Don't feel bad if you spend a night in Elizabeth Harbour before heading north. A community of hundreds of anchored boats isn't really my thing, but I do understand why it appeals to many.
This time of year it's a community of about 10-15 anchored boats, plus a bunch stored on moorings @ Stocking island.
You can always run up to Rat Cay Cut to go in if the weather's bad. About 18 miles if I remember rightly. Then you can visit Barretarre (Norman Lloyd's Fishermans Inn has reopened, it's smaller but the food's still great, Same Old Place is also fun). I'm assuming the cat you charter
has shallow draft
, less than 4' to work around Pigeon Cay and go into Barretarre.
Then one of my favorite anchorages
just a few miles up the inside to where Lee Stocking Island joins Williams Cay. A short hike to a great view overlooking Exuma Sound.
If the weather's bad you can instead leave Barretarre via Pudding Point and run up the Westside to Little Farmers or Black Point/Staniel Cay. See the Explorer Charts
. Alternatively, if you are confident in your water
reading ability you can run the Pimblico's route
as described in Steve Pavilidis' Exuma Guide.
If the weather's good instead of bad you can go back out via Adderly Cut and return to the inside at Cave Cay or Little Farmers or any of several others.
Farther North in the Exuma Park Shroud
Cay is a delightful place to anchor
and explore with the dinghy
. Uninhabited and beautiful.
Not to mention the places already mentioned. A week is too short but you'll have a reason to come back.