About Hope Town
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The climate is subtropical in nature, with temperature swings held in check by the vast amounts of surrounding water. Fall and spring are delightful, with warm days and pleasantly cool nights. Summers are hotter all around, but comfortable due to constant trade winds off the ocean. Winters are quite pleasant, with temperatures seldom lower than the 60s in the evening. A light sweater or jacket is the extent of needed winter wear.
Despite being an island and a long way from the US mainland, there
are telephones, fax machines, computers, the internet, and cable
TV. Telephone calls to the US require an access number for your
US carrier. These calls tend to be expensive. Many cell phones will
work, though this should not be relied upon. In some cases, cell
phone calls are cheaper. The phone number at the Clifford Sawyer
House is 242-366-0352. A fast cable internet connection and laptop
computer enable guests to keep in touch during their vacation. The
Clifford Sawyer House also has cable TV with a wide selection of
From Hope Town, Elbow Cay stretches a couple of miles to the north
to a newly eloped area called North Hope Town and five miles
south to Tahiti Beach, a beautiful, sheltered, palm fringed beach.
Tahiti Beach itself is easier to reach by boat. On the way to Tahiti
Beach, by road, is another settled area called White Sound that
also incorporates an impressive hotel, bar and restaurant. Sea Spray
Resort and Marina also on White Sound has extensive services and
the excellent Boathouse Restaurant If you are in the village; the
beaches, restaurants, grocery stores and other services are within
walking distance. The restaurants outside the village will send
free transportation to pick you up. If you are staying outside of
Hope Town you will require a boat or a golf cart to get back and
forth to shops, restaurants and ferries. You can easily rent boats,
golf carts or bicycles but you should make arrangements well in
advance as they are often totally booked up.
The locals are descendents of British Loyalists that fled the southern
states in Revolutionary War times, hence they are fiercely independent
(even of their own government), and their accents still retain vestiges
of their British ancestry. They are sincere and unobtrusively friendly.
Bahamian currency and US currency are equal in value, and either
is readily accepted. Spend your Bahamian money toward the end of
your visit to avoid returning home with useless money (at least
until your next trip!). Most businesses accept credit cards so large
amounts of cash or traveler's checks are unnecessary, however there
are no ATMs on the island.