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The Hermitage

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Address: Cat Island
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A hike up 63-meter Mt. Alvernia to this small abbey will culminate in a...

A hike up 63-meter Mt. Alvernia to this small abbey will culminate in a panoramic view of Cat Island.

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Great 360° view

It was a cool little hike to the highest point in the Bahamas. It is a Must see. Really neat piece of history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jeffrey M
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Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a cool little hike to the highest point in the Bahamas. It is a Must see. Really neat piece of history.

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Thank Jeffrey M
Wellington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

A humbling experience. A magnificent dwelling created by one who was rich in his love of his creator.

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Thank Holly J
Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Very quick short walk and climb. When the trail splits, take the trail to the right as it is the more interesting path and leads to the stations of the cross and ends at the hermitage and bell tower, chapel and living quarters. It is abandoned and very interesting.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The access road is by the police station in New Bight and is in very good condition. After a short drive, you will see the Hermitage on top of the hill. The trail up to the hermitage is a bit steep with some loose rock so wear proper footware. The trail splits in two part way up. The trail to... More 

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Hellertown, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

After a short walk and climb, we came upon first the stations of the cross and then ended at this monks hermitage with bell tower, chapel and living quarters. It is abandoned now, but very interested.

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Thank TJPeeker
Nassau, New Providence Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Very easy and quick hike. The hermitage is located at the top of the highest point in the Bahamas (roughly 206 feet). At the top of the hill there is an amazing view of parts of the island and also an amazing view of the coast. Not very much to see at the top with the exception of a few... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

The views up here are amazing, well worth the hike up. A word of advice.. I climbed into the bell tower to get some pictures and lo and behold there was a huge spider in the corner, so watch out!

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Thank Leung919
Nassau, New Providence Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Interesting visit to the past....Father Jerome was a very small man it seems, watch your head as you climb through this dwelling and enjoy the magical view over Cat Is.

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Grenada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Impressive structure with natural air conditioning by planned air flow. The temperature was over 100, but the inside of the Hermitage was cooled and comfortable. The Hermitage has an attractive back story and history. If Cat Island residents can claim a couple of miracles, surely Father Jerome would be on the short list for sainthood. Though I understand his diaries... More 

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Biloxi, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Take the road east next to the Police station. Go for about 3/4 mile. Take a bottle of water and climb to top. Better yet take some beers and spend some time. Haul your trash out..When road forks the left is a small slope and the right is a decent up shot. Ring the bell in the tower. Has a... More 

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