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The Hermitage

Address: Cat Island
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Cat Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A hike up 63-meter Mt. Alvernia to this small abbey will culminate in a panoramic view of Cat...
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Type: Cemeteries, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A hike up 63-meter Mt. Alvernia to this small abbey will culminate in a panoramic view of Cat Island.
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McKinney, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

You park at almost sea level and then hike up the 206 feet through forested and rocky pathways. There are some very steep stairs to climb and some of the rocks are very loose. When you reach the top you realize that the layout is in 3/4 scale and everything is usable, just smaller than it should be. It was... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Cat is wonderfully removed from hassle, enjoy relaxation, appreciated down time and don't take too many clothes, no where to worry about being dressed up.

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The hermitage offers good views of Cat Island. The hike is only about 5-10 minutes, so don't be discouraged. You won't regret it!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It's a short climb up to the highest elevation in the Bahamas and well worth it. I suggest you take the steep route, past the stations of the cross, on the way up, and then take the longer but more gentle trail on the way down.

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Arkansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We rented a car from Tailwinds and drove down to see the hermitage. It is about a mile off the main road on Cat Island. It is the highest point in the Bahamas, and it has an awesome view! We traveled up to see the markers on the path to the cross; it is steep, but you can go slow... More 

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

A nice bike ride, then climbed the steps to see it up close. You can go inside and imagine what each room was used for. It seems to be maintained but I would not trust some of the wooden floors. Highest point in the Bahamias, Beautiful Views.

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Hanna, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Beautiful location on the highest spot in the Bahamas. Looks huge from far away, but it is actually very tiny. Adventure hiking up to top along the stations of the cross. Interesting history.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Bring good hiking shoes (well, regular sneakers are fine, but not flip flops), sunscreen, and a camera!

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I views at the top of Mt. Alvernia, The Hermitage are like none other. I recommend you take a bottle of water and view a pair of good solid shoes/sandals.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

It's a very small place, but you can see it from miles away on the highest point in the Bahamas, shining white in the sun. It's very secluded. From the small parking lot you can walk up one of two ways: the dirt service road which is an easy walk, or the steep climb up the rock-hewn steps that the... More 

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