Marsh Harbour to Hope Town

Our plan for Saturday was to leave Marsh Harbour and head back across the Sea of Abaco to the charming town of Hope Town. Marsh Harbour is not known for its abundance of activities for cruisers. There are three or four marinas, each with a restaurant in which to dine. The main reasons to come to Marsh Harbour are for the airport to fly in and out of the Abacos and for provisioning. Maxwell’s is the largest grocery store in the Abacos. Unlike the very small grocery stores we’ve seen thus far in the Abacos, this is a U.S. Style store with everything you’d find in a major American store like Winn Dixie or Publix. Tracy and I walked the mile or so to Maxwell’s for some provisions for the next ten day’s. We caught a Taxi back to the boat and prepared to leave the Conch Inn Marina.

Just before noon, as we were about to pull out of our slip, we had our first boarding by the authorities. In our 2-plus years in the U.S., we’ve not yet been boarded by the U.S. Coast Guard. This morning however we were boarded by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force to check our papers, etc. The 5 or 6 men were very polite and professional. One of them, it turns out was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan with a Steeler lanyard around his neck and a Steelers towel in his back pocket. Julie and Tracy (both Steelers fans who live not far from Pittsburgh) were able to talk about their beloved team with this Bahamian officer. Everything was in order aboard Beatitude, so soon we pushed away from the dock to head for Elbow Cay. On the trip over we enjoyed a brisk breeze and intermittent sunshine.

The Bahamian Royal Defense Force visiting Beatitude.  (He was pretending to scold me).

The Bahamian Royal Defense Force visiting Beatitude. (He was pretending to scold me).

Fishing as we cross the Sea of Abaco

Fishing as we cross the Sea of Abaco

Julie enjoying some Bahamian sunshine while crossing the Sea of Abaco

Julie enjoying some Bahamian sunshine while crossing the Sea of Abaco

The Captain with Julie and Tracy

The Captain with Julie and Tracy

Family picture on the Sea of Abaco

Family picture on the Sea of Abaco

We didn't catch a thing!

We didn’t catch a thing!

Radioing the Hope Town Marina for a mooring ball as we approach the harbor

Radioing the Hope Town Marina for a mooring ball as we approach the harbor

Tracy, headphones in place, ready to pick up the mooring ball.  These headphones are great.   I wear a pair and the person picking up the mooring on the bow wears a pair.  Communication is seamless!

Tracy, headphones in place, ready to pick up the mooring ball. These headphones are great. I wear a pair and the person picking up the mooring on the bow wears a pair. Communication is seamless!

When we rounded the corner into Hope Town harbour, who did we find waving and greeting us from their vessel but our friends aboard Bella Luna. We were unaware they were in Hope Town, but was glad to see them again. We quickly picked up a mooring from the Hope Town Marina. Cindy was happy to have some assistance in tying to a mooring ball. It was much easier with a helping hand from Tracy. Perhaps the most iconic picture of cruising the Abacos, is the picture of the red and white-striped lighthouse standing above the harbour. We’ve seen it many times and wondered if we would ever be here to see it ourselves. Well, we’ve made it!

Hope Town Lighthouse

Hope Town Lighthouse

Just stepped off the Hope Town public dock

Just stepped off the Hope Town public dock

Around mid-afternoon, we took Dalí over to Captain Jack’s Restaurant on the harbour and tied to their dinghy dock. We would return to have dinner a couple of hours later, but first we walked around the quaint little village of Hope Town, admiring the colorful cottages lining the narrow streets. We took a stroll along the Atlantic beach and stopped at a few stores to shop before returning to Captain Jack’s where we enjoyed a nice meal on the waterfront. We threw crumbs over the railing and watched the grey snapper fight over them. Our delightful first full day with Julie and Tracy was concluded with a couple of games of Jeopardy on board and a viewing of one of my favorite movies, Midnight in Paris.

Cindy looking out over the Atlantic

Cindy looking out over the Atlantic

Tracy and Julie - Double rainbow behind.

Tracy and Julie – Double rainbow behind.

The Atlantic Beach of Elbow Cay

The Atlantic Beach of Elbow Cay

My pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow!

My pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow!

Atlantic Beaches

Atlantic Beaches

One of the cute houses of Hope Town

One of the cute houses of Hope Town

Beautiful houses and flowers in Hope Town

Beautiful houses and flowers in Hope Town

An old cemetery in Hope Town for the victims of a Cholera Outbreak

An old cemetery in Hope Town for the victims of a Cholera Outbreak

Old Graves from the Cholera Epidemic

Old Graves from the Cholera Epidemic

Monument to those Lost at Sea on the Hope Town Reef

Monument to those Lost at Sea on the Hope Town Reef

Dinner at Captain Jack's

Dinner at Captain Jack’s

At Captain Jack's

At Captain Jack’s

Hope Town Lighthouse in the twilight

Hope Town Lighthouse in the twilight

Tracy picked up a coconut and spent a good deal of time and effort getting to the good stuff in the middle.

Tracy picked up a coconut and spent a good deal of time and effort getting to the good stuff in the middle.

9 thoughts on “Marsh Harbour to Hope Town

  1. What a great adventure you are on! Love your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! I so look forward to reading your blog.

  2. What a Paradise! Love the pictures! Rainbow ,& Lighthouse is awesome! Love the picture of the 4 of you & all of them! I bet that was a little intimidating at 1st when Coast Guard came aboard! They looked nice guys though. I can tell Tracy & Julie is having a great time! Love you all!

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