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Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
URL: Fran's Fancy
| Type of Property: Vacation Rental|
Beach Location: Beach Front (Directly on Beach/Water Front)
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Luxury ocean front home rental with private dock, all amenities including air conditioning, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. The reefs are magnificent with wrecks, two underwater marine parks, and miles of reefs to explore on the ocean side of the islands.
We want you to enjoy our home, relax on its huge porch, swim in crystal clear water over clean white sand right in front of our property, and explore the quaint nearby villages and islands.
Our house is in the Hope Town Point area which encompasses the northern end of Elbow Cay. We are about 1 mile from the settlement, right on the water, on the Sea of Abaco side and all the homes in this area are owned by foreigners such as ourselves.
The walk from the settlement on the sand road is most pleasant, always with a view of the sea and past lovely homes and estates. About 250 yards before you get to our property, you will pass the Hope Town Point community dock in a protected lagoon.
Our private drive winds through the woods and flowering bushes to the house which is situated right at the edge of the sea. Surrounding the house are plantings of bougainvillea, oleander, hibiscus and other flowering bushes along with various hardwood trees and palms. The dense vegetation affords perfect privacy and there is a magnificent view from the front of the house which faces the sea.
The house sits on a 12' high rock bluff and our vista takes in the Hope Town Lighthouse, Parrot Cays, Marsh Harbor, Man-O-War Cay, Johnie's Cay, and the ocean reefs. A path carved out of the stone leads to our own L-shaped dock where you may leave your rented boat (most people rent a boat).
The steps carved into the bluff also take you down to our own small beach and into the water. The whole sea bottom in front of our property is clear white sand and varies from 1 and a half to 4 ft. deep out 150 feet from the water's edge. This is one of the things about our property that we enjoy the most - wonderful swimming right in front of our house.
You can wade all the way to the end of the island (about 1/4 mile) all over a sand bottom - a great way to meet the neighbors in the late afternoon.
Our high bluff plus the elevation of the house gives us wonderful breezes which blow right through. The house is central air-conditioned but all windows open and are screened and we have tropical fans in the bedrooms, living room, and on the porch.
From the drive you enter the side of our 40' long covered porch. On the porch is a table and chairs for outside dining, a sitting area, and chaise lounges. The house is melon color with white trim. You will love the 180 degree view of the multi-hued blues and greens of the clearest water you will ever see. The sunsets are unbelievable. You will discover that our dock at night, is a wonderful place to be. You have the feeling that you are sitting in the middle of the ocean and there is always a delightful breeze.
Elbow Cay itself is a four mile long island with Hope Town near its northern end. It has a picturesque protected harbor and at the entrance stands the candy striped lighthouse which is a much photographed Out Island landmark. The village, located between a beautiful beach and the harbor, has perhaps 300 permanent residents and is reminiscent of a New England fishing village set in the tropics. Its main street, the Queen's Highway, is 8' wide and no cars are allowed in the village, There are two town docks for your use and a marina where gas can be purchased. There are three grocery stores (one with its own dock), a liquor store, a bank, a hardware store, and a small drug store, as well as several gift shops and artist studios. In town, the meeting place is the Harbour's Edge Restaurant and Bar. They have their own dock and you can pull your boat up next to your table. They serve lunch and dinner outside under their awning as well as inside. On Saturday nights they have a calypso band and everybody turns out for dancing. There is also Captain Jacks in their new building on the waterfront also serving lunch and dinner. Wednesday and Friday nights they have live music and dancing. The Hope Town Harbour Lodge is a wonderful spot for lunch with its beachside, outdoor patio under the palms. Have a swim in their fresh water pool when you stop by for a drink or lunch. They also serve dinner in their handsome dining room overlooking the harbor.
Out of town, we highly recommend Rudy's Place with excellent food and prices. They will pick you up by van at the town dock and bring you out to their place. Call them on the VHF for dinner reservations. The selections change every day and you will be well taken care of by Rudy and Keith and their staff. Their Bahamian crawfish (lobster) is excellent as is their pan fried grouper in tarragon butter. The Club Soleil is across the harbor from town and is delightful. Call them also on the VHF for dinner reservations and daily main course selections. They will pick you up by boat at either of the public docks in town. You can also take your own boat right to their dock at the restaurant. They serve lunch and dinner. Down the island at White Sound is the Abaco Inn. This delightful small hotel at the ocean's edge serves lunch and dinner in a wonderful atmosphere. Feel free to stop by for a drink, lunch, or dinner and feel free to use their dock or their pool. Call them on the VHF for dinner reservations and menu selections. You can go there by your own boat or they will pick you up by van from the main public dock in Hope Town. Also in White Sound is the Sea Spray Resort with their own dock and serving lunch and dinner. We recommend their Grouper Royale. They will pick you up in Hope Town. Both the Hope Town Harbour Lodge and the Club Soleil serve a lovely Sunday Brunch.
You will love fresh baked Bahamian bread as well as key lime pie and other good stuff. Vernon Malone at Vernon's Grocery in town presides over Vernon's Upper Crust Bakery. Everything he makes is wonderful and you will be entertained by his signs. Fresh fish and crawfish can be purchased at the fish market across the street from Captain Jacks.
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