Bimini, the Gateway to
the Bahamas, is a tiny island (at some points just over 200 yards wide) set amidst a
magnificent blue sea. Bordered on the west by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream and
eastward by the Great Bahama Bank, Bimini has traditionally been referred to as the
big game fishing capitol of the world.
Discovered by Ponce de Leon in 1512
while searching for the fountain of
youth (some believers still visit the site today) Bimini has long remained a
popular destination for adventurers of all types. Pirates and rum runners took
refuge here. Ernest Hemmingway made
it a favorite retreat in the 1930's.
more have come to catch prized gamefish, explore the undersea
world or simply do nothing at all.
Alice Town is at the center of most
of Bimini's activity. Everything is close so walking is the usual method of
getting place to place (though some prefer golf cart). Restaurants specializing in
local seafood and other dishes are situated throughout the settlement. Shopping
consists of duty free liquors and perfume,
native artwork, and a Bahamian straw market featuring a wide variety of
souveniers. Several bars and night
spots complete with island music provide the evenings entertainment. Traveling
to Bimini usually begins in South Florida. Current air
services include Continental
(800) 231 0856 and Bimini Island Air (954) 938 8991.
Proof of citizenship and picture I.D. are required upon entry. Casual attire
is the norm with summer temperaturesin the mid 80's and winter in the mid
70's. U.S. currency is used freely, so
there are no exchange concerns. Special needs
should be addressed before arrival; Bimini is
a small island and facilities are limited.
If you would like to learn more about the island of Bimini,
Cruising Guide is a wealth of information.