We are travelling to Exuma in a couple of weeks and will be staying at the northern end of the island near what Google Maps calls Alexander along what is the “creek” or “cut” that splits Great Exuma from Madam Daus Cay. I'm very interested in nice beaches at that end of the island that are rarely visited by others. I'd love to take the family to a "deserted beach" where we would have it to ourselves for the entire day. Obviously, there are no guarantees but would like to improve the chances if possible.
We should have access to a jeep, a "glass bottom boat", and kayaks with relative easy access via the creek to both the eastern and western sides of the island. Traveling to some of the cays or less accessible beaches on the island (east or west side) is definitely a possibility. I’m particularly interested in Long Cay, Brigantine Cay, and several other places. Please see my map at: http://mapfling.com/q883929
In addition to taking the family somewhere fun and quiet, I’d like to also visit some of the places on my own to indulge in my hobby of photography. One of my concerns is about communication in case of emergency. I understand that most, if not all the island is covered by Verizon but was wondering how far out to sea the coverage extends. In other words, if I at Sandy Cay (I think that’s the right name) at the extreme southern end, past Hog Cay, will I get any coverage. Do I need to think about bringing some kind of radio and if so, what type? Is it even feasible to consider taking a “glass bottom” boat from the north end and circumnavigating the island in a day with stops along the way for photography? I consider myself a “cautious adventurer” and would really love to go around the island and just explore but don’t want to take unnecessary risks.
Also, would love any suggestions for photo subjects. Really love old boats (especially beached or wrecked), old buildings (abandoned ones are awesome), piers, etc. It’s not that I’m into depressing subjects, I just like to imagine the story behind the abandoned building, boat, bus, etc..