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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 – Abaco Blue 2 – 600 Yards

Abaco Blue 2

1B/1B Abaco Blue 2 is a branch of Abaco Blue. This Guest Cottage offers choice of two twins or King, a complete kitchen, separate a/c, CD player and Direct TV, (shared phone line), free wifi, private deck entrance, covered and open deck area complete with hammock and winding path through gardens to dock and Sea of Abaco. To rent the main house, see Abaco Blue.

2 – Rum and Coconuts – 2 Miles

Rum and Coconuts is the perfect party house.

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.

3 – Sea Bean Cottage – 1 Miles

Sea Bean Cottage

Sea Bean Cottage

2B/1.5B Sleeps 4 (1Q, 2 Bunks). Private studio cottage with great views of White Sound, 35′ dock slip, covered porch and an extra sleeping area at ground level with bunk beds with half bath and outside shower. Beautifully furnished with some unique accents. Features generator, Wifi, Flat screen TV & gas BBQ grill. Within walking distance of protected beach, your dock space and Sea Spray Marina.

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

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.

5 – Coral Reef House – 1 Miles

View of Coral Reef House from back deck

Coral Reef House

4B/4.5B (3K, 1Q) The Coral Reef House and 2B/2.5B (2Q) guest cottage, Harpoon House, are in the village of Hope Town right on the beach. Walk everywhere or use your nearby golf cart or boat docked at your private slip. The main 4B/4.5B beach house was custom designed and built by local craftsman. It is a perfect large family beachhouse with four master suites and an optional 2B/2.5B (2Q) Guest cottage. Private slip on Nigh Creek – Max 28′ – 6′ mean low tide.

6 – Bali Hai Cottage – 2 Miles

Bali Hai overlooks Tahiti Beach.

Bali Hai Cottage

2B/2B (2K) Presently under major renovation for the 2018 season. This Island home with fantastic views of the Sea of Abaco and a private dock directly on Sea of Abaco at Tahiti Beach will feature a new kitchen, upgraded floors, bathrooms and decks. Perfect for two couples or a family holiday. Dock depth 5′ at end of dock, accommodates up to a 50.’ Power and Water available for add’l fee.

7 – Pieces of Eight – 400 Yards

Infinity pool with hot tub on the ocean.

Pieces of Eight

5B/5.5B (1K, 2Q, 4T) Maximum Occupancy 10. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a gorgeous stretch of beach, this elegant, spacious estate is delightfully secluded and private. A short golf cart ride brings you to the restaurants and bars in nearby Hope Town, barely a mile away. The paved private drive leads you to a beautifully landscaped compound. In the main estate house, the open living room/dining room features exposed ceiling beams of stunning Abaco heart pine, hardwood floors, a flat-screen television with satellite feed, a stereo with iPod hookup, wireless internet, and five ceiling fans, as well as a wet bar with an under counter refrigerator. Enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from almost every room and bedroom in the home through glass doors opening onto the large multilevel decks. A beautiful infinity pool and hot tub overlook the ocean. Relax in the outdoor living room’s chairs and loveseats, or in hammocks and deck chairs in the separate lanai area. A meandering catwalk over the ocean-side cliffs leads you to decks that completely surround the main house and 4 private guesthouses with ensuite baths as well as a separate guest house complete with kitchenette, half bathroom, living room and entertainment areas. Private Dock up to 32′. This property is offered for sale at $7,350,000. Click here to learn more.

8 – Captains Quarters – 1 Miles

Captains Quarters overlooks the Sea of Abaco.

Captains Quarters

4B/3B (3K, 2T/K) Waterfront house with pool deck that wraps around back of the house for optimum views finally extending to your private dock on White Sound. Wonderful expansive home adjacent to Abaco Inn. Perfect for a group of friends or large family as home offers 4 Bedrooms (2 Masters – 4 KINGS- 1 with option of 2 twins/King)/ 3 Baths, with private dock right in White Sound. Any size 4-5 draft – varies with moon. This 2100 sq ft home was architecturally designed to maximize views and privacy. The first Master Bedroom is split for maximum privacy on the North side of home and has great views of the water and pool deck. 

9 – Paradise – 1 Miles

Paradise

Paradise Main house 3,500 sq ft with 4B/3B (1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Doubles, 2 Twin), Guest house 900 sq ft 2B/1B (1 Queen, 2 bunks, 1 Twin). The name Paradise says it all! Newly updated with new windows, new living room furniture, linens and accents. This custom designed luxury estate stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the bonefish flats of White Sound and the Sea of Abaco. Paradise is dramatically perched on a high dune between the Atlantic Ocean & the Sea of Abaco. This home includes the best of both worlds with 435′ of white sandy beach frontage on the ocean and 200′ of beach on the bay. Swim on both sides of the home from either the beach or the dock. The large covered porch (2,000 sq feet) wraps around the entire house and is ideal for watching both sunrises and sunsets. With 4 acres of palm trees and tropical landscaping, you’ll enjoy the privacy of this estate. Private Dock up to 55-60′ with 6′ draft at low tide. Power & Water available. Less than a week stays now available during Fall/Winter excluding holiday weeks. Sunday and Holiday check ins/outs not permitted.

10 – Abaco Vistas – 1 Miles

Abaco Vistas

Abaco Vistas

4B/4.5B (3K/2T/K) Abaco Vistas new beach house with private dock on White Sound. This luxury beach house boasts three levels of spacious living, water on both sides of property – which means views from on 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. 

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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/