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Tropic of Cancer Beach

One of the most stunning locales in the Exumas, this pristine white-sand beach has remained remarkably untouched by tourism.

The Tropic of Cancer Beach, also known as Pelican Beach, is the strip of sand that draws most travelers to the Exumas. The imaginary Tropic of Cancer meridian runs along a set of stairs leading down to the beach’s powdery sands. Because the beach is notoriously difficult to find, it remains quiet and tranquil despite its beauty. Bring a picnic and snorkeling gear and enjoy an afternoon of leisurely lounging on the sands.

Take a few photos of the Tropic of Cancer line, which has been painted onto the steps leading down to the beach. This imaginary line, which marks the northern boundary of the tropics at 23 degrees latitude, runs along the spot where the beach’s rough dunes meet its soft sands.

The longest beach on the island, its white sands stretch for more than 1 mile (0.6 kilometers) and border sapphire-colored waters. The beach has no amenities, so you’ll need to bring your own food, water and snorkeling gear. Enjoy the protected cove and its waters, which are usually quite calm, making it an excellent spot for swimming and snorkeling. The beach’s clear waters are filled with colorful fish.

Go for a walk, following the beach’s gentle curve along the coast of Moore Hill. Although the beach is known as one of the prettiest in the Bahamas, it’s not uncommon for its sands to be completely deserted. Lie back in the perfect sands and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

The Tropic of Cancer Beach is located in the eastern part of Little Exuma. It’s best to ask a local resident for directions once you cross over the one-lane bridge to Little Exuma from Great Exuma. There are no signs for the turn-off, but look for a telephone pole with blue reflectors at the spot where you should turn left. You’ll see a rocky road to follow down to the beach. Rent a vehicle suited for rough roads and drive carefully.


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Tropical View Villa
Tropical View Villa

Tropical View Villa

Tropic of Cancer Beach, William's Town
     
    4.8
    of 5, from 10 reviews
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    Nestled on the beach, this William's Town villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tropic of Cancer Beach and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Hermitage Tomb. Rolletown Tombs is 8.2 mi (13.1 km) away.

    Two Story Orange House Overlooking Tropic of Cancer Beach
    Two Story Orange House Overlooking Tropic of Cancer Beach

    Two Story Orange House Overlooking Tropic of Cancer Beach

    , Little Exuma
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 4 reviews
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      Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is close to Tropic of Cancer Beach, Little Exuma Island, and Salt Pond. Local attractions also include Hermitage Tomb.

      Escape From the Daily Stresses of Life to This Tranquil Beach Cottage
      Escape From the Daily Stresses of Life to This Tranquil Beach Cottage

      Escape From the Daily Stresses of Life to This Tranquil Beach Cottage

      , Williams Town - Tropic of Cancer Beach
         
        0.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in William's Town, this property is close to Tropic of Cancer Beach, Little Exuma Island, and Salt Pond. Local attractions also include Hermitage Tomb.

        Enjoy sun Kissed White Sand Beaches and Breathtaking Ocean Views!
        Enjoy sun Kissed White Sand Beaches and Breathtaking Ocean Views!

        Enjoy sun Kissed White Sand Beaches and Breathtaking Ocean Views!

        , Williams Town
           
          4.8
          of 5, from 5 reviews
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is close to Tropic of Cancer Beach, Little Exuma Island, and Salt Pond. Local attractions also include Hermitage Tomb.

          Brand New Beachfront Villa, Pool, Little Exuma, The Bahamas
          Brand New Beachfront Villa, Pool, Little Exuma, The Bahamas

          Brand New Beachfront Villa, Pool, Little Exuma, The Bahamas

          , Williamstown
             
            5.0
            of 5, from 1 reviews
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            This beachfront property is located in William's Town, close to Tropic of Cancer Beach, Little Exuma Island, and Salt Pond. Local attractions also include Hermitage Tomb.

            Luxury Waterfront Home Overlooking Moriah Cay With all you Need to Explore Exuma
            Luxury Waterfront Home Overlooking Moriah Cay With all you Need to Explore Exuma

            Luxury Waterfront Home Overlooking Moriah Cay With all you Need to Explore Exuma

            , Exuma
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 1 reviews
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              Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is close to Rolletown Tombs. Area attractions also include Little Exuma Island and Tropic of Cancer Beach.

              Peace & Plenty $134
              Peace & Plenty

              Peace & Plenty

              Queen's Highway, EX29055, George Town
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 60 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in George Town, this beachfront resort is in the city center, 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Palm Bay Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Hoopers Bay and Rolletown Tombs. Emerald Bay Beach and Tropic of Cancer Beach are also within 16 mi (25 km).

                Regatta Point $188
                Regatta Point

                Regatta Point

                Regatta Point, George Town
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 39 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated by the sea, this apartment building is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Palm Bay Beach and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Hoopers Bay. Rolletown Tombs is 6.9 mi (11.1 km) away.