"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

March 19, 2015

Mar. 18 – Hope Town, Elbow Cay

Hope Town Inn & Marina Mooring Field

“It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” ―Paulo Coelho

Wyannie Malone and her three sons, formerly of South Carolina, founded Hope Town in 1785. It remained a quiet fishing village and shipbuilding center until the 1950s, when all of Abaco began to see an increase in tourism. Hope Town’s harbor is large and totally protected and is famous for the candy-striped lighthouse built by the British in the 1860s. Elbow Cay and the quaint village of Hope Town have a lot of paths and lovely beaches to explore. It’s described as the most photographed island in the Bahamas…from the lighthouse to its brightly painted houses, all punctuated with flowering shrubs and plants. The harbor’s western side and the Lighthouse are only accessible by boat. Our goal today was to explore beyond Hope Town and the harbor.

We took our bikes ashore and first rode out to the north end to explore the beach. Although the views were beautiful...there were too many other footprints in the sand for our liking. I guess we're getting a little spoiled. We headed back through town to the southern end. Stopping along the way to take in the view of the Atlantic Ocean from the cliffs around the Abaco Inn and enjoying a nice lunch in their beautiful dining room. We thought we might leave our bikes on shore to use again, but we think everything we need we can get to on foot or in the dinghy. We spent the evening catching up with Jim and Betsy on Smiles and getting a few tips on other things to do while we're in the Abacos.

A view across the harbor to the lighthouse. Can you find The Pearl?
One of the beautiful homes in Hope Town
The view from Abaco Inn of the bay
The view from Abaco Inn of the Atlantic

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