In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage across the island. Many places closed for rebuilding. Frommer's recommends that vacationers check in advance with all businesses before traveling.
Tiny Sampson Cay, located directly northwest of Staniel Cay and just to the southeast of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, has a certain charm, as well as a full-service marina and a small dive operation.
Besides Staniel Cay, Sampson Cay has the only marina in the central Exumas, so most visitors arrive in their own boats, and local guides taking out sportfishermen for the day provide the chief entertainment.
Sampson Cay is 124km (77 miles) southeast of Nassau and one of the safest anchorages in the Exumas. It is a natural "hurricane hole" -- in other words, a fully protected anchorage with land all around. The cay lies near the end of Pipe Creek, which has been called a "tropical Shangri-La."