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where to stay in bimini

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where to stay in bimini

first time travelling to bimini.....any suggestions on hotels...

will be two couples ......want to relax, swim, drink cold beer!

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11. Re: where to stay in bimini

We just returned from Bimini, and I highly recommend the Bimini Sands. The condo we rented was right on the beach -- 21A -- with the sand right outside our door, and a beautiful view of sunsets over the ocean. Bimini Sands also has the best location, on the quiet and undeveloped South Island. If you want to kick back, relax and drink some cold beer, this is the place. Most of the houses, shops, marinas are on the North island -- including the massive Bimini Bay development. (The Northa and South islands are separated by a narrow inlet, with water taxies that run back and forth all day - a 3 minute trip.)

Bimini Sands also has one of the best restaurants on the island, and a friendly cafe next to the marina -- where we ate lunch every day. Try the lobster and lobster salad at the restaurant; it was the best we've had.

Bimini Sands is also the perfect place if you want to break up sit-back-and-relax with some fun and adventure. Katie and Grant in the 'Activities Center' can schedule scuba, fishing (deep sea, reef and bonefish), kayaking, shark encounters and snorkeling through the reefs and mangroves. They know all of the best guides, e.g. Bonefish Ebbie -- and provide personal tours. We tried everything except scuba, and had a great time.

You don't need to scuba to see the beautiful underwater world around Bimini, by the way. We snorkeled with my son and his friend around the wreck of the Sapona and Turtle Rocks, and saw barracudas, leopard rays, spiny lobster, sea turtles and clouds of fish with every color in the rainbow. Katie and Grant also took us to the mangroves around the North island, where we saw the 'nursery' for all of the fish on the reef, inlcuding juvenile sharks. It was amazing.

As other reviewers have noted, there isn't a golf course or great shopping on Bimini. This isn't a "luxe" island full of tourists. Bimini is very small -- a perfect 'island in the stream'.

One more key tip: there are two ways to fly to Bimini, as we discovered: (1) United now offers a once-a-day flight from Ft. Lauderdale, through a partnership with Silver Airlines, a Carribbean charter service. Their Saab turboprops are very comfortable, like a regional flight. This is perfect is you have a larger group or need to bring lots of scuba / undersea photography gear. (2) Miami Seaplanes, which flies on-demand out of Miami. (We found this option when my wife had to return to New Jersey on short notice, for a Board of Directors meeting.) In a nutshell, Miami Seaplanes is the best way to fly to Bimini if you have standard 'beach trip' luggage and a few people. The pilots are great, and the connection through Miami is much easier than the zoo at the overcrowded Ft. Lauderdale terminal. See: www.MiamiSeaplane.com (They are highly rated in Trip Advisor.) We booked United for our first trip to Bimini, but Miami Seaplane will be our choice for the next trip!

I hope this is helpful.

Mark Hays

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12. Re: where to stay in bimini

Mark, thanks for your info on flights to Bimini -- very helpful! We hope to visit soon after our wonderful trip to Eleuthera. Always looking for great places to go in the Bahamas/Caribbean with air miles (no yacht yet, unfortunately!) Thanks for your great advice.

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