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The Legends of Cat Island, Bahamas - In the heart of the Bahamas is Cat Island. This quiet location has very little tourism and no large resorts, which make Cat Island beach properties feel like a secluded retreat. The island was named after Arthur Catt, an infamous pirate who once visited this island; this is just one of the many legends that make this island so unique. One visit to Cat Island will be enough to make you fall in love with the interesting history and placid atmosphere of this Bahaman jewel.  Learn more here!

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Gate House...steps From Fine Sand, Swimming And Snorkeling Beach - Beach Vacation Rentals in Cat Island, Bahamas on Beachhouse.com
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2 Br 2 Ba Sleeps 6
Waterfront: Yes
Swimming Pool: No  Pets: No
Cat Island, Bahamas
Lowest Daily Rate: $141
Longing for that quiet, affordable getaway retreat? Dolphin House on Cat Island is your answer! Located on a privately-owned 14-acre estate, Dolphin House overlooks the vast turquoise sea and is prote
Ad # 332559
Banana Wind On Secluded Beach - Cat Island, Bahamas - Beach Vacation Rentals in Cat Island, Bahamas on Beachhouse.com
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2 Br 1.5 Ba Sleeps 10
Waterfront: Yes
Swimming Pool: No  Pets: No
Cat Island, Bahamas
Lowest Daily Rate: $145
Longing for that quiet, affordable getaway retreat? Banana Wind on Cat Island is your answer! Located on the privately-owned, 14-acre Olivia d'Windrift Estate, this lovely, decked, cottage-styled home
Ad # 332558
Oceanfront Modern Point House, Luxury & Private - Beach Vacation Rentals in Cat Island, Bahamas on Beachhouse.com
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5 Br 3.5 Ba Sleeps 17
Waterfront: Yes
Swimming Pool: No  Pets: No
Cat Island, Bahamas
Lowest Daily Rate: $269
Spectacular Oceanfront is a beautiful, spacious home situated on the private, 14-acre Olivia d'Windrift estate with a gorgeous beach just 2 min. walk from house, on a reef-protected cove. Excellent sn
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The Legends of Cat Island, Bahamas - In the heart of the Bahamas is Cat Island. This quiet location has very little tourism and no large resorts, which make Cat Island beach properties feel like a secluded retreat. The island was named after Arthur Catt, an infamous pirate who once visited this island; this is just one of the many legends that make this island so unique. One visit to Cat Island will be enough to make you fall in love with the interesting history and placid atmosphere of this Bahaman jewel.

Legendary Monsters

When you first look at Cat Island, you are sure to notice the dreamy beach atmosphere at places like New Bight Beach. But in addition to pristine beaches and beautiful water near your Cat Island beach house, you'll also find local lore haunting the various watering holes. Boiling Point is a tidal lake with bubbling water that locals ascribe to the presence of a sea monster in the caverns below the lake. Getaway to Cat Island BahamasWhen the water rushes into the cavern system, you can see a whirlpool form. Jaques Cousteau explored the caverns, though, and only found manta rays and baby sharks; the bubbling water is actually caused by tidal conditions.

Other monsters are said to live in "holes" around the island. Great Lake, also called Mermaid Hole, is said to be home to mermaids living amongst the four-bed holes that lead to underground caverns and passageways. And Big Blue Hole has caverns leading to the ocean with strong undercurrents that drag the prey of the resident horse-eating monster out to sea. Many more colorful local stories surround the points of interest near Cat Island beach house properties.

When you're ready to see some regular monsters, the south side of Cat Island is a great place for oceanic whitetip shark diving in the spring. You might see Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks, great hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, silky sharks, dusky sharks, blue sharks, and whale sharks. You'll also see a variety of vibrant sea life surrounding the reef.

Historic Figures

Map of Cat Island

We already mentioned Arthur Catt and Jaques Cousteau as notable figures who once visited Cat Island. In addition, the famed priest and architect John Hawes (or Father Jerome) retired to the Bahamas as a hermit and built two structures on Cat Island: The Hermitage, a monastery on Mount Alvernia, and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in the settlement of Old Bight. The Hermitage is a particularly attractive spot, as it offers a 360-degree view of the island and all of its charms. And Columbus point, on the southern point of the island, was so named for the local tradition that Christopher Columbus first landed here, as opposed to San Salvador.

The local Cat Islanders are impressive in their own right. Many island residents farm and fish, living sustainably off the land. When you join the quiet Cat Island community in a Cat Island beach house, you become a part of this rich tradition.