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Hope Town, Bahamas

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Hope Town is the principle village on Elbow Cay and the site of the candy-striped Elbow Cay Lighthouse, one of only two hand-wound kerosene lighthouses remaining in the world. The 89-foot-high edifice was built in 1863 and played a significant role in the development of Hope Town, as fishing and shipping industries flourished throughout the Bahamas.

Today, thriving Hope Town is full of New England-style clapboard cottages painted in an almost endless array of pastel colors. Gateways along the walking-only paths are festooned with bougainvillea and native plantings. Dining out is popular here as is clear from the wide assortment of casual and fine dining establishments. A trip to Hope Town would be incomplete without visits to the Wyannie Malone Museum, to learn more about the early days on Elbow Cay, and Vernon’s Grocery, to sample the ever-popular key lime pie.

At the foot of the Elbow Cay Lighthouse is the newly constructed Hope Town Inn and Marina (242-366-0003, hopetownmarina.com), which boasts 50 slips set on a private 15-acre estate. The in-harbor setting makes for a spectacular view of the village, and there are two pools and a restaurant with casual Caribbean cuisine.

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