If you're looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in the American fast lane, Cat Island, Bahamas is the place. My buddy and I weren't exactly looking for that, but we found it anyway. For the last three years, we've flown down to the islands to fish, skin dive, and generally look around. This year Cat Island was the place. Supposedly named after a pirate of old, Cat island is one of the out islands and is below Eleuthra. Sporting a few really nice resorts, for the most part it is rural and undeveloped. We stayed at the Orange Creek Inn. The shot of the church and water was taken out of the south door looking west over the Caribbean. The inn was without some of the extra's like a restaurant, but was spotlessly clean. Very nice and within our budget..around $80 per night for two double beds. The proprieter, Margaret Claire was right on with her description of the inn. And, we were within walking distance of bonefish flats. Her brother had a boat and could take you out for some deep sea fishing if you so desired.
One very interesting site was The Hermitage, on Mt. Alvenia. Built by Father Jerome, a world weary architect that arrived on Cat Island in 1939, it is one of the most interesting sites and well worth the scramble up the trail to see. The trail takes the form of Via Dolorosa with stations of the cross to the top.
The Bahamians, as on the other islands, were very friendly. Not a vehicle would pass without blowing the horn and the passengers waving.
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