Hope Town, Elbow Cay

Hope Town

About Hope Town

The picturesque settlement of Hope Town on Elbow Cay is readily identifiable by its red and white candy striped lighthouse, the last hand-cranked Kerosene-lit lighthouse in the world. Like the iconic lighthouse that celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2014, everything in the community swirls around its unique history, the churches built when people prayed for safe passage of the ships carrying townsfolk and goods, the quaint sherbet-coloured cottages with their white gingerbread trim, the doll-size yards bursting with brilliant bougainvillea, hibiscus and other flora. Those small cottages with their hand-crafted wood windows and native pine floors command respectable prices with ownership often paving the way for active rentals, providing income for part-time residents or second homeowners. The original settlement is entered through a pedestrian gate where guests are invited to leave vehicles and worries behind and travel by foot or bicycle (all golf carts and trucks are for service use only). At the opposite end of the island are the grand new estates built by those who appreciate the charm of Hope Town but prefer larger spaces and modern luxuries. If the buildings of Hope Town capture photographers’ attention, it is the people who capture hearts – friendly, proud of their ancestry and staunchly protective of their terrestrial and marine environment, so much so they were the first in The Bahamas to make courses about the environment a part of the established school curriculum.