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Trip Report Just Back From Cat Island Bahamas - Gorgeous!

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There are no cats on Cat Island (it's named after a pirate), just miles and miles and miles of secluded, unspoiled white sand beaches.

We've just discovered Cat Island in the Bahamas and can't wait to go back again. We spent 4 nights at the Fernandez Bay Village resort which sits in the center of a perfect stretch of white sand beach looking out across a beautiful bay. Here's what you need to know...

Getting There: We flew nonstop from Boston to Nassau and then connected to Cat Island - you can either go with Cat Island Air or Sky Bahamas. Continental also has flights from Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. There is a promotion currently going on from the Bahamas Tourist Board where companions fly free - up to a $400 credit.

About The Island: The island was originally named San Salvador, but it was changed in the 30's and named for a private who resided there - Arthur Catts. The island is located just southeast of Eleuthera - about a 20 minute flight from Nassau. The island is about 50 miles long and 7 miles wide and has the highest peak in the Bahamas. We climbed to the top to take in the great views (would be considered a hill in any mainland location). The island is fairly green with rolling hills as it's backdrop and seemingly endless miles of pristine, gorgeous beaches. The water of course is that mesmerizing turquoise blue that all lovers of the Bahamas can't get enough of.

Fernandez Bay Village: We loved this place! If you're looking for a romantic spot to rekindle your relationship, I can't think of a better spot. It makes you feel like you're Robinson Crusoe with your own private paradise. There are about a dozen beachfront villas that sit right on the sand... just tumble out and you're on the beach! The resort has a dramatic setting at the center of a perfect half-moon bay - gorgeous. The 'club house' is where everyone gathers for activities and meals, which were outstanding. The staff is engaging and friendly - can't do enough to make you feel welcome. We'd go back again as much for the friendly staff as for the setting. Meals are often out on the stone terrace, with the surf just feet away - very dramatic at sunset. And the after-dinner bonfires on the beach are magical. We'll definitely be back again!

We visited in early February and the temperatures were in the low 80's - perfect. Our favorite activity was kayaking. The bay is nice and calm, and there is an adjacent estuary that weaves its way through miles and miles of mangrove streams. There are no TVs, DVD, radios or clocks at FBV - and you won't miss them! After being there for 24 hours we couldn't remember what day of the week it was, and we absolutely didn't care! Four days away felt like we had been living in paradise forever.

PS - Families are welcome and there's free WiFi if you bring your laptop.
Here's a link online trip report if you want to read more: http://www.wickedgoodtraveltips.com/2010/02/cat-island-bahamas-the-pristine-paradise-youve-been-dreaming-of/

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