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Cat Island
Mark Beech
February 17, 2006
DANIELLA SARAHYBA TOP BY NAUTICA ($48), BIKINI BY LETARTE BY LISA CABRINHA ($160) PENDANT BY ANDREA FOHRMAN ($1,180)
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February 17, 2006

Cat Island

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BRIDGET HALL
SWIMSUIT BY BLINK ($90)
SHOES BY SOIXANTE NEUF ($145)

MARISA MILLER
SWIMSUIT BY DR. BOMBAY BY ROBIN PICCONE ($84)
NECKLACES BY ALEX WOO ($698), ME & RO ($140)

BEHIND THE SCENES
FERNANDEZ
BAY VILLAGE

Bahamas

In the Pink
I checked in at Fernandez Bay Village as a "single" but soon learned I'd be sharing my lodgings--with a small Caribbean tree frog that took up residence in my bathroom. Tree frogs are plentiful in the Bahamas, so at Fernandez Bay, where every cottage has an alfresco privy, such interspecies cohabitation is common. For our first two days as roommates, I ignored my frog, but I began to reconsider that when proprietor Tony Armbrister told me that the frogs' favorite hangout was inside the guest-room toilets. "They like to jump up," he said with a grin, "when people sit down." Beyond that alarming prospect there isn't much to worry a visitor to Cat Island, a slender, sparsely populated wisp of coral and limestone 325 miles southeast of Miami. It's been a popular getaway for at least 400 years, first for pirates and later for English loyalists after the American Revolution. Its most famous tourist attraction is the small monastery atop Mount Alvernia--which, at 206 feet, is the highest point in the Bahamas--but the island's most seductive lure is its 60 miles of pink-sand beaches. For those who want to get away from it all (or even just from tree frogs), those beaches are ideal spots to focus on nothing but the warmth of the sun and the whisper of the waves.

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