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Cat Island

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Cat Island

Named for a British sea captain, Cat Island is one of the most beautiful in the Bahamas: 50 square miles of tranquility, rolling hills and lush green forests. It’s a peaceful retreat of great natural beauty, with a way of life that’s quiet and relaxed.

You can enjoy endless miles of wind-blown beaches, explore the Arawak Indian Caves near Port Howe, and follow the stations of the cross to the island’s highest point, the peak of Mount Alverina at 206 feet. At the top is The Hermitage, a miniature abbey built by Father Jerome Hawes, by hand, during the early part of the 20th century.

Cat Island is not on any list of tourist destinations. It’s a distant stop on sailing routes southeast beyond Nassau and Eleuthera. Time goes by slowly; electricity and running water are luxuries. The island’s residents make their living farming or fishing, and visitors spend their days quietly: swimming, hiking, visiting the ruins of Colonial plantations, or simply contemplating the great natural beauty of the island.

Last updated August 31, 2012
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