Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday home in Cat Island
I bedroom, 1 bath including outdoor shower and 12 ft decks
The Boathouse is a custom built, Bahamian-style home set on a privately owned 3 1/4 acre property. The acreage runs from the ocean to the bay with the house set back from the beach between the ocean and the Bay. The Boathouse is surrounded by water on three sides and has a path to the sugar, white sand beach with gin clear water.The Boathouse is very private, and is the only house on our property. Jenn Air Convection oven/microwave, Jenn-Air Stovetop, Ice maker, Select Comfort California King Bed w/ down pillows and 400ct. Egyptian Cotton sheets, fabulous outdoor protected shower, DVD, VHS, Film Library, Air-conditioning, Ceiling fans throughout, lending library, Seagrass furniture, Teak chaise lounges & dining area, IKEA cabinets,12 foot decks all around. Walk to the Pigeon Cay Beach Club with access to beach bar & outdoor dining. Use of kayaks, canoe, and bicycles included in stay. Selection of grocery markets, restaurants and bars are nearby. Local property manager for assistance.
Cat Island Overview: Untainted by tourism, Cat Island is the sixth-largest island in The Bahamas. The fishhook-shaped island — some 48 miles long and 1 to 4 miles wide and lies about 325 miles southeast of Miami. Named after the pirate Arthur Catt, it’s located near the Tropic of Cancer, between Eleuthera and Long Island. It has one of the best climates in The Bahamas, with temperatures in the high 60s during the short winters, rising to the mid-80s in summer, with trade winds making the place even more comfortable. With its pristine virgin beaches, Cat Island is one of the most beautiful islands in The Bahamas, and it is so little visited that it's inexpensive and still feels undiscovered. Many local historians claim that Cat Island residents were the first to see Columbus. The great explorer himself was believed by some to have been welcomed here by the peaceful Arawaks. Beautiful beaches offer an array of water sports. Visitors can go swimming or snorkeling at several places.
Boathouse housekeeping and maintenance: The Boathouse is professionally cleaned and maintained.
Property manager on-island to assist with any questions or requests you may have. Property manager will also assist with car rental reservations, restaurant recommendations, grocery store/liquor store/wine shop directions,airport pickup details and directions to not-to-miss sights.
Kayaks, canoe and bicycles: The use of kayaks, canoe and bicycles is included in your stay at the Boathouse. There are 2 kayaks available, a tandem and a single, plus there are 2 new beach cruisers parked in our garage for your use. The canoe is tied up behind the house on the back bay.
A newly built tiki hut with cushioned chaise lounges is available for your exclusive use on our beach.
Additional beach chairs, a beach umbrella and an ice chest are also stored in the garage for your enjoyment.
A king size hammock hangs on the deck for reading,relaxing, or an afternoon nap.
There is a large lending library at the Boathouse which includes many new fiction and non-fiction books.
Numerous Caribbean cookbooks and favorite Bahamian recipes are located in our library.
*****Toyota 4 Runner is available for rent by the week, located at the Boathouse (in our garage)*****
Hermitage on Mt. Alvernia
This island's distinct virtue is that it is home to the highest point in the Bahamas--Mount Alvernia--an astounding 206 feet (63 meters) above sea level On its peak is a monastery called The Hermitage, built by Monsignor Jerome Hawkes, who came to The Bahamas as an Architect and an Anglican priest to repair Anglican churches on Long Island. He was later ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest and became known as Monsignor Jerome Hawkes.
The ruins of an 18th-century plantation house.
One of the many Indian caves which honeycomb the island, and a conch shell monument to Christopher Columbus, a testament to the locals' undying belief that here marks his first landfall, much to the dismay of the nearby San Salvadorians, who insist that the honor belongs to them.
Boating/Sailing & Diving
Since the day they were first discovered by ship, the 700 islands in The Bahamas have increasingly become a magnet for sea vessels. Fuel up. Chart a course. Uninhabited cays, hidden coves, annual regattas, and modern marinas will sweeten the voyage.
Coral reefs. Blue holes. Walls. Caves. Shipwrecks. Sharks. Dolphins. Stingrays. The variety of islands in The Bahamas presents a variety of diving experiences. Beginners and experts are welcome. Lessons and guides can be found throughout the islands.
Blue Hole; Out on the bank, this circular depression leads to an 80- to 100-foot descent along the outer walls. Inside the opening, divers often encounter schools of fish, large grouper, and Caribbean reef sharks.
White Hole Reef
This reef expresses another phenomenon unusual to The Bahamas: circular depressions in the limestone basin that form flat basins surrounded by coral mounds. These sites serve as an oasis for solitary reef and schooling fish.
Bonefishing has become a local favorite within The Islands Of The Bahamas. Bonefishing takes place in the flats, where guides slowly pole small flat-bottomed boats for anglers or the truly dedicated quietly stalk these elusive fish by wading through knee-deep water. These quicksilver fighters, weighing up to 15 pounds, inspire both fly fishermen and spin casters alike with their power and speed.
Unpredictable and wily, the bonefish are often found in schools of 100 or more, making for exciting bursts of action. Don’t try to eat these bottom skimmers—you’ll quickly realize how they got their name.
Nathaniel 'Top Cat' Gilbert, a native of Cat Island, is an expert fishing guide and Certified Bonefishing Champion, with years of experience. He is a people person, likes to entertain and demonstrate fishing techniques. He knows where all of the good fishing spots are and guarantees that you will see fish.
-Pigeon Cay Beach Club (1/4 mile walk up the beach from the Boathouse)
Dinner served for guests of the inn, and for Boathouse guests most evenings. Selected entree per evening which typically features fresh fish, crab, baked chicken.
Full bar. PCBC has an honor bar for their guests. Guests of the Boathouse enjoy signing privileges at the honor bar and restaurant and may settled up at departure.
-Derrick's Conch Shack (5 miles from the Boathouse.Easy bike ride)
Fresh couch salad and cracked conch. Call ahead. Dinner upon request including jerk chicken,curry chicken, snapper, grouper, lobster,curried goat.(depending on season).Cold beer.
-Sammy T's (5.6 miles from the Boathouse)
Restaurant and full bar. Specialties include conch fritters,salads,grilled lobster, snapper,chicken
-Cookie House Restaurant in Arthur's Town (10.5 miles)
-Periwinkles (12.5 miles)
Full bar.Salads,crab,ribs,pork chops
-Fernandez Bay Restaurant (18.5 miles)
Ft. Lauderdale and Nassau to The Bight, Cat Island (twice/day)
Cat Island Air
Nassau to Cat Island (daily)
Nassau to Cat Island
Nassau to Cat Island (flights daily)
Bimini Island Air, Legacy Air Ltd. Regular scheduled charter flights are available to Cat Island from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. or Nassau, Bahamas. Flight schedules may fluctuate, so please contact the airlines to confirm their schedules. Round trip airfare is around $350 from Florida and $160 from Nassau.
Pigeon Creek, located just steps behind the Boathouse, makes for a peaceful, quiet trip through an aquatic wonderland. The creek is a nursery for sea turtles, bonefish, manta rays and other small fish. Paddlers can see them cruising along the sandy bottom or darting in and out of the mangrove trees.
If you have never kayaked before, this is the place to learn. Our ocean kayaks are wide and stable and do not restrain your legs or body. They are easy to get in and out of and it is easy to learn for first timers.
- pets not allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- not suitable for children
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
The Boathouse, Molly S.,Jackson, Michigan Date of stay: December 20-28,2009
The Boathouse was exactly what the website pictures promised and more. It even felt roomier than the pictures indicated. Every item you've chosen for the house is of the highest quality. I never looked for a thing that wasn't available: flashlights, lighters, kitchen utensils, etc. The linens were wonderful and plentiful. We loved going through the guest binder and learning the ins-and-outs of Cat Island: where to eat, how to get around, sights to see, history, activities... Your insight there is priceless. We spent many hours on the Pigeon Cay beach and took long walks. I think we probably saw other people maybe a dozen times in the week we were there, but it was usually the same 3 or 4. No one ever bothered us or disrupted our peace and enjoyment in any way. We felt like we were in our own romantic world. The water was amazing; the sand like powdered sugar. The palm frond tiki hut even sheltered us from passing rainshowers. Leslie was a very nice hostess for a Christmas Eve meal at their resort. She also easily arranged a rental car for us, even had it delivered there at the resort. The Cat Island experience is very unique and one I will always remember. I'm sure we will visit again, although probably in the spring or early summer to avoid some of the inclement weather that can muddle up the winter season. I also have a few couples from work who are interested in the Boathouse, and I'm sharing great reviews with them, too. One of the couples is a pair of avid divers who spend lots of time around the Caribbean. Although they usually travel resort-style, they also seek out a getaway like your place every year or two. Watch for the Baldwins from Michigan, I bet they'll be your guest someday.
In closing, a lot of friends and family have asked would we do it again. I have said, without hesitation, yes! You have a lovely getaway spot on a special island. Thank you so much for allowing us to be your guests. We look forward to a chance to stay again.