Big Game Fishing Capital
On Bimini Island, you’ll find more fishing, diving, sailing and more to do per square mile than anywhere in The Bahamas Out Islands. Bimini Island is the true Island in the Stream.
Moments away from the coast of Florida, you can be at Earnest Hemingway’s favorite escape in no time. Bimini has a story to tell, you just need to get there.
Located just 50 miles off Florida’s coast, Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the United States, boasting miles of pristine beaches. Known as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape, Bimini is historically significant. Visitors from around the world enjoy its historical complexity and renowned past, including Bimini Road, which some believe is a remnant of the legendary Lost City of Atlantis.
What Makes Bimini Unique
Bimini Island is the true Island in the Stream, perched at the edge of a sheer underwater cliff that falls thousands of feet into the blue abyss. The Gulf Stream rushes north, washing past Bimini Island, feeding and warming its coral reefs and serving as a watery highway for everything from marlin to mantas, dolphin to sea turtles. Its unique location coupled with a roguish history makes Bimini the Out Islands’ favorite diving and fishing frontier outpost.
For Ernest Hemingway, it was love at first sight when he docked his boat, Pilar, Bimini Island back in the 1930’s. He returned often after that, falling into the laid-back Bimini way of life that included swimming off the beach, snorkeling, trolling for monster game fish and yes, tossing back more than a few rums with the locals. Visitors today tend to follow the same routine with a few twists such as the extraordinary chance to interact with wild Atlantic spotted dolphins that gather north of the island, casting flies for bonefish on the flats of The Bahamas Bank, snorkel in the Bimini Vortex, kayaking to the legendary “Fountain of Youth” (a natural spring amid the mangrove mud that pumps lithium and sulfur) and scuba diving on wrecks, reefs, “off the wall” or atop the mysterious Bimini Road that some believe is remnants of a man-made causeway perhaps built by Atlantis’ own civil engineers.
Bimini Island – which is actually two small islands, North Bimini Island and South Bimini Island, connected by a shallow flat – has a fascinating history. As the closest Bahamian island to the U.S., Bimini served as a convenient offshore speakeasy and liquor store during prohibition. Rum runners stored their hooch both ashore and on a concrete Liberty ship called the Sapona that still rests where it grounded during a hurricane – it’s one of the Caribbean’s very best shallow-water wreck sites for snorkelers and divers. Hemingway is of course closely tied to Bimini’s history, leading the way for generations of fishermen, many of whom pilot their own boats the 50 miles across the Gulf Stream from Florida in order to follow in Papa’s bare footsteps and pit themselves against some of the world’s feistiest game fish — and against each other as they down rum at local watering holes like the famed and funky End of the World Bar.
Beyond the fishing, diving and kayaking, Bimini Island offers both the quiet escape of empty beaches along and the boisterous camaraderie of sportsmen gathering at the marinas after a successful day on the water in the hot sun. Menus at the local restaurants like the Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill and The Anchorage are, naturally, heavy on fresh seafood and Bahamian favorites like cracked conch to keep you fueled up for further Bimini adventures.
The Beaches of Bimini
Radio Beach | Blister Beach | Spook Hill Beach
Bimini might be small, but it’s big on beaches, most of which have fine white sand and are found on the west side of North Bimini. The most popular is a long section of three continuous beaches, stretching from Alice Town to Bailey Town, referred to as Radio Beach, Blister Beach and Spook Hill Beach. There is also Tiki Hut Beach on South Bimini and a selection of secluded beaches on the Cays to the south. Fine white-sand beaches with calm water line almost the entire western side of private Cat Cay Island. While beachcombing, you will likely find exquisite treasures like whole seashells and colorful sea glass.
RESORTS WORLD BIMINI BEACH
The length of this beach resort property runs along the Atlantic Ocean, so there are plenty white sandy beaches to enjoy.
PORGY BAY BEACH
Located just north of Resorts World Bimini in Bailey Town is this small, but quaint beach.
TIKI HUT BEACH
A very popular beach in South Bimini, this lovely 2-mile strip of white sand lines the west shore. The beach is backed by a beautiful stretch of vegetation, including thatch palm, sisal and blooming flowers.
OTHER BIMINI BEACHES
Harder to reach than the beaches on mainland North or South Bimini, the beaches on the Cays to the south are the choice if you are looking for the best beaches. Chances are you’ll have a secluded beach all to your own. The cays (pronounced “keys”) of South Bimini include Turtle Rocks, Piquet Rocks, Holm Cay, North Cat Cay, South Cat Cay, and Ocean Cay.