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Hope Town Lighthouse

Hope Town is the home to the famous Elbow Reef Lighthouse. Probably the most recognizable landmark in Abaco, the lighthouse is one of the last manual lighthouses in the world. The lamp burns pressurized Kerosene oil with a wick and mantle. The Fresnel lenses concentrate the mantle’s light into a beam directed straight towards the horizon. The lenses and burner equipment, weighing 8,000lbs, float in a circular lubricated tub. This reduces friction so that the 700lbs of weight, when wound up to the top of the tower by hand, smoothly rotates the 4-ton apparatus once every 15 seconds. The lighthouse keeper on duty must wind up the weights every 2 hours in order for the red and white candy-striped lighthouse to be seen from 17 miles away.
1 – Tahiti Hai – 2 Miles

Welcome to Tahiti Hai!

Tahiti Hai

3B/2B Sleeps 6. (1K, 1Q, 2T) If you want to getaway from it all, enjoy the sun, sand & sea, then this immaculately maintained 3 bed, 2 bath home with dock slip located in popular Dorros Cove is perfect for your vacation in Paradise. With all the comforts of home – high tray ceilings, terracota tiled floors in the living areas, updated fixtures, an inviting front porch and top deck with panoramic views of Tilloo Cut & the surrounding Abaco cays you may wish to stay forever. Just a minute away from world famous Tahiti Beach with it’s coconut lined shores, beautiful white sand bar and inviting clear blue waters. Now has automatic generator.

Larger groups can pair this gem with neigbouring homes such as Barefoot BayAlligator & The MermaidCheersBali Hai Cottage & Tahiti Beach House.

2 – Hope Town Inn & Marina King Rooms – 1 Miles

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Hope Town Inn & Marina King Rooms

The view of Hope Town could not be better than from Hope Town Inn & Marina…It is nestled in a garden setting right on the waters edge of the west side of the Hope Town Harbour, just a short walk to the Elbow Reef Lighthouse. Each of our six hotel rooms has a spectacular view of the Hope Town Harbour and the historic settlement.

3 – B’s Hive – As seen on HGTV’s Bahamas Life – 300 Yards

B’s Hive – As seen on HGTV’s Bahamas Life

5B/3B (1K, 3Q, 1 Trundle) Sleeps 10. As seen on HGTV’s Bahamas Life. Well-equipped and comfortable; you may never want to leave! Master suite is huge with King bed, ensuite bath, private balcony, walk-in closet, etc. This home tucked away but still close to Hope Town village and is steps away from the Atlantic Ocean beach. Enjoy covered and open decks as well as your private pool! Large interior easily accommodates two families or four couples with kids. Lovely landscaped corner property. Wraparound porch ensures guests always have the perfect place to read, sun, relax, and nap in the balmy sea breeze. 

4 – Abaco Vistas – 1 Miles

Abaco Vistas from the main road on the Atlantic

Abaco Vistas

4B/4.5B (3K/2T/K) Fabulous beach house with private dock on protected White Sound boasts three levels of spacious living, water on both sides of property – which means views from one side of the Atlantic Ocean across the island to the Sea of Abaco. Dock across the street from house – Max 42′ but passage to dock can be shallow at low tide. 

5 – Abaco Windover – 2 Miles

Offers privacy with spacious yard great for kids.

Abaco Windover

3B/2.5B (1K, 4T/2K) This upscale home is located in the North End of Elbow Cay.  Privacy and tranquility are the order of the day at Abaco Windover. This beautiful home is nestled among a very large well manicured Feng Shui-style tropical garden. Stroll along the garden paths admiring the flora and fauna. You are bound to run across a few local inhabitants, like curly tailed lizards, soldier crabs and many local bird species. This two-story home has three large bedrooms downstairs and two full bathrooms. Master bedroom has one king bed, flat screen TV and private bathroom. Upstairs has large, well equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, dishwasher and breakfast bar.

6 – Hibiscus – 500 Yards

Deck Overlooking Atlantic Ocean

Hibiscus

4B/4B (1K, 2Q, 1 Bunk w/ 2 full beds) Sleeps 10. Newly renovated and professionally decorated oceanfront home in White Sound, only 10 minutes from town. Escape from the city life and hideaway in this luxury island-style home adorned with elegance from the ceiling to floor, to the furnishings and decor, and surrounded by a well-landscaped garden filled with native palm trees. Also offered for sale, click here to find out more.

7 – Hope Town Hideaways Conch Pearl Villa 1 – 1 Miles

Private home rental with maid, pool, internet, satellite TV, kayaks, boat.  Lots of room for families and more than one villa allows for groups to travel together and enjoy homes close together.

Hope Town Hideaways Conch Pearl Villa 1

 2B/2B (2K, Futon) With the luxury of combining two hotel room suites with the extra space and advantages of a private home, it is understandable why the Hideaways garden villas enjoy a high number of repeat clientele. Guest privileges include maid service, water’s edge freshwater pool with four gazebos on an expansive deck with Hot tub, marina offering complimentary dockage for up to a 30′ vessel, garden gazebo shower, laundry facilities, lighted fish cleaning dock and more.

Rates & Availability subject to change without notice. Please contact us to confirm rates and availability.

8 – Windward House – 1 Miles

Beach house in town, steps from all restaurants !

Windward House

4B/3B (2K, 2Q, Sofabed) Rustic beachfront house in Hope Town Village! Swim and snorkel along pristine 2 mile beach! Large, open beam gathering room overlooking Atlantic Ocean and best snorkeling beach on Elbow Cay designed to enjoy the outside and ocean breezes. Downstairs are two bedrooms, each with Queen beds and ensuite baths. Upstairs are 2 more bedrooms with King beds that share a bath, one with balcony overlooking the beach. 

9 – Hope Town Harbour Lodge Butterfly House – 1 Miles

Butterfly House

Hope Town Harbour Lodge Butterfly House

(1Q, 1D, 2T) Sleeps 6. The historical centerpiece of our little Bahamian village is Butterfly House, a 100-year-old home built in the quaint, clapboard style brought to the Bahamas by its Loyalist settlers. The main house has a cozy bedroom with Queen bed and a full bath with shower, an open kitchen, living area and dining area and a large deck off the back with sea views and outdoor dining area. Upstairs on the second floor which is accessed from the outside is an add’l spacious bedroom with sleeping for up to 4 people with a Double Bed and 2 twin beds and a shared bath. Butterfly’s look and feel may be historic, but it’s comfort is completely modern. The upstairs is not suitable for young kids if unsupervised.

10 – Abaco Blue – 600 Yards

Abaco Blue is very private with lush gardens

Abaco Blue

2B/2B (2K) Sleeps 4 and option to add Guest Apartment with 1B/1B (1K or 2T) to Sleep 6. This upscale home invites relaxation. Split plan provides two Masters, each fitted with a King bed. The rooms are over-sized with private deck entrances, additional seating for reading, desk area, walk-in closets, and ensuite bathrooms. The owners spared no expense for their guests, sharing the highest quality linens, original artwork, laundry room (YES washer & dryer) with extra freezer and outdoor beach shower with seating on deck. 

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Hope Town is the home to the famous Elbow Reef Lighthouse. Probably the most recognizable landmark in Abaco, the lighthouse is one of the last manual lighthouses in the world. The lamp burns pressurized Kerosene oil with a wick and mantle. The Fresnel lenses concentrate the mantle’s light into a beam directed straight towards the horizon. The lenses and burner equipment, weighing 8,000lbs, float in a circular lubricated tub. This reduces friction so that the 700lbs of weight, when wound up to the top of the tower by hand, smoothly rotates the 4-ton apparatus once every 15 seconds. The lighthouse keeper on duty must wind up the weights every 2 hours in order for the red and white candy-striped lighthouse to be seen from 17 miles away.

In 1836, 2 lighthouses were built in the Bahamas in order to improve navigation and decrease the amount of shipwrecks. One of the lighthouses was stationed at the southernmost tip of Abaco called Hole-in-the-Wall, and the other just south of Bimini. Even with the lighthouse at Hole-in-the-Wall, wrecks were still building up around Abaco. As a result, in 1863, England decided, to build a lighthouse at Hope Town to steer ships clear of the extensive “Elbow Reef”. Despite protests made by wrackers (salvagers), the lighthouse was completed in 1864. At this time, the lighthouse was equipped with a non-rotating, first-order light. In 1936, approximately 73 years later, the Imperial Lighthouse Service closed the Lighthouse at Gun Cay (south of Bimini), and realized that the lighthouse at Hope Town was in need of a beacon for easier identification by ships. The Gun Cay lighthouse was then decapitated, and the iron lantern room with its dome, petroleum burner equipment, turning mechanism, and the rotating Fresnel lenticular panels were brought to Hope Town to replace its standing wick-type light. In 1996, for economic reasons, the Port Department was prompted to automate the hand-wound kerosene–burning lighthouse in the Bahamas. The Lighthouse Preservation Society (the non-profit historical and educational society dedicated to the preservation of Bahamian lighthouses) convinced the government to reconsider, as long as the Society would provide the Port Department with the parts they needed that were longer available through their previous supplier. Since then, the Society has been using mantles from the Coleman Company (manufacturer of Outdoor Equipment). Today, the Elbow Reef Lighthouse is still sending out light, rated at 325,000 candlepower, with the same light source it acquired in 1936.

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Category:
Tourist Attraction
Address:
Elbow Cay, Hope Town
Email:
erlsbahamas@gmail.com
Web Address:
https://www.elbowreeflighthousesociety.com/