When most think of the Bahamas, images of sun, sand and strong drinks come to mind. Consisting of 700 islands, less than 30 of which are inhabited, the Bahamas is a destination so overwhelmingly beautiful it will leave you in awe. New Providence Island, better known as Nassau, is the most popular island, but islands like Cat Island hold just as much, if not more, appeal.
Named after British pirate Arthur Catt, Cat Island is one of many destinations to choose from when considering the Bahamas. Centrally located, the 48-mile-long Caribbean gem is home to the country’s highest point, Mt. Alvernia. Perched at the top is the Hermitage, a monastery built to encourage meditation and contemplation. Once at the top, a mere 206 feet (63 meters) above sea level, you’ll experience a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Atlantic, all without breaking a sweat.
To get a true sense of the Island’s natural beauty, be sure to check out Fountain Bay Beach. With a natural, flowing fountain and dazzling lagoon, snorkeling and exploration are a must. Or stop at famous Mermaid Hole, a lake in Bain Town, which, according to locals, is home to a beautiful mermaid.
If you decide to make Cat Island your final destination, put Sammy T's Beach Resort on your radar. With uniquely-designed Bahamian villas and a private stretch of stunning pink-sand beach, paradise awaits at this Bennett’s Harbour retreat. Sip tropical drinks under a thatched umbrella and work on your island tan. Or get a little more adventurous and book a tour for deep sea fishing or scuba diving. When the sun sets, and the resort’s reggae band starts up, you’ll remember why you came.
Come to the island in June to experience the annual Rake ‘n’ Scrape Festival, and stay for the Cat Island Regatta in late July. Or, visit in October and be a part of the Back to Cat Island Festival. Celebrate with locals and fellow globetrotters alike, indulging in the food, music and entertainment of the Bahamas. You’ll leave knowing: it’s better in the Bahamas.