Standing guard is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world; a red-and-white striped landmark that was built by the British Imperial Lighthouse Service in 1863. It still uses a wind-up brass mechanism, and its light beam can be seen at night for more than twenty miles.
Contrast this boldly colored lighthouse with Hopetown's charming turn-of-the-century homes all painted in pastels. The beach has powdery pink sand and is protected by an extensive reef, abundant and absolutely glorious. If you are interested in snorkeling you can easily reach this gorgeous reef.
Randolph Johnson founded an art colony here in 1950; it is now home to his unique foundry and gallery. After a long day on the Sea of Abaco you will appreciate Pete's Pub; a fun, open air beach bar that seems to attract characters from all over the world. Drop your anchor here and stay awhile.
The Abacos is an entire chain of enchanting islands sitting in the midst of a warm, calm sea making it one of the world's best sailing and cruising areas. Considered to be the sailing capital of the Bahamas since Colonial times, making the area a boater's paradise! The coastline is scalloped with bays, coves and protected harbors featuring full-service marinas and resorts. The large island also acts like a mainland, with a long string of barrier islands lying off its East Coast. The Sea of Abaco is a brilliant-blue body of water that is fairly shallow and protected but still large enough to offer miles and miles of sailing and exploring fun.
Snorkeling or diving in a marine park
Visiting the historic Hopetown Lighthouse
Boat builders of Man-o-War Cay
Relaxing on one of the beautiful beaches of Great Guana or Treasure Cay
Spending an evening at a beach bar with friends
Settling in at a distant spot on the chart for a slow sail under the blue Bahamian sky
As for the evenings, there are protected anchorages at a variety of exotic islands to choose from or you can tie up at a marina or anchor off and dinghy ashore to enjoy a sundowner and the fresh catch of the day at one of the Abaco's excellent restaurants. For you late night’ers, let us warn you: With everyone here to boat and fish and dive, the nightlife ends pretty early, but there's always stargazing from the deck as the boat gently rocks you to sleep.
Cooled by the prevailing southeasterly trade winds in the summer and warmed by the surrounding waters and the Gulfstream in the cooler months, The Abacos are rarely uncomfortably hot or cold. Although the central Abacos are on the same latitude as Palm Beach, Florida (27°45'), the winter temperatures average 10° (F) warmer than Florida and the summer highs are generally somewhat lower than those found on similar Florida latitudes due to the moderating effects of the surrounding waters. As a matter of record, the average daily highs and lows rarely differ by more than 12 degrees (F), with monthly rainfall averaging about 2 inches in the winter and 6 inches in the summer, primarily in the "20-minutes-and-they're-gone" afternoon showers and squall lines.
According to Bahamian meteorological records, The Abacos experience an average of more than seven hours of sunlight per day.