While living in Miami certainly affords me my fill of lazy beach days, I’ve found that visits to Bimini and other Bahamian Island beaches offer their own charm. If you’re like me, what comes to mind when envisioning the quintessential Bimini vacation is white sandy beaches, cerulean skies, and endless pina coladas to wash it all down. Make that, boozy pina coladas.
If you’ve got a few days to kill, you may be looking for other things to do on the island. Luckily there’s more to Bimini than it’s gorgeous beaches. From scenic rides on a bicycle to thrilling water sport activities and underwater excursions, I’ve got you covered with the top 5 things to do in Bimini to take full advantage of your vacation on a budget.
1. Stay Active with Water Sports
Bimini has a few companies operating water sports, like scuba diving, jet skiing, parasailing, and kayaking. The most popular is Bimini Undersea, but most beaches on the island offer water sport activities by several companies, so you don’t have to worry about travelling far to find them.
It can be a bit pricey—everyone wants to go scuba diving…until they see the price tag ($179)—but their kayaking and snorkeling options are much more affordable (starting at $25) and are great ways to get off the sand and into the water!
Pro-tip: If you’re staying at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, they’ve partnered with Bimini Undersea for on-property watersports!
2. Bimini Vacation Undersea Experiences
Underwater excursions are another way I love to stay active on my Bimini vacation. The Bahamas islands are teeming with underwater life just waiting to be explored.
Swimming with the dolphins is a guaranteed great time, but some other interesting expeditions available include shark and stingray encounters. Now that’s what I call an experience!
You can also take a scuba diving tour to popular sites on the island, like the Sapona Shipwreck, or keep things low-key with some easy-going snorkeling. Either way, you’re likely to come across Bimini’s colorful marine life.
3. Explore the Dolphin House Museum
At the Dolphin House Museum you’ll not only get to see this architectural wonder full of beautiful mosaics, but also learn about the island’s history.
The museums you get on the Bahaman islands aren’t going to be the same mammoth-sized galleries you’ll find in big cities, but when you’re coming off a sun-burn and looking for some shade, strolling through a piece of island culture may just be the thing you need to round out your Bimini vacation.
Known as a “Poem in Stone”, the Dolphin House Museum is an ocean-inspired mini-museum built with recycled materials and ensconced in beautiful mosaics.
Looking to buy up some cute souvenirs (of course you are)? There’s a quaint gift shop onsite with books and trinkets about the house and the island surroundings.
Stop by for a free, 30-minute walking tour of the property and get cultured!
4. Local Eatery Hotspots
No Bimini vacation is complete without getting in some delicious local cuisine. Pull up a chair at Stuart’s Conch Stand—a personal favorite serving up traditional conch and lobster salads.
This open-air shack located in Bailey Town has been open for over 30 years and continues to deliver the freshest bites at a super affordable price.
If you’re looking for something more upscale and a little less shack-like, Hemingway’s Restaurant is another epicure’s delight, and resides at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini property. Fresh tacos, lobster crab cake sandwiches, tropical cocktails, oh my!
5. See the Island By Bike or Golf Cart
There’s no better way to see Bimini than by zipping around the scenic, 7-mile island on bicycle or golf cart.
There are vendors all over Bimini, including Bimini Undersea, but if you’re staying at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, they have golf carts and bike rentals. From there, it’s just a breezy two mile ride to Alice Town where you can do some shopping and visit the museum.
Golf cart rentals are about $75-100 a day, so if you’re on a budget, rent a bike for only $25 a day.
Just remember that traffic moves on the left side of the road in the Bahamas. So always look right first and then left before crossing the street!
Bahamian islands like Bimini are never short on things to do. From lounging on a beach all day to going full-throttle on a high-powered jet ski, we hope you make the most of your Bimini vacation.