A climb up Como Hill to The Hermitage, carved out of Mount Alvernia by Monsignor John C. Hawes, is a good place to begin your exploration of Cat Island, and the breathtaking view from the top will be worth the trip. You can also visit ruins of Loyalist cotton plantations, like the 18th-century Deveaux House on land granted to Colonel Andrew Deveaux in 1783 for protecting Nassau from Spanish invasion and occupation, and ancient railroad tracks stretching out to the sea. Explore caves once used by the Arawaks and African slave villages from the 1700s, historic churches like St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and St. Mary The Virgin Anglican Church that was built to commemorate the abolition of slavery in 1834, and check out the town where iconic Academy Award winner, Sir Sidney Poitier, lived during his childhood.