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A tropical paradise to bask away your troubles in, Cat Island ranks the sixth largest in the Bahamas. Named after the infamous pirate Arthur Catt, "The Cat" presents visitors with beautiful placid beaches, a mild and pleasant climate, and the advantage of being less crowded and expensive than many other vacation spots. Pirates, buccaneers, European explorers, and adventurers of all nationalities contributed to the rich history here. See the sights, swim in the turquoise waters, snorkel, shop, and explore!

Travel along the main road that connects the north and south parts of the island, and take your pick of the beaches located along the way. Almost all of them guarantee completely privacy and quietude, so you can enjoy your relaxing vacation to the fullest. Fernandez Bay makes an especially exquisite, picture-perfect getaway with pristine white sand, crystal clear water, and a line of casuarinas trees.

To the north, Arthur's Town acts as the hub for all activity, famous as the hometown of actor Sidney Poitier. Shop, dine, and bring home souvenirs. 15 miles south, visit Bennett's Harbour and enjoy the fresh fruits for sale and some great bonefishing spots. Some resorts offer activities such as fishing, snorkeling, and island tours.

Mingle with the friendly locale at the New Bight settlement and have a drink at the few bars. Traverse the 206-foot Mt. Alvernia, the highest point in the entire Bahamas. Through nature trails filled with exotic plants, a splendid view of the entire island awaits those to make it to the top. The Hermitage rests at the peak of the mountain and marks the final resting place of Father Jerome, a famous Roman Catholic priest who built two churches in Long Island and a monastery in Nassau.

In the south lies Port Howe, probably the oldest settlement on Cat Island. See the vegetation-covered ruins of Deveaux Mansion, once a house on a cotton plantation gifted to Captain Andrew Deveaux of the British Navy after he recaptured Nassau from the Spanish. Nearby sits an eight-mile stretch of beach. For diving enthusiasts, dive centers offer tours and lessons for beginners.

Collect shells and stroll along the beach at Devil's Point, and visit the ruins of the Richman Hill-Newfield plantation. Charter a boat and experience some stellar fishing off shore, where you might see some dolphins as well. Tartar Bank and Vlady's Reef make especially good diving spots, teeming with an abundance of marine life and coral heads.

A wealth of historical sights, great beaches, and fun water sports await on Cat Island. Relax and enjoy the sun without the hassle of daytime crowds. Travel, explore, and have the time of your life!

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