Bimini is a district of the Bahamas and consist of two main islands located 50-miles east of Florida. Bimini is surrounded by shallow reefs near shore, the depth increases to 80 to 100 feet before dropping into the abyss of the Gulf Stream. Bimini is a group of small islands in the Bahamas. Bimini is only 50 miles east of Miami Beach, Florida. Bimini has three main islands: North Bimini and South Bimini. These coral islands are small, only 7 miles long and only 200 yards wide at their narrowest. Perched at the west end of the Bahamas Bank, Bimini is surrounded by shallow water (only 20 to 30 feet deep) to the north, south, and east. To the west, the Gulf Stream current flows north through the deep water between Miami and Bimini, where the ocean is over 6000 feet deep. The Gulf Stream brings hundreds of marine animals near to the shores of Bimini.
Bimini district of the Bahamas is a chain of three major islands: North, South and East Bimini.
Bimini is home to several landmarks said to contain mystical properties of obscure origins. Much of the historical data about these places is speculative in nature, and experts in various fields have opined across the full spectrum of explanation. Also, during the period of Prohibition in the United States, Bimini was a favorite haven and supply point for the rum-running trade. Some claim that the term "the real McCoy" was applied to the rum provided by William S. McCoy, who used Bimini to transport whiskey to America during the Prohibition.
Another interesting fact is that Bimini was a common travel destination for Hemingway. In fact, its said that his love of Bimini inspired him to write The Old Man and The Sea, as well as Islands in The Stream.
In the 1920s Bimini shipped tons of liquor to a "dry" America during the prohibition against strong drink.
It is also rumored that the Fountion of Youth, which was searched for by Juan Ponce de León, is said to exist within the shallow pools of South Bimini. And that the Lost City of Atlantis is believed to be in the shallow waters off of Bimini where divers can observe the Bimini Stones. Many people believe that the Bimini Stones may have been a road into Atlantis.
Bimini has remained relatively unchanged over the years and is a very quiet and peaceful place to live or stay. Its population is a bit over 1,600 and Biminites are friendly and welcome you to join them for conversation.
Being such a small island, besides the main town of Alice Town, there aren't many other destinations on the island.
Located only 50 miles from Florida, the closest to the united states, it is an easy topical destination for Americans and Canadians.
You have two options to travel to Bimini by Air as you can land at either the South Bimini airport or the North Bimini Seaplane Base. Tropic Ocean Airways offers scheduled seaplane service and private seaplane charters from both Fort Lauderdale International Airport and the Miami Seaplane Base. Continental Airlines also serves Bimini, flying in to the airport on South Bimini. If you land at the airport you take a "taxi" to the ferry which take five minutes to North Bimini and costs $5 total for both.
North Bimini is crossed by two small paved roads which run the length of the 7-mile long island. A bicycle or golf cart is all you need to get around if you really need to go any where. The main road is the Kings Highway where most shops, hotels and restaurants are located. The smaller Queen's Highway follows the east coast and is where the beaches are located.
Bimini's fame comes from Hemingway and fishing. Hemingway spent a few seasons in Bimini fishing and writing 'To Have and To Have Not' and later based his novel 'Islands in the Stream' here. A small Hemingway museum and sign marking his time on the island were destroyed by fire in 2006 along with the Compleat Angler Hotel where he once stayed.
The Bimini Museum has a very interesting collection of artifacts and exhibits on the island's history. The museum is located in Alice Town on the southern end of main road (the Kings Highway).
Bimini is a sub tropical destination with pleasant temperatures around the year. The summer months are warmer with calm seas, while winters on Bimini are a bit cooler with an ocean breeze. Mid-winter temperatures on Bimini can be cool at times, especially if a strong cold front has come through South Florida. At these times the seas can be very rough and not so hospitable for man nor boats. There is a rainy season on Bimini with occasional rainfall and rare hurricanes from June to December.
The economic fuel of Bimini comes from deep sea fishing and the island is known as the "Deep Sea Fishing Capital of the World." The storied past can be seen in the many black and white photos of record catches around the island, but commercial overfishing has greatly reduced the big game. The seasons in Bimini are opposite the normal Bahamas with tourists flocking from April - July to take advantage of the calm seas for fishing and diving. Wealthy Floridians make the short trip to the island in their yachts creating a fairly lively party scene.
Since Bimini is close to Miami, many American travlers go to the island by boat to fish or to enjoy the local nightlife. Scuba diving and snorkeling are also popular activities, as there are many shipwrecks in the area, such as the wreck of the SS Sapona, which ran aground in 1926 during a hurricane.
Bars outnumber restaurants in Bimini two to one and a large liquor store occupies a choice location in the harbor. The weather is hot in the summer with afternoon thundershowers and warm and windy in the winter months. If you are not there to fish other activities include bone fishing, scuba diving, boating and relaxing. Bimini has several small beaches, but it is not a 'beach island'