DATES OF STAY: 01/05/2013-01/13/2013.
OF INTEREST: Cat Island is home to numerous plantation ruins and remnants of when the Loyalists settled this island after the American Revolution. Also don’t miss Father Jerome’s Hermitage, a scaled-down medieval monastery built on the highest point in the Bahamas.
Cat Island has some of the same fate as Eleuthera, which you can read about HERE. Cat Island had a large farming community, providing a lot of produce to North America. Some time in the early 20th century, America stopped importing goods from this island. In Bennett’s Harbour, the population decreased 90% and now supports only 70 inhabitants. Yet it is also one of those places where a cruiser needs to stop, eat some of the delicious local food, and talk to the locals – they’re a fantastic source of information and local history. All throughout the island, moving up and down the main highway, you come across empty buildings – some as old as the original Loyalists who inhabited the island, and some as new as the golden age of the drug trade when a lot of dealers built estates on the island.
Cat Island, like Eleuthera, doesn’t have a lot of “cruiser’s centers”. There is one marina at the south end of the island and a scattering of anchorages in front of small villages along the western coast. Fernandez Bay is a great anchorage with rental cottages and a clubhouse with self-serve bar and a great buffet. The kayaking and exploring opportunities in the mangroves and creeks are outstanding. This is a stepping-off point to Long Island or Conception Island, for the cruisers who have more time available.
January 12th, 2013
This is what happens when eccentric architects join the priesthood. You end up with a modern-day medieval monastery that looks like it belongs in Europe rather than a tropical island. But you also get some of the most solid and beautiful churches in the Bahamas. Cat Island Hermitage John Haw...Read More->
January 11th, 2013
Photos updated 19 January 2013 (added underwater photos). Steve Connett and Barbara Crouchley were in for a nice surprise yesterday when they received an email informing them that a sea turtle they had captured and tagged in the Bahamas showed up alive and well in Venezuela. Sea Turtle Research ...Read More->