The Islands of the BahamasExuma Cays Land and Sea Park
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Updated on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

The Islands of the Bahamas

The Bahamas National Parks


Our country’s archipelago is named Bahamas, which originates from the Spanish Baja Mar meaning shallow sea or low tide. Our shallow water and low tidal range that does not stir up the sea bottom results in beautiful, clear waters that allow the sunshine in and sea plants and coral reefs to grow. Diverse bird, reptilian and marine life thrives in this gentle environment.  Since the early 1950s plans were in motion to set aside islands which would serve as buffer areas to development and which might eventually become national parks. An Act of Parliament in 1959 created The Bahamas National Trust and this agency has been devoted to the protection and conservation of our natural resources for future generations.


Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Established: 1958

Size: 112,640 Acres


This 176 square mile park created in 1958 was the first of its kind in the world and is famous for its pristine beauty, outstanding anchorages and breathtaking marine environment. It is the first marine fishery reserve established in the Caribbean. 

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