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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 Inn & Marina Double Rooms – 1 Miles

Hope Town Inn & Marina Double Rooms

2D Sleeps 4. 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.

2 – Sea Loft – 1 Miles

Gorgeous views from deck by the beach

Sea Loft

1B/2B (1 Double Futon in Main, 1Q in Cottage) Island style cottage just south of the Hope Town settlement overlooking the ocean.  The cottage is located high on a ridge with beautiful Bahamian foliage, making it very private and secluded. The location offers beautiful views of the beachfront, reef and Atlantic Ocean. Max boat size 26′.

3 – 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.

4 – Hope Town Inn & Marina 3B Villa Areca Palm – 1 Miles

Pool and bar

Hope Town Inn & Marina 3B Villa Areca Palm

(1K, 2Q, 2T) Sleeps 8. Brand new villa located at Hope Town Inn & Marina just across the harbour from Hope Town Settlement with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms downstairs and upstairs loft with 1 Queen bed and 2 single beds. Complete with planking tile, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and high end fixtures, this open floor plan features 1,210 sq. ft. of air conditioned space and a 150 sq. ft. exterior deck. Complimentary dock slip available for up to a 30′ vessel.

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

5 – 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.

6 – A Legacy – 1 Miles

Home overlooks the harbour and village in distance

A Legacy

3B/3B (2Q, 2T & 4 Bunks) Maximum occupancy 8. Private turn key home overlooking the harbour with dock and well manicured gardens. Access to pool, restaurant, lighthouse and 1 minute shuttle service to Hope Town village. Perfect for 2 couples or large families. 

7 – 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. 

8 – 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. 

9 – A Tranquil Landing – 1 Miles

Great waterfront, village location.

A Tranquil Landing

3B/2B (1K, 1Q, 2T) Maximum Occupancy 6. Newly decorated and renovated, A Tranquil Landing, is a beautiful home located directly overlooking the Hope Town harbour with amazing views and spectacular sunsets! Private dock included for up to a 30′ boat. The newly built dock has just been completed and can accommodate up to a 60′ vessel and is available at an add’l cost. The new harbourfront gazebo is a great place to enjoy the sunset and dine alfresco. New modern kitchen. Central a/c. Ceiling fans. Screened in patio w/ swing. Newly appointed with Flat screen TV’s, DVD player, new linens and window treatments. Telephone for local calls. Electric Grill. Automatic generator. Home fenced in for privacy. Outside shower on dock and in back garden. Convenient to everything. Minutes to a beautiful beach, restaurants, shops, grocery stores, boat rentals and churches. Regular dock to accommodate up to a 30′ boat included – Extra dockage for up to 60′ – 5.7′ draft at low tide is available for extra charge of $200.

10 – Sanctuary – 1 Miles

Sanctuary web

Sanctuary

2 B/1.5B Sleeps 4-5 (2 Doubles/1 K) This Historic Home on the water and in the settlement was Built in 1854. Sanctuary is a home that has been in the Malone family for over 140 years. The home is located on the water at the entrance to Hope Town Harbor, standing watch over all the various vessels and visitors to the settlement. The home is currently under the stewardship of Vernon (8th Generation Descendent of Wyannie Malone) and Bobbi Malone’s son and wife, Brian (9th Generation) and Kat Malone—who welcome you to share their home and their heritage.

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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/