Staniel Cay lies 129km (80 miles) southeast of Nassau at the southern end of the little Pipe Creek archipelago. It's a 13km (8-mile) chain of mostly uninhabited islets, sandy beaches, coral reefs, and bonefish flats. There are many places for snug anchorages, making this a favorite yachting stopover in the mid-Exumas. Staniel Cay, known for years as "Stanyard," has no golf course or tennis courts, but it's the perfect island for "the great escape." It's home to just 80 full-time residents.

An annual Bonefishing Tournament is sponsored here every July, during the celebration of Bahamian Independence Day. There's a straw market where you can buy crafts, hats, and handbags.

The Staniel Cay Yacht Club arranges charter flights from Fort Lauderdale on Watermakers Air (tel. 954/771-0330; Tickets cost $260 to $347 per person one-way; flight time is 3 hours. Call for more information.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.