GATEWAY TO THE BAHAMAS

CLOSEST ISLAND TO THE USA

Known as the gateway to the Bahamas, Bimini is the closest Bahamas island to the United States, only 48 nautical miles off the coast of South Florida, a quick 20-minute flight by air, or a short 1 to 2 hour boat ride across the Bahamian Channel.

The Bimini’s are 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 2,000 residents, live in North Bimini. Here is where you will also find Alice Town which features the local straw market, native Bahamian fare and colorful bars.

SETTLED IN 1920s

A TROPICAL VACATION ALLURE

Settled in the early 1920s, Bimini once served as a base of operations for rum runners 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. 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.

The Healing Hole, found within the salt water mangrove forest that covers four miles of North Bimini is a pool that lies at the end of a network of winding tunnels that stretch underground. In 1968, a series of rectangular stones 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.

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