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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I decided I wanted to start high pointing the Caribbean. So during family vacation to Atlantis I snuck off to airport flew to Cat Island and hiked this "mountain". Nice little relaxing hike didn't see a soul. Read a novel and had a cigar on top. Flew back in afternoon after lunch and beach as well.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Take the hike up to the Hermitage and see the meditation place built by Father Jerome. It is beautiful.

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Dumont, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Now here is place that must be visited. It's a bit steep of a climb but when you reach the top you just can imagine just how that man lived up there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

it's very interesting to walk up and see everything that's there but it was so hot and humid we were dying to get back to the a/c! Take water!!

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Boulder, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It was a fun outing with the family. It is a ten minute "hike" up to the church. There are some nice views. Bring water.

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Northern Virginia
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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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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
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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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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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