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The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. Once called Yumey and Suma (names of Amer-Indian origin), the islands have gone through many changes over the years. Rich in history, they were settled by British Loyalists with their slaves following the American Revolution, and remnants of that storied past remain. The islands are divided into three major areas—Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and The Exuma Cays. Each one offers its own unique experience. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their laidback surroundings, while The Exuma Cays act as a playground for the rich and famous, boasting numerous private homes, luxury resorts and beachside condos. One of the amazing sights in the cays is the "Mile-long Sandbar," a stretch of pure white sand emerging from the blue-green water at low tide.
This graceful crescent of white-powder sand borders translucent blue-green water. Named for its geographic coordinate and also known as Pelican Beach, it is the longest beach on Little Exuma and prettiest in the chain.
The oldest known macro-fossils on earth, they encode biological activity that could span thousands of years. Mature varieties can be found at some beaches on the Atlantic side of Stocking Island, and modern ones thrive in the Cays.
Big Major's Cay is home to these "domesticated" creatures. It all began in the early 1990s with five baby pigs (four females and one male) and the number has grown. They are so sociable, that whenever a boat arrives, they swim out to be fed.
Covering 13,440 acres, the park is a vital part of the ecosystem between Great and Little Exuma. It includes sand dunes, beaches, mangroves, and sea grass beds. Nesting seabirds call it home and it also serves as a nursery for marine life.