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It's Excellent in the Exumas ~ A week on Staniel Cay (+ Atlantis)

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Sep 15th, 2013, 04:22 PM
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Just saw this and read every bit! Gorgeous pictures and great detailed report. So many places in the world to visit....thanks for sharing Kristen!
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Jan 4th, 2014, 07:41 PM
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Thank you for your excellent review. This is exactly what I needed to push me over the edge. I'll be calling tomorrow to make a reservation. Can't wait to visit Exumas. I do have one question for you: how did you get there and was it expensive? We are wondering if we should fly to Ft Lauderdale and take a charter flight to the resort? Would would you suggest since you've probably met a few people that took different options to get there. Thank you in advance!

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Feb 7th, 2014, 10:23 AM
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Hi, great report! I am trying to plan a trip to SCYC for my family (wife, 9 yr old son and 7 yr old daughter) and was wondering if I could email you somehow to ask some questions and get some advice?
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Feb 10th, 2014, 10:22 AM
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wonderful... you just did all my planning although no way am I getting my husband on a boat without a capt. I've been to same islands as you and was thinking about going back to St.Martain, but nope looks like the Bahamas...
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May 28th, 2014, 12:13 PM
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I haven't checked on this thread in a while...sorry not to have responded sooner!

Flamingo is the most affordable(from Nassau) and Watermakers is more upscale,e and pricier. WE are going back in August and taking Flamingo again because of the free airfare deal.

Feel free to contact me (if it's not too late) at [email protected] or via TripAdvisor private messaging.

Broncett...did you book??
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May 28th, 2014, 12:15 PM
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When is Fodors going to get an "edit" feature?? Pardon my typos, and I meant to say that Watermakers flies out of Ft. Lauderdale.
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May 29th, 2014, 07:12 AM
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I missed this excellent trip report the first time around so Kristen I'm happy you posted again to top this report. I think a trip to the Bahamas is in my near future!
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May 29th, 2014, 11:07 AM
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Thanks Sharona! I will be posting another in August Hope you make it there!!
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Jul 28th, 2014, 04:49 PM
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I sent you a message via email! Awesome trip report and I am wondering if we will be there at same time. We leave Tues, Aug 5- myself, husband and 10 year old daughter! It has been 6 years since we were there and Camden's first time!
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Jul 28th, 2014, 07:49 PM
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Kristen-
do you remember how long it took you to get to Black Point? We did not do that on our previous trip but would like to on the one coming up in late August-
thanks!
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Jul 30th, 2014, 01:05 PM
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Glad we connected Channing!

Ish...I think it took about 25 minutes at the most. Not far past Bitter Guana Cay. Not much to see there but I am glad we went once.
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Jul 31st, 2014, 08:25 PM
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Ok- thanks- last time we left Bitter Guana and headed that direction (south ?) but then the weather started looking "iffy" and we turned around before we got to Black Point. Just curious.
I saw your post on TA about the L & S Park. We loved snorkeling at the aquarium. There is supposed to be another sunken plane near there but we ran out of time and did not snorkel there.
We did make it to the dinosaur- your daughter might like to see that. Others told us of hiking and one place there are some caves but we did not get there before.
We did walk over to the ocean side at CC last time- did you do that? It was very "untouched" feeling and we did not see any other people- we walked up the beach to some ruins of an old house- great views- it was too rough to swim in the ocean that particular day but it was a very peaceful place.
Please let me know all YOU discover so I can know more when we get there in a month.
I hope you have a wonderful trip and I can't wait to read all about it!
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 07:49 AM
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Will do!!
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Aug 7th, 2014, 01:59 PM
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Could somebody confirm that SCYC is suitable for children.

I just have a feeling that it may be a litte rowdy, flash for us. Just not sure.

We have been to Hopetown twice before and loved the laid back, family feel. I am beginning to worry that Staniel is all about rappers, large motor yachts and parties til 3am.

We have a 9 year old.

Should I be concerned?
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Aug 7th, 2014, 02:13 PM
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Kristen1206 has a 9 year old, and loved it

I have a 12 year old who has been to tons of Out Islands, loved every one

More "sail" than yacht
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Aug 7th, 2014, 03:09 PM
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Dickie_Gr,
We are headed back to SCYC in 3 weeks- can't wait! We are now- very recently- grandparents so we obviously are not going to be partying all night! When we were there before there were families with children and the owner was there with his own child who is probably about 8, 9 or so now, too. It is certainly family friendly as far as we could tell-
By the way, I fell in love with Hopetown over 20 years ago as it was my first "out island experience"- I have been there 7 times and love Exuma more now - I hope you love it. Have no fears! When are you going?
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Aug 8th, 2014, 07:17 AM
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Thanks ishkrbbl that's comforting.

We are booked for Easter next year.

We are very time poor and unlike for Americans, The Bahamas is a dreadful journey, I know some Americans refer to The Bahamas as "not for cissies" due to amongst other things, logistical issues. It is possible that for this two week trip, we are going to have to take 7 flights to cover Hopetown and Staniel.

We were considering dropping Staniel unless it is anything but a wonderful place and we love Hopetown so much.

Just want to swim with the Pigs!

We are VERY time poor following the British education authorities change in absence rules. Ie kids must have no time off for travel. Don't have time to make mistakes.
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Aug 10th, 2014, 06:48 PM
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Where in the UK are you flying from? We have friends who use Manchester as their airport and I do understand the problems with travel although we are luckier coming from the US in shorter time. IF you can make it work out, I think you would really enjoy SC.
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Aug 11th, 2014, 01:28 PM
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I am having very real second thoughts.

We intend to have a week at SCYC then a week in Hopetown. That's seven flights from Manchester UK return.

Life will be me much easier when Thomas Cook commence direct Miami flights in May 2015. Prior to the recession there were direct flights from Manchester to many Southern States and Caribbean. Now we are very limited.

We have just had a great long weekend in Scotland.

The Bahamas is a big deal for any European traveller, in terms of cash and time.

I have just worked out that I can buy carbon road bicycles for all three of us and a small Boston Whaler for the same price of this trip. We may just go to The Scottish Highlands instead.

We do have 10 days in Charleston booked and paid, this October.
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Aug 12th, 2014, 03:35 AM
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At Staniel Cay right now. (With Kristen!).

Wow amazing electric water.

Most Bahamas out islands don't have real towns and bar hopping or nightlife. They are off the beaten path and amazing, but different experience.

You want nightlife go to Atlantis!

Harbour island had a small town, as does Hopetown (Abacos). Other than that quite sleepy (although even quietest island has 1 lively bar) and don't expect shopping.
Out islands have food packages, most aren't true ai except for Club Med San Salvador.

It's a different Caribbean experience for sure.



Contact below link, they have island hopping (part of Bahamas tourism) and can combine charter air between islands (usually pretty reasonable, sometimes free)
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