If you read the other reviews this one will sound redundant, but that speaks to the obvious consistent experience you will have at PCBC. We were greeted right out of the cab by Leslie (and Daisey and Hopper - the sweetest dogs). Immediately escorted to cottage, I stayed in The Winston, and invited to settle in and take a relaxing dip in the water before dinner. The accommodations are basic but more than adequate and comfortable. Everything is incredibly clean and in its place. Plenty of towels (beach and bath) as well as basic amenities (and lots of body lotion in case you enjoy too much sun). There are windows all around the cottage and the breeze off the water and the sound of the waves creates a tranquil back drop to a comforting first impression.
The grounds are immaculately kept. You are just steps from the porch to the water. There are no words to describe the beaches and the water. The sand is beautiful white and powdery (not gritty like some Caribbean beaches). You just sink in! Looking over the water, there are 3 shades of blue contrasted by the blue sky above. Crystal clear and inviting. Walking into the gentle waves, the stress and tension just melt away.
On the beach you will find lounge chairs, hammocks (I think I wore one out as this was my favorite spot), kayaks, and water boards. Also on the property you can grab any kind of water gear you need. Things I never took advantage of but are available include a library and closet full of games.
Dinner was wonderful. Since I went in beginning of off season (I was there June 21-28, 2014) meals are not available every meal. You can expect dinner your first and last evenings and probably some in between depending on bookings and guest preferences. Leslie made me a delicious breakfast one morning but the others I just had yogurt in the cottage that I picked up on run to grocery store. Early in your stay, you will need to take the car and run up to Orange Creek Inn and Store (about 20 minutes north) to stock up on what you might need for your stay. There are a couple of stores within biking distance for a light load, but check first to see if they are open. Expect island prices but selection at Orange Creek, while not extensive, was impressive. You will want to experience the local eating spots as well. Not everything is open all the time, so you have to check ahead, but Ned and Leslie can help you with those. One night, all the folks at PCBC split a cab and went to Da Smoke Pot and enjoyed authentic Cat Island fare (Leslie arranged everything for us). Also one evening Leslie took our orders and arranged for Yardie's to bring us dinner. There is a tendency to be anxious at first about the meals, but don't be. Trust Ned and Leslie and visit with them, you will be taken care of.
One day I took one of the bicycles, available free to the guests, and biked over to the Atlantic side to snorkel. The waters are beautiful, more rocky cliffs but same great sand. Another day I used Ned and Leslie's car and took about a half day trip (charged me about $40) to the south part of the island. If you are in Bight, be sure and eat at The Bluebird (she was serving chicken and lamb the day I was there and it melted in my mouth). Also you have to take the hike up to The Hermitage (probably the one touristy thing on the island). Be sure to check out the cave Fr. Jerome lived in that is off the little path and down the hill behind the structure. The main road (only one running length of island) is an asphalt shlalom course with many pot holes and side roads are rock and sand. Only disappointment on the island is trash on roadside (they obviously like their beer here). But the people are so friendly and helpful.
You don't really need to rent a car if you are just going to make runs to store or lunch. And you probably wouldn't need car for more than day even if you were going to explore all the island. If you want to rent one for the day, Leslie and Ned can arrange it for you. You will find everything, even the drinks at the honor bar, reasonably priced at PCBC. Housekeeping is provided and they are wonderful and friendly ladies.
As others have noted a unique creature here is called the no-see-em (like a little gnat). They are out about an hour after dawn and hour or so at dusk. I felt them bite but never left a mark on me. A few mosquitoes but not bad. Take some full strength DEET to wear at these times and you should be ok. Others were using baby oil effectively.
Ned and Leslie actually left for their vacation in the middle of the week but left us in the most capable hands of their friends Lee and Michael. Lee went above and beyond to take care of us (and I fell in love with her dog Jay who is my new buddy).
If you are looking for adventure this is not the island for you. If you want quiet and best place to relax, this is paradise. I came back from this trip the most relaxed mentally, physically and spiritually than I have EVER felt in my entire life. It felt like home and family. This will definitely be my place of rest and respite in the future. Five stars and Five Hearts!!!!!
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