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William's TownBahamas

Filled with stories of a fascinating history of salt production, this old-fashioned village is the gateway to one of the Bahamas’ most beautiful beaches.

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.

Top Hotels in William's Town

Tropical View Villa
Tropical View Villa
3 out of 5
Tropic of Cancer Beach, William's Town, Exuma Islands
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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 2 mi (3.2 km) from Salt Pond. Fowl Cay and Hermitage Tomb ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (12 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
Luxurious Beachfront Villa, Infinity Pool, Exuma, The Bahamas
Luxurious Beachfront Villa, Infinity Pool, Exuma, The Bahamas
William's Town, Exuma
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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 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
The most beautiful villa, perfect for any occasion

"The owners, Judy and her staff are amazing. They are quick to respond and can help you with anything you need(such as car rentals, excursions, or anything else you would like to know about the island). Judy's daughter was able to meet us at the airport and take us to the market and liquor store before ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

Luxurious Beachfront Villa, Infinity Pool, Exuma, The Bahamas
Ocean view at Tropic of Cancer Beach  Little Exuma
Ocean view at Tropic of Cancer Beach Little Exuma
William's Town, Exuma
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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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)
Excellent house on the perfect beach

"This three bedroom, two bath house is located across the street from the famed Tropic of Cancer Beach. The house is clean, comfy and within a one minute walk to the beach. Washer, dryer, beach chairs & towels all included. The owner is responsive and helpful. We highly recommend it!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Ocean view at Tropic of Cancer Beach Little Exuma
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in William's Town

Tropical View Villa
Tropical View Villa
3 out of 5
Tropic of Cancer Beach, William's Town, Exuma Islands

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (12 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
Luxurious Beachfront Villa, Infinity Pool, Exuma, The Bahamas
Luxurious Beachfront Villa, Infinity Pool, Exuma, The Bahamas
William's Town, Exuma

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 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
The most beautiful villa, perfect for any occasion

"The owners, Judy and her staff are amazing. They are quick to respond and can help you with anything you need(such as car rentals, excursions, or anything else you would like to know about the island). Judy's daughter was able to meet us at the airport and take us to the market and liquor store before ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

Luxurious Beachfront Villa, Infinity Pool, Exuma, The Bahamas
Ocean view at Tropic of Cancer Beach  Little Exuma
Ocean view at Tropic of Cancer Beach Little Exuma
William's Town, Exuma

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)
Excellent house on the perfect beach

"This three bedroom, two bath house is located across the street from the famed Tropic of Cancer Beach. The house is clean, comfy and within a one minute walk to the beach. Washer, dryer, beach chairs & towels all included. The owner is responsive and helpful. We highly recommend it!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Ocean view at Tropic of Cancer Beach Little Exuma
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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