Eat/Drink: Staniel Cay (population 85) boasts the Jimmy Buffet-approved Staniel Cay Yacht Club (242-355-2024) for a great dinner and laid-back atmosphere. For local flavor, try Two Turtles in busier George Town (242-336-2545), where you can eat, drink, and dance to live music under the stars.
Play: The archipelago of Exuma Cays
is a water-lover's playground and the Exuma Land and Sea Park is its crowning glory - 176 square miles of blue holes, caves, exotic marine life, and pure natural beauty.
Local Insight: Folks here are amazingly friendly. Oliver "Bonefish Slick" Munroe on Staniel Cay can set you up with tours, fishing excursions, and the like. Park warden Ray Darville is a walking database on the Land and Sea Park and the Exumas in general.
Vital Stats: Living up to its name, Long Island spans 80 miles and offers two dramatically different shores - one with powdery white sand, the other rocky and cliff-filled. On an island never wider than four miles, you hardly have to choose between the two.
Claim to Fame: Seclusion, peace, quiet, and raw beauty. Dive, snorkel, fish, boat, windsurf, or kayak if you feel compelled to move.