Couples planning a honeymoon to remember can experience a positive legacy of 9/11 this summer, by watching piglets learning to swim in the waters around the Exuma Islands.
Shortly after 9/11, with the fear that terrorist activity on the US mainland could affect food sources to this remote chain of islands in the Bahamas, the locals imported domestic pigs to live on one of the islands, to be butchered when needed. These pigs have continued to live, and breed, in their exclusive new beach resort, with piglets being born earlier this spring.
These pigs have now become local celebrities, and will swim out to visiting boats to see what scraps they have to offer.
See them this year, before someone barbecues them!
The pigs are on a Cay called Big Majors Spot, and will come out to meet you when you arrive. Fly to the neighbouring Staniel Cay from the main airport in Georgetown, or charter a yacht. Hundreds of low-lying sandy cays (pronounced keys) in a sixty mile chain offering an idyllic honeymoon destination. Thunderball Grotto from the 007 film “Thunderball” is on Staniel Cay, and there are numberous blue hole dive sites and coral heads to explore.
Hurricane season runs from 1st June to end of November, so these already quiet Cays become even quieter with most private boat owners leaving the islands. The most popular time to visit is during the spring, when the water is warm and the temperature in the 70’s to 80’s.
The new Four Seasons Resort on Grand Exuma is very popular with honeymooners, but if you have the budget, nothing beats chartering a private yacht with your own crew to cook your freshly caught fish or set up a romantic picnic on the beach. Musha Cay is an exclusive resort owned by David Copperfield and rented out at £150,000 per week, including the use of 5 private villas.
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