BIMINI "Gal"Bimini is actually a small collection of islands just 55 miles east of Florida. Better known islands however, are North and South Bimini. Long and narrow, North Bimini is about seven miles long and only 700 feet wide.
Despite its small size there is an abundance of activities and attractions that appeal to a wide variety of interests. Additionally, throughout history Bimini has been famous for many reasons.
The Bimini Road, or the Bimini Wall, is an underwater rock formation near North Bimini. The Road consists of a half mile-long northeast-southwest linear feature composed of roughly rectangular to sub-rectangular limestone blocks that some believe are part of the lost city of Atlantis.
Fountain of YouthAnd, its no wonder that Ponce de Leon may have believed he discovered the Fountain of Youth. There are a couple of locations rumored to be the legendary fountain, one is within the shallow pools of South Bimini where a small plaque commemorating the Fountain of Youth is on the road to the airport and is a popular spot for photographs. Another suspected location is in North Bimini in a saltwater pool called the Healing Hole.
Rum-RunnersDuring Prohibition, Bimini was a favorite haven and supply point for rum-runners. Rumor has it that the term “the real McCoy” was actually refers to the rum provided by William S. McCoy who used Bimini to transport whiskey to America.
From 1935 to 1937, Ernest Hemmingway stayed at the Complete Angler Hotel and wrote part of his novel, To Have and To Have Not. The fantastic fishing he experienced and also inspired him to write The Old Man and The Sea and Islands in the Stream.
Big Game FishingBimini enjoys the reputation as one of the worlds’ best game fishing locations, and its proximity to Florida makes it easy for anglers to come to our islands by boat. In addition to Blue Marlin, Tuna and many other big game sport fish, our waters are home to many varieties of sharks, including the Shortfin Mako shark, the Bigeye Thresher shark, the Spiny Dogfish and Sixgill Shark.
Just as popular with Scuba divers, Bimini boasts many great dive sites around the many shipwrecks in the area.
Shark LabThe Shark Lab, on South Bimini is a world famous facility owned and operated by shark biologist Dr. Sam Gruber, who offers marine biology internships to those interested in shark research and the conservation of the ocean’s ecosystems.
Keep your eyes open! We are home to many unique and threatened species like the Bimini Boa, the Ameiva lizard and the Small tooth Sawfish. Each of these are on the endangered species list, so be careful not to harm them!