Cat Island, Bahamas – 3 Unexpected Things
The beaches of Cat Island are beautiful, this much I knew. That is why I came. But I did not realize just how glorious. They rank right up there with any in the world. It is not just the pinkish sand but the turquoise water. And the puffy white clouds that hang suspended overhead. The bottoms of the clouds are often turquoise, reflecting the water below. On the windward side the beaches are more rugged, even more deserted, but just as picturesque. With the Beautiful Bahama Beaches gallery, I try to capture their beauty. Different beaches, different times of day, but all lovely.
Completely unexpected, are the ruins scattered across Cat Island. Old, abandoned slave quarters seem to be everywhere. These small, stone, usually roofless buildings are reminders of a by gone era. Slavery was abolished in the Bahamas in 1831. Also of architectural interest are several churches lying in ruins or boarded up and unused. Father Jerome, an architect and priest, who came to Cat Island in 1938, designed and built four churches including his Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Abandoned, contemporay wood framed homes also dot the main road.They have fallen into disrepair and are boarded up, some with personal belongings inside. Probably the result of recent hurricanes.The Ruins and Architectue gallery shows several in their natural settings.
Perhaps the most suprising of all are the Cat Islanders, themselves. They are very friendly and anxious to talk with you. There just aren’t very many of them. About 1500. Cat Island is about 50 miles long and three wide on average so there are ten people per square mile. This compares to about 1200 per square mile in Miami and 18,000 per square mile in Hong Kong and Singapore. Because there are so few people there is virtualy no crime, no traffic, and the baeches are deserted. But it can also lead to a little quirkiness. Here are a few Unique and Unusual images.
Did I tell you I love Cat Island?