Take a Quick Weekend Getaway to Bimini, Bahamas

The Bahamas are comprised of many different islands that are not too far from the Florida coast.  One of the Bahama islands that is closest to the United States is Bimini, and that closeness makes many people think that the island is actually Bimini Florida.  That slight misunderstanding often leads to the question, “Where is Bimini Florida?”.

Those who wonder how far is Bimini from Florida will quickly find that this amazing island is only approximately fifty miles off the coast.  That short distance makes it possible to get from Florida to Bimini by boat or by plane.

If you choose to travel from Florida to Bimini by boat, you will have an option of either a ferry or charter boat.  The easiest and cheapest option is to take the ferry to Bimini from Florida.  You can either take the Bimini Superfast Ferry, which fits five hundred passengers, and has six restaurants and a casino.  The FRS Caribbean is the newest option and holds four hundred and twenty-seven passengers for the two-hour trip.  You can also charter a commercial boat to take you to Bimini or take a private boat.

Ferry

Of course, you can also fly from Florida to Bimini and land at the Bimini airport, which is the South Bimini Airport.  Most flights to this island leave Florida from Fort Lauderdale and you will not have too many choices when it comes to departure times.  And while this flight only takes half an hour, you need to keep in mind that you need to arrive at the airport at least two hours before your departure time to clear security.

When you arrive in Bimini, you will want to check into your hotel right away, so you can go out and start exploring both Bimini Islands.  Each island, North Bimini Island and South Bimini Island, offers unique opportunities on the island and out in the cays, so you will want to plan ahead to make the most of your weekend getaway!

You will have a variety of accommodations to choose from for your stay, but there are certain resorts that are better than all the rest.  One favorite is the Bimini Sands Resort and Marina.  This resort has more than two hundred guest rooms, that have either one, two, or three bedrooms, as well as full kitchens and private patios that look out towards the ocean or the marina.  During your stay, you can enjoy free entertainment and children will love all the activities that are planned just for them.

The Resorts World Bimini Resort, Casino, and Marina is perfect if you love a little more slot machine action with your vacations.  This luxurious resort offers personalized services that will make you feel like you are the most special person in the world for an entire weekend.  We guarantee that you will not spend much time in your room, as there are so many different activities for you to do in addition to the time that you spend in the casino.

The Hilton at Resorts World Bimini is the perfect option if you are looking for views of paradise from floor to ceiling windows, as well as private balconies in your room.  You will have access to the casino over at Resorts World Bimini Resort, Casino, and Marina, since this is on the same property, and live entertainment can be appreciated every single day of the week.

Hilton at Resorts World Bimini

Once you tear yourself away from your room, you will want to get started on your mini-vacation during your getaway weekend.  One of the first things that you should do is venture over to the Dolphin House, which was created by local artist, Ashley Saunders.  The construction began back in 1993 and the entire house is made from crushed coral concrete and covered with recycled materials that include reclaimed tiles and shells.  This home was designed to withstand any hurricane that arrives on the shores of this island, yet the intricate details make it a beautiful structure that yearns to be appreciated by everyone.

The Bimini History Museum and Heritage Centre is a great place to learn about the history, cultures, and traditions of this spectacular island and you cannot miss the bright pink building when you arrive in Alice Town.  This museum was founded back in 1995 and inside you will see many old photographs, artifacts, and even telegrams.

Nature is everywhere on the Bimini Islands, which is why we want to encourage you to go out and walk around as much as you can during your weekend getaway.  The Bimini Sands Nature Trail is an excellent place to begin, because it is a self-guided walking tour.  During your walk, you will learn so much about the plants, flowers, and animals that live on the islands and in the water.  As you walk along the one-mile trail, you will find signage that explains everything that you are seeing around you.

There is a plethora of things that you can do in the water when you are visiting Bimini, so you may find yourself incapable of finding time to spend on dry land.  That is completely fine, as we know you traveled down to the Bahamas for the sun, the sand, and the warm waters of the ocean!

Bahamas

While you can simply spend your time kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, and diving, you may want to consider a few other water friendly activities.  One of our favorites is swimming with the dolphins, but you can also get up close to hammerhead sharks.  Those who don’t want to get into the water can still see fish up close when they reel them in during a deep-sea fishing excursion or while bone fishing.

There are a number of ways that you can relax when you are vacationing down in Bimini, but one of the best is sitting in the Healing Hole.  The water inside the Healing Hole comes from a freshwater spring and it is filled with numerous minerals that are said to have healing and restorative properties.  While we cannot guarantee that all your ailments will disappear after a long soak or two, we can promise that some of your stress and worries will be long gone.

Speaking of water, people have talked about the Fountain of Youth for years.  But when you are in Bimini, you can experience the same restorative waters that Ponce de Leon did when he was on the island in 1513.  This fountain can be found near the Bimini airport, so if you didn’t see it when you arrived on the island, you must stop as you are returning to the Bimini airport for your flight back home.

When you want to continue relaxing on your last morning before you catch your flight home from the Bimini airport, we recommend that you venture down to one of the beaches for one last walk on the sand as the water laps over your feet.  It will be a great memory that you can remember in the coming weeks and months, as you are back into your old routines.

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