An exotic wonderland, an oasis in the open sea, the Bimini archipelago may be the Bahamas’ smallest of the Out Islands but it is the grandest in beauty. Steeped in history, culture, exoticism, and attractions, the Bimini islands attract tourists in droves year round. Bimini is situated only 50 miles off the coast of Miami where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic Ocean, where cultures collide.
Though the islands are small, they are ripe in beauty, surrounded completely in every shade of blue imaginable. Bringing in tourists for the exciting attractions, exotic wonders, and historical significance, Bimini was considered to be Ernest Hemingway’s favorite place in all of the world. Famous for its sport fishing, unique diving opportunities, and world-class resorts, Bimini is perhaps one of the most alluring of the Caribbean islands for its sheer concentration of attractions.
There is more to do here than in any of the other Out Islands of the Bahamas. In Bimini, beaches rule the land and dominate most of the islands which can become quite narrow especially in the peninsular regions like Alice Town. Resorts World Bimini Beach on the Atlantic boasts a fabulous array of shopping, dining, and entertainment attractions directly on the beach where yachters from Florida and Caribbean tourists gather to spend a pleasant day in the sun. Other beaches surrounding Alice Town include Spook Hill, Radio Beach, and Blister Beach. The majority of the island’s beaches are congregated around the west side of North Bimini but if you are heading to South Bimini, check out Tiki Hut Beach. All of the beaches in Bimini are naturally outfitted with the most perfect sandy shores, brilliantly blue clear waters, and a gloriously perfect climate.
Bimini also offers some of the best diving opportunities in the world. Diving is made all the better when there’s something unique to find beneath the waves and Bimini certainly provides that. The Bimini Road lies some twenty feet below the surface in crystal clear water, making it easy for all divers of any experience level. The road of giant limestone blocks was discovered in the late 1960s and thought to be evidence of the sunken city of Atlantis. Now divers make popular use of the area. Scuba divers also can enjoy finding sunken ships off the coast including historic wrecks of Spanish galleons, a WWI Freighter, and the 4,000-foot tall Bimini Wall.
The island is historic not only for its wrecks but for its visitors as well. Ponce de Leon was said to have visited the island in his search for the Fountain of Youth, believing it was somewhere in the exotic shallow pools of South Bimini. Perhaps the Fountain of Youth lies somewhere nearer the ocean where visitors can swim with the friendly, wild Atlantic spotted dolphins or visit the Healing Hole, a sulfur spring pool, in Easter Cay.