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. For more information on the best beaches on Cat Island, visit The Best Beaches in the Bahamas Guide.
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.
Cat Island Attractions
The Hermitage on Mt Alvernia
This small, stone, medieval-style monastery sits on the peak of Como Hill on Cat Island, the highest point in The Islands of The Bahamas at 206 foot above sea level. It was built in 1939 by a Roman Catholic priest, Monsignor John Hawes, known to locals as Father Jerome. An admirer of St. Francis of Assisi, Father Jerome called the getaway Mount Alvernia, after La Verna, a mountain in Tuscany that was given to Assisi as a place where he could peacefully contemplate, and it was where Assisi received the Wounds of the Cross.
Dean’s Blue Hole
Dean’s Blue Hole is said to be the deepest blue hole in the world, and the second largest underwater chamber. This warm salt-water swimming pool dips some 663 feet into the ocean floor right offshore. At the surface it is 80 x 120 feet, but opens out after 60 feet into a cavern with a diameter of at least 330 feet. A school of tarpon hang in the shadows at 65 feet and friendly turtles and tiny sea horses sometimes come into the hole for a break from the ocean currents. The coral caves and sand banks on the side of the entrance harbor all kinds of tropical reef life, from tiny shrimps and colorful tropical fish to groupers and snappers.
Deveaux Plantation Ruins
This former 18th-century cotton plantation had an antebellum-style mansion that must have been quite spectacular In its glory days. Ruins on the site include the stone structures of that great house and outbuildings; you can see the heavy wooden beams that supported the roofs, etc. and some of the original decorative trim.
The Healing Hole
This freshwater pond, accessible by boat only, percolates within salt water in the mangrove swamps. It is referred to as the ‘Healing Hole’ because of the healing properties reported by those who have been swimming in it.
Beach at Greenwood Beach Resort
Without a doubt, the incredible beach speaks for itself. A person can walk for miles and never see another human being. Sometimes you may see a fish jump, a lazy sea-gull swoop down to investigate something interesting on a reef or find a special shell and you realize that there is not that much important to bother you ever.
Things to Do on Cat Island
Bahamas Catamaran Charter
They offer sailing expeditions to any region of the Bahamas but, specialize in the southern, more unspoiled of the Bahamas islands. All of the charters are customized to suite the desires of the quests. Some of the more popular charter/expeditions include: fly fishing and offshore fishing trips to the most unspoiled corners of the Bahamas. For more information call 242-342-5155, or visit them on the web at Bahamas Catamaran Charter.
Top Cats Fishing Service
At Top Cats Fishing Service, they strive to provide the absolute best fishing experience available in the Bahamas. Cat Island is world renowned as a pelagic fishing mecca, its creeks and flats abound with bone fish and the crystal clear waters surrounding the reefs and coral heads are unsurpassed for snorkeling, with or without a spear. For more information call 242-342-7087, or visit them on the web at Top Cats Fishing Service.
Bow Leg Charters
Capt. Reynold Butler guides you through half and full day fishing trips with the option to snorkel in some secluded bay. A life long resident of Cat island and fisherman he knows these waters and how to put you on the fish. Trolling or bottom fishing he does it all. Telephone: 1 242-464-6022 Web: Bow Leg Charters
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
Best Cat Island Hotels
Rollezz Villas Beach Resort
Offering a restaurant and a private beach area, Rollezz Villas Beach Resort is located in Old Bight. Free WiFi access is available in this holiday home. The accommodation will provide you with air conditioning and a patio. There is a full a kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath and a bath or shower. You can enjoy sea view and mountain view from the room. At Rollezz Villas Beach Resort you will find free bikes An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including fishing, hiking and snorkeling. The property offers free parking.
Greenwood Beach Resort
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Offering an outdoor pool and water sports facilities, Greenwood Beach Resort is situated in Port Howe Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Certain units include views of the sea or garden. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom equipped with a shower. You can play billiards and darts at this hotel, and the area is popular for snorkeling. The hotel also offers free use of bicycles and car hire.
Pigeon Cay Beach Club
This Pigeon Cay cottage is on the beach, 11.7 mi (18.9 km) from Blue Hole, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Fernandez Bay and The Hermitage of Father Jerome. Guests at this beach cottage will appreciate convenient onsite amenities such as barbecue grills and a picnic area.
Orange Creek Inn
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. This apartment-style hotel is on beautiful Cat Island in the Bahamas and features quick beach access, free Wi-Fi and excellent ocean views. Ocean Creek Inn has free parking. The spacious suites at this property feature air conditioning and a kitchenette. Guests can also enjoy a cable TV and a wardrobe, and the private bathrooms feature a shower and toilet. There is a small grocery store on site, and guests can find restaurants serving national and international cuisine within a 10-minute drive of the property.
Flamingo Bay Hotel & Marina
This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. This island hotel and marina, in Freeport, Bahamas, is just 600 feet from Taino Beach and the Caribbean Sea. It offers free Wi-Fi access and bright rooms with cable TV. All guests have free access to the facilities at Flamingo Bay’s sister hotel, Taino Beach Resorts. Facilities include a large outdoor pool with a water slide, lazy river and a swim up bar. The oceanfront restaurant is also open to guests. Each room has kitchen facilities which include a microwave, small fridge, toaster and dishware. They are decorated in soft cool colors and have tile floors. Flamingo Bay Hotel & Marina offers laundry facilities and a gift shop on site. A large water sports facility is available to guests as well.