The last light
of its kind

Elbow Reef Lighthouse, The Abacos

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Manually operated,

It is the last
Kerosene Burning
Lighthouse
in the world

— an integral part of local life and
the identity of an entire island.

For the people who call this island home, it's their legacy, part of their DNA, what they leave behind for their children and their children's children; it's something worth preserving.

The red and white, candy-stripe lighthouse on the banks of Hope Town is one of the most recognizable landmarks in The Bahamas.

Although it is currently closed to visitors, the Elbow Reef Lighthouse hopes to reopen soon.

Keeper of
the Light

Like his father and grandfather before him, Jeffery Forbes Jr. climbs 101 steps each day to crank a hand winch 427 times every 2 hours. For the last keeper of the light, it's more a labour of love and less a duty.

Sailors look up to the red stripes that are visible by day, and the white stripes visible at sundown. At night, flares beam from atop the tower every 15 seconds—a white sun visible from 20 miles out.

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Lighting
the Way

The mission of the not-for-profit Elbow Reef Society is simple: restore and preserve the legacy of the Elbow Reef Lighthouse. The people of Hope Town share a deep connection with this place. Every day, they gather, waiting, watching for the light. They use lofty terms like “It’s a part of our soul” and “It’s in our blood” because this candy-stripe lighthouse is their legacy; it’s the story they leave behind.

Abacos

Little Harbour
Marsh Harbour
Treasure Cay
Sandy Point
Man-o-War Cay
Spanish Cay
Moore's Island
Tilloo Cay
Lubbers Quarters Cay
Grand Cay
Great Abaco
Great Guana Cay
Elbow Cay
Green Turtle Cay
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Little Harbour

Settled by famed artist Randolph Johnston and his wife Margot in 1951, Little Harbour has become something of a remote artists' colony best reached by boat. Today it is home to the Johnston Art Gallery & Foundry and Pete's Pub.

Marsh Harbour

The commercial centre of The Abacos, Marsh Harbour has a growing number of shops, cafés, and restaurants travellers love with Treasure Cay, Sandy Point, and Little Harbour offering a slower pace.

Treasure Cay

Serene and secluded, the resort district of Treasure Cay boasts crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches.

Sandy Point

The southernmost settlement on Great Abaco, Sandy Point is the site of the annual Homecoming and Conch Fest. It is served by regional Sandy Point Airport.

Man-o-War Cay

Man-o-War Cay

One of the earliest colonial settlements in The Abacos, Man-O-War is most well-known for its boat building tradition. The quaint cay, a living testament to its long history, is reachable by ferry via Marsh Harbour.

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Spanish Cay

Spanish Cay

An idyllic private island resort, only 3 miles long, Spanish Cay’s 81-slip marina accommodates yachts up to 250 ft and offers Customs and Immigration as an official Port of Entry.

Moore's Island

Moore's Island

Tilloo Cay

Tilloo Cay

This small cay located south of Hope Town is home to Tilloo Cay Reserve.

Lubbers Quarters Cay

Lubbers Quarters Cay

Located 3 miles south of Hope Town, the cay was uninhabited until the 1930s. This small cay has roughly 30 full time residents and is reachable only by private or chartered boat.

Grand Cay

Great Abaco

Great Abaco

Great Abaco is home to Marsh Harbour, The Abaco’s commercial hub, and to resort district Treasure Cay in the north. The island has multiple official ports of entry, including the Leonard M Thompson International Airport.

Great Guana Cay

Great Guana Cay

Five miles of white sand beach and the thriving coral reefs that surround it, make Great Guana Cay a popular destination for day trippers, snorkelers, and sea turtles.

Elbow Cay

Elbow Cay

Elbow Cay’s Hope Town is an early British Loyalist settlement dating back to 1785. The town’s colonial architecture has been exceptionally well-preserved. Neighboring Elbow Reef is home to the famous Elbow Reef Lighthouse.

Green Turtle Cay

Green Turtle Cay

Reachable only by boat—private or ferry from the ‘mainland’—Green Turtle Cay’s main settlement, New Plymouth is well-known for its picturesque colonial architecture. The public dock serves as an official Port of Entry.

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Sandy Point Airport

The Sandy Point Airport serves Sandy Point in the southern end of Great Abaco.

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Leonard M. Thompson International Airport

Formerly known as Marsh Harbour International Airport, it is one of the busiest international gateways into the country.

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Treasure Cay International Airport

Located in Treasure Cay, in north Great Abaco, Treasure Cay International Airport, welcomes international guests and connects to Marsh Harbour via regional flights.

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