A little slice of paradise, I can’t wait to share my Bimini day trip from Miami! If visiting Miami wasn’t a dream come true in itself, it’s possible to do a one day cruise to the Bahamas from Miami exploring the small islands of Bimini.
The Islands of Bimini are otherwise known as the ‘gateway to the Bahamas’, located only 50 miles from the Florida shores. The three islands are North Bimini, South Bimini and East Bimini. North Bimini and South Bimini are the largest of the islands, with the latter home to eco trails, mysterious history and the airport.
This post is packed full of tips for a day trip cruise to North Bimini – including- all you need to know before you cruise to Bimini, what to expect at Hilton World Resort, as well as things to do in Bimini in one day.
I had never heard of the Bimini islands before watching Nick’s season on The Bachelor (yet another holiday destination inspired by The Bachelor.) Whilst, I can’t say it was somewhere that was already on my radar, who can bypass a trip to the Bahamas?!
Travelling to Bimini Bahamas
A Miami to Bahamas day trip is nowhere near as pricey as you would think and there are relatively cheap cruises to the Bahamas, which take only a couple of hours to port in North Bimini. Gray Line Miami provide regular trips to Bimini and, after thoroughly enjoying their Gray Line tours in New York, they were always going to be my first choice for sightseeing in Miami. Plus, the team at Gray Line Miami kindly provided me with two discounted press tickets to experience a day trip to Bimini. You can imagine how excited I was to receive this email!
The Bimini trip with Gray Line Miami includes round-trip transfers from your hotel to Bimini and a day pass to access the facilities at Hilton World Bimini Resort.
If like me, you can’t wait to experience a Bahamas day trip from Miami, there are some things you need to know before you board the FRS Caribbean Ferry:
- Don’t forget your passport! You are visiting another country after all and you will not be granted access to the boat without one!
- Print off your Esta confirmation paperwork and bring it with you. We were not advised to do this prior to our trip, but luckily Adam being as organised as he is brought it along just in case! We were soon to discover we would not have been able to do the trip without this.
- Bring light beach towels. Hilton World Resort Bimini will provide towels for an extra charge, but we were asked to pay for both towels and WiFi on arrival. If you’re planning on swimming, bringing swimsuits and a change of clothing is also recommended.
- Bring a refillable water bottle. A refillable water bottle was ideal for exploring Miami anyway, but it was also useful for the boat trip to Bimini and the boat ride from the Bahamas to Miami. You can also fill your bottles up at Hilton World Resort before exploring Bimini so you have some drinks on the go.
- If you know you’re not great with boats take an anti-sickness tablet before you embark. There are some anti-sickness tablets on the FRS Caribbean Ferry if you do not have any with you, just ask. You should aim to take one anti-sickness tablet one hour before the boat embarks. Sitting in the middle of the boat, rather than the sides is also likely to help if you suffer sea-sickness.
- Take your seats promptly to ensure you get a seat. The FRS Caribbean Ferry offers cheap cruises to the Bahamas and for this reason the ferry to Bimini is a very popular day trip from Miami.
- Bimini ferry departure for the return cruise trip from Bahamas to Miami is only granted to those on the Hilton World Resort golf buggy shuttle. I’m not sure if this is always the case, but those who had walked to the ferry terminal themselves were not granted entry through the gates unless they had arrived on Hilton World Resort’s buggy shuttle..
Before you think, sea-sickness wasn’t what you signed up for by reading this post, I am giving you a heads up because I was as sick as a dog on the ferry over to Bimini! Adam also didn’t feel well, particularly after he walked across the boat to try and obtain some anti-sickness tablets for me. I must add, armed with sickness tablets I was fine on the return journey! Here’s a link to the handy refillable water bottle I bought before
If you can’t quite stomach the boat ride to Bimini or you want to travel to Bimini in style, why not take the seaplane instead?
I can only imagine how beautiful an overhead view of Bimini from a seaplane would be. Whilst travelling by seaplane to Bimini is more expensive, flying in an intimate 8-seater seaplane really enables a luxury travel experience to Bimini. Cape Air seaplane’s frequent daily flights from Miami conveniently flies into Resorts World Bimini. Alternatively, if you are looking to fly from Fort Lauderdale, take a Silver Airways plane directly from Fort Lauderdale to South Bimini. Getting to Bimini could not be easier and it all depends on your own travel preferences and budget.
Arriving in Bimini Bahamas, otherwise known as Paradise
Seasickness aside and not quite the level of dreaminess I’d imagined for our arrival in North Bimini, I was hopeful for the day ahead. The Bimini boat trip is actually quite scenic as you get to see the Miami skyscrapers and city from the water and the bright lights of the city on the return journey. I even managed to film some footage during the boat trip, which was no easy feat!
As our boat moored at Bimini we observed the bluest sea we have ever seen. It was so bright blue it was almost iridescent. The shallower waters are circled in bright turquoise and, it was seeing this view that allowed me to relax and really take in my surroundings.
Bimini is breathtakingly beautiful and on first sight, I really could not believe my eyes. I had arrived in paradise.
Passengers from the ferry are transported to Hilton World Resort via a long train of buggies. The buggy ride provides ample opportunity to soak up the scenery, from the rows of palm trees, crystal clear waters and Bimini’s white sandy beaches.
The staff at Hilton Resorts World greeted us and provided our day pass wristbands, before giving us a map of Hilton World Resort. The map details the whereabouts of the dining areas and swimming pools.
Our first stop had to be the rooftop pool area…
Hilton World Resort Infinity Pool
The Hilton World Resort infinity pool has incredible views over the turquoise sea of Bimini and the Resorts World Marina, which is the largest marina in the Bahamas.
The best thing about the infinity pool at The Hilton World Resort is that it’s adults only, hurrah, so it meant Adam and I could really soak up the beautiful peace and tranquility to enjoy total relaxation in Bimini.
Rather amusingly, as I enjoyed the 360o panoramic view of the lagoon and marina overlooking the infinity pool, a seagull also wanted to join me for a picture…
Monkey Business Bar
The rooftop pool area bar Monkey Business serves a range of drinks from beer, soft drinks and cocktails. I was disappointed to see Hilton World Resorts still serving drinks in plastic cups with plastic straws (unlike our own small boutique hotel in Miami) as using plastic can have such a detrimental impact on wildlife. I really think it’s time for big corporate brands like Hilton to start making necessary changes to be more eco-friendly.
You can also order food from the bar, meaning you do not even have to move as the food is delivered right to your sunlounger. We enjoyed the pulled beef burgers with fries.
Lazy River Pool
The good choice of swimming pools at Hilton World Resort Bimini means you don’t have to worry about not getting a spot by the pool as there is plenty of choice available.
The lazy river has a swim-up bar and spans 600 feet with connecting pool rooms overlooking Bimini’s Bay.
Stay at Hilton World Resort Bimini
If you are looking to extend your stay at Hilton World Resort Bimini, the hotel offers 305 rooms, 18 of which are luxury suites (9 luxury suites are pool facing.) There are 10 restaurants, cafes and bars giving various dining options to suit a range of tastes and dining preferences.
Alternatively, click here to browse hotels near Alice Town North Bimini.
An on-site casino with free drinks for players provides something to do, particularly if you are visiting during Bimini’s wet season between June – November.
Getting Around Bimini
If you’re wondering what to do in Bimini, Resorts World Bimini provides a free shuttle into town, ideal if you want to explore more of the island.
Buggy hire is encouraged as a means to travel around Bimini and golf carts can be hired at a daily rate of $75 a day at Hilton World Resort reception desk. During our short Bimini day trip, we observed countless holidaymakers hiring petrol golf carts from the resort, which left the island smelling of petrol and a constant noise amidst what was a perfectly tranquil paradise. Similarly to the plastic straws and cups, encouraging the use of golf carts does not help the overall environment in Bimini. In writing this post, I urge big brands such as Hilton to look at more economical means to help support the environment. Many countries in Europe such as The Netherlands and Copenhagen actively encourage using bikes and there is no reason why bikes could not be used at Resorts World Bimini rather than petrol golf carts.
Things to Do in Bimini in One Day
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.
The Bimini islands have intriguing history, with legends including The Lost City of Atlantis and The Fountain of Youth. Not to mention island adventures, swimming with wild Atlantic Spotted Dolphins in their natural habitat and beautiful eco trails.
I hope this post has given you insight on things you should know before doing a Bahamas one day cruise from Miami (if you want to bookmark this post for a later date, use the graphic below to pin this post to a Pinterest board.)
Stay tuned on The Life of a Social Butterfly, as I will be revealing all about things to do in Bimini in one day in an upcoming post!