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The Hermitage

Cat Island
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Cat Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cemeteries
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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Northern Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Great hike to the top to visit the Hermitage. We went up by way of the stations of the cross, incredible to think of the work that went into constructing the stairway. We returned the long way (easier hike down) Great views await once you get to the top. Definitely worth the trip!

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Surprise, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It's just a short hike up the hill to the Hermitage. Hiking shoes/tennis shoes are not necessary, you can make this hike in your flip flops. It is amazing that Father Jerome built this by hand. The entire Hermitage is open so feel free to wander into the building and its rooms - don't forget to sign the guestbook :)

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west creek,nj
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A nice little climb to the top. Not hard to do. Beautiful little place and nice to see the whole island up there

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Short hike--wonderful view, no tourist, free! It is a short hike to the open air local sea front restaurant "shacks" which have the best food on the island.

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Hermitage sits atop Mount Alvernia in New Bight, Cat Island. Mount Alvernia is the highest point in The Bahamas at a dizzying 206 feet above sea level! The hike was definitely worth the trip.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We got to visit The Hermitage and Mt. Alvernia on our second trip to Cat Island. If you are renting a car for a day or more, make sure you do not miss this unique and spiritual place. We were fortunate to be the only ones there when we visited, and the presence of Father Jerome's work amongst the quiet... More

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Durham, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

this was well worth the trip. once you climb the 206Ft +- you have an amazing panoramic view of the island. great photo ops!

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San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

It doesn't take more than 30 minutes, but the Hermitage is a fun stop on a day when you have a car. The views are great, and the Hermitage itself with the stations of the cross leading to it are just unique.

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Cool old building and off the beaten track on Little Exuma Island. It is worth seeing the salt ponds on the way too. Stop at a little beach bar up the hill called "Tropical Breezes"' great food and great people.

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New Market, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

An outstanding story and a great view. If you live any where near or have visited the mountains before the walk won't be too hard. Go early in the day because of the heat or in the evening to watch the sunset.

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