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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 2B with Loft Villa Oleander – 1 Miles

Hope Town Inn & Marina 2B with Loft Villa Oleander

(1K, 1Q, 3T) Sleeps 7. Brand new 2 bedroom , 2 bathroom villa with loft bedroom with 3 twin beds located at Hope Town Inn & Marina just across the harbour from Hope Town Settlement.  Complete with planking tile, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, high end fixtures, central air, wireless internet, DirecTV and outdoor deck with sofas and tables. Offered with complimentary boat slip for up to a 30′ vessel. 

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

2 – Always Wendy – 700 Yards

Always Wendy

5B/4B (5Q, Sofa Bed) Sleeps 12. Luxury beach & pool house right on the Atlantic Ocean 35 feet above sea level. Master suite boasts four poster Bamboo queen bed, sitting area, cable TV, and private bath. The second master also has a private bath with a tub/shower combo as well as a balcony overlooking the lush tropical garden. The main level has 2 more guest bedrooms and a shared bath. Features generator, central a/c, free WIFI and more.

3 – 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.

4 – Hope Town Hideaways Key West 4 – 1 Miles

Hope Town Hideaways Key West 4

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 villas enjoys a high number of repeat clientele. Guest privileges include maid service, water’s edge freshwater pool with four gazebos on an expansive deck, private marina, 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.

5 – Barefoot Bay – 2 Miles

Barefoot Bay view of Tilloo cut

Barefoot Bay

6B/4.5B (2K, 3Q, 2T, Sofa bed & Bunks) Sleeps 12-16 max with kids. Newly renovated bathrooms, outdoor bar and more. This beautiful and expansive holiday retreat sits on a corner acre on the southern tip of Elbow Cay in the Tahiti Beach area overlooking Tilloo Cut inlet and the string of islands to the south. This gracious home is fully air-conditioned and offers the perfect floor plan. The pod design allows couples (or extended families with children) to enjoy their holiday with an abundance of space. Tahiti Dock Slip for one vessel – Max 30′. Larger groups with more than one vessel should secure a slip at nearby Sea Spray Marina for a nominal fee.

6 – 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 suitable for teenagers at ground level with bunk beds with half bath and outside shower. Beautifully furnished with some unique accents. Features generator, Wifi, Flat screen TV, air conditioning & gas BBQ grill. Within walking distance of protected beach, your dock space and Sea Spray Marina.

Cleaning fee of $100 applicable for less than a week stay. 

7 – 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.

8 – Barefoot Beach – 2 Miles

View of Barefoot Beach from the oceanside

Barefoot Beach

6B/4B (5K, 4T, Futon) Sleeps 16. One of Elbow Cay’s best beach houses with pool!  Why get two homes when two families can rent one beach house! New living room and bedroom furniture and decor added throughout. Bathrooms have also been recently upgraded. Two Master Bedrooms, one on each floor each capturing pool and beach views & featuring private baths & walk-in closets. Main floor Master suite has Jacuzzi tub and separate custom shower for two. Upstairs Master has balcony overlooking pool, surfers beach and Atlantic Ocean. Marnie’s Landing boat slip – Max 36′ – 4′ draft.

9 – 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.

10 – 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. 

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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/