Curious about Elbow Cay, Hope Town and the rest of the Abacos? Here’s what to do in Hope Town, Bahamas!
I got back Monday from the most magical long weekend in Elbow Cay which is in the Abacos, a chain of islands in the Bahamas. Hope Town is the little town on Elbow Cay. The entire area is such a beautiful, mostly unspoiled part of the world that I’ve fallen in love with. The Hub’s Mom and Dad came from Pittsburgh to watch the babies, which was an amazing and much-needed break. We also got to travel with our dear friends, Dan and Sommer.
I planned on sharing this recap with you Wednesday, but my Brother got into a really bad car accident Tuesday morning and I rushed to Charlotte to help him. He has a broken hip and ribs (both of which will heal on their own) and a collapsed lung which he had to have a tube put in to fix. He’s hopefully getting out of the hospital today and although he’s in a lot of pain right now, we are really lucky that it looks like he will be able to bounce back from all his injuries. He was hit by a huge truck and ejected from the car, so it’s a miracle he wasn’t hurt worse! Keep him in your prayers.
I started getting back on track yesterday and was able to work on getting all these pretty photos ready to share with you. This post on What to Do in Hope Town Bahamas is full of tropical turquoise waters, gorgeous swaying palm trees, and epic sunsets. I hope you enjoy this little taste of the tropics.
What to Do in Hope Town Bahamas
Getting to the Abacos
We woke up with the sun Thursday to start our flight down to the Bahamas. By mid-morning, we were saying goodbye to Florida out of the window of our small plane.
We fly over open water for about a half hour and then very dramatically see the colors of the water change to vivid blue and start flying over the first Bahamian islands.
We land in Marsh Harbor and take our rental boat across the Sea of Abaco to our home for the weekend on Elbow Cay.
Elbow Cay is a small island that only has a few restaurants and most people getting around by bike, golf cart or foot.
First up is a Mo-tea-to which is their twist on a Mojito, my favorite summer drink.
We have a few hours to explore, so we head down to the beach to enjoy the views.
For dinner, we go to the nearby Abaco Inn, which is one of my favorites on the island.
There were some clouds, which actually led to one of the prettier sunsets we saw the entire trip.
I ended up running across the street in the middle of dinner to snap this one :-).
When I was walking back to our table I turned around and this gorgeous pink and purple sky was behind the sunset. It was one of the most magical moments of the trip.
For dinner, I ordered the Caribbean lobster which was nothing short of dreamy.
We ended the evening early to get ready for a busy first full day of vacation.
Day 1 – What to Do in Hope Town Bahamas
We woke up early on our first full day in Hope Town and Abacos. Our plan was to go boating for the day.
First stop was Pete’s Pub, which is my favorite little beach bar in the world.
I like to say it’s the beach bar that the rest of the world is trying to imitate.
We ordered a few of their famous Blasters and a spread of fish sandwiches, which were TO DIE FOR!
I love it when a dive bar is not just fun but has really good food and Pete’s Pub has epic food.
The last time we went we brought a t-shirt to hang on their wall (It was STILL there 2 years later!) and this time we brought onsies to celebrate Hunter and Jackson!
We spent several hours just relaxing and taking in the views.
Our next stop was past Tilloo Cay to look for starfish. We didn’t spot any BUT we did spot a beautiful stingray.
Our last stop of the day is Tahiti Beach, which is on the far end of Elbow Cay. If you are curious what to do in Hope Town Bahamas this is it!
Tahiti beach is this beautiful sand bar that stretches out into the ocean. It is surrounded by shallow water making it the perfect place to dock a small boat and hang out.
Since we visited last, a fun boat bar opened up on Tahiti Beach called Thirsty Cuda. We stopped for a drink, which was a fun addition to the area.
We spent a few hours lounging in the shallow waters before heading back to Firefly Sunset Resort for dinner. The sunset turned this gorgeous shade of pink ending another magical day in the Abacos.
Day 2 -What to Do in Hope Town Bahamas
The weather looked picture perfect for the second full day of our trip so we decided to head out for another boat day! I brought my giant unicorn float along for the ride.
Our first stop was snorkeling at Mermaid’s Cove, which is full of tropical fish. I spotted this starfish on the way there. Don’t worry, I put it right back :-).
After snorkeling, we took the boat to Man o’ War Cay and the Dock and Dine restaurant.
The entire crew really enjoyed the lobster cakes…
… and the Cracked Conch.
The next leg of our journey was a secret cove where the water is never more than a few feet deep.
I had the best time on my float!
AND I even brought floats for our drinks, which was too much fun.
The last stop of the day was Great Guana Cay. We had a drink at the infamous, Nippers Bar.
We also walked the gorgeous beach.
This place is just so gorgeous!
We also briefly stopped by Grabbers, another local bar and restaurant.
It was our first time there and we loved it!
We had a LONG boat ride back to Elbow Cay where we quickly got ready to see another sunset.
We were all exhausted but enjoyed another quick fish dinner. This grouper was one of the best meals of the trip!
Day 3 – What to Do in Hope Town Bahamas
Since we had spent the better part of 2 1/2 days running around, we decided to take our last day of vacation a bit slower.
We hung out on the dock of our resort. We even spotted a nurse shark. (That’s the little boat we rented for the trip!)
We decided to make a few stops for lunch including Munchies, which is known for their takeout.
We got conch salad and it was incredible. If you aren’t familiar with conch salad it’s like ceviche with conch. If you ever see it on a menu, do yourself a favor and order it!
We explored Hope Town and these spectacular views.
Next stop for lunch was On Da Beach Bar and Grill.
In my opnion, they have the best Pina Colada in the world.
We also got a fish melt, which I know sounds strange but it is SO GOOD.
The rest of the afternoon we spent relaxing on the dock and beach.
Our last night we had another lovely dinner at Firefly.
It started pouring just as the sunset, but that meant we got to watch some pretty thunderstorms from the bar overlooking the water. Our last dinner involved more Caribbean lobster and lots of good conversation.
I wanted to get a group of the entire group, but it turned out awful. I think every year something happens to my group photo, so I guess it’s a thing :-).
Regardless, we always have the best time traveling together to this little corner of the world. I hope you get to see this beautiful part of the world one day too.
If you are curious about what to do in Hope Town Bahamas, check out my other trips…
- Elbow Cay & Hope Town
- What to do in the Abacos – 5 Things to Love about the Abacos
- Touring the Abacos by Boat
- Top 10 Things to do in the Abacos
- Best Abacos Eats
- About the Time the Hubs Flew us to the Bahamas
What would be your favorite meal?