Santana’s Beach Bar doesn’t look like much from the outside. How does the saying go…don’t judge a book by its cover? Turn to page one and this little Bahamian beach bar will have you singing its praises long after you’ve left.

Located on Little Exuma in Williams Town, Santana’s serves up some of the best food in the Exumas if not all the Bahamas. Turn the page again and follow the Queens Highway east from Great Exuma and pass the salt beacon and you’ll find Santana’s Beach Bar. I’m still dreaming about the lobster tails I ate there.

Santanas Beach Bar

One Happy Guy

On our last full day in the Exuma Islands we where lucky enough to have lunch at Santana’s Beach Bar. We kept hearing about the food at Santana’s. “Oh you have to go to Santana’s”, “You have to have the lobster and grouper at Santana’s!”  It seems like everyone was raving about it. Was it just hype for the tourists or was it the real deal? I was going to find out.

The menu at Santana’s is simple; Lobster, conch, shrimp, grouper, snapper, steaks, chicken and ribs. Let me tell you though, you must have the lobster. Keep reading and you’ll know why.

While in the Bahamas I ate a lot of lobster, everyone does there. All you have to do is jump in the water, spear a few and dinner is served. Finally it was time to eat. I sat down on a wooden bar stool and anxiously dug into my much hyped lobster lunch.

This is no joke, I literally felt this wave of pleasure rush through my body. Each bite made me groan in way no man should while he’s eating. Save it for the bedroom RumShop! I couldn’t help it though,  I was blown away by the taste and quickly attacked the rest of the two tail meal.

Best Lobster in the Bahamas

Dee is the owner and chef at Santana’s and if I could hug her right now I would. She and her family graciously served our crew of pirates some of the best food of the entire trip and they were great people to talk to. Dee told us the stories of how we weren’t the only pirates she has entertained. Johnny Depp and fellow Pirates of the Caribbean cast mates have partied it up at this little unassuming beach bar and Dee has the photo album to prove it which she proudly showed us.

Santanas Beach Bar Bahamas

Thank You Dee!

The day we journeyed to Santana’s the wind was blowing and the rain was falling. Huge waves were crashing on the rocks just behind the little beach shack and for whatever reason I thought the weather was perfect. It set a mood of calm relaxation where you could kick back and really get to know Dee and her family. A little wind and rain isn’t going to stop this Castaway from having a good time in the Bahamas.

Little Exuma Beach

Rain or Shine, It’s Better in the Bahamas

If you find yourself in the Exuma Islands be sure to give Santana’s Beach Bar a try. It is a special place that will make you glad you didn’t judge this book by it’s cover. Read those pages and you will find an wonderful story.

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  1. Sue January 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Man you got me hungary now!

  2. Sue January 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    And I meant hungry, not Hungary. No desire to go there right now.

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    RumShopRyan January 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks for the comment Sue. I know what you mean, I was salivating the entire time I was writing the story. Cheers to fresh seafood!

  4. Tracy Kroening January 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Visited Dee and Santana in November 2010 and it is the BEST lobster on the entire island…..worth the trip to Little Exuma. Great food, cold beer, the most incredible view and the greatest people. Miss it already.
    Cheers Tracy Kroening

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    RumShopRyan January 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks for the comment Tracy. You got me wanting to go back! I can taste that fresh lobster now. Cheers!

  6. Special K January 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    The food and the company (you never know who you will meet!) at Santana’s is the best in all of the Bahamian Islands. Dee makes you feel like family and we look forward to seeing her and the rest of the family every year!
    BTW – Dee’s MOM and other sisters own the ONLY bakery on Exuma… appropriately named “Mom’s Bakery”, which is right next door. Mom is the most delightful lady! Sit down and talk with her, buy some bread and sweets, enjoy the lunch, have a few Kaliks or cocktails and enjoy the beautiful beach and Caribbean blue sea, and the peace and solitude! [Shush – don’t tell anyone!]

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    RumShopRyan January 20, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for the comment Special K. Glad to know Dee and her family have that effect on everyone. Cheers!

  8. Annie January 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Hi all…My name is Annie, and from the Boston area! I came down Jan.18,2011 single and going back Jan. 27th married! My sister Lorraine and her husband Dave live here and they and my boyfriend at the time plan the most beautiful wedding for me!(he’s now my husband! ) And in this time I have been to Santanna’s 3 time because Dee makes the BEST Bahama mama’s around! and (yes I’ve tried elsewhere)! The food is absolutely the best too! I must make every effort to go back a 4th before I leave! If not, I’ll be back next year! 🙂

  9. Tiffany June 16, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Hi, I am so excited to go to Nassua. Im sailing with Carnival, Im not sure where they”ll dock but i Hope its close to DEE’S place. Can anyone give me directions? or what land marks are on the way? thanks

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    RumShopRyan June 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Hi Tiffany, Nassau and Dee’s place (Santanas) aren’t on the same island. Santana’s is located on Little Exuma which is about 150 miles south of Nassau in Exuma Island chain. A Fast Ferry service that leaves out of Nassau can take you down to the Exumas on certain days but it’s an all day trip, bringing you back late at night. Too long for a one day stop over on a cruise ship. I hope you are able to get down there some way some how though. Cheers!

  11. Loren July 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Last year we went to Santanas for the first time and had the BEST food on the island. Absolutely the best view and people were fantastic. Highest recomendations for anyone in the Exumas. The food is insdescribeable………….

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    RumShopRyan July 30, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Glad you liked it Loren! It really does have amazing food, Dee has the magic touch. Cheers!

  13. tom and linda December 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    hi dee your crack lobster rocks linda and i stopped by last wednesday i think we talked about the slender girl at sandals hope your moms birthday was awsome alomost got a ride down for the party with the 007 crew dustin or maybe i got it wrong justin and his dad see you again someday cold here in canada

  14. Caitlin Parrow January 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Best place on the island!! Dee is so sweet and gracious she makes you feel right at home! My hubby and I came here straight from the airport. What a way to start a beautiful vacation. The food and drinks were to die for and then you throw in the view. Yes heaven exists!!! : )

  15. Jimmy B August 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm



    I had the lobster as well and it is amazing. I had a food-gasm right there on my stool. My trip to Great Exuma/ Little Exuma was the best vacation I have ever taken. Santanas was the ultimate highlight of my entire stay.

    The people of Exuma were also one of the highlights. They were very friendly and I enjoyed hanging out with them.

    Thanks for your blog!

    Jimmy B.

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    RumShopRyan August 29, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for the comment Jimmy B! Glad to hear you had the Lobster, it really is the best. You’re absolutely right, the island are beautiful, but it’s really the people of the Bahamas that keep me coming back. They are so warm and friendly and I keep in touch with many after I leave. Looking forward to going back soon. Cheers!

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