Fishermen islands: Bimini

Known as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape, Bimini are a chain of islands located 81 km east of Miami and part of the Bahamas (Central America). Composed of three islands (North, South and East Bimini), Bimini are the closest Bahamian islands to the United States.

Daily scheduled air services connect these islands to Nassau, Grand Bahama and Florida. Only a limited number of cars are allowed on the Bimini and to get around it is possible to use taxis, trams or rent golf carts or bikes.

The history of Bimini dates back to Ponce de Leon a Spanish explorer who visited the area in 1513. He stopped here in search for the mythical Fountain of Youth, that supposed to exist somewhere near South Bimini. Settled in the early 1920s, Bimini was a base of operations for rumrunners from Nassau and during Prohibition the economy of the islands began to prosper.

The allure of Bimini grew thanks to the famous author Ernest Hemingway, who came here in 1935 to fish and write. Now travellers from all over the world come to Bimini’s islands to explore clear and calm waters, empty beaches and colorful vegetation. The coral reefs around the island contain a variety of sea life like manta rays, colorful fish, marlin, dolphins and sea turtles, making them perfect for fishing, diving, snorkeling. Scuba divers can explore numerous undersea sites such as the Sapona liberty ship or the Bimini Road (Bimini Wall), an underwater rock formation near North Bimini island, which some believe is a remnant of the legendary Lost City of Atlantis. Another attraction is the Healing Hole, a sulfur spring pool with healing properties, accessible by boat only.

The majority of the region’s development has taken place on North Bimini, mostly in Alice Town where visitors can find shops, bars and restaurants with fresh seafood. Here also is located the Bimini Museum with photos and artifact that illustrate the islands’ history.

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