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Hope Town Lighthouse

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Address: | Elbow Cay, Great Abaco Island
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This peppermint-striped lighthouse is one of the few remaining lighthouses...

This peppermint-striped lighthouse is one of the few remaining lighthouses in the Caribbean that is still man-operated.

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This is the only kerosene operated lighthouse left in the world. It is so interesting and the views of the Sea of Abaco and Hope Town is outstanding.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Bookwoman44
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South Georgia
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South Georgia
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198 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This is the only kerosene operated lighthouse left in the world. It is so interesting and the views of the Sea of Abaco and Hope Town is outstanding.

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SARASOTA
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42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This lighthouse is perfect from any angle on the cay. Even if you have trouble with stairs, you will find it not too difficult to climb because there is a landing every 20 or so steps to rest and look out at the beautiful views. The last set of stairs is steep. Lots of interesting history. There are restrooms located... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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175 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Easy climb for a beautiful view. We committed less than an hour to this excursion and that was plenty. Hard to believe it is free.

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Thank winstonteaka
Bahamas
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

One of the few (2) remaining hand wound lighthouses in the world. Still manned, wound up every 4 hours every night. Open to the public and free. Absolutely wonderful and unique attraction

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Palm Beach, Florida
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124 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

It's such a great old lighthouse to walk up and the view from the top will produce some great pictures worth framing! Lots of history and be sure to sign the guest book.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

No where in the US could you have a tour like this. Stunning views and just overall fun. You are at a candy cane lighthouse, yes it is touristy, but hey you are on vacation.

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Thank popovima
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151 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is one of those places that, in my opinion, must be visited on any trip to Abaco. Hope Town is a 20 minute ferry ride from Marsh Harbour ($30 round trip). The ferry stops at the lighthouse and the walk to the top provides great views as well as a good insight into the history of the lighthouse itself.... More 

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Highland, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We enjoyed views out the windows at sunset as we went up the 3-4 story spiral staircase. Its cool that the lighthouse still operates much like it did 100 years ago.

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Elbow Reef Lighthouse is the calling card of Hopetown, 101 steps to the best view of the area you could ask for. The Lighthouse is currently cared for by the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society which is slowly renovating the lighthouse to its original glory back when it was maintained by the Imperial Lighthouse Service. Its beautiful attraction which should be... More 

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Ft Collins
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49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The lighthouse is cool to experience but I wouldn't make a special trip to the island just to see it. The steps are pretty steep so be prepared for that. Its a nice view at the top.

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