of Cat in the Bahamas.
Cat Island, Bahamas
Cat Island is approximately 48 miles long and averages between
one and four miles in width. The Island boasts the nation's highest
point. Its Mount Alvernia rises to 206 ft (63 m)
and is topped by a monastery called The Hermitage.
This boot-shaped, untamed island is one of the most beautiful and
fertile of The Bahamas. Much of the Bahamas' indigenous music, culture
and myths can be traced to Cat Island. [Bahamas
Location: 120 miles southeast of Nassau
Size: 649 square miles
Tourism info: Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board
Getting there: Cruise. Fly with Bahamasair, Cat Island
Air, Southern Air or private air charter. The Mailboat cost $40 one
way and take 12 or 14 hours, depending on destination.
Cat Island is the ideal spot for travelers looking for a quiet,
secluded vacation. With 50 miles of rolling hills and empty beaches,
including the eight-mile Pink Sand Beach.
The Island also claims to be Columbus's original landing site in the
New World. Cat Island is the home of Sidney Poitier, the internationally
acclaimed Bahamian actor who spent his boyhood days at Arthur’s
Town, one of the many settlements on the island.
Nearby settlements include:
Arthur’s Town (childhood home of Sidney Poitier), Orange Creek,
and Port Howe.
mailboats depart from Nassau and run weekly roundtrip to and from
Taxi service is available. Although metered rates vary by island,
they are reasonable and are fixed by law. Bicycles are also available
for rent at most popular tourist centers.
Rental cars are also available. You can use your home driver’s
license for up to three months, but remember, when you take to the
road, British rules apply, so keep to the left.
Pedestrians should remember to look right before
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Factbook -- Bahamas, The
The CIA factbook says the Bahamas are a stable, developing nation
with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking