Bimini’s alluring islands in the Bahamas are full of mystery and intrigue. Have you ever wondered whether the Lost City of Atlantis and Fountain of Youth really exist? Bimini’s blue waters and sandy beaches may take your breath away, but there is so much more to be uncovered. If you’re wondering what to do in Bimini for the day, this post is packed full of things to do in Bimini, from soaking up the sunshine and glistening turquoise waters to uncovering the mysteries of Bimini.
Why you MUST visit Bimini for the Day
Bimini is located so close to the shores of Florida, the closest Caribbean island to the United States, it would be rude not to visit. In fact, the ferry from Miami to Bimini took less than two hours!
There are lots of wonderful things to do in Bimini, whether you are looking to enjoy a Bimini day trip from Miami, fly to Bimini from Fort Lauderdale or just want to visit Bimini in general. I’d never envisaged visiting Bimini during my trip to Miami and in all honesty, I had no idea just how close the Caribbean is to Florida. But, I’m so glad I took the ferry to Bimini from Miami to experience this beautiful island.
Here are my tips for things to do in Bimini, the ‘Gateway to the Bahamas.’
Enjoy Bimini’s White Sand Beaches
Get ready to see the bluest waters you ever did see! Wow!
Adam and I spent a lot of time enjoying the Hilton World Resorts infinity pool as we had day pass access with our Bimini cruise from Miami with Gray Line. But, believe me, when I say, you NEED to see Bimini’s beaches!
For those looking to soak up the sun away from Resorts World, Bimini has some beautiful white sand beaches to while away the hours.
Not normally plane-spotters, Adam and I enjoyed watching the seaplanes circle overhead before making a cool glide into the waters of Bimini Bay. Geekiness aside, it really is incredible to watch.
North Bimini (the island where the FRS Carribean ferry docks) has a long stretch of beach (known as the spit), which runs from one side of the island to the other. This stretch of sand has three beaches that run alongside each other: Radio Beach (otherwise known as Alice Town Beach), Blister Beach and Spook Hill Beach.
Radio Beach located just off the Queen’s Highway to Alice Town is the most popular beach on North Bimini. It’s close proximity to Alice Town means there are plenty of snack bars to grab a bite to eat and drink, as well as facilities to use when spending a day on the beach.
Blister Beach is a great place to visit if you enjoy snorkelling. The beautiful white sandy beaches make way for a whole host of aquatic life under the turquoise shores.
Spook Hill Beach
The spooky name derives from the location of the beach next to the cemetery. The shallow waters at Spook Hill Beach are great for those who don’t like to delve too deep into the sea. There is a snack bar on the beach but no public restroom toilet facilities.
Porgy Bay Beach
For a true Caribbean chill, head to the relaxing shores of Porgy Bay Beach for a secluded and tranquil paradise. If you visit Porgy Bay Beach, be sure to check out the Shark Mound located nearby. The Shark Mound is a raised section of earth forming the image of a shark. If you fly into Bimini by seaplane, it is likely you will be able to get a great view of this mysterious formation overhead.
There are also a number of beaches to be explored on Bimini’s South Island, if you are looking to stay in Bimini for longer than one day. The Bimini Sands Resort on South Bimini is the most popular with a whole host of watersports activities and eateries. Shell Beach is another beautiful beach to visit on South Bimini.
Swim with wild dolphins in Bimini
I avoid tourist attractions where animals are trained or confined, which means swimming with dolphins is not normally an activity I will consider. However, in Bimini it is possible to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat.
The team at Big Game Club Bimini provide snorkel gear and will take you out to sea to marvel at Atlantic Spotted Dolphins as they dance the waves, before you get your chance to swim in the sea with them.
The wild dolphin safari sounds like a once in a lifetime experience, interacting with dolphins in their natural habitat. If only I hadn’t of been seasick from the Bimini Ferry ride!
Plus, those feeling a bit braver may want to experience the Hammerhead Shark Safari!
The Dolphin House
If you don’t get the chance to swim with Atlantic Spotted Dolphins in Bimini, why not check out The Dolphin House instead. Built by Bimini native Ashley Saunders, Dolphin House is a mosaic masterpiece crafted with a variety of natural shells and beach glass.
The Gallant Lady Shipwreck
Located at the tip of the North Island of Bimini is the Gallant Lady Shipwreck. This rusted ship is the perfect place for a spot of diving and to catch a beautiful Bimini sunset.
The Sapona Shipwreck
If you’ve seen one Shipwreck, you certainly haven’t seen them all unless you head to the Sapona Shipwreck located just past South Bimini island.
This ship was intended for use in WW1 but wasn’t completed in time. Since then, it’s been a place for oil storage, an alcohol warehouse and even a casino. Today, the Sapona Shipwreck plays host to a number of marine ecosystems, including natural coral. A great place for a spot of snorkelling or diving with all the marine life that inhabit this beautiful spot.
Discover The Lost City of Atlantis
Scuba diving in the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas is an obvious choice for something to do in Bimini. But, what if you could uncover The Lost City of Atlantis beneath the waves?
In 1968 a pilot noticed an unusual formation flying over Bimini and was intrigued by the apparent underwater road.. Divers and geologists took samples of the area believed to be part of the lost city, though tests were found inconclusive.
Local Bahamians were wary of the underwater road formation, before international coverage increased tourist interest as a diving attraction.
Whilst confirmation of the underwater road formation being the remains of The Lost City of Atlantis are inconclusive, it is debated whether the formation is natural or man made.
Perhaps you can be the one to uncover the truth about The Lost City of Atlantis in Bimini?
The Fountain of Youth – Bimini Mangroves
From one mystic legend to another, the Fountain of Youth is also believed to grace Bimini’s shores. In the mangroves of South Bimini, local guides can take you to a sinkhole known as the Fountain of Youth.
Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway first visited Bimini in 1935 and some claim his brother, Leicester Hemingway cured his cancer from visiting the legendary fountain.
The “healing hole”, a sulphur spring is still a much-visited attraction in Bimini today and only adds to the mystery of the island.
King’s Highway Alice Town – shops, bars and a bite to eat in Bimini
North Bimini is around 7 miles long and if you enjoy shopping and a bite to eat like I do, head to The King’s Highway in Alice Town where you will find a collection of shops, bars and restaurants.
Where to Eat in Bimini
If dining in Resorts World Bimini isn’t for you or you fancy a change of scenery, there are a number of places to eat in Bimini bringing the Caribbean cuisine. The food in Bimini is simple and authentic.
Similarly to Key West, conch salad is also a popular dish in Bimini. Stuart’s Conch Stand or Joe’s Conch Stand are the places to head in Bimini for conch salad. Stuart’s conch salad contains a mixture of fresh conch, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, oranges and lime juice with an added kick of scotch bonnet peppers.
Charlie’s is known as the best place for bread on the island, with a variety of flavours, including coconut and cinnamon bread.
Talking of bread, Edith’s P
The Bimini Islands are full of mystery and intrigue and make for a fun, yet relaxing beach break. There are a number of watersports to enjoy in Bimini, from diving, snorkelling, surfing and paddleboarding.
Bimini is Caribbean treasure popular with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther, Al Capone and was a regular haunt for the pirate Blackbeard. These well-known figures were enthralled by the bliss of the Island of Bimini and it’s easy to see why.
A Miami to Bahamas day trip is idyllic and, it would be rude not to take up such an opportunity to cruise to the Bahamas to visit Bimini for the day as it’s so close to Miami!
I loved my Bimini one day cruise from Miami with Gray Line, who kindly provided me with discounted tickets. If you want to experience Bimini Bliss for yourself, click here to book a Bimini day trip with Gray Line.
Read More: Exploring Bimini – One Day Cruise to The Bahamas from Miami, getting around Bimini and how to spend the day at Resorts World Bimini.
P.s. As I write this post, it is pouring with rain here in the UK and I’d give anything to be back in Bimini!