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The Hermitage

Cat Island
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Cat Island
Type: Religious Sites
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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This was a great day it was hard to be away from the water but it was interesting and exciting to see. The resort (pigeon cay) recommend it and we were happy we went. We took some great photos.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Rent a car for a day and drive here (take drinking water if the weather is hot). Climb the 206 feet to the top of Mt Alvernia. Visit the Stations of the Cross of the one-man built monastery.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Short easy hike to the highest point in the Bahamas! Amazing place to spend your life very small quarters.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

One of my husband's main reason to visit was to visit the high point in the Bahamas. It was an easy uphill climb. the top had amazing views and the chance to see Father Jerrome's church.

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Orlando, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Father Jerome's hermitage, at the top of Mount Alvernia was a wonderful morning hike up through the stations of the cross. The view from the highest point in the Bahamas was beautiful and the construction was impressive. Take a backpack full of lunch--and lots of photos. This is a required pilgrimage for Cat Island visitors.

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Califon, New Jersey
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We rode our bikes to the foot of the trail. The hike up was steep, but short. The hermitage itself was a slice of history...amazing that someone spent their life in this spot!

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LaBelle, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Very spiritual place.loved the solitude on the hill , all you hear is the wind.it's amazing how the hermitage was built, it must have taken a very determined and devoted man to put so much effort in it's construction...a must see.

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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Highest point in the Bahamas- very cool hike, amazing views, don't forget to sign the guestbook. The Hermitage itself is quite tiny

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Austin, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This structure is well worth the trip. It is unattended and you can freely explore the grounds. It is a bit of a hike up some rock stairs but my 2 year old made it with little help. There are some great views from several locations.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

It is not very easy to find some places in Cat Island, so here is the short cut: turn at the police station in New Bight. It is very narrow road, but once go up it is worth. It is about 2km from the police station. Remember to have hiking shoes in your car/bike.

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