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Cuisine is another spectacular must-do after the long day exploration on Cat Island. You’ll be delighted with fresh grilled fish or roasted rack of lamb at Hawk’s Nest Resort and Marina; local specialties at Fernandez Bay Village & Yardies and light meal bread at Greenwood Beach Resort. Somehow you may realize the taste is never the same while on vacation as compare to the food you take in your hectic daily lives. The right mood does play an important part.

Restaurants

Ann’s & Dex’s Place @ Hallover Rest. & Bar........342-2028 Blue Bird Restaurant.................342-3095 Boggie Pond.............................354-2215 Bridge Inn (NB)........................342-3013 Cocktails by the Sea (AT).........354-3159 Da Smoke Pot...........................354-2077 Fernandez Bay Village (NB)..342-3043 Fernandez Bay Village has one of only four commercial kitchens on all of Cat Island. Boaters come all the way from Hawks Nest Marina to eat here. As a result, you don’t have to go far to enjoy the best food Cat Island has to offer. Call ahead to make reservations. Greenwood Rest....................342-3053 The spacious clubhouse with bar, restaurant and seaview-teracce is located a few steps from the beach.Enjoy traditional Bahamian with European and Northamerican cuisine.The seafood is mostly fresh catch of the day. J & R Jan’s Kitchen ..................342-5080 Julia’s Place (AT)....................357-9214 Lulla’s Delight (HN)..................464-6544 Island HoppInn (NB)...............342-2100 Lakeview Takeaway (ZH).........342-5090 Major’s Takeaway (DP).............342-7012 Mermaid’s Restaurant............646-1736 at Ocean Dream Resort Nancy’s Take Away (AT)...........354-2024 North End Liquour Store Rest. & Takeaway (OC)........354-4165 Periwinkles Rest. & Bar (OC).................354-4151 Peter Hill Rest (OB)..................342-4001 Rochell’s Take-Away (NB)....... 474-1102

ENTERTAINMENT From live-bands and dancing at local bars and resorts to having a chat with locals and tourists, whatever your taste you can find it at the following spots and at all resorts and inn’s. Dis We Place........................... 354-1133 Hot Spot (AT)......................... 354-2076 Club Crystal (OC).................. 354-4030 Pass Me Not (OB) Periwinkles Rest. & Bar (OC)................ 354-4151 Two Corners (NB)................. 342-3325 Yardies Rest., Bar & Conch..................... 354-6076

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Destiny’s (OB)...........................533-0597 Open daily except Sundays. Da Pink Chicken Beach Bar...................... at Flamingo Hills Marina..........474-1133 Closed at Sunset!

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looks like it belongs on Mediterranean shores. The church was built by Father Jerome who also blessed Cat Island with its most famous landmark, the pint-size Mt. Alvernia Hermitage.

Ask your resort’s front desk or more information

St. Andrews Anglican/ Episcopal Church (AT) Fresh Water Blue Hole Fantastic Mangroves Mail Boat Landing The Caves at Industrious Hill The Media Center Deveaux Plantation and Mansion Located in Port Howe, was once yje scene of splendor and luxury. Today it lies in ruins. This was the home of Colonel Andrew Deveaux, who settled with his family and the slaves on Cat Island in the 18th Century. It is worth seeing to experience the local history and the spectacular setting. Holy Redeemer Catholic Church by Father Jerome The main attraction in town gleams white beside the main road and

BEAUTY SALONS & FASHION Charmaine’s Variety Fashion & Beauty Supplies........... 342-3004 Jazzy’s Beauty Salon (OB)............. 342-4107 Divine’s Beauty Salon.................... 354-4040 Hot Spot Fashion & Beauty Supply...................... 354-2078 Lynn’s Fashion & Beauty Supplies......................... 354-4151 D’s Creative Hair (PH).................. 342-5152 CONTRACTORS Devon Seymour............................ 429-7951 Burt Newbold............................... 464-6187 Stephen Bonaby........................... 432-0540

FOOD & VARIETY STORES A J’s One-Stop-Shop (PH)............. 385-9459 New Bight Food Market............... 342-3011 Deep South Supermarket.............. 342-5090 V&E Seafood & Meat Mart........... 342-5151 Alvernia Foods............................. 342-2042 C&S General Store....................... 342-5125 Orange Creek............................... 354-4110 Sanchea (NB)............................... 342-3237 Vanny’s......................................... 428-2406 Neighbourhood Con. Store (K).... 342-6016 G-Mart (NB)................................. 342-3017 Newbold’s .................................... 342-5041 GAS/PETROL H&W Enterprises Ltd.................. 354-1013 GENERAL STORES H&W Enterprises Ltd.................. 354-1013

spoiled reefs, a plethora of wrecks, guaranteed shark encounters, the chance to swim with wild dolphins, spectacular walls and blue holes, and fantastic caves,

Church of St. Mary Slave Father Jerome’s St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Lotto-Man Cave Columbus Point

Great House - Henry Hawkins Armbrister believed to have been built in the 1760’s. Incidents of ill will between slaves and their owners, lead to property destruction and physical threats. Among these incidences was the burning of the Great House of Henry Hawkins Armbrister in New Bight.

BEACHES From the air, Cat Island Bahamas Quiet places abound on the beach in The Bahama Islands. Like other famous islands, the beaches on Cat Island are big enough for anyone to have their own privacy while enjoying beach activities, especially skinny dipping in Bahamas. Oops!

DIVE OPERATORS Greenwood Dive Centre..342-3053 Hawk’s Nest Resort & Marina......................342-7050 Pigeon Cay......................354-5084 Fernandez Bay.................342-3043 Shannas Cove..................354-4249

INSURANCE Response Insurance...................... 342-2190

Church of St. Mary’s, located in Old Bight, this church is the only place in The Bahamas with a monument to the Slave Emancipation. It was donated by the family of the British Governor Blanley Balford.

LAUNDROMATS The Pilot Harbour Laundromat.... 342-4117 Dorsett Laundromat & Steam Pressing........................... 342-2158 Orange Creek............................... 354-4110 LIQUOR Two Corners Bar & Liquor Store.............................. 342-3169 Neighbourhood Wines & Spirits.. 342-6016 Gilbert’s Liquor (NB).................... 342-3011 MARINE GAS Favor’s Service Station (OB).......... 342-4107 New Bight Service Station (NB).... 342-3014 OFFICE SUPPLIES C.I.G Office & School Supplies.... 342-2190 PHOTOGRAPHY Cat Island Experience................... 474-1555 PROPANE Orange Creek............................... 354-4110 SEAFOOD Hester Fish................................... 342-7102 Duke Moss................................... 442-4252 Ricky Dean................................... 354-4218 Angie Zonicle............................... 342-5061

JULY/AUGUST

New Year’s Junkanoo Contact Dwayne Adderley (President) 242-342-2016

Cat Island Regatta Corresponding with the Emancipation holiday weekend, it showcases local and national sloop racing combined with native foods and other cultural activities. Contact Maxwell Burrows (President) 242-565-2440.

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Deep South Homecoming Held Easter weekend and includes the settlements of Bain’s Town south through to Devil’s Point. Descendants return to visit with families and socialize with friends. A variety of family oriented events are put on at this time. Contact Dorothy Gilbert (President) 242-361-5429.

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OCTOBER 12th – 14th

Annual Back to Cat Island Festival Held during the Discovery Day weekend featuring gospel concerts, Junkanoo rush out and live Bahamian singing. Contact Ezra Russell (President) 242-342-3014.

Rake & Scrape Festival Held on Labour Day weekend as the premier musical cultural festival of Cat Island. Enjoy three days of rhythmic Rake and Scrape music. Sample “down home” cuisine and purchase locally made crafts, jewelry and straw items. Contact Allworth Rolle (President) 242-354-4085.

Fishing Tournaments Hawks Nest

Annual Fishing Tournaments. Call for dates! Hawks Nest Resort & Marina, Cat Island, Bahamas Tel: 1-242-342-7050 or 1-954-3763865 • Fax: 1-242-342-7051 Website: www.hawks-nest.com E-mail: info@hawks-nest.com

SHIPPING COMPANIES G & G Shipping........................... 423-3691 WATER DEPOT Deep South (ZH).......................... 342-5023 Peggy Johnson.............................. 474-0398

Jeffrey Smith Sightseeing and Fishing...................341-2029 Fernandez Bay.................342-3043 Sightseeing, fishing, diving, bone fishing, and boat rentals Top Cat’s Fishing Service (DP).428-6460 or 554-7100. fishcatisland.com Deep-sea fishing, bottom fishing, snorkeling and diving 14 foot whaler for rent Sport fishing and bone fishing charters Greenwood Beach Resort...........................342-3053 Charles Zonicle...............342-5005 or 342-5011 Shannas Cove..................354-4249

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SERVICE STATIONS New Bight Service Station (NB).... 342-3014 Favor’s Service Station (OB).......... 342-4107 D.Z.L Service Station.................... 342-5014

Omar Stubbs............... 354-5077, 464-6380 Harry’s Bus Tours Como Hill...................342-5090 Jeffrey Smith.....................342-2029 Sweet Tambrin Tours.... 342-5016 Tour historic ruins, plantation & slave quarters. Narrative bush hikes. Learn about bush tea and medicines, fauna, pirates, blue holes, night crabbing, inland beautiful lakes, graveyard and the history of Lotto Man Cave, Columbus Point and Winding Bay..... “Spend the Day with Daisymae!”

Bonefishing Reynold Butler................464-6022 CATAMARAN CRUISES Bahamas Sailing Catamaran Charters..........................342-5155 For sailing and snorkel trips, see Cat Island from the water on the 45 ft catamaran Destiny ll. FISHING Hawks Nest.....................342-7050 Anglers from around the world come to Hawk’s Nest for the sport-fishing. The pristine waters surrounding Cat Island abound with blue and white marlin, yellow fin tuna, wahoo, sailfish, dolphin and king mackerel. Many a Bahamian record has been captured by our angling guests. Duke Moss......................442-4252 Cappum Small Fishing Guide Service...............354-4052 Ricky Dean Fishing and Dive Charter.................354-4218 Pigeon Cay Beach Club...354-5084

RENTAL CARS New Bight Car Rentals.....342-3014 Gilbert’s Car Rental .........342-3011 Newbold’s Car Rental......342-5041 LMR Car Rentals.............342-3260 G&B Van Rentals.............342-7036 House of Rebecca............342-5012 SNORKELING Ask the front desk about snorkeling sites. Greenwood Beach Resort...........................342-3053 Pigeon Cay......................354-5084 Fernandez Bay.................342-3043 TOURS

Bahamas Sailing Catamaran Charters Sail on the luxury 46ft Catamaran Destiny III. Sail, snorkel and explore Cat Island’s remote beaches. Day trips or over night” FULL DAY AND CUSTOM CHARTERS

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Boat Rentals Reynold Butler................464-6022 or 225-6010

DIVING: With 29 dive destinations, and 1000+ regularly dived sites... Un-

ATTRACTIONS

The Hermitage Mount Alvernia is the highest elevation in the country at 206 feet above sea level. The hill served as the hermitage of Father Jerome Hawes, who settled on the island in 1939, where he built a miniature monastery and handcarved steps out of solid rock. Named after the pirate Arthur Cat, much of the island has not been developed, which provides a unique vacation for those who want to get away in a private, relaxing, laid-back environment. Of course, the pink beaches are popular, but so are the worldclass diving adventures, snorkeling and fishing. With 50 miles of rolling hills and miles of nature trails, you truly can experience a Bahamas island in its native setting. This is not fabricated. This is The Bahamas. And on Cat Island, even the winters are a blazing 60 degrees, while in the summertime, temperatures linger around

BAKERIES Alnor’s Bake Shop (OB)................ 342-4134 Rosedale Sweet Treats (K)............. 342-6085

CUSTOMS Seymour’s Custom Service (SB).... 342-2130

Bars/Snacks

Calendar of Events

Photo courtesy of Fernandez Bay

HARDWARE STORES C&S Farm Supply and Hardware (Dumfries)................. 342-5125 Pass me Not (OB)......................... 342-4132

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the mid-80s with a gentle breeze from the ocean.

ACTIVITIES JUST RELAX Peace and relaxation are the key words of vacationing on Cat Island, the sixth largest island in the Bahamas. Since it is much smaller in population than many of the other islands, you won’t be in the crowd and thus able to enjoy its natural beauty more. Chances are you’ll have a better understanding of their local customs and way of life than on many other islands. You don’t feel like a tourist but rather an explorer on Cat Island. Do consider to include Cat Island in your next Bahamas vacation.

AUTHENTIC BAHAMIAN CRAFT Louise Saunders........................... 342-2011 Anderson Art Designs (PH).......... 455-0338 Rasta Soup...............479-0053 or 328-1676 Dis n’ Dat (TB).........342-8090 or 225-6615 Debbie’s Indigenous...................... 342-3001 J. H. Bahama................................ 464-8491 Anderson...................................... 464-6392

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Louise is out with her wonderful straw work @ Fernandez Bay

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Rollezz Villas Beach Resort Joe Sound Creek...................557-0005

Sammy T’s.............................. 354-6009 Shanna’s Cove (OC)............ 354-4249 Silver Lining (NB)................... 342-3079 Sweet Tambrin (PH)............ 342-5016 Spend the day with Daisymae! Enjoy local dishes, bush tea and a cocktail. Tail Winds (OC).................. 354-4243 Call for reservations. The Hot Spot (AT).................. 354-2076 Triple D’s (NB)........................ 342-2204 Yardies Rest., Bar & Conch (BH).......... 354-6076 Genuine Bahamian and Jamaican kitchen and more. Conch salad always fresh. You will always find us open. Also located at the airport in Arthur’s Town.

shopping

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Weddings

You can’t make a better choice for a destination wedding than Cat Island. Our clear sky, powdery white sand and crystal-blue waters make the perfect setting for your big day. Wedding Planners Pigeon Cay......................354-5084 Fernandez Bay.................342-3043 Greenwood Beach Resort...........................342-3053 Island HopInn.................342-2100 Hawks Nest.....................342-7050 Requirements for Destination Weddings • Must be in The Bahamas for at least 24 hours before wedding • Must fill out an application form • Must be interviewed by Administrator • Please present identification (driver’s license, passport or birth certificate) • Marriage License fee $100.00 If Divorced Must present original divorce papers If Never Married Notary fee for affidavit swearing Spinstership or Bachelorhood......... $30.00 If wedding is performed by Administrator Wedding at Office............. $150.00 Wedding elsewhere........... $300.00

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CAT ISLAND visitors’ guide marinas

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Photo courtesy of Hawks Nest

Hawks Nest........................................................................................ 342-7050 The 28-slip marina has all the personalized service and amenities visiting boats require. Two air-conditioned fish-cleaning houses, 40,000-gallon diesel storage, 50 and 100 amp electric pedestals round out the services at Hawk’s Nest. Marina guests can utilize and enjoy all the additional amenities Hawk’s Nest Resort has to offer.

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ocated 94 miles southeast of Nassau is 50 mile-long Cat Island, an isle of green rolling hills, secluded beaches that stretch for miles with offshore waters teeming with trophy fish. Cat Island is an island sought out by those who are intent on veering off the beaten path in search of tranquility and a place untouched by rampant development. Cat Island may be an island of peace and tranquility, but make no mistake about it: there’s lots to see, do and experience on this serene island. If you simply want to unplug, unwind and rejuvenate, there are miles and miles of secluded beaches, even an eight-mile-long stretch of pink sand beach — perfect for relaxation. If you favor a more active vacation experience, your options are numerous: fish, dive, snorkel, kayak among the mangroves, explore the prehistoric caves and mysterious in-land fresh water lakes that are the subject of folklore, climb the trail up to 206 ft high Mt. Alvernia, the highest point in The Bahamas, at the top of which sits a monastery constructed by a Franciscan monk. Or take a history tour or a food tour, go birdwatching, or explore some of the 40 slave plantation ruins that dot the island’s lush landscape. Cat Islanders are immensely proud of their island; proud of the fact that Cat Island is the childhood home of Sir Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor. That Cat Island is the birthplace of Rake & Scrape, the authentically Bahamian music genre, ingeniously created by the harmonizing of sounds produced by three instruments: the scraping of the saw, the goat skin drum and the accordion. And proud that Cat Island holds the culinary reputation of having the best flour cake, the widest variety of breads, and the best baked crabs in all The Bahamas. To ensure that you sample all of the major highlights of Cat Island – its natural wonders, sporting pursuits, history and culinary delights, make a point to get your copy of the Cat Island Visitors’ Guide, a comprehensive publication that offers a thorough orientation on all there is to see, do and experience in Cat Island. I take this opportunity to welcome you to Cat Island. Those who venture to Cat Island depart with rave reviews that support our claim that It’s Better In The Bahamas. Warm Regards,

What to Do • Where to Dine Where to Stay • Shopping Marina • Map www.bahamasvisitorsguide.com

The Minister of Tourism & Aviation Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, MP


Relax at Shanna’s Cove

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fruits........Take a break at lunchtime and enjoy the variety of snacks.

Rollezz Villas Beach Resort Joe Sound Creek.................557-0005 New to Cat Island, these 8 apartment style comfortable villas, boasts of one of the most beautiful and private beaches on the island. Enjoy seclusion, tranquility and romance all in one spot.

Shannas Cove (OC)............354-4249 Our cottages offer privacy amid tropical gardens and are only seconds away from the beach, each is equipped with A/C, Coffee maker, Refrigerator, TV, Safe, Hair dryer and a King Size bed facing the most beautiful beach on Cat Island. Your wake up call will be the singing birds and the sound of the waves. Each cottage has their own porch to savor your first coffee in the morning before you enjoy breakfast inside or on the restaurant veranda overlooking the magnificent Bay of Shannas. Home made bread, fresh

Orange Creek Inn (OC).....354-4110 Located at the center of island happenings, we can accommodates from couples up to a mid-size group. We offer 16 clean, spacious rooms with hands-on service and a smile.

where to stay Apple Tree Inn (TB)...............354-1001 Bridge Inn (NB).....................342-3014 Boggie Pond Village (AT)...354-2215 Cat Island Native Resort (NB).........................376-8830 Club Paradise (TCove)..........342-8053 Cookie House (TL)................354-2027 Cutlass Bay Club (PH)...........342-5053

Fountain Bay Residences, Resort & Marina.................................342-3206 Located on 38 pristine acres just five minutes from New Bight International Airport. Offering 5, 1 Bed Villas and 4, Condos with all amenities included.

Pilot Harbour Beach Resort (OB)............342-4117 Sammy T’s Resort (BH)..........354-6009 Sea Spray Hotel (OC)............354-4116

collection of colorful, Bahamian style cottages, in a secluded and private island setting. Set on 40 acres of tropical landscape, the cottages are nestled on a hill with unobstructed views of the vast Atlantic Ocean. There is a Greek/Bahamian restaurant and native Bahamian gift shop on property. The Ocean Dream Beach Resort offers total relaxation and breath taking ocean views in a secluded setting.

bathing suits and an evening cover up. As one guest succinctly put it, “Visiting Fernandez Bay is like visiting good friends and staying in their guest house, out-island style!” Gilbert’s Inn (NB)...............342-3011

Fernandez Bay Village (FB).342-3043 Established 1980, this family ruined resort is well known for it’s informal atmosphere and personal service. Fifteen ocean front villas are strung along a cozy mile of sugary beach, nestled among the whispering Casurina pines and blooming Hibiscus. Dinners are relaxed candle lit affairs on the beach terrace around a blazing bon fire. The beach front tiki-bar runs on the honor system. Guests keep track of their own libations. Fernandez Bay is definitely a place to relax and de-stress, so pack comfortably, casual clothing, plenty of

Greenwood Beach Resort (PH)...........342-3053 Not far away from the hustle and bustle of Nassau, but far away from it all set amidst an atmosphere of tranquility and style. Enjoy your open-air breakfast on the beach front; explore the Bahamas the way they used to be. Go diving or snorkeling on coral reefs or laze in a hammock in the afternoon breeze under swaying palm trees. Relax with your evening cocktail at the freshwater pool, and be prepared for a tasty surprise in the cozy dining-room after the sunset. Forget about the outside world! Pigeon Cay Beach Club......354-5084 For the traveller looking for a remote paradise, Pigeon Cay Beach Club is ideal. We are located one mile off the main road, in the northern end of Cat Island, near the settlement of The Bluff. All of our cottages are steps away from the beach, close enough to smell the salt from the sea. You will be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves and soothed by the palm trees when the breeze cools the evening... So come gaze at the stars, swim in the sea, and enjoy the peace at Pigeon Cay.

Flamingo Hills Resort & Marina.............464-6404 Hawk’s Nest Resort & Marina (HN)....342-7050 With a 4-star rating, Hawk’s Nest Resort & Marina is a tropical beach front paradise on the southern tip of Cat Island. Pictured above is our 3 Bedroom rental. Ocean Dream Beach Resort.646-1736 ...................................... or 646-9880 The Ocean Dream Beach Resort is a

Why Stay in The Bahamas?? From Bungalows tucked into a tropical landscape, chic villas so close to the ocean you can taste the salt water, branded 4-star boutique hotels and quaint Bahamian vacation rentals that welcome guests like long-time friends into their homes. This embodies the out-islands of the Bahamas, where even the largest resorts have fewer than 200 rooms, and many have less than a dozen. Staying in the Out Islands of the Bahamas is an experience in and of itself.

Tail Winds Resort (OC).....354-4243 Located at the Northern end of Cat Island, at Shanna’s Cove. We have daily, weekly and monthly rentals. Each of our four (4) Villas sleeps 2 people and is steps away from our private beach. Twin Palm Beach Resort (NB)..............342-3108

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are the qualities defining Cat Island. THE HIGHEST IN ALL THE LAND Mount Alvernia is the highest elevation in the country at 206 feet above sea level. The hill served as the hermitage of Father Jerome Hawes, who settled on the island in 1939, where he built a miniature monastery and hand-carved steps out of solid rock.

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Area: 48 miles long by 1-4 miles at widest point 6th largest island in The Bahamas Highest Point: 206ft Location: 300 miles from Florida Population: 1600 people

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ACTIVITIES AND BEAUTY GALORE Cat Island provides a unique vacation for those who want to get away in a private, relaxing, laid-back environment. With 50 miles of rolling hills, miles of nature trails, and beautiful empty beaches, including the eight-mile Pink Sand Beach. Boating, diving and fishing are among the main reasons to go to Cat Island, but you can also enjoy sunbathing, swimming or snorkeling. Stay in a remote and rustic village setting and relax under thatched-roof tiki bars, make your vacation home a cottage right on the beach or select a fishing marina that caters to anglers on a quest for a big-game catch. Whatever you choose, there’s something to do and see on Cat Island. Of course, you may choose to do absolutely nothing at all.

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at Island, officially known as “San Salvador” before it received its present name by an Act of Parliament in 1926, is said to be named after the pirate Arthur Cat, who used to make frequent stops here. Residents still hold fast to the belief that Cat Island was the gateway to the New World. It is a fishhook-shaped island, only 48 miles long and four miles across at the widest part. The island is located near the Tropic of Cancer, between Eleuthera and Long Island and about 130 miles southeast of Nassau and Paradise Island. It has one of the best climates in The Bahamas, with temperatures in the high 60’s during the short winters, rising to the mid-80’s in summer, with trade winds making the place even more comfortable. Cotton plantation ruins are scattered around the island. The remains of slave huts dating back to the 1700s and Arawak Indian caves waiting to be explored. Cat Island also prides itself on producing The Bahamas’ finest rake ’n scrape music and holds an annual festival dedicated to it. Friendly people with farming, fishing and lobstering as their mainstay, quaint, tidy communities and an abundance of peace and quiet - these

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South Cat Island Attractions The Healing Pond For centuries this has been known to the locals as the healing pond. Its located North of Port Howe.

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General Information GETTING HERE BY AIR

Domestic Flights from Nassau

Sky Bahamas (NB)............... 342-2256 Sky Bahamas (AT................. 354-2236 Civil Aviation Department New Bight........................... 342-2212 Airport................................ 342-2212 HIRE CARS AND TOURS Although there is only one road on the island, there are a few hire cars ranging from $80 to $100 per day. New Bight Car Rentals....342-3014 Gilbert’s Car Rentals.......342-3011 Newbold’s Car Rental.....342-5041 MAILBOATS MV KCT Departs Nassau Wednesday at 5pm to Cat Island Settlements: Arthur’s

Town, New Bight, and will truck freight to Bennets Harbour. Frequency: Once a week Sailing Time: 14 hours Cost per person: $55 Telephone: (242) 393-1064 for outward/return travel days/times

Important Numbers

ADMINISTRATION OFFICES: New Bight...................... 342-3032 Arthurs Town................. 354-2176 District Council Responsible for Town Planning New Bight...................... 342-3180 Commissioner’s Office Arthur’s Town................. 354-2043 BAHAMAS CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION New Bight...................... 342-2016 Police New Bight...................... 342-3039 Arthurs Town................................ Post Office ..................... 342-3198 BEC................................ 342-8001

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TAXIS Taxis are readily available in all major settlements and are routinely stationed at the airports to meet incoming flights. Taxi #1.......................... 464-6388 Taxi #6.......................... 342-3134 Taxi #12........................ 464-6193 Taxi #2.......................... 464-6181 Taxi #3.......................... 464-6197 Taxi #5.......................... 464-6767 Taxt #8......357-9214 or 354-2066

TELEPHONE (BTC) Long distance operator: .............. 0 Directory assistance: ............... 916 New Bight ..................... 342-3060 Arthur’s Town ................ 354-2000 BANKS Bank of the Bahamas...... 342-2230 CLINICS South Cat Island Weekdays 24 hour call Smith’s Bay..................... 342-3026 Bain Town...................... 342-5057 Old Bight....................... 342-4049 North Cat Island Orange Creek................. 354-4050 SOCIAL SERVICES Old Bight....................... 342-4126

Little Winding Bay & Big Winding Bay This location has been made accessible through two natural hiking trails. There are also three spectacular colonial ruins from plantation days to be visited. Cove

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Bahamas Info

Exuma Sound

Location: 100,000 sq. miles stretching from Bimini in the north going southeast in the Atlantic Ocean to Great Inagua Capital: Nassau Time: Eastern Time Population: 329,500 people History: Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 in San Salvador. The Bahamas became a crown colony of Britain in 1717. Slavery abolished in 1838. Gained Independence in 1973. Political System: Stable July 10th 1973 (Independence Day). Government: Governor General, Prime Minister and a parliament rules The Bahamas Economy: Main Industry: Tourism, Second Industry: Offshore Banking.

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South Cat Island Smith’s Bay.................................................. SB Fernandez Bay............................................FB New Bight..................................................NB Old Bight................................................... OB Douds........................................................... D Moss Town................................................ MT McQueens................................................. Mc Devils Point...............................................DP Bain Town................................................... BT Deep South............................................... DS Zonicle Hill............................................... ZH Port Howe....................................................... PH

Moss Town

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Central Cat Island Roakers.........................................................R The Bluff..................................................... TB Caireys.......................................................... C Gaitors.......................................................... G Industrious Hill.......................................... IH Stephenson.................................................. St Cove............................................................Co Harts Bay...................................................HB Tea Bay........................................................ TB Knowles.........................................................K

Northwest Providence Channel

Hawks Nest 9 Point

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Cat Island Visitors Guide 2018  

A travel guide to Cat Island, The Bahamas.

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A travel guide to Cat Island, The Bahamas.

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