The Exuma Cays represent an authentic laid back Bahamian lifestyle experience that offers an adventure of a lifetime. Just an hour’s flight from Miami, you can dive into gin clear waters that will dazzle you with schools of Technicolor fish and coral. For a special experience you can swim with pigs. This is one of the most popular attractions in the Bahamas that people from around the world come to experience.  Grand Isle Resort & Spa is the perfect base for a variety of explorations around the Cays.

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Hop into the boat and begin to absorb the breathtaking nature of this beautiful archipelago.  As the boat approaches one of the small islands you will see the pigs start to peek out from behind the bush and then start walking toward the beach.  Oh, how sweet, but then they actually start to step into the water – oh my! and then they swim towards you!  You won’t be able to resist jumping out of the boat and enjoying a swim with the some of the cutest, friendliest pigs you will ever see.  Of course, the little piglets stay safe on the beach as they watch as their parents frolic with the visitors.  What must they be thinking?  Watch the video When Pigs Swim now!

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The Exuma Cays are ideal for snorkeling and there are many options to choose from.  Grand Isle Resort sits on beautiful Emerald Bay and guests of the hotel can step off the beach and into the underwater beauty of the islands.  For divers, there are several underwater caves in the Exuma archipelago chain.  The most famous is Thunderball Grotto, featured in several Hollywood movies including two James Bond films. Elizabeth Harbor tours highlight areas where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed and also makes stops for snorkeling. All of these attractions can be visited as part of an excursion from Grand Isle Resort

If fishing is your preference, deep-sea, reef, fly and spear fishing await you in Exuma.  The flat waters are world renowned for bone fishing while the deep waters boast an abundance of marlin, tuna, wahoo, grouper, spiny lobster and more. Boat tours include island hopping to feed the iguanas and the chance to walk on unimaginable sand bars.  Pass by celebrity homes and maybe catch a glimpse of Johnny Depp, Leonardo de Caprio or say good morning to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

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Think of Grand Isle Resort as your personal conch shell while visiting Exuma.  Nestled into the perfect crescent shaped beach on Emerald Bay, with 73 ocean-front villas, the resort offers the utmost in luxury, quality, privacy and space (from 1,250 – 5,200 sq ft).  Nature remains the focal point at the hotel with views to the ocean, lush gardens or dramatic fairways of the golf course that lies adjacent to the resort. Custom-designed furnishings, terraces or balconies, and a fully-appointed gourmet kitchen was key to the resort being recipient of Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice® Awards in 2015 as one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean. From the architecture, landscaping, and interior design to a host of modern and thoughtful conveniences the award remains well deserved.

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For the experience of a lifetime, you can swim with pigs! Perfect for any type of getaway, the True Exuma Experience package includes luxurious accommodations in any of our breathtaking Villas, daily breakfast for two served on our award winning Palapa Grill and a half day excursion to swim with the pigs and more hidden surprises. Rates start at just $499 per night for a three night minimum stay.  Check dates and availability at 

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The open-air poolside Palapa Grill serving traditional Caribbean jerk-style seafood, Bahamian barbeque and simple American favorites – open for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner. Light fare and the full-service bar offers a variety of beverages and signature tropical cocktails that are available poolside or on the beautiful beach. The Sea Star Spaat Grand Isle Resort was chosen as one of the Top 25 Relaxation and Spa Hotels in the Caribbean by Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards 2015.  The concierge can make arrangements for any and all of the tours mentioned above and are there to help create a most memorable stay.

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Trust Hospitality is an award-winning premier hotel owner and operator. With more than 25 years of experience, Trust has more than 30 projects in operation or development worldwide. Headquartered in Miami, Florida with offices in New York, Panama, Salvador and Lisbon. For more information visit or

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Great Exuma and its Cays are the most exotic of the Bahamas Out Islands, and the most authentic.  A collection of tiny jewel-like islands Exuma is world-renowned for its magnificent coral reefs, colorful sea life and powdery white-sand beaches offering the ultimate Caribbean experience.  The largest island of the 365 cays comprising the Exumas archipelago, Great Exuma has been named as one of the top 10 places to visit in the Caribbean. It’s all about life on the water, a totally laid back Bahamian lifestyle that has been the best kept secret of savvy tropical vacationers.  Great Exuma is located within the Out Islands of the Bahamas just above the Tropic of Cancer and is roughly 120 miles southeast of Nassau, Bahamas, 300 miles southeast of Miami, and 700 miles from Atlanta.

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For reservations and further information, e-mail call +242.358.5000, US Toll Free 844.443.9862, Fax +242.358.5333 or visit our website at, follow at @GrandIsleResort on Instagram or Twitter or on Facebook 



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