One of the smallest islands in The Bahamas and close enough to Miami (just 81km/50 miles away) to be distinctly separate from the other islands of the archipelago, Bimini is actually a pair of islands with a total area of 23 sq. km (9 sq. miles); smaller North Bimini is better developed than South Bimini. Luxurious yachts and fishing boats are always docked at the island’s marinas. Throughout Bimini, there’s a slightly run-down Florida-resort atmosphere mingled with some small-town charm (think old-time Key West, before the cruise-ship crowds ruined the town).
Once the setting for Ernest Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream (Papa was a frequent guest; see below), Bimini attracts big-game fishers for big-league fishing tournaments. It has only minor appeal for the casual sightseer, but if you’d like to follow in the footsteps of such famous anglers as Zane Grey and Howard Hughes, this is your island: Sportfishing here is among the best in the world, and the scuba diving among the very best in The Bahamas.
The Bahamas can be reached quickly by air or by sea. Easy access to The Islands Of The Bahamas makes this tropical playground a popular year-round vacation destination. Its proximity to Florida means just a short hop by jet, a pleasant day by cruise ship, or a memorable voyage by private or charter boat. Explore your options for travel to the Bahamas.
Getting between The Islands of The Bahamas.
Charter Air – For information on air charters and charter air services visit the Bahamas Web Directory Bahamas Air Travel page.
Mailboat – Inter-island mailboats depart from Nassau and run weekly roundtrip to/from all islands. The mailboats are a leisurely way to get around. One-way passage to just about anywhere costs around $35, ranging up to $140 for some round trips. Remember, these mailboats run on Bahamas time, so they’re a great way to slow down to the steady rhythm of the islands. For a list of all Bahamas Mailboats with island destinations visit the Bahamas Mailboats page on Bahamas-Travel.info.
Private Boat – You can always charter a private boat to get you where you want to go, on your own time. You will find boat charter companies in the Bahamas Web Directory Bahamas Boats & Boating page.
Bimini, Bahamas offers a wide variety of restaurants and dining facilities to satisfy all pockets and palettes. Cuisine from around the globe can be found here with an emphasis on seafood and authentic Bahamian cuisine. We offer our comments from the establishments we have visited and from visitors recommendations.
La La’s Restaurant – Bimini
The Anchorage Restaurant – Bimini
The Barefoot Bar – Bimini, Bahamas
The Compleat Angler – Bimini
The Red Lion Pub – Bimini
Big John’s – Bimini, Bahamas
Capt. Bob’s Restaurant – Bimini
Sandra’s Restaurant & Bar – Bimini, Bahamas
Fisherman Paradise Restaurant & Bar – Alice Town, Bimini
Gulfstream Restaurant – Bimini
Bimini Sands Resort & Marina – The resort features luxury one and two bedroom condominiums. Hotel style accommodations, every condominium features direct ocean or marina views along with a full service deepwater marina.
Scuba Bimini Dive Center – Located on Bimini, The Bahamas – Scuba Bimini offers a newly remodeled 16 room resort, PADI certified with restaurant, Bar and full service dive operation on premises. Three modern dive boats.
Sea Crest Hotel & Marina – Perfectly centered in Bimini’s “downtown” area, we provide beautiful guest rooms and suites with ocean and bay views as well as modern marina facilities.
Bimini’s main attraction is fishing, but you will also find the Tongue of the Ocean, Fountain of Youth, Lost City of Atlantis, Hemingway’s hideaways, museums, fishing tournaments and the annual regatta.
Bahamas B2B’s Vacation and Travel Guide is intended to be an accurate, up-to-date, island-by-island guide to Bahamas vacation and travel resources of interest for both Bahamian residents and travelers.
Bimini Bahamas is a prime choice for a weekend getaway or an extended stay. Several airlines offer service to Bimini. Take either a short flight from the East Coast of Florida or a quick hop from Nassau or Grand Bahama where there is good connecting service from all destinations around the world.