Fernandez Bay Village is so secluded, quiet and relaxing you may forget that you’re on a large Caribbean island with a rich history. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out Cat Island and it’s many unique attractions that take you on a trip back in time.
Remote and Historic Cat Island
Beaches, Food and Bars
Easily accessible, you can visit one of many, long pink sand beaches on the islands north shore. Do some shelling and snorkeling along Old Bight beach.
Several small eateries dot the single coast road that runs the length of the island (50 miles tip to tip) for a taste of the local cuisine – mainly fish, chicken and rice, mac and cheese and grilled lobster choices.
Visit Alnor’s bake shop for homemade pineapple and coconut tarts, or step in Olive and Reverend Kings bakery for delicious home-made bread and cakes.
Grab a cold Kalik or sweet rum punch at Da Pink Chicken, Duke’s Conch Shack or anyone of the several seaside bars from North to South along your drive or bike ride from Fernandez Bay.
Set atop the highest point in the Bahamas on Mt. Alvernia, is a tiny monastery and chapel built by architect/priest Father Jerome in the late 1940’s. This short but steep climb rewards you with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and turquoise waters of Exuma sound on the other.
To the north some points of interest include the Great Crown Cave at Dumfries, a safe haven in a hurricane, and the beautiful Anglican church, built with hand laid stone walls, in Arthurs Town, also the boyhood home of Sir Sidney Poitier.
To the south from Fernandez Bay Village in New Bight, you can visit the remains of Henry Hawkins Armbrister’s plantation house (at the base of Mt. Alvernia and the Hermitage). In Port Howe, you can visit the plantation ruins of Colonel Andrew Deveaux, the British commander-in-chief during the late 1700’s.
There are miles of unspoiled pink and white sand beaches, easily accessible by car or bike for beachcombing to find the perfect shell, picnicking and being alone.
from Columbus’s first landing to the loyalist era, between buccaneers and rum runners, the Island invites you explore its rich past.
It’s been said that Cat Island is named after Arthur Catt, a pirate in the late 1700’s who buried his treasure on the island!