You Can Swim with the Pigs at This Unusual Beach in the Bahamas

Pig Beach, the Bahamas
Pig Beach, the Bahamas. Photo by Marissa Daeger on Unsplash

The Bahamas are heaven on Earth for people looking for an ultimate beach vacation. The number of beautiful beaches on this archipelago is pretty much endless so it truly speaks volumes when one of them stands out. Pig Beach is unlike any other you’ll find in the Bahamas, but what exactly makes it so special?

Pig Beach is located in Exuma, near Big Major Cay is Staniel Cay. No matter where you’re visiting it from, you’ll have to take a boat ride to this iconic beach. Swimming pigs tours are a very popular attraction at Staniel Cay, so it’s the best possible starting point.

Pig Beach lives up to its name and it’s best known for being home to a colony of feral pigs. It’s unclear how exactly pigs ended up here, but there is a number of stories explaining their origins. Some claim that the pirates dropped them off with an intention to cook them and never came back, others believe they survived a shipwreck and swam ashore, but it’s also possible they were brought there on purpose, to attract tourists.

Whatever the truth may be, feral pigs are thriving on this secluded island. If you’re in the mood to swim with the pigs, this is the best place in the world to get it done. Just be careful with what you’re bringing on the island because pigs may want to steal your food and you should always follow your guide’s advice when feeding them.