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The Hermitage

Cat Island
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Amazing Hermitage on Mount Alvernia Cat Island

This is a must-see. My husband and I visited Father Jerome Hawes hermitage which took him 7 yrs.to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alice H
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Irvine, California, United States
Cool hike

Very interesting place to hike. Take the steep way up to see the carvings depicting the stations of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
FireGuy524
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A hike up 63-meter Mt. Alvernia to this small abbey will culminate in a panoramic view of Cat Island.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“highest point” (29 reviews)
“short hike” (9 reviews)
“flip flops” (8 reviews)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must-see. My husband and I visited Father Jerome Hawes hermitage which took him 7 yrs.to build by hand in the late 1940's. It stands on the highest elevation in the Bahamas. The views are spectacular, great place if you want to photograph...More

Thank Alice H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting place to hike. Take the steep way up to see the carvings depicting the stations of the cross. The church is interesting to check out and the views from the top are beautiful.

Thank FireGuy524
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The monastery is well worth touring. The building is astounding, built by Father Jerome and the home of his hermitage. Stunning view from the highest point in the Bahamas.

Thank ssnamurray
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

another boastful point for Cat Island; it has the highest peak in the Bahama Islands! The Hermitage sits high atop Mount Alvernia at 206 Ft! where i come from that is a grassy Knoll or hill! the walk, or climb as some may refer to...More

Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

There are two routes up to the top of The Hermitage, a steep hilly staircase and a more moderate incline. Both bring you to the top where the 360 degree view is amazing.

Thank Nicole U
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Medium sized hill, with loose rock. If you are knowledgeable about the pilgrimage of Jesus on the cross to his crucifixion, it is an emotional experience, especially around Easter!

Thank bananabonita
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The other reviews are very accurate. Definitely a short rocky walk so do not wear flip flops. Was not so hot - we did not need water bottles. View is amazing. Road to Hermitage off main road is well marked so don't worry about needing...More

Thank Diana C
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Great hike. A little challenging, so bring your sneakers and a bottle of water. Challenging because a bit rocky. The ruins are really interesting and there are great views as it is the highest point in the Bahamas at 206 feet. After your hike, head...More

Thank mmchaplin
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Fr. Jerome built the Hermitage but the reason and history is never explained. They could improve this attraction by putting up one sign with a little history.

Thank Clare P
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

for building The Hermitage to honour your faith and to the Roman Catholic Church for sharing it with us. It truly is a spectacular site, one not to be missed when visiting Cat Island. We first became acquainted with Father Jerome and his love for...More

Thank rejuvenate
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