Taking a family vacation to a private island
Starlight villa at the Fowl Cay resort in the Bahamas

Taking a family vacation to a private island

No, you’re not dreaming. Welcome to Fowl Cay Resort in the famous Bahamian Exumas that boast more than 300 tiny islands. This is the most unique Caribbean all-inclusive resort that I’ve ever seen.

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All-inclusive means all the amenities for a family vacation at Fowl Cay
Matt snorkeling with the nurse sharks at Compass Cay

All-inclusive means all the amenities for a family vacation at Fowl Cay

Did I mention this resort is owned by Sandals? Yet it couldn’t be more different than Sandals expect that your stay is all inclusive. That means your villa is stocked with every food and drink you want. We fix our own breakfast and hot freshly baked muffins and fruit are delivered every morning.

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Bonefishing an exotic sport?  Not in the Bahamas baby!
Bonefishing in the Bahamas

Bonefishing an exotic sport? Not in the Bahamas baby!

We creep up on them. Clifton casts in a line with a gob of hermit crab for bait. There’s a small tug, them a bigger one and then “Wham,” a bonefish takes the bait and runs. And I mean runs. The drag on the spincast reel screeches as the fish tries to get off the line. Clifton hands me the rod and says “hang on.” I’ve had a lot of fish on the line in my day and this one fights better than most, if not all.

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An all-inclusive resort where they even provide a boat to explore the nearby islands
Iguana sneaks up on our skiff at Bitter Guana Cay

An all-inclusive resort where they even provide a boat to explore the nearby islands

This tiny resort and these outer islands are the antithesis of giant resorts like Atlantis in Nassau. It is also expensive—over $1500 a night for a villa that sleeps four. But you could easily be spending that much at many tony Caribbean resorts for two rooms and not have the comfort or exclusivity as here, not to mention your own boat for the length of your stay.

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In the Bahamas, a place where families can relax and watch pigs swim!
Swimming pigs in Bahamas

In the Bahamas, a place where families can relax and watch pigs swim!

I love this place! Where else can you feed swimming pigs and snorkel amid schools of brightly colored fish. We can putter around our kitchen but don’t have to shop for groceries or clean up.. There are plenty of books and movies in the library as well as a pool table. Did I mention the outdoor shower with views of the water? Nice!

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