Approximately 35 miles east of New Providence and extending south-eastwardly for nearly 100 miles is the Exuma Cays, one of the crown jewels of The Bahamas. The pristine beauty, outstanding anchorages, and unspoiled marine environment of the Exumas are world-renowned. The U.S. publication, Yachtsmen’s Guide to the Bahamas”, has called the Exumas “possibly the most exquisite cruising ground in the Western Hemisphere.”
Lying at 24.7167 degrees latitude, 76.8167 degrees longitude, Highbourne Cay is located at the northern end of the Exuma Chain.
Highbourne Cay is approximately 3 miles long, covering an area of +/- 500 acres. Highbourne fits its name perfectly – the island is shaped like the letter H and its highest point is over 100 feet above sea level, one of the highest elevations in the Exumas.
A 17th Century map of the island shows a flowing channel of water across what is now the isthmus connecting the two, larger portions of the cay. In those days there would have been two cays laying parallel to each other.
Eight beaches line the island’s shore. Highbourne’s East Beach is renowned world-wide for its beauty and is ranked as one of the best beaches in The Bahamas. With three miles of powdery-soft white sand, East Beach is one of the few places in the world where yours are often the only footprints in the sand.[/text_output]