A Journal, with Pictures

Cat Island

by on Jan.29, 2012, under Flying

On Fri­day Jan­u­ary 20, I was back to full strength and ready to fly to Cat Island. We took off at 10:00 AM and land­ed around noon. Our route of flight took us by Bimi­ni, over Nas­sau, South of Aba­co to Cat Island then to New Bight, MYCB, most­ly with­in sight of an island. New Bight is un-tow­ered and with­out a FBO, so one of the fire­man direct­ed us to a park­ing spot. We cleared cus­toms and the fire­man, John, took us in his per­son­al car to Fer­nan­dez Beach Vil­lage. It turned out that every­one on Cat Island could­n’t do enough to make our stay pleas­ant. Tony the own­er is a pilot and he and his wife Pam,were always on hand and very gra­cious hosts. Don­na the man­ag­er, made sure our every need was ful­filled. Fer­nan­dez Bay Vil­lage defines laid back. Beau­ti­ful beach, very casu­al (rus­tic) accom­mo­da­tions and main resort, with clas­si­cal Bahami­an atmosphere.

Our cot­tage was called the Hum­ming­bird House which was a short walk down the beach from the main resort. At night the clear skies gave us a spec­tac­u­lar view of the milky way on the walk back from dinner.

On Sat­ur­day Don­na the resort man­ag­er drove Joyce and I to the Her­mitage, which is a tiny chapel and her­mit quar­ters built by Father Jerome atop the high­est hill in The Bahamas. This Fran­cis­can monk min­is­tered to the peo­ple of Cat Island until 1956 from his Her­itage, which affords a great view of Cat Island.

Our stay at Fer­nan­dez Bay Vil­lage was too short and we will return. It is a great place to relax and expe­ri­ence Bahami­an hos­pi­tal­i­ty at its best.

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