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The Climate

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.


The Residents

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.


Local Economy

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 "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.


Medical Care

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.


There is no ATM or bank on the island; so be sure to bring a little cash with you. All businesses take Visa and MasterCard. American Express is rarely accepted. 

Golf carts and rental boats do book up quickly! Be sure to book your cart/boat as early as possible. We recommend checking availability and booking them the same time you book your accommodations. 

The electricity does go out occasionally. Most rental homes are equipped with a backup generator. You may want to check this before booking. 

There is no public water system on the island. Each property has a cistern that holds a limited amount of water for showering washing etc. Please be sure to conserve water. The water is usually safe to drink, but we recommend bottled water to be safe. 

It rarely happens but like anywhere; there is a chance of petty theft. We recommend locking doors and windows when you leave your home or turn in for the night. Hide away any valuables. 

During the off-season (August through October), many businesses, shops, and restaurants have limited hours, and may even close for a month or two.  

Hope Town is not lacking in great things and we all have our favorites. Here is a list of our favorite things to see, do, eat and experience! 

Church Beach or Tahiti Beach

Favorite Beaches

Chicken Souse(Bahamian breakfast soup) at On Da Beach (you must reserve it the day before)

Sunday Breakfast

Captain Jacks 

Favorite Happy Hour

Fish fingers from Cap N Jacks

Favorite quick snack

Seabiscuit Bakery at Turtle Hill

Favorite Coffee Spot

Mr. Vernon's Key Lime Pie

Favorite Sweet Treat

Firefly Resort sipping a Sweet Tea Vodka

Favorite Sunset Spot

Tuna tataki at Abaco Inn, Fried Pickles at Firefly

Favorite Appetizers

Tilloo Bank, Pelican Cay Beach

Favorite Boating Destinations

Firefly Burgers are amazing... but so are burgers from Mackey's Takeout.

Favorite Burger

Hope Town Inn & Marina (swim up bar)

Favorite Place to Chill Poolside

Curry Chicken from Cap N Jacks

Favorite Lunch Special

Honestly they are all great!

Favorite Party Spot

Pizza from Lubbers Landing (Friday and Saturday only)

Favorite Netflix & Chill take-out

Firefly Resort (Snapper Picatta to die for) 

Favorite Seafood Dinner Spot

Pete's Pub - for Pig Roast 

Favorite Day Trip off Island (food)

Swimming Pigs on No-Name-Cay

Favorite Day Trip Off Island (adventure)

Any of the music festivals, Christmas Village, New Years Eve & Junkanoo,Sailing Regatta

Favorite Yearly Events

Cranberry Split at Abaco Inn, Jackhammer at Capt-N-Jacks

Favorite "islandy" Cocktails

Abaco Inn outside dining.

Favorite Date Night Spot
Favorite Hopetown Info Website

If you have questions about any of our Favorite Things; please drop us a message below! 

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