Cold winter got you yearning for sun and sand?? Well let Sandy Toes Getaways help you get there! Contact us today and we will help you plan a winter getaway to the Abacos!
We can help you with your flights, taxi, ferry to get you to paradise and of course golf carts and boat rentals to enjoy paradise.
About Elbow Cay
Located just 200 miles east of West Palm Beach, FL, and 100 miles north of Nassau, Bahamas, Hope Town is a quaint village on the beautiful island of Elbow Cay (pronounced “key”). Elbow Cay is just one of many small cays in the boomerang-shaped barrier to the mainland of Abaco in the Northeastern Bahamas. At around 4.5 miles long, and 1080 yards at its widest point, Elbow Cay is home to wonderful people, great food, beautiful beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and is surrounded by world-class sailing, snorkeling, diving, and fishing.
Far enough away from the States, yet still easily accessible via the international airport in Marsh Harbor (the third-largest Bahamian city), the island offers natural beauty and civilized comforts without over-development. It is private without being isolated. The local population numbers a few hundred people, with Hope Town being the largest concentration of homes and businesses.
About Hope Town
Founded in 1785, Hope Town is clearly the most scenic settlement in the Bahamas. The harbor and its famous lighthouse, which must be toured, are stunningly beautiful. The quaint, vibrant-colored houses reflect simpler days. Motorized vehicles are restricted from town, so the streets are quiet and a pleasure to walk. There are excellent restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores, a museum, and interesting gift shops.
The climate is subtropical in nature, with temperatures stabilized by the vast amounts of the surrounding water. Fall and spring are delightful, with warm days and pleasantly cool nights. Summers are quite warm, but comfortable due to constant ocean breezes. Winters are pleasant, with temperatures typically in the 70s during the day, and upper 60s at night. A light sweater or jacket is the extent of needed winter wear. For a graph of air and water temperatures by time of year, click here.
Many local residents are descendants of British Loyalists that left the southern US in Revolutionary War times, hence they are fiercely independent (even of their own government), and their accents still retain vestiges of their British ancestry. More recent residents were attracted by the lifestyle and natural beauty of the island. In general, local residents are sincere, unobtrusively friendly, and appreciative of visitors. They do not exhibit the surly attitude toward visitors typical in the more populous, resort-oriented areas.
The focus of the local economy is catering to second homeowners and visitors renting those homes. There are no big businesses or factories, no cruise ships, and no mega-resorts. With over 200 rental homes and a few small island “boutique hotels”, virtually every resident is involved, one way or another, in assuring that visitors have an enjoyable time while on the island.
Hope Town is one of the safest places in the Bahamas, and the local residents work hard to keep it that way. Crime is nearly non-existent. One can walk safely anywhere on the island at any time. Occupied houses are rarely locked.
Hope Town has a small medical clinic and a Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department for minor emergencies, with more involved care available in Marsh Harbour, about a 30-minute boat ride away. With numerous commercial flights and air charters available in Marsh Harbour, serious medical conditions are usually treated in Florida.
Food and Drink
Elbow Cay has 3 very small grocery stores, 3 liquor stores, and 7 restaurants.
The grocery stores are surprisingly well-stocked for small stores. (After all, they have to meet the diverse needs of several hundred residents and visitors.) It is recommended to do your shopping at Maxwells on Marsh Harbor on your way to the ferry when you first arrive.
Wine, beer, and liquor selections are acceptable, but limited. The restaurants are typically casual with fare ranging from simple to gourmet. All are interesting and none will disappoint. Almost every restaurant has an associated bar, which may be quite lively at night.
Bahamian currency and US currency are equal in value, and either is readily accepted. Almost every business accepts credit cards, so large amounts of cash or traveler’s checks are unnecessary. (There are no ATMs on the island, but several in Marsh Harbour.)
Cellular service is dependable, and used by most everybody. WIFI is available at most restaurants. Our rentals have fiber optic cable for internet and TV services.
You will fly into Marsh Harbor which is located on Great Abaco Island.
The airport code is MHH. If you are flying from Florida you have many options.
American runs a few flights daily
FLL (Fort Lauderdale): Silver Air
PBI (West Palm Beach): Bahamas Air
***There are also several private companies that will fly you over from Florida
FROM EVERYWHERE ELSE:
United (uses Silver as their hopper)