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Untainted by tourism, Cat Island is the sixth-largest of The Islands of The Bahamas. The fishhook-shaped island some 48 miles long and 1 to 4 miles wide lies about 325 miles southeast of Miami and 130 miles southeast of Nassau/Paradise Island.

Named after the pirate Arthur Catt, it located near the Tropic of Cancer, between Eleuthera and Long Island. It has one of the best climates in The Bahamas, with temperatures in the high 60s during the short winters, rising to the mid-80s in summer, with trade winds making the place even more comfortable.

With its pristine virgin beaches, Cat Island is one of the most beautiful islands in The Bahamas, and it is so little visited that it inexpensive and still feels undiscovered. Many local historians claim that Cat Island residents were the first to see Columbus. The great explorer himself was believed by some to have been welcomed here by the peaceful Arawaks.

Beautiful beaches offer an array of water sports. Visitors can go swimming or snorkeling at several places. The island north side is wild, untamed shoreline. Boating and diving are among the main reasons to go to Cat Island, and diving lessons are available for novices.

Believed to be one of the most beautiful islands of The Bahamas, Cat Island was once a frequent stop for pirate Arthur Cattwhich some believe is the explanation for the island name.

Cat Islanders are known for their ingenuity at using the materials at hand to make whatever they need and much of The Islands Of The Bahamas' indigenous music, folklore, and myth originated here.

Local industry includes weaving straw hats and bags, and while out exploring the island, it likely youll see this firsthand. Other sights worth seeing are the many beautiful churches and the ruins of homes from the 19th century.


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