Bimini is the westernmost district of the Bahamas, located about 50 miles east of Miami. The island of Bimini is known as the "Deep Sea Fishing Capital of the World." Aside from its major attractions of bone fishing, snorkeling, and deep sea diving, the island holds many historical stories and myths.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, Bimini had been a haunt for privateers and pirates like Blackbeard plundering from the Caribbean Sea along the Gulf Stream and then to Spain. It became a much more peaceful place after the slavery abolition in 1840, as many slaves brought their families to settle on the island. During the 1920s, Bimini became a major storage area for liquor destined to be smuggled into the U.S. by rumrunners. It later became the home for famous author Ernest Hemingway for a few years in the 1930s, during which time he wrote "Islands in the Stream" and "To Have and Have Not."
There are a number of places to visit while staying in Bimini. One of the most well known is Bimini Road. Sometimes called the Bimini Wall, this underwater rock formation is composed of roughly rectangular limestone blocks called beachrock. Although it is generally considered to be a naturally occurring geological feature, many believe that the formation is the remains of the ancient road, wall, or other deliberatley built structure. Some even claim this site to be the remnants of the mythical city of Atlantis.
The Fountain of Youth is believed to be located within the shallow pools of South Bimini. It is known as a legendary spring that supposedly retores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. The Healing Hole is another wonder of the island. This spring of freshwater contains many healing minerals said to be rich in rejuvinating elements and have various healing qualities. Memory Ledge is also located on the island. Local belief states that anyone who lies along the ledge experiences flashbacks through his or her entire life and sometimes even past lives.
Bimini is one of the many gorgeous and relaxing islands of the Bahamas and is definitely recommended for a quiet and relaxing getaway. If you are also seeking a bit of an adventure, there are many things to do and places to visit during your stay in Bimini. From learnig about its historical significance to exploring the myths and uncovering legends, this island is sure to keep anyone who visits entertained. See our Resorts and Specials pages for deals at the luxurious Bimini Bay Resort!