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Paradise!

Hope Town is a very well established settlement as far Northeast as you can get in The Bahamas. It is famed for the Elbow Cay Lighthouse. This red and white candy-striped lighthouse is one of the last manually operated lighthouses in the world and has been in operation since 1836. The lighthouse keeper on duty must wind up the weights every 2 hours in order to keep it seen from 17 miles away. It is open to the public and the views are amazing from the top.

We stayed at Hope Town Inn & Marina for about two weeks while on the island and we never wanted to leave. They have a swim-up bar, two pools, a hot tub, a captain’s lounge, an outdoor ping pong table, cornhole set up, and a free shuttle to get across the bay.

Across the bay from the marina is downtown Hope Town. All of the streets are just narrow enough for a golf cart or two and that’s the only mode of transportation you’ll see on land here. The streets/paths weave up and down through the busy little town painted in pastel blues, greens, reds, and yellows. They have ice cream shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, wine bars, small grocery stores and shops spread all throughout the town. This downtown area spans about a half mile in length and only a few hundred feet in depth. Every block or so you’ll see an even narrower path made of sand that will lead you to the Atlantic Ocean. The beach on the East side of the island is incredible and spans as far as the eye can see. Most days out here you’ll be the only person on the beach and after spending some time there, it’s a mystery as to why there aren’t more people around. On a calm day you can swim about 20 feet out to where the inner barrier reef begins. We decided to do this one day when the water wasn’t too clear and had a brief encounter with a large reef shark and several 5 ft tarpon. Sharks are NEVER fun to see in cloudy water…

After a couple of weeks it was decided that we had to move on. Our crew was leaving in less than two weeks and there was much to see. On our last night we caught wind of a free wine-tasting at Firefly, a restaurant just south of Hope Town on the same Cay. Firefly is owned by the family that owns Firefly Vodka and they pour it liberally from the bar. We enjoyed the free beverages and company of boaters that night, maybe even too much. The next morning we had to leave bright and early or not leave at all.

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