George Town is a wonderful town on the island of Great Exuma in the Exuma Island chain of the Bahama Islands. It is located at approximately 23 degrees 31 minutes north lattitude and 075 degrees 47 minutes west longitude, just above the tropic of cancer. It is about 125 miles SE of Nassau and about 350 miles from Miami, Florida. To the west of the Exumas Island chain is the Great Bahama Bank with shallow waters of from 10 to 25 foot depths, and to the east of the chain is Exuma Sound with deep waters reaching down to some 2500 feet deep. The waters are crystal clear blue tropical waters with abundant marine life.
There are many fine anchorages in and around George Town, many of them well protected from any winds. Highslide JS It is one of the few places in the Bahamas that offers so many protected anchorages for so many boats.
There are also fine land accommodations for those desiring to fly to George Town rather than coming by boat. The two major ones in George Town are the Peace and Plenty Hotel and the Two Turtles Inn. Houseboats may also be rented from Bahama Houseboats as another option. There are many wonderful restaurants on the island offering a variety of Bahamian Food and American cuisine. Eddy’s Edgewater, Jean’s Dog House, and the Two T’s are just a few of them.
During the winter season, various cruisers will often hold a seminar, either at Volleyball Beach or Hamburger Beach, on a variety of topics such as cruising to some favorite spot, GPS operations, medical preparedness, or perhaps even a concert. Highslide JSOne favorite that is held each year is a class on Morse code to help those that want to to learn what they need to get their amateur radio license. The tests for this license are also usually given in George Town. Life in George Town is fun and you must come down and experience it!
Each year, the cruisers try to use their collective talents and do something for the George Town community. Some of the various projects that have been undertaken are the building of a new stage in Regatta Park, building large picnic tables for Regatta Park, building restrooms at the ballpark, building swing sets for the young ones in several smaller villages on Great Exuma and constructing a new wing on the George Town library.
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