William’s Town is the southernmost settlement on Little Exuma. This quaint town is best known for its ruins of a former plantation home and a nearby beach that is touted as one of the region’s most stunning stretches of sand. Watch local fishermen bringing in their catches and see the haunting remains of the town’s salt lake.

Check out the unusual Salt Beacon, located on the Queen’s Highway on the outskirts of William’s Town. This 30-foot-tall (9-meter) Tuscan-style pillar was built in the 18th or 19th century to help guide ships to the salt port. Exuma’s salt-raking industry flourished for hundreds of years until refrigeration was developed in the 20th century. Look for a small plaque describing the beacon, as well as a lone cannon once used to defend the site against pirates.

The land at the base of the Salt Beacon is an excellent lookout point, offering views over the ocean and inland to the Great Salt Pond. Look over this eerie body of water, where salt was harvested before overseas shipment.

Don’t miss the picturesque hilltop ruins of the Hermitage, an 18th-century cotton plantation. The Hermitage spans 970 acres (390 hectares) and is the last surviving example of many plantations once dotted across the Exumas. Look for wild cotton growing around the property, a reminder of the slaves who once worked on the land.

Near the Hermitage are a somber group of Loyalist tombs. Read the inscriptions to see that three of the graves are marked with the names of Loyalist families, while the fourth is mysteriously unmarked, possibly belonging to a slave.

Ask for directions to the Tropic of Cancer Beach, down an unmarked rocky road northwest of town. It is often described as one of the Bahamas’ most beautiful beaches. You’ll likely be the only visitor enjoying this secluded strip of sand. Aside from being a serene place to relax, the imaginary Tropic of Cancer meridian line runs across this beach.

To reach William’s Town, cross to Little Exuma from Great Exuma. You’ll find it about 19 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of George Town.

Known for

Tropical, Beaches and Secluded

Top Hotels in William's Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Tropical View Villa
3 out of 5
Tropic of Cancer Beach, William's Town
4.7/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Amazing stay and will be back soon

"Our stay at tropical view villas was amazing, the location is just perfect the villa is on one of the best beaches in Exuma’s and the villa has everything you could ever need. Kamal who is the property manager was truly amazing and answered all our questions prior to us arriving and then when we ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2019

Tropical View Villa
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Relaxed Exclusivity/family Favorite
William's Town
4.9/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Beautiful home with a beautiful view!

"We enjoyed our stay on Little Exuma. The view was amazing! The house was perfect! We loved the indoor/outdoor living with the large sliding door and giant patio area! The kayaks were great to have and we liked having snorkel gear."…"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Relaxed Exclusivity/family Favorite
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Intimate Luxury & Best Beach In Caribbean At Blue Point Cottage Beach Hous
William's Town
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Great Vacation Spot

"The house was great with a beautiful view. Judy was extremely helpful the entire trip. Lots to explore but also plenty of privacy to relax by the beach."…"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Intimate Luxury & Best Beach In Caribbean At Blue Point Cottage Beach Hous

Popular things to do in William's Town

Tropic of Cancer Beach
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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.

Salt Pond
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Salt Pond

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Salt Pond during your travels in William's Town. While you're in the area, stroll along the beaches.

Palm Bay Beach
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Palm Bay Beach

Relax on a sun lounger, get a spa treatment at the club and swim in the ocean at this scenic bay.