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Hope Town Lighthouse, Great Abaco Island

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Hope Town 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. See Hope Town Lighthouse and all Great Abaco Island has to offer by arranging your trip with our Great Abaco Island travel itinerary maker.
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  • This is an amazing historical site. Tremendous work has be done to preserve this marine history. Spectacular views, great gift shop, pleasant volunteers.  more »
  • Hope Town LIghthouse is an amazing view! Very interesting and FREE! Check out the giftshop - they have adorable things at reasonable prices. This is well worth the trip across the harbor. If you don't...  more »
  • The lighthouse is one of the most amazing historic places in the world. Besides providing the view scenic view of Hopetown, it now has a gift shop which is extraordinary. Extremely well supplied with ...  more »
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  • We took our Boy Scout Troop to the Bahama's and while there, we stopped at the Lighthouse. It was wonderful. The Scouts loved it and the view was spectacular!
  • Wonderful location if you want to get away from crowds and tourists. Makes for a very peaceful and off the grid vacation.
  • Must visit when you are in Hope Town. Climb to the top and have some awesome views of the harbour. A really visible marker when sailing in the Sea of Abaco.
  • Elbow Reef Lighthouse. Since 1863 the 89-foot lighthouse has guided boats through the Abacos to safely bring them into the harbor. To this day the keeper still follows the traditional method of maintaining a steady beam shining across the sea by burning pressurized kerosene, a method only a handful of lighthouses use today. Climb the 101 steps to take yourself back in time as you gaze out over the Sea of Abaco from a new perspective.
  • Amazing view, a must visit place if in hope town!