Elbow Cay Lighthouse, Great Abaco Island

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#2 of 14 in Historic Sites in Out Islands
Elbow Cay Lighthouse remains one of the few kerosene-fueled and one of three manually operated lighthouses in the world. Built from masonry in 1862 and standing 27 m (89 ft) tall, the tower sports horizontal red-and-white stripes. Its light, which is hand operated, is visible from 43 km (23 mi) away. The lighthouse features a weight mechanism, which the light keeper has to crank every few hours in order to maintain the light, which flashes every 15 seconds. Make Elbow Cay Lighthouse a centerpiece of your Great Abaco Island vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Great Abaco Island trip planner .
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  • AWESOME, so much history and a feat of structural engineering, a donation to visit or climb the inside stairs, excellent view or photo opportunity, walk over to the Lighthouse Marina for a room rental...  more »
  • The Elbow Cay Lighthouse is one of only three manual lighthouses left in the world. It has a weight mechanism that has to be hand cranked every several hours.  more »
  • Whike visiting we stopped at the light house. First you can read about the history of the lighthouse and visit the gift shop. They take donations to help keep it up and maintained. You can then walk u...  more »
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  • We were in the Abacos for 8 days, this was our favorite place by far. Hope to stay here if we're ever back in the Abacos.
  • OMG! friggen quaint and beautiful!
  • The most American location in the Bahamas. Moorings only and an extensive set of rules and high prices that keeps the tightly wound Americans happy. I love this place, it keeps those people out of my hair.
  • Worth the trip!
  • Loved it! Such a beautiful place, best vacation.
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