The Best Cat Island Guide – From the weather to the water to the sand, everything about Cat Island is pristine. Its perfect for those looking to explore the island’s natural beauty, with a laid-back environment that provides a unique destination to relax and unwind. With 50 miles of rolling hills, nature trails and the eight-mile Pink Sand Beach, you can choose to do everything or absolutely nothing.
There is much to be discovered on Cat Island. With 150 square miles of natural landscape, it offers a rich Bahamian experience. You’ll find the plot of land where Sir Sidney Poitier’s boyhood home once stood. The island is home to one of the best climates in The Bahamas. Its location near the Tropic of Cancer means temperatures range from the mid-60s in the winter to the high-80s in the summer. The perfect weather for getting out and exploring Cat Island’s landscape and history. Visit The Best Beaches in the Bahamas Guide for information on all of the Grand Bahama beaches, or visit us on Pinterest.
Cat Island Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit Cat Island is from mid-December to mid-April, the country’s peak season. Though temperatures here are great year-round, the islands fall within the hurricane belt, so hurricanes may be a factor between June 1 and Nov. 30. Most of these months (plus May) also fall within the region’s rainy season, which can leave you with fewer days spent enjoying the islands’ outdoor activities. But keep in mind that mid-December to mid-April’s sublime weather attracts hordes of tourists, so prices will be at their highest and crowds at their thickest during these months.
Top Cat Island Beaches
Old Bight Beach
Located in the village of Old Bight, these five miles of pure white sand is perfect for a quiet walk, a picnic, beach combing or just sunbathing.
Fernandez Bay Village Beach
Located just North of the settlement of New Bight, at Fernandez Bay Village, this curvy tree-lined white-sandy beach is contrasted by the craggy iron shore that welcomes the spray of the surf.
Greenwood Beach Resort Beach
Located in Port Howe, just north of Columbus point near the southeast tip of Cat Island, eight miles of pink sand beach overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
Pigeon Cay Beach Club Beach
The three-mile long white sand beach at Pigeon Cay Beach Club is located near the settlement of Bluff in the northern third of Cat Island.
Sammy T’s Beach Resort Beach
This private, secluded beach is located within a cove in Bennett’s Harbour and is perfect for snorkeling, sailing or just lounging.
Best Cat Island Restaurants
Da Smoke Pot $11 – 30
This restaurant is an authentic Bahamian experience, and is named after the local tradition of burning green brush in the evening, creating smoke to keep the bugs away for the guests. Fresh seafood and a variety of Bahamian dishes are served daily; closed on Mondays. Telephone: 1 242 354-2094 Web: Da Smoke Pot
Sammy T’s Restaurant & Bar $11 – 30
The breakfast menu features mouth watering Bahamian cuisine. Chase eggs, omelets, with all the trimmings topped with fresh fruits and juices. The lunch menu consists of delicious grilled conch, fish or burgers, fresh salads topped with Sammy T’s secret dressing. They have mouth watering conch fritters, conch chowder. At dinner choose from a selection of Bahamian dishes including lobsters, grouper, or conch served with crab and rice or pigeon peas and rice. Telephone: 1 242-354-6009 Web: Sammy T’s Restaurant & Bar
Boggie Pond Lodge Restaurant & Bar $11 – 30
You’ll feel like you are in a traditional Bahamian kitchen, when you drink in the smells as you enter our family-owned restaurant. They offer the usual breakfast selections, in addition to local favorites and tropical fruits. Lunch includes hot or cold sandwiches with homemade bread; dinner consists of traditional Bahamian dishes, with local seafood a specialty and topped off with tantalizing desserts. Telephone: 1 242-354-2215 Web: Boggie Pond Lodge Restaurant & Bar
Shannas Cove Under $10
Shannas Cove is a resort that sits at the very tip of the north side of the island in North Bain Town. This place has the best pizza on the island and you will not be disappointed. Try a shrimp and pineapple pizza, it’s amazing! The view at the top of the restaurant is one you don’t want to miss either. So grab a couple of drinks for the road (It’s allowed here), buckle up and start driving north for some of the best grub on the island. Telephone: 1 242-354-4249 Web: Shannas Cove
Fish Fry $11 – 30
The fish fry is where locals and visitors alike come to enjoy fresh Bahamian food, great conversations and maybe even a little rake and scrape – the native music of the Bahamas. This was actually the only place where I did see cats on Cat Island. The Fish Fry is also the most popular spot for conch salad, which is diced (uncooked) conch, onions, sweet pepper, tomatoes, lime, salt, and pepper. Located near New Bight – a collection of food vendor stands selling fish and local snacks.
Best Cat Island Bars
Da Pink Chicken
You absolutely cannot go to Cat Island without having a drink (or two, or three) at Da Pink Chicken. It’s the ultimate island beach bar where visitors from long ago let you know they were there by leaving their mark all over the walls. Telephone: 1-242-474-1133 Web: Da Pink Chicken
Cocktails by the Sea
This quaint waterfront hangout is a favorite of both locals and visitors. You can watch amazing sunsets and listen to rolling waves from the patio; drink a chilled Bahamian brew, rum cocktail or other beverage at the bar; and see how well you stack up against other patrons in a game of Dominoes. Telephone: 1 242-354-2005 Web: Cocktails by the Sea
Sammy T’s Restaurant & Bar
The Bar opens 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Try their special Bahamian drinks and the world famous Kalik beer along with a full selection of wines and spirits. Special champagne is available upon request. Telephone: 1 242-354-6009 Web: Sammy T’s Restaurant & Bar
The Hot Spot Karaoke Bar
Their bar is a gathering place for both locals and visitors, who enjoy Hot Spot signature drinks like the “Como Hill,” the “Blue Hole,” and the very popular “Bahamian Flag,” which showcases the colors of our flag: black, aquamarine and gold. Bahamian beers and other favorite beverages are also available. On weekends, holidays and other special occasions, they have DJ music, limbo dancing and karaoke. Telephone: 1 242-354-2076 Web: The Hot Spot Karaoke Bar