Part of the Bahamas, Bimini consists of three small islands approximately 50 miles from the coast of Florida. East and South Bimini don’t tend to see many visitors. South Bimini houses an airport and is made up of mostly private residences.
On the other hand, North Bimini is visited by cruise ships, Floridians, and travelers alike! Things to do in Bimini include relaxing on white sandy beaches, swimming with reef sharks, seeing a shipwreck, partying at a beautiful resort, eco yours, fishing tournaments, and more!
Bimini was also home to the famous author Ernest Hemmingway for about two years in the 1930s. He was said to have spent his days on the clear blue waters of Bimini in search of his next big catch. It is even said that the knowledge he gained from his fishing adventures in Bimini helped him write The Old Man and the Sea.
Where to Stay in North Bimini
Bimini is a small island, so there are only a handful of resorts and hotels to choose from. Here are some of the most popular:
- Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina
- Hilton at Resorts World Bimini
- Bimini Blue Water Resort
- Seacrest Hotel and Marina
Be sure to note that hotel rooms fill up during Bimini fishing tournaments!
“Sport Fishing Capital of the World”
Self-proclaimed, Bimini prides itself on being the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.” A leisurely boat ride from parts of Florida, some residents take the 50-mile ride to Bimini in search of a great catch.
Bimini is home to a large variety of fish species. Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin, Billfish, and Marlin– to name a few. Popular types of fishing include charter fishing, flying fishing, and spearfishing. Bimini is also the host of many fishing tournaments in the Bahamas.
The Conch Shell
Conch (pronounced “conk”) shells can be found almost everywhere in Bimini! That’s because they are an essential part of the economy. Conch is used in cuisine, building material, décor, jewelry, and more.
Bimini Blue Tours and Adventures is a great option for underwater adventures.
Go on an Eco Conch Tour and learn about the aquatic creature and its importance to those living on the island. A plus, they offer complimentary rum punch on all their excursions!
LOCAL TIP: The Conch salad at Ebbie’s in Bailey Town is highly recommended by locals. They have a variety of other dishes made with conch as well!
Swimming with Sharks
If swimming with sharks grabs your attention, there are various opportunities to do so in Bimini. The Bimini Scuba Center and Bimini Blue Tours and Adventures offer snorkeling adventures with hammerheads, reef sharks, and white tips. They also provide stingrays and dolphin voyages!
SS Sapona Bimini Shipwreck
During a hurricane in 1926, a cargo steamer ship named the SS Sapona ran aground near Bimini. Today the Bimini shipwreck is a tourist attraction, snorkeling adventure, and a diver’s playground! Both the Bimini Scuba Center and Bimini Blue Tours offer opportunities to tour this spooky wreckage.
Straw Market in Alice Town
Are you looking for great souvenirs on your Bimini vacation? Rent a golf cart or grab a taxi into Alice Town. There you will find Bimini’s version of a straw market. Local handmade products, hats, t-shirts, and tons more you may want to snag and bring home with you.
Relax on Radio Beach
In Alice Town, Radio Beach is a beautiful beach enjoyed by locals and vacationers. The easiest way to get there is by golf cart or taxi. The beach is not usually crowded, the water is clear blue, and there are tons of shells and sea glass. Grab a bite to eat or grab a cold drink from a restaurant and enjoy the day.
Alexandrea Sumuel is the founder of Wander With Alex, where she provides vacationers and travel enthusiasts with trip ideas, travel guides, news, and itineraries. She travels to experience, eat, and explore-- and, on occasion, escape! Alex’s mission is to help people travel better.