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Elbow Cay: The Island that Time Forgot

Tiny Elbow Cay in the Bahamas is short on crowds and big on charm--and hardly anybody knows about it.

A candy-striped lighthouse stands sentry over Hope Town harbour.
Photographer: Reena Bammi

Elbow Cay Island

If the Bahamas call to mind college kids on spring break and hordes of tourists at mega-resorts, consider a visit to Elbow Cay--one of the many small specks that make up the Bahamian archipelago. Pull up dockside to this 6-mile-long island (population 400), part of the country's Abaco Islands, and your preconceived notions will immediately wither in the tropical heat. While it tiny size is not uncommon, its New England-meets-the tropics ambience is out of the ordinary. Pastel clapboard cottages, hot pink bouganvillea, and a 120-foot-tall candy-striped lighthouse are high points of Hope Town, the island's largest settlement, where walking and bicycling are the mian modes of transportation.

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