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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.
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 "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.
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.
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
Chicken Souse(Bahamian breakfast soup) at On Da Beach (you must reserve it the day before)
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
Tilloo Bank, Pelican Cay Beach
Favorite Boating Destinations
Firefly Burgers are amazing... but so are burgers from Mackey's Takeout.
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.