Crossing The Line: Tropic of Cancer Beach, Little Exuma

The official name is Pelican Beach, but most people know it as Tropic of Cancer Beach. This long crescent of white sand is located on Little Exuma in the Bahamas and as you can tell by the above photo that its claim to fame is that the Tropic of Cancer latitude line runs along this beach. Their are a few man-made geographic lines that are worth taking a picture at–the Equator arguably being the most famous, but then you have the Arctic Circle, Prime Meridian, International Date Line, Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer.

North of the Tropic of Cancer and you’re subtropical, south and you’re in the tropics baby! Something I’m sure we are all fans of. Land of never ending flip flop summers.

Here’s a video I found on YouTube to give you an idea of what the beach looks like. Only thing missing is you and a couple of Kaliks.

The day I visited this beach it was windy, the skies were grey and the seas were rough. Didn’t get to experience the full splendor of this popular beach, but that didn’t stop us from sinking our toes in the sand and exploring a bit.

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Tropic of Cancer Beach

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Even on a bad day that water looks pretty good to me.

Inside the little shelter area were tons and tons of yachty signatures and boat names. It was pretty cool to read the stories of the boaters, the year they washed ashore, where they were going, where they had been. Always makes me wonder who else once walked these shores.

Like I said, our time on Tropic of Cancer Beach was short, we had a date with Dee at Santana’s Beach Bar for some of the best lobster I’ve ever had. But I plan to return. The Exumas are a special special place, the people are unbelievably kind and the beaches and water are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. It’s funny, I still hear from people like KB at Chat N’ Chill and Captain Pat of Four C’s Adventures. It’s a tweet here or a Facebook message there, but it’s the fact that they remember this bald pirate and take the time to say hi and ask how I’m doing. For that reason the Exuma Islands have a special place in my heart.

Until next time.


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By |2016-12-31T11:57:59-04:00October 30th, 2012|Exuma Islands, Islands, The Bahamas|3 Comments

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