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Cat Island

When it comes to Bahamian culture, Cat Island is an island of influence. Many iconic Bahamian storytellers, musicians, actors, and performers (from Sir Sidney Poitier to Tony Mackay), grew up amongst the rolling hills of the island and along its pink sands. Homegrown Rake ‘N’ Scrape music took form on the island with instruments made from everyday objects like screwdrivers and raking handsaws. Tony Mackay, an artist with many names including the “Obeah Man,” exported the music across the world. His name and music hints at the mysticism of the island dating back to the culture of its enslaved ancestors.

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Greenwood Beach Resort
   
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Greenwood Beach Resort

At Greenwood Beach Resort, their motto is “Find Yourself,” and if you ask, you'll...

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Shanna's Cove Resort
   
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Shanna's Cove Resort

Shanna’s Cove Resort, located on a beautiful, secluded beach, is ideal for persons seeking...

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A new generation of Cat Islanders keeps the rich musical tradition of Rake & Scrape going. Young women have brought a new look to this male-dominated art form.
   
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Cat Island Rake And Scrape Festival

This  festival is held every year during the Bahamas Labour Day Holiday weekend, at the...

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Fernandez Bay Village Beach
   
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Fernandez Bay Village Beach

This private beach stretches out for one mile, following the line of the bay; it has dazzling...

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Hilltop Ocean View From Cottages
   
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Ocean Dream Beach Resort

Our environmentally friendly and Eco-conscious resort is comprised of several brightly colored...

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Hawk's Nest Resort & Marina
   
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Hawk's Nest Resort & Marina

Hawk's Nest Resort & Marina is a tropical beachfront paradise on the southern tip of Cat...

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Quick Facts

Area: 150 sq. miles
Population: 1,522 persons
Highest Point: 206 feet (highest in the country)
Location: 98 miles southeast of New Providence
Original Name: Cat Island was initially known as “San Salvador” meaning "Christ the Savior," before it received its present name in 1926, said to be for the pirate Arthur Catt, who used to make frequent stops here.