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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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  • The lighthouse is easy to reach from Hope Town but to get to the top you must climb several flights of steep steps and navigate a low hatch to get out on the balcony. It is worth the effort but not th...  more »
  • The Hope Town Lighthouse is an easy climb (wide steps) and the view when you get to the top is wonderful. Be sure to take a camera so you will have proof of the gorgeous harbor and all around the isla...  more »
  • Great opportunity to see one of the few remaining manually-operated lighthouses. Wear shoes or snug sandals to climb the 100+ stairs to the top, and then through the low opening to the open deck aroun...  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!