Fernandez Bay Village
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Wow, peace and quiet at last!
My husband and I were at FBV for our honeymoon in July 2004 and it was fantastic. It is so quiet and remote, we could paddle with canoes around the corner and find ourselves in the middle of paradise, with nobody else around. When we arrived at FBV, Donna welcomed us sincerely and made our entire stay very special. The food was excellent and the ambience is magic and romantic. You will never want to leave!
I can't say enough about FBV & Cat Island! We arrived on a Saturday & were greeted by Donna with open arms. She showed us all around and then to our "shack". If available, I HIGHLY recommend Shane Shack!! The views from the room were amazing. We could lie in the bed and could see the beautiful beach out every door & window. It also has an outdoor shower, which is really nice...unless the wind blows. The beach itself was very nice and there were many areas that were very private along the main beach area. With a short canoe ride, you can easily get to "skinny dip" beach or for the more adventurous; you can paddle around and find a real private beach. The snorkeling around the FBV area is nice, even right up along the beach area there are things to do and see. I've never seen so many star fish in one place!!
The food at FBV is amazing. That was the only thing I was worried about, I am a very picky eater. But, everything was so good. Breakfast & Dinner were buffet style...eat until the food is gone.
Everything we came in contact with was very clean. The bugs weren't bad, but that was mainly because of the time of year we were there. We used the bug spray we brought, but they also have some available around the bar area that can be used as well, they are prepared for that.
We rented a car one day while we were there and drove the whole island. It's a very nice drive, but it does take all day to drive from one end to the other. It's definitely interesting to see. We visited a few of the other resorts while we were traveling that day. They are very nice, but FBV was by far the nicest one. I do highly recommend a visit with Miss Iva Thompson. She's a wonderfully fascinating local woman.
We've got photos, feel free to email me if you're interest in seeing them or have any other questions about Cat Island. It's was a wonderful vacation & I highly recommend visiting!!
as everyone has previously stated, this place is truly heaven! just back from a short stay, the intimate little villas, the food, the staff -especially donna, all first class. peace and quite, romance, calm waters, only 6 people there , just wonderful!!
i'll be back!! g
Absolutely Fabulous Honeymoon!!!
My Wife and I just returned from our 7 day honeymoon at FBV. This is without a doubt the best honeymoon detination on the planet. The beach is picture perfect, I think they could have filmed the "Corona" commercials at FBV. Donna and the staff were fantastic!!! The food was outstanding!!! The accomodations were exactly what we were looking for, cozy seaside cottages, located just a few steps from the waters edge. We were lucky enough to have stayed in Shane's Shack and loved everytihng from the open air bathroom, to the wrap around porch that overlooks the beach. Warm tropical breezes, cold drinks, great food and great people what more can you ask for? We have been to other locations in the Bahamas but this is by far the best.
The absolute best secret in the bahamas
WOW!!!! My husband and I were traveling around for one month. But by far FBV was the best part of all of it. The people, the service, the scenery were outstanding. The friendliness of all. We got back two days ago and we are already trying to figure out when we will go back and how we will get our adult kids there. They have to see it!! on a scale of 1 to 10 ten being the best FBV was a 15. There are no telephones or televisions and we did not miss it. We actually talked to each other!!!!
Stop your search and stay here!
We are now trying desperately to find a resort for a trip this spring that we'll enjoy as much as FBV! It seems that this is the only resort (under $300) that has an open air shower off your room. If you want to shower under the stars with your spouse, this is the place. Our wedding on the beach in April 2003 was more than we could have imagined - and we had nothing planned when we arrived. Donna and her crew were wonderful. As the other reviews mention, the fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, and beach are excellent. The people and the setting make this place the BEST!
Great time excellant food, accomodations, nice atmosphere, relaxing,and great fishing. Would highly recomend for a relaxing vacation.
Honeymoon in paradise
My husband and I just returned from our five day honeymoon on Cat Island at Fernandez Bay Village. We stayed in Shane's Shack (in my opinion, the nicest hut directly on the water's edge with it's own porch and adorondack chairs). If you want complete peace, tranquility and uninterrupted serenity, go here! It was amazing! Be forewarned, if you cannot entertain yourself or your spouse/significant other, do not look for outside entertainment here beyond Rocky the musician or Benny the dog. No TV, no radio, no nothing. Just you, the beach, the water, and snorkeling, kayaking, and basking in the sun to your heart's content. The food was outstanding. Don't be on a diet. Just enjoy the cooking. Definitely take a snorkeling trip guided by Mark. See the Hermitage on the tallest point in the Bahamas, Mt. Alverna and have a bite of food at the BlueBird in New Bight. You cannot think of money, expenses, cell phones, or anything at this tropical paradise. But do make sure to bring your bug spray. The critters can be nasty!
Best view and beach anywhere
This resort is a series of villas along a completely deserted beach on the leeward side of the island so it is very calm and still here. The view of the sunsets are spectacular, the villas are neat and spacious and the food is excellent. The island, however, is very remote and activities are limited but fishing, boat rentals and snorkeling can be arranged. The review "best beach on the planet "hits it right on the head.The owners and staff were excellent. THE place to get away from it all and see what life in the out islands is really all about.
Best Beach on the Planet
My wife and I spent our 5th anniversary at FBV in August 2000 and were overwhelmed by the scenic beauty of the bay. The beach itself has the consistency of talcum powder and the water is gin clear, calm and warm. Sunsets were always the highlight of the day as we watched the sun slowly sink into the ocean. There was actually a green flash our last evening at the hotel. We stayed in the Royal Palm Cottage-an end unit with a wrap-around porch, A/C, queen size bed, and garden bathroom. A note to the sqeamish-turn on the bathroom light for midnight visits or you may encounter a frog or lizard out for a stroll.Meals at the hotel were all delicious. We were treated nightly to wonderful appetizers by the beach bar before sampling items from the small buffet. Typically there was a meat and a fish course from which to choose. In fact, the night of our anniversary we gorged on rock lobster, beef tenderloin, potatoes, greens, and homemade apple cake for dessert. Breakfast and lunch were also filling-banana pankcakes one morning and grilled cheese sandwiches with fresh tomatoes one afternoon are two favorites that come to mind.The staff was very friendly and Donna the manager was attentive and kept everything running smoothly.Fernandez Bay Village is not for everyone. There is no nightlife at all. There is no television or radio and once the sun goes down, the only lights to be seen are millions of stars. This is a place for those who come to unwind. You won't find aerobics classes or tennis courts-just miles of unspoiled beaches and a few souls (none save a charming older couple our last two days) to share it with. I almost hate to submit this as my wife says to keep it secret but I figure the kind of people who want to be here won't intrude on our solitude the next time we go. We plan on returning for our 10th. I can't wait.
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... had all had such fun together I was sad to leave.
The flight was over some stunning scenery. The island chains clear blue waters showing vividly against the white sands.
After clearing customs in Fort lauderdale at the small executive airport our plane load (8 people) waited outside for the taxi to the main airport. At that point the full force of my sendoff drinks kicked in.This was going to be a loooong day. 3 hours done, 27 to go.
I sat ...
... by not having tidal flow information outside the islands.
The ranger had to do a patrol of the islands anyway. He hadn't been out for a few days as they had been busy on repairing the sunken boat etc. Liza stayed on Inspiration to put the call out on the VHF to other yachties. She even got a reply from the pilot of the Watermakers (local puddle jump airline) to say he would keep an eye out.
Tony and I Jumped onto the Parks other, bigger and ...
... including his and his brother's farms. This turned out to be the next day's adventure!
In Christopher's pickup truck, we travelled to the northern tip of the island and back. It turned out to be a great way for us to decide were we were going to sail to over the next few days. The girls rode in the front, while Christopher was kind enough to set up chairs in the back for the boys! They had a wild ride back there and loved every second of it! What ...
... what they meant by that statement. The husband’s response was “today is Sunday, the meet and greet is tomorrow.” We all started to laugh this time. I was ticked; my plans were to sleep late this morning, but we had to get up for the meet and greet…which is actually tomorrow. So we will have to get up early on the second sea day as well. Every cruise Rosalind and I have been on departed on Sunday; so getting up this morning after confirming ...
... explore the entire western shore, but taking advantage of changes in the forecast wind directions to do so, making our visit appear to be haphazard. For the first several days, winds would be from north of east, favoring movement along the west coast in either direction. Then, winds would veer to south of east, favoring movement toward the northern end of the island. We would end up sailing up and down the coast several times ...