The Art of Smart Timing
Exuma stays lively throughout the year, except for the fall months between August and Thanksgiving, when some resorts and restaurants close for a few weeks or months. The big resorts remain open, and that's when you'll find the best rates. The threat of hurricanes makes the months from June through mid-November a little questionable, but not out of the question if you don't mind the risk of having your vacation canceled or postponed. Summer can also be quite hot, humid, and buggy, especially away from the shoreline.
Weather-wise, Christmas through Easter is ideal for a warm escape from the frigid north.
Exuma's only airport is a short distance from George Town and roughly equidistance from the resorts of Emerald Bay. Direct flights depart from Florida and Atlanta.
Rental car or taxi is the best way to travel Great and Little Exuma islands. Roads are twisty and pot-holed, especially once you get off the main Queen's Highway.
Public parking in George Town and at attractions, restaurants, and beaches is free. There's no public transportation. Water taxis take you from George Town to Stocking Island.
George Town is easy enough to navigate by foot, but uneven or non-existent sidewalks make pushing a stroller challenging. Exuma is quite safe for families, but avoid secluded, unlit beaches at night. The Emerald Bay area has good security. You can walk from the resorts to a couple of restaurants and a liquor store, but otherwise it's a far ride (about $100 one-way by taxi) to George Town.
Bahamians speak English; among themselves they speak a patois that can be difficult to understand.
The Bahamian dollar is based on the value of the U.S. dollar.