Bimini, situated due east of Miami, Florida in the Bahamas, is a true island paradise, perfect for yacht charters. The Gulf Stream, with its warm waters and extensive sea life, flows north of the island providing the opportunity to spot dolphins, marlin, sea turtles, and manta rays.
Bimini consists of North and South Bimini islands. The main settlement of Alice Town, located on North Bimini, has shops, restaurants, and taverns along a main strip known as “The King’s Highway.” Many yacht charters come to this beautiful Bahamian location for the big-game fish, but the islands have so much more to offer.
Scuba Diving: Snorkeling and diving are popular activities due to the vast array of marine life along the miles of coral reefs. Many shipwrecks in the area offer a stunning underwater dive sites. The SS Sapona, for instance, was caught in a hurricane in 1926. It ran aground, leaving the top of the ship above water with the rest submerged. Some of the wood was stripped and used to build the Compleat Angler Hotel and Bar. Other interesting dive sites include “Bimini Road,” purportedly part of Atlantis, and the Gulf Stream drop-off, where the ocean floor drops an amazing 2,000 feet.
The Fountain of Youth: On North Bimini in a saltwater swamp surrounded by mangrove trees is “The Healing Hole,” a mineral-filled fresh water pool that is surrounded by winding underground tunnels. However, it is within the shallow pools of South Bimini that Juan Ponce de León found the fabled Fountain of Youth.
Shark Mounds: These sand dunes of Bimini are formed in a variety of animal shapes, including the shark. Even though the animals can only been seen while flying over the islands, early maps depict the dune shapes. Controversy about the origin of the Shark Mounds exists still today.
Hemingway Museum: Ernest Hemingway moved to Bimini in 1935 to spend his days fishing and writing. He wrote To Have And Have Not here as well as his unfinished manuscript, In The Stream. The museum, located in the lounge of the Compleat Angler Hotel, features pictures and writings from his two-year stay here.
Beaches: Of course, yacht charter guests love the beaches of Bimini. These unpolluted, soft, white sandy beaches are of the best in the Bahamas. The blue, clear water caresses the edge of the beach. The breeze is delightful and the sun is a smile in the sky. Remote beaches, such as Bimini Bay, Porgy Bay, and Paradise Point, are favorites of charterers.