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–  Hope Town Lighthouse

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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 – Hope Town Harbour Lodge Oceanfront Cabanas – 1 Miles

Beachfront Cabana with King Bed.

Hope Town Harbour Lodge Oceanfront Cabanas

Situated on a stunning coral-sand beach with a vibrant reef just a few kicks offshore and a friendly, historic Bahamian town within easy walking distance. Hope Town Lodge’s Oceanfront cabanas are the simply elegant accommodations that island dreams are made of.

King size beds in extra large rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading onto an oversize deck offering views of the stunning Atlantic Ocean. Upgraded bathrooms, A/C and mini-refrigerators are just a few of the amenities.

2 – A Wench’s View – 3 Miles

A Wench’s View

(3K, 3Q, 4T) Sleeps 16. A Wench’s View is located on 2 acres from the Sea of Abaco to the Atlantic Ocean on the north-most end of Tilloo Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. Recently remodeled to now sleep 16. The house comprises of a main house and two “pods” on a raised porch connected by a covered deck. The main house has an open modern kitchen, spacious living room, dining room, six full bathrooms, seven bedrooms (king size master bedroom with private bath, two newly added added bedrooms with king sized beds, 3 queen size guest rooms, and bunk room with four twin beds), and a second floor widow’s peak with 360 degree views. This home also offers a boat lift for up to a 31′ or 16,000 Ton boat, all the toys you can imagine such as snorkeling gear, kayaks and ski tubes. A boat captain can be arranged for the nights you wish to have dinner in Hope Town. Once you arrive though you probably will never want to leave. Dock at house for up to 100′ boat. Draft up to 9′.

NEW BASE PRICE OF $7500 for 1-5ppl and $900 per extra person up to 16.  

3 – Hope Town Harbour Lodge – 1 Miles

Main Lodge Room

Hope Town Harbour Lodge

Fitted with either a king or queen bed, these quaint rooms overlook either the Hope Town Harbour or the Atlantic Ocean. Some amenities include A/C, full bathrooms and private balconies in these idyllic vacation retreats.

4 – Saybrook South – 800 Yards

Steps to gorgeous swimming beach

Saybrook South

3B/2B Sleeps 8. (1K, 1Q, 1T plus 2 bunks w/ Trundle) Fabulous beach cottage with ocean views and direct access to beautiful swimming beach located minutes from Hope Town Village. Features include porcelain tiled floors, high vaulted ceilings, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances including dishwasher, gas stove, microwave and full size fridge. There are two covered porches, one with great ocean views and dining area and one with two rocking chairs for those lazy afternoons when you want to enjoy a good book. The open concept living room, dining and kitchen has many great accents including hardwood antiques, nautical lighting, original art work and even a 70″ flatscreen TV. There is a small office off of the entry hall should you have to do business while on vacation. The spacious Master bedroom has ocean views and ensuite bathroom with double vanity and walk in shower. The Queen guest bedroom features a beautiful 4-poster bed and other one of a kind hardwood decor. The third bedroom has a twin bed as well as a bunk bed with pull out trundle perfect for 2-4 kids. The guest bedrooms share a bathroom located off of the hall with tub/shower combo. Owners generously offer use of the washer/dryer, however, we do ask that you make every effort to conserve water and power. Other amenities include a long distance (US/Canada calls only) and local phone, generator, BBQ gas grill, Wifi and outdoor shower. Small pets welcome for nominal fee. 

5 – Hope Town Inn & Marina Suites – 1 Miles

Poolside Bar and Lounge Area

Hope Town Inn & Marina Suites

Choose to relax in one of our 3 newly constructed penthouse style apartments with private balconies, and undoubtedly the best views of Hope Town Harbour. All suites are complete with one bed & one bath with full kitchen, dining and living room. Direct TV and pull-out couches are available in each suite. Personal dock slips are available for vessels up to 30′ LOA.

6 – The Lily Pad – 700 Yards

Introducing The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

4B/2.5B (4K) Sleeps 8. Let your troubles melt away at this newly built beach front home located just south of Hope Town Village on Elbow Cay. The moment you enter this home you are met with ocean views. Features include porcelain tiled floors, granite countertops, Split a/c units, generator, beer and wine fridge, lots of decks and more.

7 – 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. 

8 – Fresca near Turtle Hill – 400 Yards

Beautiful Fresca

Fresca near Turtle Hill

4B/3.5B Sleeps 8. Situated next door to Turtle Hill, this turn key, beautifully decorated home features hardwood floor throughout and a private freshwater pool. The decks allow you to enjoy the Atlantic views and breezes all day. Just a short walk to the beach or On Da Beach Bar and Grill, and a quick golf cart ride from Hope Town village, it is perfectly located to give you privacy and convenience during your island vacation.

9 – Windblown Sky – 1 Miles

Beautiful Sunrise from the deck of Windblown Sky.

Windblown Sky

3B/2B (2Q, 1 Trundle) Sleeps 6. Turn key beachfront getaway located in the historic Hope Town Village in private setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Within walking distance of shops, restaurants & the Lower Public Dock where you can tie up your rental boat. Features include panoramic ocean views, an open floor plan with vaulted tongue and groove ceilings, breakfast bar and counter tops made of reclaimed cedar, wood-grain porcelain tile, wrap around balcony and numerous decks. 
Book this fabulous beach house and swim and snorkel in your backyard and enjoy amazing sunrises.

***Please note that there is a 10% holiday surcharge applicable to the two weeks of Easter, the week of 4th of July, the weeks of Christmas & New Year’s.

10 – Rum and Coconuts – 2 Miles

Pool bar and outside kitchen

Rum and Coconuts

3B/3.5B (2K, 2Q, Bunks) Rum and Coconuts – The ultimate choice for entertaining, this home has it all. Gorgeous ocean and Sea of Abaco views, luxurious linens, antiques, and the utmost in modern electronics combine with a island whimsy to make this house one of the most desired addresses on the island.

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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/