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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 – 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.

2 – 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.

3 – Saybrook South – 800 Yards

Steps to gorgeous swimming beach

Saybrook South

3B plus office/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. 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. 

4 – Banana Cabana – 500 Yards

Beach North View.

Banana Cabana

2B/2B (1K, 2Q) with optional 1B/1B guest suite (1Q, 2 Bunks) Banana Cabana Beach House has it all! Large private pool dramatically set on dune above wide Atlantic Ocean Beach. Living area is two stories with floor to ceiling windows capturing the gorgeous beachfront setting. Spacious open combination living room and dining room opens directly onto pool deck with ample outdoor furnishings to create outside dining and living areas. 

5 – 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.

6 – Hope Town Harbour Lodge Ocean View Cottages – 1 Miles

Oceanview cottage

Hope Town Harbour Lodge Ocean View Cottages

Offering king-size beds, large twin-sink bathrooms, and honeymoon-level privacy, our spacious cottages are perfect to enjoy the sun and sea breezes and maybe a tropical cocktail on your own private deck.

7 – Parliament Harbour House – 1 Miles

Parliament Harbour house with new roof

Parliament Harbour House

1B/1B (1Q, 1Q Lane Sleeper Sofa) Sleeps 4. Enjoy the island lifestyle while sitting on your covered porch greeting the locals and visitors as they walk by while capturing the amazing views of the nation’s iconic hand cranked candy-striped lighthouse and Hope Town Harbour. Features include central A/C, Wifi, generator and hard wood floors. 

8 – Tahiti Beach House – 2 Miles

Private Dock view from our deck

Tahiti Beach House

2B/2B (2Q) Directly on the Sea of Abaco Tahiti Beach House has a private dock and private sandy beach. Located at South End of Elbow Cay in the exclusive Dorros Cove (Tahiti Beach) area. Two bedroom, Sleeps 2 couples and 2 kids or even 3 couples with addition of a new Queen sofa bed. We have also added a comfortable twin day bed to the bedroom alcove area.  Sit on your own private sandy beach under the coconut trees and enjoy beautiful sunsets over the Sea of Abaco. Calm water for swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding fun. Fish right from our private dock. Enjoy steps away Tahiti Beach with its towering coconut grove, crescent bay beach, hidden Tilloo Cut beach and of course, the famous sandbar beach. Each bedroom boasts a queen size bed, with sea views, private bath, sliders to deck and cathedral ceilings. The living room/great room features new Queen sofa bed and love seat overlooking the Sea of Abaco and has satellite TV, stereo and an adjacent covered deck. The covered deck features a comfy sectional sofa to relax enjoy the ocean front views.  The kitchen has everything including choice of breakfast bar or dining room table. The favorite feature is the tropical jungle path entering the home….step through your gate and wind down through the roots of the towering trees, exotic flowers and vines – open the door to your cottage and see nothing but blue water – very dramatic. Everyone will love the deck and private dock for sunsets, swimming and snorkeling and of course fishing! Perfect house to couple with the other Tahiti Beach homes -Bali Hai Cottage, Tahiti Hai, Cheers, Alligator & The Mermaid, etc. There is excellent service at the house for free WiFi. Satellite TV with movie channels. Our private dock for up to approximate 35′ boat with  5′ draft. Bye bye power outages, Tahiti Beach House now has an automatic generator!

 

9 – 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.  

10 – 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.

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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/