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Beaches of Stocking Island
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

I'm Canadian and been living on Great Exuma for five years and when we have visitors we always bring them to Stocking Island. I've been more times than I can count so I will give you an unbiased list of what you can expect and what not to.

Keep in mind that this is a small island accessed by another small island in a tiny country.
You simply can't expect to find things to the quality and standard you can in The UK, or Canada.
If you can realise this you can embrace most of your experiences here.
If you feel a lot of things that fall short of your expectations you need to assess why it is you travel. if you want it to be like home? Stay home.

That said:
Stocking island is well worth a day over. Simplest access is by water Taxi which is $12 per person for return trip. it doesn't really run on schedule but more just when people turn up. you may have to wait for a bit if it is already doing a run.
Don't just stay at the Chat n' chill, walk to Higgins landing and around to other beaches, take the path over to the Atlantic side. The surf here can be very rough but you can certainly body surf! Walk a bit and explore.
You can expect a white sand beach and clear water and because it has many sides you can usually find a place to get out of the wind.
You can expect to find people to chat to. Most of them friendly tourists from around the globe
You can expect to get up close and personal with Stingrays. This is really a highlight and shouldn't be missed.
You can expect the freshest of conch salads. (they harvest the conch right there and then)
You can expect as the day goes on several drunks
You can expect people to take part in beach volley ball.
You can expect a moderate crowd, but compared to most beaches around the world, it will seem empty.

What you should NOT expect,
Don't expect beach chairs, at least not until the owner finds a more reliable quality chair. He has not replaced the chairs for a while. A bit of a disappointment.
Don't expect Fast food. it will take a while. They don't advertise it as fast, and they don't make it until it's ordered. Order your food up to an hour before you think you might really be needing it. you may get it faster, but expect to wait.
Don't expect GOOD food. But...at $4.50 a hamburger what do you want? it's edible. and there's something about a burger on a beach that adds more to it than the flavour could ever deliver. it's typical Bahamian fare. No more, no less.
Don't expect great or happy service. Depends on the staff and depends on the day. It can be great and it can be abysmal.
Do not expect a play park for children. I've seen a few reviews saying there was nothing for children to do...but honestly it is a perfect beach for children as the water is calm and there are no steep drop offs. MOST children are more than happy to play on a beach all day.

This is really based on doing what most people do and heading over to Chat'N Chill for the day, there are other options for Stocking Island though. Peace and Plenty has a water taxi and that will take you over to Hamburger beach, or Elvis may take you if he's not too busy (and yes they do have a restaurant there with the same fare as Chat n' Chill) which then is far easier to access the other side of the island. You can also walk to Starfish beach which is named that for a reason.

All in all, if you are on Great Exuma, plan a trip to Stocking Island near to the start of your trip as you will quite likely want to spend another day there before you go.

6  Thank Cherith J
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Stocking Island appeals to a wide range of age groups with great beaches and beautiful calm sea.Although many people only know it for the Chat and Chill restaurant and it's Sunday pig roast the island is lovely to visit any day of the week( the reliable water taxi run by Elvis goes every day and takes only about 10 minutes and costs $12 return).There are miles of empty beaches away from the restaurant,intersting reefs to snorkel and if you are a marine biologist there is the location (only 2nd in the world) to see stromatolites on the other side of the island.

3  Thank bahamasbliss
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

Couldn't get to the other 'attractions' on the island, just Chat 'n' Chill. Great beach and the prices for food and drinks was very reasonable - thought we'd get soaked because of the location and no other choices, but I guess that only happens in Canada! Has our first Conch Salad experience - very good and worth the $10 (most expensive item on the menu). Swam with stingrays and a couple of people we lucky enough to interact with a couple of young dolphins that came in to play!!
Would definately go back, but I want to see more of the island - it's quite big.

2  Thank Iain S
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Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

I spent a day enjoying this gorgeous island and it was awesome! I loved the enormous white sand beach that wraps around the point where Chat n Chill sits. There are plenty of wood picnic tables and benches scattered around and the pine trees provide ample shady spots. It's fun to watch AJ who makes the fresh conch salads feed the tame stingrays that swim alongside the beach. They are beautiful and docile - they gently brushed my legs as I stood in the shallow water. The water is the prettiest shades of turquoise and is clear and calm. I loved this island and it was great to have food and drinks as well as clean restrooms available there.

2  Thank hobiecatsailor
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

It's a short water taxi ride out of Georgetown which only costs about $12 bucks round trip! Beautiful island and a wonderful way to relax for the day while visiting Great Exuma! My husband and I visited In October and spent the entire day there! It's beautiful and definitely get a Goombay Smash at the Chat n Chill!

2  Thank seaslife1
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