HOW TO GET TO BIMINI
The small and alluring island of Bimini may seem worlds away, but traveling here is quick and easy. Several airlines operate on a daily basis from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini: Continental Connection (also known as Gulfstream Airlines) operates from FLL (Fort Lauderdale Airport ) to BIM ( Bimini Airport) and Bimini Island Air operates out of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Flights are just 20 minutes and transport you to a different world. Getting to the resort is part of the adventure: the airport, located on South Bimini is a short taxi and water taxi ride away from the resort. Other air lift options include Gold Aviation, Corporate Air Charters, Bahamas Express and Island Air Charters.
Continental Connections / Gulfstream Airlines: 800.688.7225
Arriving by boat is simple too. Just a 1-2 hour boat ride across the Bahamian Channel, guests have the ease of pulling directly into one of our marina slips and on-site customs and immigrations will expedite your entry into the Bahamas.
BAHAMAS ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
If entering The Bahamas by boat, there is a flat fee to clear Customs and Immigration, which is $150.00 for boats 35 feet and under and $300.00 for boats 36 ft and over. This will cover a vessel with four persons or less. Also included is the cruising permit, fishing permit, Customs and Immigration charges and the $15.00 Departure Tax for up to four persons. Each additional person above four will be charged $15.00 Departure Tax. If you plan to stay longer than 12 months, special arrangement must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.
NEW PASSPORT RULES
Effective Oct. 1, 2007, U.S. Citizens traveling by air to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda must present a passport or other WHTI-compliant documentation to enter or depart from the United States. It is always strongly recommended that U.S. Citizens verify the specific documentary requirements for their destination country. For more information on the passport initiative, please visit Travel.state.gov or DHS.gov or call 1.877.4USA.PPT
ISLAND OF BIMINI
Bimini is comprised of three major islands: North, South and East Bimini – and are rich with history and natural resources. Most of the island’s population, about 1,600 residents, live in Bailey Town in North Bimini. Steps away you will find Alice Town which features the local straw market (newly built in 2007) and native Bahamian fare. Settled in the early 1920s, Bimini once served as a base of operations for rumrunners from Nassau. Once Prohibition took effect in the United States, the economy began to prosper, and when famed author Ernest Hemingway made his home here in 1935, Bimini began to develop its own tropical vacation allure. Hemingway enjoyed his day in Bimini as an eager fan of game fishing, not only during his years living there but during his repeated visits.
Bimini captured Hemingway’s heart in such a way that his stays inspired carious works including “Islands in the Stream” and ‘To Have and Have Not” at his home in Alice Town located in North Bimini. Not to be outdone, Martin Luther King spent time on the island working on his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. In 1936, Clairvoyant Mystic Edgar Cayce predicted “the first signs of Atlantis rising would occur in the Bahamas, near the island of Bimini.” In 1968, a series of rectangular stones laid out in two straight parallel rows, were discovered less than one mile off the north shore of the island of Bimini. It is believed that this tiny island of Bimini was once the road system of the Lost City of Atlantis.
Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Bimini in 1513 and explored the island in search of the fabled Fountain of Youth. It is said that those who bathe in Bimini waters will possess eternal youth. Found within the salt water mangrove forest that covers four miles of North Bimini is The Healing Hole, a pool that lies at the end of a network of winding tunnels that stretch underground.
During outgoing tides, these channels pump cool, mineral-laden fresh water into the pool. Natural lithium and sulfur are two of the minerals said to be contained in these waters, which seem to exhibit curative properties, as people express a sense of mental and physical rejuvenation after their visit.
Located just 48 miles off the coast of Florida is the island of Bimini. Bimini is the closest island of the Bahamas to the U.S.Bimini Bay Bahamas Resort if located on the north end of North Bimini. Situated in just 800 acres of land Bimini Bay Resort has 5 miles of pristine beach.
Only a short island hop from Fort Lauderdale, part of the adventure is getting there, with daily airlift options available via Continental, which flies four times per week and IBO as well as Sea Planes of Miami landing on the Bay of Bimini.
If coming by sea we have provided the following approach map for your assistance. Bimini Bay Resort has dredged the inlet between North and South Bimini as well as a channel north to the resort. We can accommodate vessels up to 205 feet.
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