31 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
We spent two wonderful weeks in Hopetown. What a glorious little community. We can see how cruisers spend the entire winter there. There is always lots to do and the beach is spectacular. The Hopetown Sailing Club has races every week, so if you're inclined to go and join in the fun, you're more than welcome. We spent a lot of time exploring the village on foot and at the beach.
When we first arrived in Hopetown we hooked up with Chris and Liz off of Groovin (our buddy boat coming over) and the four of us rented a golf cart. We had done that in Green Turtle and it was a great way to get acquainted with the island and get the lay of the land. Chris and Liz had already been in Hopetown for a week or so, but they happily joined us. We explored for the day and spent some time at Tahiti Beach. Tahiti Beach gets larger and larger as the tide goes out and it was a great place to beachcomb. We saw the biggest star fish that we've ever seen lying on the beach as well as some very interesting shells. It was a busy spot and clearly everyone else had the same idea that we did.
We also went to the top of the lighthouse. The lighthouse on Elbow Cay (see lead picture) is one of the last of its kind in the world. It is run on kerosene, and the lighthouse keepers wind the mechanisms every two hours through the night to make sure that the light keeps turning. The view from the top of the lighthouse is breathtaking - that is if you still have any breath left after climbing the 110 steps to get to the top! You get a spectacular view of the harbour, the Atlantic Ocean and the Sea of Abaco all at once.
The Barefoot Man Concert was being held at Nippers on Great Guana Cay, so instead of taking the boat, we took the ferry to Great Guana to enjoy the day. The Barefoot Man is something like Jimmy Buffet, but with a local flare. Some very interesting songs, and lots of fun. We had a great day but were glad when the ferry left at 4:00 to take the "geezers" back.
Hopetown is a very busy little harbour with lots of people coming and going. Moorings are at a premium and it seems like the minute one boat leaves, two more come in. There are also a lot of rental cottages available as well, so many cruisers plan to unite with family while they're there. The people are very friendly and there is no shortage of things to do. We'll definitely be back!