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To the 20 wild pot-belly pigs who live on Big Major Cay in the Bahamas, the sound of a running boat motor is like a modern-day dinner bell. As boats approach the uninhabited island—also known, fittingly, as Pig Beach—a drove of pigs often storms down the beach and hits the water with a splash, swimming vigorously toward any idling vessels. The pigs’ survival hinges on a clever skill they’ve honed over the years—swimming out to passing yachts in search of a free meal. Tourists are more than willing to comply; many toss food scraps overboard and some even get in the water to swim with the swine. No one is quite sure how the pigs got here. One popular theory is that a group of sailors stashed them on the island as a potential food source, and then never came back. Others believe they’re the descendants of shipwreck survivors. Either way, these happy oinkers are here to stay, and they’re waiting patiently for your table scraps. Why it’s worth the trip: It’s a photo opportunity for the ages! Where to stay: Fowl Cay Resort is the closest hotel to Pig Beach, and the front desk routinely organizes boat excursions to Big Major Cay. Nearby Staniel Cay also has several hotels. Check out our hotel deals in the Caribbean to find places to stay in the Bahamas and beyond.How to get here: Big Major Cay’s Pig Beach is only accessible by boat or seaplane, so you’ll have to hire a charter or sign up for a tour. Best time to go: Temperatures in the Bahamas stay in the 60s, 70s, and 80s all year round. If you want to enjoy relative seclusion, go in the off-season: May–November. Know before you go: Bring plenty of food scraps to toss to the pigs. Also, remember that however cute the pigs may be, they’re still wild animals and their behavior can be unpredictable.Photo credits: 08.2012 Vorobek Bahamas - swimming pigs by Christopher Dorobek under CC BY 2.0, ex 14 more swimming pigs by Tam Warner Minton under CC BY-SA 2.0, 08.2012 Vorobek Bahamas - swimming pigs by Christopher Dorobek under CC BY 2.0 Read on for more to-dos on our Caribbean bucket list:Swim Next to Ancient Mayan Ruins in Tulum, MexicoHike the Pitons in St. LuciaRead More