Situated only 50 miles to the east of the Florida coast, the Bahamian islands of Bimini are the perfect getaway location if you don’t feel like travelling too far away from the US. Not only are these islands famous for being the vacational location for legendary writer Ernest Hemingway, but they are also notorious for having some of the most gorgeous beaches in The Bahamas. But don’t be fooled, there is much more to Bimini than just beaches; the island withholds interesting historical complexity, one worth learning about. Get ready to explore the island and this outline of the top 5 things to do in Bimini.
Known to be “Poetry in Stone”, the Dolphin House is a MUST see here in Bimini. This beautiful structure built from 100% recycled and leftover materials from other construction in the island, as well as debris from the beach and the streets is not what you would expect. It’s basically a beautiful mosaic with colorful pieces that join to represent the mark of the owner – a local man who had a touching experience with dolphins several years ago. His name is Ashley Saunders and he has dedicated his life to build this beauty. You’ll be able to spot conch shells, colorful glass and beautiful tiny tile pieces all over the house. On the first floor you’ll find a gift shop and a museum, where you can learn all about the owner’s story, the house history and how it ties back to Bimini’s past.
During the prohibition era in the United States, Bimini served as a key speakeasy and liquor store. Many of the rumrunners stored their alcohol bottles in Bimini, as well as on a boat called the SS Sapona. Now a wreck in the Bahamian waters, the SS Sapona was a concrete-built cargo steamer used right after World War I as a casino, then to store oil, and finally as an alcohol warehouse. This shipwreck attracts both boaters and scuba divers, given its large size both above and underwater. Just be careful when you visit, the waters might get rough so make sure you are accompanied by professional tour guides who will accompany you while diving or sailing, taking all appropriate precautions!
Bimini Bull Run
Fascinated by sharks? This is an attraction you can’t miss. You’ll be able to cage dive with bull sharks and see what it looks like underwater in their natural habitat. There is a guide who throws fish at them so that you can truly see them feeding in action. Just remember to keep your hands inside the cage because these creatures come close and you don’t want them feeding from you! Also remember to bring a waterproof camera if you want to get some stunning photos.
Calling all history aficionados here! The Bimini Museum is an adorable coral colored house that aims to preserve the island’s history. You’ll get to see pictures, stories, films, artifacts, and antiques that honor those special people who contributed to the development of the island. Some unique finds include rare fishing films of Ernest Hemingway and Martin Luther King Jr.’s immigration card from the year 1964. There is much to learn and explore about the history of Bimini, so make sure to stop by!
If you are more into extreme sports and aquatic activities, you will want to check this out. The clear blue waters in Bimini allow you to enjoy your favorite activities while relishing the pristine water. Especially when you do glass bottom kayaking, where you’ll be able to see through the floor of your kayak onto the the ocean grounds. Keep your eyes open, you might catch a glimpse of a few interesting sea creatures! You can also rent a paddleboard and an ocean water hammock to have a relaxing moment. However, if you enjoy more vigorous activities you can also rent a jet ski, a banana boat or a water bike. You can have access to these activities at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, which offers miles of white sand beaches for you to do all of these activities. Or in case you just want to relax and soak up some sun, the resort also has two infinity pools if you’re feeling like ditching the beach.