Bimini, Bahamas, located just 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the coast of Florida, is a popular vacation spot where lounging on pristine beaches, snorkeling, diving, and sport fishing are the top activities
Just 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the coast of Florida sits Bimini, the closest Bahamian island to the United States, where lounging on pristine beaches, snorkeling, diving, and sport fishing are the top activities. On North Bimini Island visitors can tour the quaint local shops and seafood restaurants in Alice Town. On the quieter South Bimini, visitors can stroll the Bimini Nature Trail and find the Fountain of Youth, said to have been discovered by Ponce de Leon in the early 1500s when he sailed to Bimini from his base in then-Spanish Cuba. Bimini is a one-time favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway and is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. found speech-writing inspiration. The island also has a rich history laced with tales of rum-runners and gun-runners.
After passing through a small “Entrance Point” channel separating the South and North Islands, our tender boat motored up the east side of the North Island to reach the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, Bahamas
Approaching the Hilton and its marina, we passed by many homes and bungalows belonging to Resorts World Bimini, Bahamas
The main entrance of the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, Bahamas
The sprawling beachfront property of Hilton at Resorts World Bimini features three pools, including an adults-only rooftop infinity pool; Serenity Spa and Salon; numerous fine dining and casual restaurant options; a casino with table games and slot machines; and the Bahamas’ largest marina complex. Bimini Undersea, the hotel’s onsite watersports operator, organizes jet-skiing along the island’s coast, kayaking by Paradise Beach, and snorkeling and scuba diving at the SS Sapona wreck. Visitors can also book fishing charters or rent a golf cart to explore the resort and neighboring small towns.
The Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, Bahamas, fronts onto a channel that provides boat access to both the hotel and some of the Resort’s homes and bungalows
Our Yacht Club chartered a local boat for a snorkeling trip for a small group of us (8), that also included a chance to land on a nearby cay’s beach and feed the sting rays, Bimini, Bahamas
As part of our morning Yacht Club boat outing, we snorkeled around the SS Sapon, a concrete-hulled cargo steamer that was used as a warehouse for alcohol during the era of Prohibition and ran aground near Bimini during a hurricane in 1926, Bimini, Bahamas
“SS Sapona was a concrete-hulled cargo steamer that ran aground near Bimini during a hurricane in 1926. The wreck of the ship is easily visible above the water, and is both a navigational landmark for boaters and a popular dive site. Sapona was built by the Liberty Ship Building Company of Wilmington, North Carolina as part of a fleet of concrete ships authorized by Woodrow Wilson during World War I, because steel was in short supply. Like many others in the fleet, the ship was completed after the end of the war, and Sapona was sold for scrap… [and after being used as a casino and later for oil storage was sold] in 1924 [to] Bruce Bethel. Bethel moved the ship to Bimini, using it as a warehouse for alcohol during the era of Prohibition. Bethel also intended to use the ship as a floating nightclub, although this plan never came to fruition. In 1926, the ship ran aground in a hurricane and broke apart. During World War II, the wreck was used for target practice by the U.S. Army Air Force… The wreck lies in about 15 feet (4.6 m) of water, the stern broken off and partially submerged by hurricanes that struck in 2004. Little concrete is left on the hull because of the effects of bombing and weathering. The wreck itself and the surrounding area is a popular site for Scuba divers and snorkelers.” – Wikipedia
Paradise Beach (part of the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini) was not very crowded and had loads of room for the few visitors to spread out and relax in the sand, surf and beach, Bimini, Bahamas
A friend rented a golf cart and we had a chance to drive around and explore Bailey Town and Alice Town on the North Island – pictured here in Alice Town is the Elk’s Pub and Sports Bar (Kitchen Conch-Chicken, Fish, Salad, Fries), Bimini, Bahamas
At the southwestern tip of North Bimini Island, we discovered this severely weathered beached wreck, Bimini, Bahamas
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