Stocking Island is a small island off the port of Georgetown, Great Exuma Island, in the Bahamas.
The capital of "Great Exuma Island" in the Bahamas, "Georgetown", is the harbor where supplies come and go from "Government Dock". A mile across the harbor is "Stocking Island". Stocking Island is approximately three miles long and protects the town from the ocean waves, creating a natural harbor. A beauty with one high hill, known locally as "The Beacon", Stocking Island is capped with an old gas beacon. No longer used, the glass top portion is missing, but the concrete pillar is visible for miles around. The central part of Stocking Island features an inlet known as "Hurricane Hole" where sailboats anchor for protection during storms, and which features a blue hole. Opposite Hurricane Hole is a sandbar beach called "The Spit" where locals have built a popular bar/restaurant you can reach only by boat known as "Chat and Chill".
The northern part of Stocking Island is the site of another snack bar at the base of the Beacon where the "Peace and Plenty" hotel guest from the main island are ferried over to play on the pristine white beaches. Through the bush a trail can easily be found to climb up to The Beacon where there is a magnificent view of the Georgetown Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean behind Stocking Island. The ocean side also has beautiful beaches and there are several trails at various spots to get to the other side. Several homes have been built on Stocking Island, and some including "Turtle House", are available for rental.
Long and narrow, like the main island of Great Exuma, the northern end Stocking Island begins just below "Lilly Cay" named for the lilies that cover it with blooms in season. The channel between the two islands is a common route for sharks who travel down the harbor and out through "The Cut" (the channel at the southern end between Great and Little Exuma) to the "South Side" famous for bonefish flats. Just south of Stocking Island are three other islands that make a little chain that is a piece of paradise with small private beaches and picturesque coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling: "Elizabeth Island", "Guana Cay", and "Fowl Cay". Sharks are also common inside the Hurricane Hole inlet and around "The Spit". When sailboats come to Exuma, this is where they anchor,and hide the cows, and in the winter, it can be quite crowded with sailboats.
The face of The Beacon is sheer and sandy and speckled with shrubs and small trees. At the base is a dried-out muddy lake and a long, beautiful white sand beach.