Four Days In Hope Town, Bahamas

Yesterday I returned from four glorious days in a part of the Bahamas I had not yet been, Hope Town in the Abaco Islands. This destination has been near the top of my “Must Visit Soon” list for a long long time. There’s nothing quite like the Out Islands of the Bahamas. I don’t know if it’s the charm of the people, the electric glow of the water or the relaxed state of mind that washes over you when you touch those shores–whatever it is I can’t get enough. I’m addicted.

The Hope Town Lodge became my new home away from home. The beach front cottage I stayed in had privacy, lush tropical landscaping, a porch complete with adirondack chairs and the blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing ashore on the pink sand beach below. The only thing missing was a check-out date located somewhere in the distant future.

I have a ton of stories to tell you about the Lodge, Hope Town and Elbow Cay itself. I’m still organize all the photos, videos and words tumbling around in my head, but first I want to show you a few photos of the trip. This will hopefully tease you just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. I know you want more!

Hope Town, Hope Town Lodge & Elbow Cay – Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Hope Town Lodge

Entrance to the Hope Town Lodge.


Beach in front of the Hope Town Lodge. Wanna jump in?


My beach front cottage named Cocoplum.


Captain Jacks Bar and Grill. Always a happening place.


Enjoyed a couple glasses of Havana Club Anejo in Ray’s Lounge at the Lodge.


Meet Loui, the man behind the bar at the Reef Bar & Grill at the Lodge. More to come from this guy!


Meet Sandy, the lovely lady behind the bar at Ray’s Lounge.


Hope Town Harbour, one of the most beautiful harbours I’ve seen.


Taking in the view from the top of the Elbow Reef Lighthouse.


Over looking Hope Town Harbour. Simply amazing.


Sign for On Da Beach Bar & Grill. I so wanted to take this sign!


Rush hour traffic for downtown Hope Town.


Just a Castaway washed ashore in beautiful Hope Town Bahamas.

As you can see Elbow Cay is mind-blowingly beautiful. Every part of it holds another surprise, from Tahiti Beach on the south to the beautiful pastel homes of the north, it is true Out Island charm. After only four short days, leaving on the ferry was like saying goodbye to a lover. I stood their on the back of that boat trying to burn the image of the fading lighthouse into my brain, just like thousands before and thousands more will do.

Much more to come!


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By |2016-12-31T11:58:03-04:00February 22nd, 2013|Abaco, Islands, The Bahamas|11 Comments

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  1. Dawn, of Choosing the Better Life February 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I’ve never been there and now definitely want to visit! Fantastic pics, great starter post, I want more!

  2. Mango Eddie February 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm


    That was an excellent read! Cant wait to be there next week!

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    RumShopRyan February 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I’m glad I could tease you into wanting more Dawn! Much more to come like a few new Island Lime Videos, a new drink video with Loui from the Reef Bar and what it’s like to go up all those stair at the lighthouse!


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    RumShopRyan February 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Can’t wait to see your photos Mango Eddie! You guys have fun!

  5. Abaco Addict February 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    We discovered the Abacos in 1985, and have been regular visitors ever since. The beauty of those out islands is stunning, and the relaxed lifestyle and warm, welcoming people there keep bringing us back. Glad you could finally experience our favorite place in the world. Next trip (and there will be a next trip) you should rent a boat and visit all the cays surrounding the Sea of Abaco. From Manjack Cay in the north to Little Harbour in the south, it is a paradise, with some great fun mixed in. Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay, Treasure Cay, Fowl Cay Marine Park, Man-O-War Cay, Elbow Cay, Lubbers Quarters Cay, Tilloo Cay, Lynyard Cay…each has its own culture and charm, and some of the best snorkeling, seafood and house rum drinks anywhere.

  6. Conch Head February 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    YES! Hope Town is the BEST place on earth to unwind from the stresses of life here in the states. We were there just last month for a week of peace and quiet. Love the beaches, the people and capt n jacks. The reef bar also was a favorite hang out with the man of many words:-) Louie. behind the bar. Laying on Hope Town Beach all day with the bar close by was vary relaxing. Couch fritters were a daily staple no matter where we decided to plant ourselves for some good food and drinks. The locals and visitors alike, are outgoing and not shy at all. It is such a nice change to just walk through a town where it seems like there are no strangers. At night, you can stroll around without fear because this has to be the safest place on earth. Can’t wait to return.

  7. Diane February 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    One of my favorite places!

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    RumShopRyan February 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone. I can see Hope Town and the Abacos have touched many people deeply. Cheers to a return trip!

  9. Rob March 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks for the update…one question what time are the bars open until? We are not looking to pull all nighties but if they close @ 8 that’s disconcerting…thanks!

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    RumShopRyan March 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Rob, it is a sleepy town but it seems a different spot is own later each night. One night it might be Captain Jacks, then another night it might be the Abaco Inn. When I say late I mean like midnight. Nothing to crazy.

  11. Yuta June 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Such nice photos! I envy you because you can travel to the Caribbean a lot. The photo of the downturn reminds me of some of the places I’ve been to (especially Boca Chica in DR). So many places to discover!

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