Our Vacation to Exuma: The Arrival

We took a ton of pictures on this trip, and I’m only willing to edit them down so much, so… I’m going to break the trip down into several different posts. 

 

We just got back from a wonderful week in paradise. We went to the Bahamas. It was amazing. I actually think amazing is an understatement.

Exuma

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

The first thing we needed to do after customs was to pick up the rental car. I waited with the kids.

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

Can you believe they still have pay phones? LOL!

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but those moths are the size of birds/bats. They’re HUGE! They are all over the place, especially at night. We saw many interesting critters on our trip.

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

Exuma International Airport

We had about a 45 minute drive from the airport to our Villa. It was pretty remote, but it gave us a chance to see how the locals live. We really got to see and experience everything that way.

Exuma, The Bahamas

Most of the roads are bumpy, winding and un-maintained. And unless you’re on the main stretch, they aren’t even paved.

Exuma

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma

To get to our villa, we first had to figure out which was the correct street to turn down. We needed to make a left at the two conch shells. I’m not even kidding. And let me tell you, it wasn’t easy finding those conch shells.  Then we drove for about five-10 minutes through the “jungle.”

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma

The Villa we rented was overlooking the water on one side, and the jungle on the other.

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma

I don’t know who’s the bigger dork, my husband or my son. It’s a toss-up. My husband has been looking forward to this vacation for a long time, lol.

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma

This was the “jungle” side. When you’re inside the villa, you’re spoiled with 360° views.

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma

My nephew quickly claimed the hammock for himself.

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

And inside… This is the living/dining /kitchen “Great Room.”

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

I love that fish sconce. I’ve been searching online for one since I’ve been home. I found one that comes close, but I want THIS one.

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Look at how they displayed these coins. I love that too!  I see a craft/decorating project in my future…

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

That’s a pretty neat stove, right?! If I had room for a separate stove/oven, I would be all over my husband to do something like this.

Exuma, The Bahamas

The first bedroom…

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

The second bedroom…

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

The downstairs bathroom…

Exuma, The Bahamas

The master bedroom…

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

And, the master bathroom…

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

After settling in, we headed out to find a place to eat. It became a quest. Apparently, the local restaurants had such a busy day, that they all decided to close early. We found one open restaurant at the Fish Fry… Shirley’s.The Fish Fry, Exuma

The Fish Fry, Exuma

The Fish Fry, Exuma

The Fish Fry, Exuma

Shirley’s had a busy day too! And to top it off, it was their last day before closing to go on vacation. So, the menu looks extensive but the bottom line was… You only had a few things to choose from… Blackened Grouper, Coconut Grouper or Grouper Fingers. You wanna guess what we ordered? If you guessed Grouper, you would be correct! LOL! At least you know the food is very fresh, and it was honestly very good. It wasn’t very healthy, but it was good. Everything is deep fried. And… Everything comes with a side of macaroni and cheese.It’s my greatest weakness. I was in heaven. I’m paying for it now though.

The Fish Fry, Exuma

The Fish Fry, Exuma

My nephew was entertained by the House Geckos!

The Fish Fry, Exuma

And then again outside, with the Giant Moths! But wait… Our encounters with “wild life” didn’t stop there.

The Fish Fry, Exuma

This guy was waiting for us at home. I pretended to be brave, I pretended he didn’t bother me, but honestly… Every time we moved, so did he. It was as if he was guarding the house against intruders. When we moved left, he moved left. When we moved right, he moved right.

Exuma, The Bahamas

We had to walk past him one at a time.

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Dumb, creepy-ass tarantula!

Exuma, The Bahamas

After getting past the tarantula, my sister-in-law and I went down to explore the beach.

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

We didn’t find anything exciting, just a few pieces of coral.

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

It was a beautiful night.

Exuma, The Bahamas

But, those moths… Uggh!

Exuma, The Bahamas

Exuma, The Bahamas

2 Comments

  1. Liz
    August 13, 2015 / 9:39 AM

    Wow – what a beautiful place! Your pics are incredible. You guys must’ve had so much fun. I can’t get over that tarantula. yikes! It looks as though you were in a very remote place. Were you scared at all? I would’ve been. OTOH it must’ve been so beautiful and quiet♥ Can’t wait to see more of your trip! Liz

    • Karen
      October 1, 2015 / 12:57 PM

      Thanks! It was incredible. The tarantula’s weren’t so bad. The house had a lot of scorpions, so we were more concerned with those. It was worth putting up with all the bugs to be in such a beautiful paradise. I hope you had a wonderful summer as well. I’m looking forward to the holidays and cooler weather. 🙂

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