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Get to know Staniel Cay

Staniel Cay is a tiny jewel of an island—about two square miles big, with about 100 full-time residents—and one of the 365 islands in the Exuma Cays chain. The island is mostly residential and certainly less commercial than Nassau, though it does have a yacht club, which also serves as a local hotel and restaurant, as well as a smattering of stores and a post office. Many residents and visitors use Staniel Cay as a base to explore the other Exuma islands. NASA astronauts described the Exuma Cays as the most beautiful place on Earth from space and even on land, its bright white beaches surrounded by sapphire blue waters stun with their beauty. From Staniel Cay, you can hop over to Big Major Cay to swim with the feral pigs or snorkel in the Thunderball Grotto, where they filmed two Bond movies, Thunderball and Never Say Never Again.

Living in The Bahamas

Composed of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets, The Bahamas has an island for every mood. The calm, warm, jewel-colored waters of the surrounding Atlantic Ocean define the ebb and flow of life here and Bahamians wake up knowing they live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. New Providence Island, home to the capital of Nassau, is the economic and commercial center of Bahamian life and just an hour’s flight away from Miami. There are multiple residential communities here that vary in style, ranging from the decorous pastel charms of Lyford Cay to the extravagant mansions of Albany, as well as multiple luxury high-rises. The islands of the Bahamas stretch for more than 500 miles and as you move farther south, the Out (or Family) Islands become less and less populated, many without a single human inhabitant. Others, like Eleuthera and Harbour Island, are pockets of sophisticated seclusion, while the Exumas, a chain of 365 islands, offer peaceful privacy and pristine beaches.