over 300 miles from Miami, Cat Island should not be confused
with its very very small nephew Cat Cay--which is part of
the Biminis. A
popular tourist attraction in Cat Island is Comer Hill, the
highest point in The Bahamas at 206 ft. above sea level. Climb
to the top of Mt. Alvernia where you'll get
a bird's eye view of a scaled replica of a 12th century
monastery called the Hermitage built
by Monsignor John C. Hawes.
Deveaux Mansion and nearby ruins dominate the coastline. Cat
Island may have derived its name from Arthur Catt, the
famous British sea captain.
Cat Island was
once home to one of the more prosperous Loyalist colonies of
the Out Islands. The island gained its wealth from the
numerous cotton plantations established during the 1700s.
boot-shaped, untamed island is one of the most beautiful and
fertile of The Bahamas. A lush sanctuary, it provides tranquility
for those seeking an escape from the pressures of modern
civilization. Others thought so too, like Father Jerome, a
penitent hermit who built a medieval monastery hewn from the
limestone cliffs atop 206-foot Mt. Alvernia, a place for
meditation. From these high cliffs, there is a marvelous
view down to densely-forested foothills and 60 miles of
deserted pink-and-white-sand beach.
But perhaps the
most spectacular view on all of Cat Island is the near
incredible ten-mile stretch of perfectly pink sand at a
place most aptly named, Fine Beach. At Arthur's Town,
historic building can be found. It is also the boyhood home
of Academy Award winning actor Sidney Poitier.