242-336-3290; 242-357-0305; 242-524-8321; 242-524-3852; berliescarrental@yahoo.com; edselmorton@yahoo.com. Airport; George Town.
  • Don's Rent A Car; 242-345-0112; donsrentacar@hotmail.com. Airport; Mount Thompson.
  • Exuma Transport at Exuma Docking Services; 242-336-2101. George Town.
  • Joey's Car Rental; 242-357-0217. Airport; Emerald Bay.
  • Ontime Car Rental; 242-358-5013; 242-524-2061. George Town.
  • Sure to Shore Rent A Car; 242-336-3466. George Town.
  • Thompson's Rental; 242-336-2442. Located across from Palm Bay Resort; will pick up at Exuma Market, George Town.
  • Uptown Rent-A-Car; 242-336-2822. George Town.

Cell Phone Service
  • There is a large cell tower in George Town as well as others located along the coast of Great Exuma that provide excellent service for the surrounding area. As you cruise further N or S in Elizabeth Harbor or along the SE coast of Great & Little Exuma Islands, there is a series of cell towers that continue the excellent service.
  • Use BTC EZ-Top Up service to put $ on your pay-as-you-go cellphone.
  • In April 2017, 4G / LTE service was generally available.
  • J&K Productions can also put $ on your pay-as-you-go cellphone -- you just need your phone number and $.

Church

  • Beach Church. Volleyball Beach, Stocking Island. Sunday service at 0930.
  • Church of God of Prophesy. Sunday service at 1130.
  • Jehova Wittness. Sunday service contact "Little Toot" VHF Ch-16.
  • St. Andrew’s Anglican. Sunday service at 1100.
  • St. John’s Baptist. Sunday service at 1100.
  • St. Theresa’s Catholic. Sunday service at 1030.
  • Seventh Day Adventist.

Coffee Shop
  • Driftwood Cafe. Located N of Library. Coffeehouse / cafe; coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches soup of the day.

Cruisers Net
  • There is a superb cruisers net on VHF Ch-72 each morning at 0800.
  • The George Town Cruisers operate a website with current information on the season’s activities: George Town Cruisers Website

Customs & Immigration
  • Vessels clearing into the Bahamas: the captain must report to the Customs Office first before going to the Immigration Office.
  • Customs Office; Phone: 242-336-2072; fax: 242-345-0362. The Customs Office is located on ground floor of the building on the N side of the Shell Station.
  • Immigration Office; Phone: 242-336-2569. Chief Immigration Officer: Pete Joseph; 242-376-4489.
  • The immigration office is located on the E corner of the second floor of Turnquist Star Plaza SE of Lake Victoria.
  • Note 1: Cruising Permit is granted by the Customs Office for a vessel for usually 1 year.
  • Note 2: Visas; the Bahamas limits continuous stays to 8 months maximum after which an individual must physically leave the country. Visa periods can vary from 90 days to 8 months.
  • Note 3: For extensions / renewals of Visas, all crew who need extensions of their visas must be present at the Immigration office with their immigration / visa card to request the extension.
  • • Note: Visa Extensions will be granted only within one week before expiration.

Dinghy Landings
  • There is a dinghy dock behind Exuma Market in Lake Victoria. It is a busy place so be sure to tie your dinghy with a long painter as a courtesy to others. Do not tie up in front of the RO water supply point except for when you are filling your jerrycans. Fill and move!
  • Lake Victoria; Note: incoming traffic under the bridge has right of way. No wake zone. Line up with the tunnel so you can be seen.
  • Peace & Plenty; for use by restaurant and bar patrons.
  • Exuma Yacht Club; along inner piers; do not interfere with access to slips.
  • Shell station in Lake Victoria for when purchasing fuel in containers.
  • March 2012. The local government is planning to build, with the help of cruises, a dinghy dock on the S shore of Lake Victoria for use when filling propane, etc.
  • Redshanks Area. A private boat ramp has been built that provides ready access to Chetah's and the Mecktan Plaza. The owner tolerates use by dinghies that do not interfere with ramp operation.

Dinghy; Access to Shore Sites
  • Note: these locations are approximate but fairly close; use good judgement.
  • AID / NAPA: Store: N 23º 31.46'; W 75º 47.48' Beach access point: N 23º 31.40'; W 75º 47.42' There is a short path from beach to road; ~ 200'. Turn N.
  • Baranki Wash: Store: tore: N 23º ; W 75º Beach access point: N 23º ; W 75º Landing is a bulkheaded area; not particularly tender-friendly; use caution.
  • Darville Lumber: Same as Smitty's
  • Prime Island Meats & Deli: Store: N 23º 31.70'; W 75º 48.73'; Beach access point: N 23º 31.74; W 75º 48.52' Beach access path to road; ~300+'. Turn N.
  • Fish Fry. Along the shore at: 23º 30.85' N; 75º 46.90' W. Take your dinghy in to the shallow beach just S of the grounded & derelict "Arctic Circle" tug and barges.
  • Smitty's Convenience Store & Pharmacy: Store: N 23º 31.79'; W 75º 47.88'; Beach access point: N 23º 31.69'; W 75º 47.62' Path from beach to road is just S of home. Turn N.
  • Stocking Island Monument: N 23º 31.82'; W 75º 45.89'
  • Stocking Island Queens Dock (access to Monument): N 23º 31.85'; W 75º 45.99' Old cruise line pier now maintained by cruisers. Path to beachs and monument. Respect property of home built back from the beach.
  • Sun Oil (propane): N 23º 31.21'; W 75º 47.18' Dinghies can be landed on a beach N of Palm Bay Beach Resort; walk to road; head S to first road to R (W); follow road to BEC plant.
  • Santana's Restaurant & Mom's Bakery, Little Exuma: N 23º 25.75'; W 75º 33.68' It is possible to anchor a larger vessel offshore in settled weather; exercise great caution. Take a rental car.
  • Tropic Breeze Restaurant, Little Exuma: N 23º 30.97'; W 75º 47.28' It is possible to anchor a larger vessel offshore in settled weather; exercise great caution. Take a rental car.

Ecology
  • Report whale sightings to BMMRO! Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization; 242-366-4155; 242-357-6666; info@bahamaswhales.org.
  • See: Environment & Ecology for Cruisers.
  • Protect the fragile reef ecosystem: take extra care when anchoring dinghies near reefs while snorkeling.
  • Bird Watching; for information on good sighting spots in the protected land parks and mangrove swamps contact Exuma Tourist Office; 242-336-2430.
  • Cruising Biologists: marine biology: www.cruisingbiologists.com. Gayle and Bill on Spiraserpula, an Endeavor Cat 44 publish a website with great information about local reefs, snorkeling and marine biology.
  • Ecotours: Exuma Cay Adventures; 242-357-0390;242-336-2353; 242-551-8044; eaparadise@batelnet.bs. George Town.
  • Ecotours: Exuma Watersports;; 242-336-3422. George Town.
  • Ecotours: Roberts Island Adventures; 242-357-0224; robertsislandadventures@msn.com. George Town.
  • Elizabeth Harbour Conservation Partnership website provides information about environmental issues affecting Elizabeth Harbour as well as general information on issues relevant to those who use it.
  • Live Green / Recycling: See Recycling.

Emergency
  • Police & Fire Emergency: 919.
  • BASRA; 242-336-2127
  • U.S. Coast Guard; 242-336-2777
  • U.S. Embassy; 242-336-2580

Farmers Market
  • There is no true Farmers Market in the area. However a number of residents grow vegetables and offer them for sale around George Town.
  • Straw Market. Several of the vendors in the Straw Market offer vegetables when they are available. Stop in to see what the day brings…
  • Mr. Rooseelt offers fresh vegetables across from Exuma Market on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; ~ 0800 - 0930.
  • John Paul offers fruits and vegetables including delicious local tomatoes at the Baptist Church.

Ferry / Water Taxi
  • Water Taxi; VHF Ch-16 & 14; 242-464-1558; Elvis. Service between government pier in Kidd Cove to & from vessels n anchorage to Chat 'N' Chill, George Town, Volleyball Beach, Hamburger Beach, Stocking Island and other locations in Elizabeth Harbour. Service includes early and late pickups from vessels to meet air connections; Elvis is punctual and can be relied upon. $15 / person roundtrip; ask about boaters' special.

Elvis & Water Taxi
  • Bahamas Ferries; 242-336-3456. There is high speed catamaran ferry service to Nassau.

  • Four C's Adventures; 242-464-1720; 242-345-2352; clayton.p.smith@live.com. Ferry services.

Fishing
  • Note: Spearfishing is prohibited in Elizabeth Harbour.
  • Note: It IS permissible to spearfish to eliminate any Lionfish encountered. [per Harbourmaster, March 2012}
  • Fish Rowe Charters; 242-357-0870.
  • Four C's Adventures; 242-464-1720; 242-345-2352; clayton.p.smith@live.com. Deep sea fishing; reef fishing.
  • Bonefishing Guide: Steve Ferguson; 242-345-0153
  • Bonefishing Guide: John McKenzie; 242-358-8011
  • Bonefishing Guide: Peace & Plenty Bonefish Lodge; 242-345-5555
  • Bonefishing Guide: Adrian Rolle; 242-355-5052
  • Bonefishing Guide: Alston Rolle; 242-345-5555
  • Bonefishing Guide: Drescel Rolle; 242=345-5025
  • Bonefishing guide: Bonefish Reno; 242-345-5014; 242-524-4215; bonefishreno@yahoo.com. Rolle Town. Full and half-day excursions. Tackle & transportation can be provided.
  • Bonefishing Guide: The Cays Development; 242-336-2299
  • Bonefishing Guide: Cely Smith; 242=345=2341
  • Roberts Island Adventures; 242-357-0224; robertsislandadventures@msn.com. George Town. Reef fishing.

Fish
  • Styles Sea Food; Frozen sea food available in Trainee's Beauty Salon; 242-336-2620. Across from Shell gas station.
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Fuel

  • Exuma Yacht Club; 242-336-2578 / 2101. Has diesel and gas available at its fuel pier. Hours: 0900 - 1500. Water also available, $0.40 / gal.
  • Marshall's Shell Station; NW of bridge to Lake Victoria has gas and diesel. There is a dinghy dock available in Lake Victoria while fueling. Hours: Sunday 0900-1200; 1400-1700.
  • Minns Water Sports sells fuel for its rental boats only at the NE corner of its dock.
  • Strachan's Service Station; 242-336-2378.

Golf Cart / Scooter Rental
  • Bal Sound's Taxi; 242-525-0832; 242-357-2375; 242-336-2905; VHF Ch-16. Rents scooters; $100 deposit; $35 / half-day; $50 / day.

  • Prestige Scooter Rental at Top II Bottom; 242-357-0066.

Government / Administrator
  • Administrators Office: 242-336-2166 / 2177.
  • Ministry of Tourism; 242-336-2430. George Town.

  • Port Department; 242-336-2312.

Groceries & Produce
  • Driftwood Cafe; 242-336-3800; driftwoodcafegt@gmail.com. Sells grass-fed organic beef selections.
  • E&L Meats & Grocery; 242-336-3434. Hoopers Bay.
  • Exuma Markets LTD; 242-336-2033; Fax: 242-336-2645.. Hours: Monday-Thursday 0800-1800; Friday - Saturday 0800-1900; Sunday 0800-1100. This is the best grocery store in the Exumas with a wide selection, fresh and frozen meats, deli, fresh produce. They maintain convenient dinghy pier on Lake Victoria behind the market with free RO water to fill jerry cans. Store offers a bulletin board for cruisers and will accept and hold mail and packages for cruising boats. George Town.

  • Fresh produce is offered by local residents at the Straw Market and along the main street.
  • Hoggie's Wholesale. Offers a limited selection in large size packages of major brands.

  • Marshall's Snack Supplies; 242-336-3390. George Town.
  • Peanut Man; Darin dark roasts peanuts fresh daily. He sets up shop across from the Customs building; usually from 1000 on.
  • Prime Island Meats and Deli; Located N of George Town. A real butcher shop and deli. Offers rides Mon, Fri at 1030; pickup across from Exuma Market.
  • Shop Rite Mart; 242-336-2670. S side of Lake Victoria. A full service grocery store with a large selection.
  • Smith's Food Supply; 242-345-2315. Stuart Manor.
  • Smitty's Convenience Store; 242-336-2144. Well stocked with groceries & household items. Hoopers Bay near Darville Lumber.
  • Taylor Grocery; 242-336-2566. George Town.
  • Williams Farm. Fresh vegetables grown in Barraterre. in town near Exuma Market on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Yvon's Produce. Located at the Straw Market. Fresh tomatoes and other produce.

Harbourmaster
  • Elizabeth Harbourmaster: Elvis; VHF Ch-16; 242-464-1558; 242-336-2312.
  • Note: Cruisers should clear in and out by contacting the Harbormaster. Information needed: vessel name, country of origin, last port of call, registration or documentation number. Office hours are 0900-1700, M-F. Located in round brown building near mailboat dock.
  • Boats at anchor must display anchor lights (white visible 360º for 2 nm).
  • Dinghies traveling at night must display a light.
  • No anchor buoys are to be used due to danger presented to boats moving at night.
  • No spearfishing in Elizabeth Harbour (Exception: lion fish may be speared whenever encountered per Harbourmaster).
  • Direct discharge of sewage is prohibited and here is a fine of up to $4000 for discharge of sewage in the harbor.

Hardware & Lumber
  • AID / Auto & Industrial Distributors LTD; 242-336-2780. George Town. NAPA; north of town.
  • Darville Lumber; 242-336-2980 /2114. Located about 3 mi. N of Lake Victoria is the local "Home Depot".
  • Exuma Building Supplies; 242-336-2402. Hoopers Bay.
  • Top II Bottom Hardware; 242-336-2200. Hours: 0900 - 1800; Mon - Sat. This is a small store just N of Exuma Market that offers an amazing variety of hardware, marine, electrical, plumbing, fishing, and home supplies.


Ice
  • Chat & Chill.
  • Exuma Yacht Club.
  • Exuma Market.
  • Shop Rite.

Ice Cream
  • Cozy Corner Delicatessen; 242-336-2532. 16 flavors of Edy's. Located 4 nm S of Lake Victoria in the Mecktan Plaza on Old Airport Road. Accessible by dinghy at Redshanks.
  • Exuma Market
  • Shop Rite

Internet & WiFi
  • There are many WiFi hotspots available in George Town and in the anchorages. In spring 2009, service was spotty and those services with reasonable coverage were quickly overloaded.
  • Club Peace & Plenty restaurant offers free WiFi to patrons.
  • Eddies Edgewater Restaurant & Bar; free WiFi.
  • Exuma Business Center; cyber cafe. [Editor's Note: I've never seen this open}
  • Exuma Web Cafe; 242-336-2562. George Town.
  • Exuma Market; allows free access to its wifi but there is limited space where the signal can be picked up outside the market.
  • Gaviota Bay WiFi. Based on Stocking Island at St. Francis Resort, Stocking Island offers. During the winter season, a username and password must be purchased at the resort's bar (Jan 2012; $2 for 75 min - can log out to save residual time; $1 for 40 min - continuous). The signal could be received using an EnGenius wifi antenna/receiver from off Sand Dollar Beach S of Black Point. Gregg installed a new router in late Feb 2012 that has greater speed and increased the number of users that can be serviced.
  • Harbor WiFi; offers pre-paid wifi service cards. The antenna is located near Exuma Docking and the signal can be received on the W side of Elizabeth Harbour with a good wifi antenna / transceiver. Sold at Pet Store (see below).
  • J&K Computers; 242-336-2566. Hours: 0900-1700; M-Sat. $5/day; $15/week. Long distance phone service; printing; laminating, fax service.
  • Pet's Place Health Food Deli and Internet Cafe; 242-336-3010. Located in the blue building on the NE side of the bridge at Lake Victoria. Free internet access to cafe patrons.

Laundry
  • Baranki Wash; 242-336-2332; 242-524-8511. Hours 0600-1900; 7 days a week. Bright, clean, 20 washers 16 driers; $2.50 / load for washer or drier. Located S of Lake Victoria in the Mecktan Plaza at Old Airport Road. Call Ricardo for pickup from Exuma Market; they will pick up you and your laundry and bring you back when done. Accessible by dinghy at Redshanks, a circuitous route past February Point, under the Crab Cay bridge and then the winding channel to shore = take your chart on your smartphone. There is a bulkheaded area where you can land a dinghy (a bit of a challenge). See Lat Long under Dinghy Access.
  • The Corner Laundromat; 242-336-2094; Lee. Hours: 0830-1700 Monday through Saturday; closed Sundays. Located on side street E of J&K Computers. Can arrange for your laundry to be washed, dried and folded and kept separate.

  • Exuma Cleaners; 242-336-2038. Laundry can be dropped off at Forbes Enterprises (near Exuma Market) from 0800-1000 and will be returned washed, dried and folded by the end of the day.
  • Exuma Yacht Club; 242-336-2578. For patrons.

Library

  • Located across from Straw Market.
  • Standard library services.
  • Book swap with $3 seasonal membership for cruisers.
  • A selection of DVD is available.
  • Foreign language & marine books available.
  • Hours: M - F: 1000-1200


Lodging

  • BGS Apartments.
  • Charles Clarke's Apartments.

  • Coastline Condominiums; 242-336-2890. Hoopers Bay. 2-BR fully furnished condos available by the day, week and month.
  • Coconut Cove Hotel; 242-336-2659.
  • Exuma Palms Hotel; 242-358-4040. Waterfront efficiency rooms with balconies; restaurant and bar. Three Sisters Beach.
  • February Point.
  • Grand Isle Villas.
  • Higgins Landing; 242-357-8888; stockisl@aol.com. Stocking Island.
  • Kevalli House Marina & Cottages; 242.357.0118; Stocking Island. Offers two guest cottages for rent.
  • La Shabte Beach Club & Resort; Forbes Hukk,
  • Leisure Center; Rolle Cay.
  • Lovely House Apartments.
  • Marshall's Guest House; 242-336-2694. George Town.
  • Minns Guest House.
  • Mount Pleasant Suites Hotel & Villas; 242-336-2960. Hoopers Bay.
  • Palm Bay Beach Club; 242-336-2787; 888-396-0606; info@palmbaybeachclub.com. George Town. 1, 2, 3 Bedroom villas; 2 pools, beach; bar & grill.
  • Peace & Plenty Bonefishing Lodge; 242-345-5555. The Ferry.
  • Pineapple House, Stocking Island has a houseboat for rent in Hole 1; includes dinghy. Contact on VHF Ch-16.
  • Regatta Point; 242-336-2206. Kidd Cove, George Town.
  • St. Francis Resort & Marina; 242-336-2416; 242-557-9629. Stocking Island.
  • Sunset Bluff; 242-336-3147; info@sunsetbluffbahamas.com.
  • The Cays; 242-336-2299; rentals@greatexumacays.com. Home rentals.
  • Two Turtles Inn; George Town. Located N of Shell gas station.

Mail
  • Note from personal experience: All regular mail flows through Nassau where it can be held up for extended periods of time (seemingly at random) before it is sent on to the out-island destination.
  • There are several more reliable and timely ways to get mail shipped to George Town; but more expensive.
  • Mail (that does not contain purchased items) is not subject to customs duties.
  • Method 1 from US: Ship mail to Reggie Express office in Ft. Lauderdale: Reggie Express Service, Inc; 954-583-8545; fax: 954-583-8547; reggiexp@bellsouth.net. Address to your name / your boat name, C/O Reggie Express, 2968 Suite #111, Ravenswood Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312. After your package has been received at Reggie Express, call to prepay the shipping charges. There is a minimum fee of $20 for up to 8 lbs; 8-lbs and above is $1.75 / lb. Doe Boi Unlimited is the local representative for Reggie Express. Shipments from US are once a week on Wednesdays. They are available for pickup at Doe Boi Unlimited on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. See more information under Packages & Shipping, below.
  • Method 2: Mail deliveries can be arranged by having the package shipped via DHL to their local agent, Top II Bottom in George Town. See more information under Packages & Shipping, below.

Mailboat
  • There is regular mailboat service.
  • There is regular freight boat service.

Marina & Dockage
  • Crab Cay; marina / resort on Crab Cay, SE of George Town, under development.
  • Exuma Yacht Club; 242-336-2578, 2579; VHF Ch-16. 52 slips, electricity, water ($0.20 / gal at pier); gas, diesel, oil, laundry, showers, ice, restaurant, liquor store, car rental. Dockmaster: Clevon Gray. Manager: Rufus Gray; rgrayj@yahoo.com. The marina reports the ability to accommodate a 7.5' draft at the fuel pier; vessels with draft > = 6' should approach at mid-tide or better due to a low spot in the channel. A restaurant is in operation on the upper deck of the marina office.
  • Minns Water Sports 242-336-3483; Lake Victoria. Small boat marina.
  • St. Francis Resort & Marina; 242-336-2416; 242-557-9629. Stocking Island. Offers moorings.
  • Kevalli House Marina & Cottages; 242-357-0118; kevallihouse@gmail.com. Stocking Island. A marina specializing in boat storage on moorings and slips in Hole 3 (N-most) a "hurricane hole". Short or long term. On site manager to watch over clients vessels. Contact: Bob.
  • George Town Marine & Repair Ltd.; 242-345-5116; Master’s Harbor. 50-ton travel lift, haulout, storage. Note: Jan 2012, a boom truck can be rented by the hour for mast work.

Marine Supplies & Parts
  • Brown's Auto Marine Repair; 242-336-2883 / 3330. Located S of Lake Victoria across from Chetahs. Extensive marie supplies and new dinghies in stock.
  • Darville Lumber; 242-336-2980 / 2114. Located about 3 mi. N of Lake Victoria is the local "Home Depot".
  • Minns Water Sports 242-336-3483 / 2604; Lake Victoria; Hours: Daily 0830 - 1700. Yamaha outboards; marine supplies and parts.
  • AID, NAPA Autoparts Store. Located N of George Town.
  • Super Sea Marine; 242-336-2882. George Town.
  • Super Sea Marine; 242-345-2319. Stuart Manor.
  • Top II Bottom Hardware; 242-336-2200; offers a reasonable selection of marine supplies.

Marine Services & Repairs
  • Bottom Cleaning: Jonathan at Dive Exuma; 242-524-5011.
  • Brown's Auto Marine Repair; 242-336-2883 / 3330. George Town.
  • Caleb's Refrigeration; refrigeration service.
  • George Town Marine & Repair Ltd.; 242-345-5116; Master’s Harbor. 50-ton travel lift, haulout, storage. Note: Jan 2012, a boom truck can be rented by the hour for mast work.
  • Marine Surveys. Deatra Cole; 242-357-0900; amsbahamas@outlook.com; is an experienced ABYC & SAMS licensed and insured marine surveyor living in George Town.
  • Mechanic, George Town: Kevin Adams; 242-554 3829;  shiky46@Gmail.com. ["Tattoo II had good experience."; Feb 2016]
  • Minns Water Sports 242-336-3483 / 2604; Lake Victoria; Hours: Daily 0830 - 1700. Lake Victoria. Service for Boston Whaler, Glacier Bay. Dealer for Yamaha and Suzuki outboards. Outboard service mechanics available.

  • Outboard Service: Mario; 242-467-0884. Independent contractor.
  • Outboard Service: Vernon's Outboard Repair; 242-464-1748 / or contact thru Elvis on Water Taxi.
  • Rolle & Sons Air Conditioning & Refrigeration; 242-345-5183; 242-357-0538; 242Caleb. Refrigeration service. Near George Town Marine. [Highly recommended by cruisers]
  • Turtle Maintenance; refrigeration service.
  • Welding: Patrick at Sammonet next to Eddies Edgewater is available for welding at $80 / hr.
  • Welding: Don Smith; 242-357-0211, 242-336-2402

Medical / Clinic / Pharmacy
  • Dental: Exuma Dental Services; 242-358-4584. The doctor is from Nassau.
  • Dental: Dr. Fuzzard; 242-358-4584; 242-424-0148 (text). Located at Farmers Hill Clinic.
  • Government Clinic; 242-336-2088 Doctor, nurse. Hours 0900-1700; Monday - Friday.
  • New Government Medical Clinic / Hospital; Fish Fry. A new large and beautiful medical clinic has been built just N of town in the Fish Fry (old WW II navy base). As of March 2017, while not official opened they are beginning operations. Two doctors and nursing staff are available; the pharmacy is in operation. X-ray equipment not in operation. Cruisers who have used the clinic have found the medical staff and support personnel to be caring and the facility to be spotless. Walk-in service available. There is a $30 service.
  • Island Med Medical Clinic; 242-336-2220. Dr Nicholas Fox, 242-325-1649, a private doctor from Nassau is in the office on Thursdays. Office is open Monday through Friday staffed by a nurse. Hooper's Bay.
  • Pharmacy: Smitty's Drug Store; 242-336-2144; fax: 242-336-2146. Located about 3 mi. N of town. This is the only pharmacy in the S Bahamas. John, the pharmacist, gets twice-weekly shipments of prescription drugs from Nassau. While he keeps a good stock of standard pharmaceuticals he may not stock special combinations available in the US. Your doctor can phone or fax in a prescription. If it is special, the doctor can consult with John by phone to see what alternatives may be available through Nassau.

Moorings
  • Elizabeth Harbour Port Department has installed ~16 moorings in Gaviota Bay, Stocking Island.
  • Kidd Cove harbor moorings are for use of Bahamas Houseboats.
  • Kevalli House Marina & Cottages; 242.357.0118; Stocking Island. Offers moorings and slips in Hole 3 (N-most), a "hurricane hole", for boat storage; not for live-aboards.
  • St. Francis Resort & Marina; 242-336-2416; 242-557-9629; Gaviota Bay, Stocking Island. Offers 15 moorings with free wifi.
  • Wendell "Little Toot"; 242-357-0703; VHF Ch-16. Has 6 moorings in Gaviota Bay and Hole 2, Stocking Island. He also has moorings for long term boat storage in Hole 3.

Music
  • Redboon Cafe. Music Monday and Friday nights.
  • Two Turtles. Karaoke Tuesday nights.

Navigation
  • Note: Dinghies entering Lake Victoria have the right-of-way; line up well outside so you can be seen by those waiting to exit.
  • There is a 3 mph speed limit in Lake Victoria.
  • Take care not to anchor in the ship channel. Special care is needed at Monument Beach, Honeymoon Beach anchorages where the channel runs close to the W shore of Stocking Island.
  • The channel into Exuma Yacht Club must be kept clear to allow vessels to safely make the approach and exit to the piers.
  • A program began in 2013 to improve navigation aids in Elizabeth Harbour. Cruisers are invited to make status reports and suggest improvements. See Navigation Aids.

Packages & Shipping
  • Bimini Shipping. Ships from Miami to George Town. Broker: Forbes Enterprises.
  • Cruisers needing to get items shipped to them while in the Bahamas should read the general information: Shipping Items.
  • Deans Shipping; 242-336-4324 / 4424. George Town.
  • DHL: Top II Bottom Hardware; 242-336-2114. Packages should be addressed to the Yacht / person ℅ Top II Bottom Hardware. When the recipient is notified of a tracking number, it and a copy of the vessel's cruising permit should be provided so Top II Bottom can fax it to Nassau. The package will go through Customs in Nassau and must have a copy of the invoice and the vessel's cruising permit for inspection; including a letter of explanation is useful. After arriving at the airport, they are brought to Top II Bottom. There is a handling fee. There is a Stamp Tax of $25 on shipments.
  • DHL: J&K Productions; 242-336-2566; jkproductions@hotmail.com.
  • Doe Boi Unlimited; 242 336-2329; doeboiunlimited@gmail.com. Dejuan or Lilly are agents for Reggie Express Services.
  • FedEx: In March 2013 Exuma Markets was accepting FedEx shipments. Packages should be addressed to the Yacht / person ℅ Exuma Market. The package will go through Customs in Nassau and must have copy of invoice and the vessel's cruising permit for inspection; including a letter of explanation is useful. After arriving at the airport, Taxi 16 picks them up and delivers them to Exuma Market for a $10 fee.
  • Forbes Enterprises Ltd.; 242-336-2857; Fax: 242-225-0139; forbesenterprise4@yahoo.com. Closed Sat & Sun. Naaman Forbes. Customs brokerage. Are agents for UPS. They can arrange for shipment of items from US to George Town by air or by ship; contact for ordering, clearing, delivering parts.

  • G&G Shipping; 242-336-2359.
  • J&K Productions; 242-336-2566; jkproductions24@hotmail.com. Julius & Kristal offer a service from Sarasota FL through Nassau to George Town via DHL. They are agents for DHL. Contact for more specific information. Florida office: 305-677-2904.
  • Lynx Air; 242-345-0108; 954-772-9808 (US); 888-596-9247 (US).
  • Professional Flight Transport; 954-938-9508. Charter.
  • Reggie Express Service, Inc; 954-583-8545; fax: 954-583-8547; reggiexp@bellsouth.net. FL contact: Regina, Don, Gareth. Packages shipped to the FL office [2968 Ravenswood Road, Suite #111, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312] will be shipped by air on Wednesdays to the George Town Airport. They will handle customs with paperwork you provide (invoices, cruising permit, etc.). Ship item to Ft. Lauderdale office; when you have receipt confirmation, call Reggie Express to prepay shipping fee. Local contact is Dejuan or Lilly at Doe Boi Unlimited; 242 336-2329.
  • UPS Agent: Forbes Enterprises Ltd. is the agent for UPS (Feb 2012).

Personal Services
  • Allyah's Nail Gallery & Beauty Spot; 242-336-2311. George Town.
  • Brianne's Unisex & Nail Source Centre; 242-336-2330. George Town. Located on 2nd floor of yellow-orange building across from church S of Exuma Market.
  • Fabulous 'D' Beauty Salon; 242-345-6236. Stuart Manor.
  • Kayvannah's Hair Affair; 242-336-2140. George Town.
  • Lumina Point Resort Spa; 242-357-0099; 242-357-0712; info@luminapoint.com; massages.
  • Massage by Brenda; 242-524-6565. Specializing in relaxation massage.
  • Michelle's Hair Care; 242-345-2347. Stuart Manor.
  • My "T" Fine Beauty Salon; 242-336-2295. George Town.
  • Original Lines Barber Shop; 242-336-3239. George Town.
  • Peace & Plenty Spa; 242-336-2551; 242-524-2309. George Town.
  • Special Touch. Massage, 242-554-2922. Located near Corner Laundromat.
  • Tanya's Beauty Salon; 242-336-2648.
  • Trainee's Beauty Salon; 242-336-2620. George Town.
  • Vanria's Salon & Spa; 242-455-6167; 242-357-0115. Located above Royal Canadian Bank in the Turnquist Star Plaza SE of Lake Victoria. US trained; provides cuts, colors, massages.

Pets
  • George Town requires pets to be on a leash.
  • Pick up you pet's "deposits"!

Police
  • 242-336-2666; VHF Ch-16. Office in government building. George Town.
  • 242-345-0083 / 0183. Airport.
  • U.S. Army; 242-336-2623. Flamingo Bay.
  • U.S. Coast Guard; 242-336-2777.
  • U.S. Embassy / DEA Strike Force; 242-336-2580. George Town.

Post Office / Mail
  • Post Office; 242-336-2636. Open 0830-1600, M-F, does not close for lunch. Located in Government Building, George Town. Air mail arrives daily. Post Office will hold mail for boaters that is not specifically addressed to Exuma Markets or addressed to General Delivery.
  • Exuma Markets; 242-336-2033; Fax: 242-336-2645.. Will accept and hold mail and packages for cruising boats. George Town. Address mail to yacht / intended recipient’s name; c/o Exuma Markets, George Town, Exuma, Bahamas.
  • Forbes Enterprises; George Town. Will receive and hold mail and packages. Address mail to yacht / intended recipient’s name; c/o Forbes Enterprises, George Town, Exuma, Bahamas.
  • See Mail above for more information on shipping flat mail to George Town.

Propane

  • Island Gases; 242-357-0245. Clarence; brings the propane truck to the S shore of Lake Victoria on Wednesdays after 1000 during the cruising season. This may change if the truck is being refilled. Announcements are made Wednesday mornings during the Cruisers Net on VHF Ch-72 about the truck being available.
  • Forbes Enterprises; Closed Sat & Sun. Located S of Exuma Market in George Town. Drop off tanks and pick up next day (by 1000 for same day pick up @ ~1600). They transport tanks N to be filled and charge for this service.
  • Nixon's at airport.
  • Harbor Service Boat; VHF Ch-18; 242-354-2058; Rodney. Accepts gas bottles for refill. Hail on VHF Ch-18.
  • Sun Oil; 242-336-2051. Located near BEC power plant N of George Town. Bring tanks and have them filled while waiting. Accessible by dinghy; see Dinghy Access above.
  • Note: Propane is delivered to Great Exuma by shipping the tanker truck to Nassau for refilling. During this process, propane refills are sometimes unavailable.

Pumpout
  • The Elizabeth Harbourmaster states that use of holding tanks and the pumpout boat are mandatory for cruising boat as direct discharge is prohibited in Elizabeth Harbour. There is a fine of up to $4000 for discharge of sewage in the harbour.
  • Elizabeth Harbour pumpout boat was sunk by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and is no longer in service (Spring 2017). Plans are to have it back in operation in 2018.
  • The Marina at Emerald Bay is the only pumpout service available in the Great Exuma area.

Public Service / Say Thanks! / Pass It Forward
  • There are many ways to assist the local community and meet many wonderful Bahamians.
  • Tutoring: The children at the local school in George Town benefit greatly from one-on-one tutoring in reading. Cruisers meet M, W, F from 1000 to 1200 at the Library. They then go next door to the school and bring back children to read with.
  • Exuma Sailing Club. Rid your boat of extra gear by donating it to a great cause -- the Exuma Sailing Club. This group of parents, volunteers, coaches, and teachers is committed to Junior Sailing, especially to teaching kids to sail traditional Bahamian Sloops. They accept donations of all items nautical. If you have any boat gear you wish to donate, contact, in Georgetown: Tamara (242) 524-8247 Dallas (242) 524-8246, or Reg (242) 524-3308

Recycling
  • Recycling of Bahamian beer bottles (Klick, Sands, Guinness) are the only items recycled of April 2016. Note: there is no recycling for other glass containers or cans.
  • Recycle at: Symonettes, the auto service station on the S shore of Lake Victoria.
  • Recycle at: L&L, white truck just S of Exuma Markets. Place recyclable beer bottles in a separate bag and place next to truck.

Resort

  • Club Peace & Plenty; 242-336-2551; 800-525-2210; info@peaceandplenty.com. George Town. Inn, resort, spa, pool restaurant and bar. Named for the ship that brought Lord Denys Rolle to the Exumas in 1783 and founded by a grand-nephew of Henry Flagler.

  • February Point Resort Estates; 242-336-2661. February Point. In February 2016 a beautiful new restaurant, bar, and pool opened.
  • Higgins Landing; An eco-resort located on Stocking Island on the S end of Volleyball beach. March 2016: has ceased operations and is for sale.
  • Lumina Point Resort; 242-357-0712; 0999 A new eco resort on Stocking Island S of volleyball beach; opened in Spring 2016. Features 12 cottages, a bar and gourmet restaurant overlooking the S hole.
  • Palm Bay Beach Resort; 242-336-2787. Located N of George Town. Hotel, restaurant, bar, pool, beach open for cruisers. Go by dinghy; the beach is huge and an attendant is on hand to watch your boat while you have fun. Check with the manager to use the pool when the resort is not full and you stay for lunch or dinner.

  • St. Francis Resort & Marina; 242-336-2416; 242-557-9629. Stocking Island.

Restaurant & Bar
  • Blu at Exuma Yacht Club; 242-336-2579; VHF Ch-16. Restaurant & bar on upper deck at Exuma Yacht Club overlooking the harbor.
  • Catch A Fire Bar & Grill; 242-357-0777; Sunset Bluff, Hermitage, Moss Town. Open Tuesday to Sunday; live music on Wednesday & Saturday. Rake & Scrape on Saturday night.
  • Candy Island. Located across from Exuma Market. Offers sweets, coffee.
  • Castaways #2 Restaurant & Bar; 242-345-0248. Moss Town.
  • Chat 'N' Chill Bar & Grill; 242-357-0926; 242-336-2700; VHF Ch-16. Volleyball Beach, Stocking Island. A George Town cruisers institution and hub of community activities. Restaurant, bar, conch salad bar; open 1100 - 1900 daily. Sunday pig roast, 1200-1900; ~$20. Advice: come early or you'll miss the pork!); also, great ribs. Wednesday night: barbecue chicken; 1800. Have a beer, meal & enjoy beach volleyball.

  • Cheaters; 242-336-2535; 242-524-8511; VHF Ch-16. George Town. Offers Bahamian foods by Norma. Open for breakfast on Saturday; lunch and dinner daily from 1000-2200 with daily specials. Located 4 nm S of Lake Victoria. Accessible by dinghy at Redshanks on beach across from restaurant: 23º 28.8' N; 75º 45.0' W. Call 242-336-2535 or on VHF Ch16 for to arrange for a pick up by car from Lake Victoria.
  • Club Peace & Plenty; 242-336-2551; info@peaceandplenty.com. George Town. Offers a great restaurant and pool bar open to cruisers. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in restaurant overlooking harbour. Check out their great breakfasts. Bar on pool deck serves lunch. Free WiFi. Happy Hour daily 1800-1900. Tasteful Thursdays: grilled ribs, steaks, chicken etc from 1800 on; Rake & Scrape: 2000 - 2300; Drink specials.
  • Cozy Corner Delicatessen; 242-336-2532. Subs on 8" baguettes with choice of 8 toppings. Located 4 nm S of Lake Victoria in the Mecktan Plaza on Old Airport Road. Accessible by dinghy at Redshanks.
  • Driftwood Cafe; 242-336-3800; driftwoodcafegt@gmail.com. Located N of Library & school. Uruguayan & Bahamian fusion coffeehouse / cafe; shady outside patio; friendly staff; serving great coffee, capachino, expresso, pastries, salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees. Open 0730-1500 Monday - Friday; 0730-1400 Saturday. The food is great and the outdoor courtyard is a lovely place to dine.


  • Eddie's Edgewater Restaurant & Bar; 242-336-2050. SW shore of Lake Victoria, George Town. Open 1000-2200; serves breakfast, lunch, dinner (1800). Rake and Scrape Mondays 2000 to 2300 weekly. Free WiFi.
  • Exuma Palms Hotel; 242-358-4040. Restaurant and bar. Three Sisters Beach.
  • Exuma Point Beach Restaurant Bar & Grill; 242-345-6244. Rolleville. A beachside restaurant and bar on a beautiful beach at the NE tip of Great Exuma. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1200 on. Features an all-you-can-eat buffet. August Rolle.
  • Foxy's Pizza; 242-332-1504. Mt. Thompson.
  • Flamingo Bay Club; 242-336-2554. Flamingo Bay.
  • Flora's Baby Center; 242-345-7149.
  • Gemellies Pizza
  • Honey Dew Restaurant & Bar; 242-336-2933. Fish Fry.
  • Julian's Jerk Chicken & Ribs. Take-0ut in small green building located in parking lot just NE of the Lake Victoria bridge. Jerk chicken and pork ribs. Fridays and Saturdays 1200 - 1600.


  • Lumina Point Resort; 242-357-0999; The Beacon Restaurant: Monday – Saturday:  1800-2200; Sunday: 1100-2300. The Lookout: Bar:  Monday – Sunday:  1000-2000; Grille:  Monday – Sunday:  1100-1800.
  • Kermits Airport Lounge; 242-345-0002. Airport. Serving Bahamian dishes and home of the "Best Ham & Cheese Sandwich".
  • Mariella's Pizza & Ice Cream; 242-336-4400. Emerald Isle Shopping Center.
  • Mel's Place. Located in NE back corner of Traine's Salon building. Serving Bahamian breakfast & lunch specialties.
  • Pay Pay's Kitchen.
  • Palm Bay Beach Resort; 242-336-2787. Located N of George Town. Hotel, restaurant, bar, pool, beach open for cruisers. Located N of George Town and the settlement of Fish Fry, the resort is easily reached by dinghy from the anchorages along Stocking Island; while there is a small pier, the resort is located on a large beach where there is plenty of space to beach a dinghy. Ron, the proprietor has a staff member who watches over the dinghies of customers -- so you don't have to worry about the dink going walkabout. The resort has a large bar and dining room and offers daily specials. There is a beautiful pool and deck that can be used by paying bar and dinner patrons - check with Ron.
  • Peanut Man; Darin dark roasts peanuts fresh daily. He sets up shop across from the Customs building; usually from 1000 on. He also offers local coconut oil for sale.
  • Santanna's Bar & Grill; 242-345-4102. Williams Town (see Little Exuma I). Has some of the best food in the Bahamas, simple, fresh, delicious!
  • Shoreline Restaurant & Bar; 242-345-6201.
  • St. Francis Resort & Marina; 242-557-9629. Stocking Island.
  • Tino's Deck Restaurant & Bar; 242-336-2277. Fish Fry Naval Base.
  • Tino's Lounge; 242-336-2838. George Town.
  • Towne Cafe; 242-336-2194. George Town. A bakery and restaurant offers bread, sweet rolls and serves breakfast & Lunch. Located in the NW corner of the gas station.




    Restaurants & Bars at Fish Fry: AKA "Da Fish Fry"
    • The Fish Fry area is located about 1.3 nm N of Lake Victoria. The area grew up many years ago as a place where a number of small bars and restaurants congregated as a place where local residents could go for good meals and drinks, for lunch and dinner and gather for parties nights and weekends. There are several great restaurants and bars here. Several places are open for lunch so visit and check them out to select one for dining.
    • Location: 23º 30.85' N; 75º 46.90' W. Take your dinghy in to the shallow beach just S of the grounded "Arctic Circle" tug and barges.
    • Aces Simply Native Restaurant & Bar; 242-336-2973.
    • Asha Recreation Restaurant / Bar & Grill Pit. 242-336-3242.
    • Charlies Restaurant & Bar; 242-336-2107. BBQ Chicken & Ribs. Karaoke.
    • Grillin & Chillin with Chef Bowe; 242-425-7823; chefbowe@gmail.com. Great BBQ ribs, shrimp, chicken, jerk pork; steak fish, lobster. Catering.

    • Hailies Place; 242-336-2342. Healthy choices; pastries.

    • Honey Dew Cafe.

    • Kendal's Restaurant Bar & Grill.

    • Out Deck Restaurant & Bar; 242-336-3079.
    • Poorman's Kitchen; 242-336-3469.
    • Shirley's. Offers 2 for 1 lunch seafood specials Monday - Thursday 1100 - 1500 for ~$12.
    • Ting's Deck.

    • Ting Um Dem. Bar and grill.

    • 6 12 Sports Bar.

    Retail Therapy - Shopping
    • Airport Fashions; 242-345-0250.
    • Balsound Electronics; 242-336-2375 / 2385.
    • Brianne's Unisex Salon.
    • Bunches Discount Variety Store.
    • Club Peace & Plenty and Beach Inn; 242-336-2551; Boutique.
    • Doe Boi Unlimited; 242-544-9091. Electronics and cell phone sales; cell phone unlocking; DVDs. Agent for Reggie Express Services.
    • Da Bahamian Closet; 242-336-3059; denisemoss47@gmail.com. New in 2012 this boutique offers colorful Bahamian batik fabrics and clothing by Androsia.
    • Exuma Business Center; 242-336-3271. Stationery, copies, internet access point. George Town.
    • Electronic Bazaar & Supplies; 242-336-2040. Hooper's Bay.
    • Erika's Floral Designs; 242-464-1938. George Town.
    • Exuma Electronics; 242-336-4170. George Town.
    • Exuma Hair Beauty Supplies & Accessories; 242-336-3319. George Town.
    • Exuma Home Center; 242-336-2374. George Town.
    • Exuma Supplies; 242-336-2506. George Town.
    • Garden Creations Center; 242-336-2380. George Town.
    • Guys & Dolls; 242-336-2582. George Town.
    • Janet's News Stand; 242-345-0072. Airport.
    • KC Florist & Basket Creations; 242-336-2160.
    • La Tiffs Jewelry & Repair; 242-336-2711. George Town.
    • Lashawna's Discount Store; 242-336-3244. Hoopers Bay.
    • Marina Nik-Naks; 242-336-2748. George Town.
    • Marilyn's Gift Shop; 242-336-3321;lericedames@hotmail.com. George Town; New in 2011. Offers authentic Bahamian souvenirs many from the hands of Lerice Dames the proprietor.

    • Marilyn's Gift Shop; 242-345-0324;lericedames@hotmail.com. Exuma International Airport. Offers authentic Bahamian souvenirs many from the hands of Lerice Dames the proprietor.
    • Muck a Mucks
    • Optimum Office Supplies & Disposable Products; 242-336-3396. La Familia Plaza.
    • Pet Store & Harbor WiFi. Located just NW of N Lake Victoria bypass.

    • Rolle's Airconditioning & Refrigeration; 242-345-5183. New in 2013: a retail store for household items, small appliances, and tools.
    • Sandpiper Arts and Crafts; 242-336-2084. George Town. Offers a wide selection of delightful and quality clothing, gifts, books, art. Explorer Charts for sale. Located NW of Lake Victoria bridge across from Peace & Plenty.


    • Scentuous Perfumes
    • Sheanda's House of Essence; 242-336-2869. George Town.
    • Starfish Boutique. Offers a wide assortment of gifts and decorative items. Located NE of Lake Victoria bridge.


    • Tranee's Salon
    • Smitty's Convenience / Drug Store
    • Sophisticated Nail & Beauty Supply; 242-336-2890. George Town.
    • Straw Market. Bahamian goods and handcrafts including handmade baskets and hats. Tent located across the street from Adminifstrative Center and Regatta Park.



    • The Coin Store; 242-345-4043. Williams Town.
    • Top II Bottom Hardware; 242-336-2114. Offers a wide variety of housewares, hardware, and marine supplies.
    • Touch of Elegance; 242-336-2730. George Town.
    • Tropical Accents & Gifts; 242-336-2396. George Town. Cuban cigars.
    • 3 K's Fashion Center; 242-336-2165. George Town
    • Two Turtles.
    • Universal Fashion; 242-336-4222. La Familia Plaza.
    • Wally's Studio

    Showers
    • Showers are available for guests at marinas and resorts.

    Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

    • There is a good snorkeling site at the S end of Elizabeth Harbour in the cut between Fowl and Guana Cays. There are buoys to moor a dinghy. Small fish will greet divers expecting a handout so come prepared.
    • Cruising Biologists: snorkeling & marine biology: www.cruisingbiologists.com. Gayle and Bill on Spiraserpula, an Endeavor Cat 44 publish a website with great information about local snorkeling and marine biology.
    • Dive Exuma; 242-336-2893; 242-357-0313; diveexuma@hotmail.com. Hours: 0900-1700; Mon-Sat. Located at building across from the government freight pier; look for building with huge red dive flag painted on it.. PADI certification. Morning and afternoon dive trips, gear, scuba tank filling.
    • Exuma Scuba Adventures; 242-336-2893. George Town.
    • Exuma Watersports; 242-336-3422. Snorkeling tours.
    • Four C's Adventures; 242-464-1720; 242-345-2352; clayton.p.smith@live.com. Snorkeling tours.
    • Minns Water Sports 242-336-3483; Lake Victoria.
    • Off Island Adventures; 242-357-0390.
    • Peace & Plenty Water Sports; 242-336-2225. George Town.
    • Seaside Tours
    • Turtle Divers; 242-524-3305 (Garvin); 242-524-2495 (Nick); 242-357-0607 (Nick). George Town.

    Taxi
    • See Ferry for Water Taxi
    • Numerous local taxis can be contacted on VHF Ch-16 (Ch-14 is working channel).
    • Listen to Cruisers Net for opportunities to share taxis to the airport.
    • Taxi fare to / from airport: $30 / 1 person; $35 / 2 persons.
    • Bal Sound's Taxi; 242-525-0832; 242-357-2375; 242-336-2905; VHF Ch-16 (Taxi 23). Bal Sound sponsors the men's and women's softball teams.

    • Exuma Travel & Transportation / Exuma Transit Services; 242-345-0232. Airport.
    • Exuma Bus Service; 242-554-3227.
    • Junior Taxi Service; 243-336-2509.
    • Leslie Dames Taxi Service; 242-357-0015.
    • Luther Rolle Taxi Service; 242-345-5003.
    • Taxi 13; Leslie. Pleasant and reliable.
    • Taxi 16; 242-357-0410; 242-336-2116; VHF Ch-16. Clifford Strachan.

    • Taxi 19;
    • Taxi 57; J.J.'s Taxi Service; 242-524-7443; VHF Ch-16. James "JJ" Rolle.


    Things to See & Do
    • See Area Events above.
    • Bonefishing: Peace & Plenty Bonefishing Lodge; 242-345-5555
    • Bonefishing guide: Bonefish Reno; 242-345-5014; 242-524-4215; bonefishreno@yahoo.com. Rolle Town. Full and half-day excursions. Tackle & transportation can be provided.
    • Bush Medicine Tour: Christine Tours; Christine Rolle; 242-358-4016.
    • College of the Bahamas, Exumas Centre; 242-336-2792. George Town.
    • Cruisers Regatta Week an annual event is not to be missed.
    • Destinations; 242-336-2703. George Town.
    • Exuma Cay Adventures; 242-357-0390;242-336-2353; 242-551-8044; eaparadise@batelnet.bs. Hoopers Bay. Glass bottom boat tour. Tours of: Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, Elizabeth Harbour, Exuma and Long Island in high speed excursion boat.
    • Kite Surfing: Exuma Kite Surfing; 242-524-0523.
    • Exuma Tours; 242-336-3297. George Town.
    • Exuma Watersports; 242-336-3422. Safari tours to norther Exumas including Staniel, Compass, Fowl Cays, Thunderball Grotto in high speed tour boat.
    • Hiking on Stocking Island. There are several trails that give hikers access to most of Stocking Island. It is possible to walk the entire ocean (E) beach of the island. Trails will take you up to Monument Hill and a couple of other high spots where spectacular views of Elizabeth Harbour. A regular cruising visitor, Skip Hird on SV Eleanor M, has drawn an excellent map of the trails for the use of hikers. Skip also maintains these trails. See: Stocking Island Trail Map for download. Skip asks hikers to heed the advice he provides on the chart to help preserve this fragile environment. See George Town Cruiser Activites.
    • Kayaking: Exuma Watersports; 242-336-3422.
    • Kayaking: Palm Bay Beach Resort; 242-336-2787.
    • Off Island Adventures; 242-554-2768. Kite boarding; out-Island adventures.
    • Kayaking: Starfish Exuma Activity Center.
    • Rolleville Historic Tour; 242-524-4788.
    • Regatta Park. Home of island festivities: annual Music Festival; Family Island Regatta, etc.
    • Roberts Island Adventures; 242-357-0224; robertsislandadventures@msn.com. George Town. Tours; snorkeling; reef fishing Cast-a-ways tours.
    • Seaside tours: Bill Curtis; 242-357-0270.
    • Sailing: Starfish Exuma Activity Center.
    • Sightseeing: Guided tours with Christine (Taxi 25), Mary (Taxi 10).
    • Sightseeing: Seaside Tours.
    • Starfish The Exuma Adventure Center; 242-336-3033. George Town.
    • Tennis: public courts are located at February Point.
    • Stocking Island Trail Map

    Tides
    • Local tides are 10 to 15 minutes after those in Nassau.

    Trash

    • Note: The free trash dumpster at the mailboat pier available in former years are no longer available.
    • The Exxon station located next to Exuma Yacht Club and across from Exuma Market accepts trash for $2 / bag; pay at the office before depositing the bag in the dumpster.
    • Harbor Service Boat is no longer in operation; it was sunk by Hurricane Matthew.
    • Trash Truck: a pickup truck located on the S side of the Red Boon Cafe, next to Exuma Market and the dinghy dock. Will accept trash bags: $2 for small bag; $3 for large
    • Cruisers should not use dumpsters of private businesses, those in town ore those along the beaches to dispose of boat trash.
    • Cruisers should avoid paying individuals for trash disposal as they end up putting it in unauthorized sites.
    • Recycle: There are no longer recycling receptacles.

    Veterinarian / Pet Services
    • There is no longer a veterinarian resident on Great Exuma.
    • Dr. Issah Hanson from the Bahamas Humane Society in Nassau visits George Town approximately every 3 weeks. Supplies for heart worm, flea and tick preventions, etc. may be purchased in between visits. To schedule an appointment or purchase meds, please call Ellen Sykes local contact 242-524-2390 or e-mail bhsexuma@gmail.com
    • Bahamas Humane Society; Nassau; 242-524-2390; bhsexuma@gmail.com

    VHF Protocol
    • VHF Ch-68 is the hailing channel for Elizabeth Harbour. Cruisers should use this channel in lieu of VHF Ch-16.
    • Cruisers should use the "USA" set of VHF channels on their radios in the Bahamas. International or Canadian frequency sets have more duplex channels which complicate local communication.
    • Local residents and business use VHF Ch-16 extensively; it is still used for emergency traffic.
    • Cruisers should reserve use of VHF Ch-16 for emergency use and use VHF CH-68 for hailing.
    • VHF Ch-14 and Ch-12 are allocated to use by local businesses in this area by the Public Utilities Commission.

    Waste Oil

    • The trash truck located ~ 50 m S of Exuma market will accept waste oil in a sealed container placed next to vehicle; check sign for fee.
    • The service garage just W of the Batelco office accepts waste oil for $3/gal.

    Water
    • Free RO town water is provided for filling jerry cans courtesy of Exuma Markets from a spigot on the dinghy dock in Lake Victoria.
    • RO town water is available at Exuma Yacht Club pier for $0.40 / gal.
    • Coral Springs; 242-336-2830 / 2831. George Town. Bottled water.

    Weather
    • Weather summaries are provided each morning on the Cruisers Net, VHF Ch-72 at ~ 0800
    • Marine Weather Center; Daily SSB, webcast, & email forecasts by Chris Parker. Note: Best reception in this area is usually on 4045 KHz USB Simplex at 0630 AST.
    • Bahamas Met Office website provides weather forecast for local areas throughout the Bahamas.
    • 2016 George Town Derecho. Check out video of unusual weather front, a derecho, that hit Elizabeth Harbour in January 2016. George Town Derecho Video.

    Topics: 19 Jan 12