An island escape on magical Great Exuma in the Bahamas

One thing that the Island Runaways bloggers can't resist is a fantastic "island runaway" story. By that, I mean people who have created a new life for themselves in the islands, whether full- or part-time. It's inspiring to hear about their adventures and see photos of their new lives in beautiful, tropical surroundings. (And sometimes it's fun to hear about the more challenging, even humorous side of island life!) So I was intrigued when I stumbled across a place called "Canuck Palms" on Great Exuma in the Bahamas. A little investigation revealed that Canuck Palms is the creation of a Canadian couple, who made a life-long dream come true in Exuma (a district consisting of 365 islands, one for each day of the year).

(Two "island runaways" in the Bahamas. Photo courtesy of Canuck Palms.)

In 2010 Brett and Heather fulfilled one dream by vacationing on Great Exuma. Immediately, they fell for the island's friendly people, its pristine beaches, and even its diminutive airport. From that point, they kept returning to this Bahamian paradise and imagining that one day they might be able to purchase a home here. At last, they discovered a bungalow that seemed just perfect. And today, they're the proud owners of Canuck Palms, just 100 feet from a spectacular, secluded beach.

(A breathtaking beach on Great Exuma, Bahamas. Photo courtesy of Canuck Palms.)

Once the house became theirs, Brett and Heather set about completely renovating it so that both the exterior and interior feels new and fresh. The result is an adorable island hideaway, which they enjoy themselves and also rent out to guests. Doesn't it already sound fabulous?

(The vacation home called "Canuck Palms." Photo courtesy of Canuck Palms.)

This vacation home, situated in Mt. Thompson, looks very comfortable and attractive. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and one pull-out sofa, it can sleep up to six. I can imagine a small family group consisting of parents, grandparents, and two kids spending a happy, easy week here. The kitchen has all modern conveniences, so you can whip up a fresh seafood dinner or cook breakfast. (This is one aspect of vacation houses I love. Eating out at restaurants is great, but it's nice to be able to take some meals "in.")

(This Great Exuma rental looks very appealing. Photo courtesy of Canuck Palms.)

After our recent trip to Bimini, I can't wait to explore more of the Bahamas, and Great Exuma and the other Exuma isles look like an ideal place to explore. With wide beaches and stunningly clear ocean, this destination is absolutely calling all Island Runaways.

(A beautiful slice of island life. Photo courtesy of Canuck Palms.)

If you're inspired by the photos, you might want to look at the Canuck Palms website for more information. There you'll find the rates, and also a complete list of what's included with the house, from air conditioning to beach chairs and snorkeling equipment. It really seems as though Brett and Heather have thought of everything to make their guests comfortable, even down to Canuck Palms bathrobes!

(Relaxing at the Canuck Palms rental house on Exuma. Photo courtesy of Canuck Palms.)

I, for one, am putting the Exumas on my "must-visit" list, and I'll be bookmarking the Canuck Palms website for certain. This house and the island both look verrrry tempting!

Do you have a favorite spot in the Bahamas? If so, leave a comment below or tell us all about it on our Guest Island Experts page.



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