What a beautiful sunrise to welcome the day.
And a very calm morning in the anchorage!
At 09:00, we finally weighed anchor and left Marsh Harbour.
We and Amazing Grace headed for Hope Town. It was a short trip on the water, only 7.64 nm and we set the hook at 10:45 outside by the lighthouse.
The Elbow Reef Lighthouse was built during the 1860’s and opened in 1863 and has 101 steps. We would have loved to climb the stairs to take in the 360 degree panoramic view. Going up would be ok but coming back down steps is brutal for arthritic knees. 😦 It is the last hand-cranked, kerosene-burning lighthouse in the world. The locals secure the parts for the kerosene-burning apparatus of the light and it requires someone to wind the weights every two hours. It is truly magical at night to see the beacon light at night from the anchorage. We had motored Persuasion in around Hope Town before but had never gone ashore to walk around. After lunch we both took our dinghy’s in to the dock and did a walkabout. Hope Town is a beautiful little settlement with pretty homes and narrow streets. And beautiful views. No cars or golf carts are allowed on the main streets, only walking or bicycles. We walked along the narrow streets to the beach and then stopped at the Reef bar and Grill at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge for a rest and an ice cream. We walked some more and took in the beauty of this quaint place.
Here are some photos of the picturesque Hope Town captioned below:
Such pretty houses
Mike and Jim walking the narrow street
Beautiful church on the main street
The back of the church is on the ocean side; love the yellow shutters
This couple enjoying the sound of the surf and the warm breeze
Look at those colours
Beach front homes
Hope Town Harbour Lodge pool by the Reef Bar and Grill Restaurant where we enjoyed our ice creams
This home from the main street is the beautiful pink one that also faces the ocean front in one of the photos above. It’s a private residence called the Coral Reef House. Beautiful!
With a cute sign too
Lots of bicycles around
Looking through to the ocean
Jim and Mike at the gazebo of the Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden
We all sat awhile and enjoyed the view
This salamander was enjoying the sun
More of the narrow streets
Well kept homes or cottages; nicely decorated
Homes with lovely gardens too
The mooring field
A huge yacht, Irish Ei’s and his not so tiny fishing boat, Irish Beaute alongside
The beautiful Hope Town Inn and marina
Elbow Reef Lighthouse
A popular restaurant; Cap’n Jacks
Grocery and shopping stores
Pretty in pink
After our tour onshore, Mike jumped in the water and washed the water line and the hull of the boat. We saw a star fish in the water right beside us!
After supper, We took our dinghy’s to Tahiti Beach.
Looking out to the ocean
Amazing how some trees continue to grow; and yes those are roots
Jim snapped this photo of us at Tahiti Beach at sunset
Our view of the sun going down
Beautiful calm night at dusk
It was after 20:00 when the lighthouse beacon was lit. Too dark to get a photo but we could see its light beaming every few seconds from our anchorage. If you ever get the opportunity to come by boat to Hope Town, anchor outside by the lighthouse and you will see why they say it is magical. So beautiful!