Bimini, one of the several islands of the Bahamas, is a wonderful place to vacation. Many sights of natural beauty await the tourist, as well as a few interesting landmarks, beautiful beaches, and exhilarating outdoors activities. And all of that is made that much more pleasant by a welcoming climate and a laid-back atmosphere conducive to real rest and relaxation after the day’s adventures are done.
An unexpected pleasure, Compleat Angler Hotel in Alice Town Bimini, houses a variety of artifacts that belonged to none other than the famous American writer, Ernest Hemingway, who spent two years there, from 1935 to 1937. These items include manuscripts, letters and photos.
The Bimini Museum, on Kings Highway, is housed in a two-floor house that was built in the 1920’s. The exhibits are primarily composed of a hodge-podge of souvenirs left behind by famous people that have spent time on the island. Items that once belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ernest Hemingway are among those on display. Other exhibits are made up of various historical items from the island. The museum is open Monday through Saturday and charges an admittance fee of $2 for adults. Children are admitted free of charge.
Marine life and activities are a big part of the Bimini experience. Among the most popular are the dolphin interaction experiences. There are a variety of tour packages available to tourists, allowing for different water skill levels and creature interaction comfort zones.
Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular activities in Bimini. There are numerous underwater geological formations and coral reefs, ripe with a broad variety of marine life. Among the favorite sites are Bimini Wall, Bimini Road, Tuna Alley and the Stones of Atlantis.
Fishing boats can be chartered at the Bimini Blue Water Marina. Another fine place for those interested in fishing and boating trips is the Bimini Big Game Resort and Marina. Keefe’s Bimini Under the Sea offers many scuba diving and snorkeling packages, as well as a wild dolphin adventure package. They’ve also recently started a bed and breakfast program.
A fine meal can be had at the Red Lion Pub on Kings Highway in Alice Town. The cuisine is primarily Bahaman, and well prepared seafood a main feature of the menu. House desserts include a delicious key lime pie and banana cream pie. The dining room has a nice view of the marina, and the atmosphere is comfortably casual. Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday, from 6pm to 10pm.
Interesting handcrafts can be purchased at the Bimini Straw Market. Usually around 20 vendors present, and the goods range from handmade jewelry to fresh baked bread. Pritchard’s Grocery is another favorite for quality local breads, as well as a variety of other needs. At the Gateway Gallery, in Alice Town, a variety of locally created crafts, fine arts, sculptures and music are available.
Bimini is a peaceful hideaway from the world, which is perhaps why it has attracted so many public figures to its shores. It’s slow pace and focus on natural pleasures make it an ideal place to engage in true rest and recreation.