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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, Exuma Islands
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this William's Town villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tropic of Cancer Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Salt Pond. Fowl Cay and Hermitage Tomb are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Beachfront Villa - Infinity Pool & Sandy Beach All Year Round
    Beachfront Villa - Infinity Pool & Sandy Beach All Year Round

    Beachfront Villa - Infinity Pool & Sandy Beach All Year Round

    William's Town, Exuma
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this William's Town villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tropic of Cancer Beach and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Salt Pond. Fowl Cay and Hermitage Tomb are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Intimate Luxury on Bahamas Best Beach - Blue Point Cottage Beach House
      Intimate Luxury on Bahamas Best Beach - Blue Point Cottage Beach House

      Intimate Luxury on Bahamas Best Beach - Blue Point Cottage Beach House

      William's Town, Exuma
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the beach, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tropic of Cancer Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Salt Pond. Hermitage Tomb and Fowl Cay are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Mint To Be at Tropic of Cancer Beach Little Exuma
        Mint To Be at Tropic of Cancer Beach Little Exuma

        Mint To Be at Tropic of Cancer Beach Little Exuma

        William's Town, Exuma
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the waterfront, this romantic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tropic of Cancer Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Salt Pond. Hermitage Tomb and Rolletown Tombs are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Beachfront Villa With Pool With Incredible Sandy Beach
          Beachfront Villa With Pool With Incredible Sandy Beach

          Beachfront Villa With Pool With Incredible Sandy Beach

          William's Town, Exuma
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly William's Town villa is located on the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tropic of Cancer Beach and Salt Pond. Fowl Cay and Hermitage Tomb are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            A Slice Of Tropical Paradise
            A Slice Of Tropical Paradise

            A Slice Of Tropical Paradise

            William's Town, Exuma
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in William's Town, this romantic villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tropic of Cancer Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Salt Pond. Hermitage Tomb and Rolletown Tombs are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Luxurious 5000 sq ft Beachfront Villa On Breathtaking Tropic Of Cancer Beach
              Luxurious 5000 sq ft Beachfront Villa On Breathtaking Tropic Of Cancer Beach

              Luxurious 5000 sq ft Beachfront Villa On Breathtaking Tropic Of Cancer Beach

              William's Town, Exuma
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this William's Town villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tropic of Cancer Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Salt Pond. Fowl Cay and Hermitage Tomb are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Luxurious Beachfront Villa, Infinity Pool, Exuma, The Bahamas
                Luxurious Beachfront Villa, Infinity Pool, Exuma, The Bahamas

                Luxurious Beachfront Villa, Infinity Pool, Exuma, The Bahamas

                Williamstown
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this William's Town villa is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Salt Pond and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Tropic of Cancer Beach. Hermitage Tomb is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.