Great Exuma is the largest of the Out Islands, also called the "Family Islands" in the Bahamas. The Out Islands consist of 360 islands, or Cays (pronounced keys) and are located Southeast of Nassau.
Great Exuma has a permanent population of around 2000 residents. It has been a popular yachting and sailing destination for awhile, but is still relatively unknown to many. It shouldn't be, though; it is amazingly gorgeous, a neat cultural experience (it is the anti-Atlantis) and, with direct flights from Atlanta lasting under 2 hours, very easy to get to from the Southeast.
After an afternoon on the beach and in the pool, we turned in early and enjoyed the beautiful "supermoon" from our balcony.
On Monday we awoke excited about exploring the island. After the kids gorged on some Scooby Doo, we drove into town and stocked up at the store. Then we drove the 30 minutes to Little Exuma (accessible by a bridge) to find the Tropic of Cancer beach. There are not any signs to get to the beaches, so it is good to have directions before leaving the house (don't expect cell phone reception). You can also ask the locals, as they are very helpful and friendly.
We found Tropic of Cancer beach easily and really enjoyed our pretty day. There is a shallow reef along the end of the beach and that was a good intro to snorkeling for our youngest.