Fodor's Expert Review Hope Town Lighthouse

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Upon arrival in Hope Town Harbour you'll first see a much-photographed Bahamas landmark, an 89-foot-tall, candy-striped lighthouse built in 1864. The lighthouse's construction was delayed for several years by acts of vandalism; then-residents feared it would end their profitable wrecking practice. Today the lighthouse is the last hand-turned, kerosene-fueled beacon in operation anywhere in the world. Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5 you can climb up the spiral staircase to the top for a superb view of the sea and the nearby cays. There are 101 steps in all and there is no graceful way for an adult to crawl through the small door onto the viewing platform that goes all the way around the top. The lighthouse keepers and their families live in the small cottages at its base, so keep noise to a minimum as one of them is resting up for his night shift. There's no road between the lighthouse and the town proper. You can use your own boat to cross the harbor or take a ferry to the dock and... READ MORE

Upon arrival in Hope Town Harbour you'll first see a much-photographed Bahamas landmark, an 89-foot-tall, candy-striped lighthouse built in 1864. The lighthouse's construction was delayed for several years by acts of vandalism; then-residents feared it would end their profitable wrecking practice. Today the lighthouse is the last hand-turned, kerosene-fueled beacon in operation anywhere in the world. Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5 you can climb up the spiral staircase to the top for a superb view of the sea and the nearby cays. There are 101 steps in all and there is no graceful way for an adult to crawl through the small door onto the viewing platform that goes all the way around the top. The lighthouse keepers and their families live in the small cottages at its base, so keep noise to a minimum as one of them is resting up for his night shift. There's no road between the lighthouse and the town proper. You can use your own boat to cross the harbor or take a ferry to the dock and explore the lighthouse; the ferry does not run very frequently, so expect to spend at least an hour here before the next one comes along, either to head back to Marsh Harbour or continue on to Hope Town.

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