Greeted by the Hope Town Lighthouse (one of the most photogenic spots in Elbow Cay Bahamas), visitors are treated to a tiny village made of wooden cottages and a lot of greenery; this is Hope Town Bahamas of the Abaco Cays. Located just opposite of Marsh Harbour, Elbow Cay Bahamas has become a symbol of community within the Bahamas.
North of Nassau by almost 100 miles, Elbow Cay Bahamas is not often traveled by day trip to the Bahamas. This is because the traditional way of island hopping by way of the ferry was inconvenient to those trying to make it back home on the same day. The ride on the ferry would take up to six hours round trip.
However, now, there is Miami to Bahamas day trip options which can get you to Elbow Cay Abaco quicker than you previously could. Bahamas Air Tours operates flights to Bahamas whether from Florida to Bahamas or if you are coming from Nassau. These new day trips by plane change everything in regards to traveling to Elbow Cay Bahamas.
We have outlined a list of things to do to make your itinerary for Elbow Cay Bahamas stocked to the brim with fun for the whole family!
Where to stay in Elbow Cay Bahamas
There are a few great places to stay in Elbow Cay Bahamas which we have highlighted below. Each place is in a nice location with great amenities and activities around to keep you busy throughout the weekend.
Hope Town Abaco hotels and resorts
Hope Town Bahamas Harbour Lodge
Right in-between Hope Town Harbour and a gorgeous white-sand beach, this laidback hotel takes less than five minutes to walk from many of the top Hope Town sites like the local history museum and even an 8-minute walk from Hope Town Lighthouse. Great for families or couples.
Hope Town Inn and Marina
Hope Town Inn and Marina is a resort located on an island accessible only by boat 3 kilometers from the secluded White Sound Beach and less than 1 kilometer from both the Lower Public Dock ferry terminal and the Hope Town Lighthouse.
Firefly Sunset Resort
A 5-minute walk from white sand White Sound Beach, the quaint Firefly Sunset seaside resort is 3 kilometers from the Elbow Cay Lighthouse and 2 kilometers from the Great Abaco – Elbow Cay ferry dock. The place is pet-friendly, too!
The Elbow Cay Bahamas Abaco Inn
The Abaco Inn is in a convenient location for getting around. The property is stunning. Photos do not do it justice. And their persistence to use paper straws instead of plastic has to be a relief for environmental enthusiasts. Great food and overall good place to stay for travelers of any type.
What to do in Elbow Cay Abaco
Below are some of the many options for activities you have on your weekend getaway to Elbow Cay Bahamas.
Hope Town Lighthouse
As mentioned, the Hope Town Lighthouse is, perhaps, the most notable. The candy cane-looking structure is one of the only lighthouses in the Caribbean still operated manually. You can hike to the top of it — it is not too enclosed. However, the stairs to the observation deck at the top are steep and could be scary for smaller children.
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum
This is the best place on the island to catch a little of the history of Hope Town and the Abaco Islands. It features a recently renovated home in the typical style which Hope Town and Harbour Island are known for. Spend an hour or two checking out this precious museum.
Hope Town Canvas
A unique artisan store selling products made from recycled sails of the Bahamas. Most notably, the store sells things like handbags, beach totes, backpacks, and more. Hope Town Canvas also rents bikes.
Deep Sea Fishing
Near Elbow Cay Bahamas, you can usually find Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Blackfin tuna, and even dolphin. Typically, a visitor can choose between a half day rental or a full day rental. It is best to go with a local who can put you on top of the fish and where they like to feed. If you are lucky, your local guide will also be able to shed some history information on Elbow Cay Abaco.
Hiding in the southwestern tip of the island is a fantastic beach, often empty or not crowded. There is beautiful blue and shallow water alike. Thirsty Cudas is a unique boat bar which brings the drinks and snacks to you. Simply wade in the water out to their boat and choose what you would like to order.
At over 130 miles in length, the Abaco reef is the third largest barrier reef in the world. Thanks to the increasing amount of dive shops on Elbow Cay, those divers who come to Elbow Cay will be rewarded with diving along this reef.
For those who haven’t dived before, Elbow Cay Bahamas is the perfect place to start. A typical beginners course (PADI Open Water Diving Course) will give you all the information you need to end up at the reef for your first real dive. Don’t miss out on this diving haven while you are visiting.
Sail the Abacos
This is a great activity to do with the whole family. Charter a sailboat for a half-day or full day and let the local captain show you around the nearby cays. Throughout the day, you will stop for snorkeling, traditional food, and whatever else you desire.
Rent Bikes (The Bike Shop)
Though often golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation, some people choose to ride bicycles around the island. This is great for anyone who is not in a rush who want a better understanding of the Elbow Cay Bahamas environment.
Day Trip to Bahamas Vacation
It is possible to reach anywhere in the archipelago via Bahamas day trip by plane.
From Elbow Cay Bahamas, it is easy to get to Nassau where a whole world of Bahamas travel possibilities starts. From Nassau, it is possible to access all of the Bahamas (mostly by plane).
Take a swimming pigs Nassau to Staniel Cay day tour to see the famous Exuma pigs in the Bahamas at Pig Beach on Big Major Cay (Pig Island). Fly with Bahamas Air Tours and be afforded the luxury of a private party on board our Bahamas air charter aircraft.
Unlike other touring services in the Bahamas, our tours are straightforward and all-inclusive. The price you see is the price you pay, no hidden fees. We will fly you deeper into the Bahamas than the regular cruising companies which traditionally stop at either one of the crowded tourist towns of Freeport or Bimini. You are sure to get away from the en-mass of tourism.
Because of the diversity of destinations, our day trips to Bahamas have something for everyone; Whether it is for couples on a romantic getaway, adventurists who want to explore the islands, or nature enthusiasts discovering the Bahamas unique and exotic wildlife. Our Multi-day overnight Tours last from 2 days to 7 days in length and can be customized to your liking. So, what are you waiting for? Book your Bahamas day trips by plane today!
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