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Welcome to Bimini’s New Cruise Port at Resorts World


Just when you thought there wasn’t more to explore in The Bahamas, another corner of our magnificent islands is open for discovery. Bimini isn’t exactly new to those coming to visit this part of the world. Immortalized in the writings of Ernest Hemmingway and marveled for its inexplicable “Bimini Road” geological site, this special place has long held the imagination of people worldwide.

The island is located to the west of the more clustered part of the Bahamian archipelago and has often been overlooked compared to other larger Bahamas islands. With the opening of Bimini’s new port, this hidden gem of an island (and  Resorts World Bimini)  has never been more accessible.


While Bimini has more than a few ways for guests to arrive, until now not every part of the island was properly serviced. For the very first time, the Out Island has a port large enough to support  Oasis Class  vessels. These are the largest cruise ships in the world; now they can dock directly in this area bejeweled by amazing properties with incredible beaches—all this thanks to  Resorts World Bimini  Cruise Port, which  opened in the summer of 2021 . Cruise companies dropping anchor here include Crystal Cruises, Carnival Cruise line, Virgin Voyages, and MSC Cruises. Here, instant access to the very best amenities is right at hand for disembarking guests.


Visitors arriving at the Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port would be pleased to know that The Hilton at Resorts World Bimini is just a 10-minute walk from the port. If you’re booked there, you can take a leisurely stroll to your check-in or opt for the  complimentary tram . Not only will this comfortable conveyance gladly take you from the port, but you can also use it to get to any of the area’s Resorts World Bimini facilities completely free of charge!  No transportation costs from the moment you step off your cruise ship, just more time to enjoy our renowned beach club, the  casino , and  spa !


Resorts World Bimini prides itself on providing the very best resort experience for its guests. The natural place to start for most folks is  Resorts Bimini Beach . Palm trees, sand, and shoreline define this perfect place to decompress and unwind. Leave behind all the stresses of everyday life as you sink into a hammock or take a swim in one of our lagoon pools. VIP service is available with our cabana rentals, which include exclusive meal menus and personalized bottle service. Or you can keep it simple with recliners and beach umbrellas. Get your feet wet in the ocean or just jump right in. Enjoy the waves any way you want!


Resorts World Bimini has gone all out to design an immersive experience in elegance for our guests. It all starts in the  Hilton hotel  – a stylish and sophisticated property guaranteed to take your breath away from the moment you walk in. The main floor is loaded with windows, welcoming and airy, always allowing views of the surrounding beauty inside. As for the rooms themselves, get ready to be spoiled! Whether you’re staying in a king bedroom, a double-queen, or one of the exclusive poolside suites, expect floor-to-ceiling windows, modern amenities, and first-class service.


Enjoying a good meal or imbibing a satisfying elixir is always part of a great luxury resort experience. Guests can enjoy a variety of  dining offerings  that will make their gourmet dreams come true. Start with the Lobby Bar, where you can wash down pastries with fine wines, specialty cocktails, and more. Wood-fired pizzas and succulent seafood is featured at The Tides. Those with a taste for Japanese fare will be delighted with the Sushi Bar. If you’re looking to sink your teeth into a good burger, then Hemmingway’s is your stop. You also have options on the beach and by the pool, so eat and drink your way to happiness anywhere on the property!


Looking to do some shopping during your stay on Bimini? The  Fisherman’s Village  is an excellent option to pick up a few things without planning a day trip away from the resort. Located just steps from the Hilton hotel, here you will find an array of shops, restaurants, and even chic boutiques to choose from. Not only that, the adjacent marina has a fitness center and access to water sports so when you’re done picking up your favorite items, you can sign up for jet skis and paddleboats after!


The  Serenity Spa  is the place to go to treat yourself right and get some hands-on relaxation the way you deserve. This full-service spa has everything from nutrient-rich skin treatments to facials and full-body massages. Outstanding beauty services are also offered. Whether you’re seeking a full makeup makeover or a standout hairstyle, this is the place to come and feel as beautiful as you


No tour of Resorts World Bimini can be complete without a trip to the casino! The  Resorts World Bimini Casino  sports an expansive 10,000 square-foot space with all the live-action casino table games you love to play. Whether you’re looking for a little friendly competition or want to play for high stakes, there’s a table here for you. Encounter excitement at one of the over 160 slot machines. Try your hand at popular games like live Baccarat and Blackjack. Roll the dice at a Craps table and watch the crowd root you on. Take a spin at one of the Roulette tables and see what Lady Luck delivers to you. 



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Region Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time 2024-05-14 12:03

Port Bimini Islands cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Bimini Islands, Resorts World Bimini Bahamas. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Bimini Islands are located approx 210 km (140 mi) west-northwest of Nassau  and approx 80 km (53 mi) east of Miami (Florida USA) . This makes Biminis the closest to mainland-USA Bahamian vacation travel destination. Bimini Islands have total population of around 2000. The archipelago includes several cays and 3 islands (North Bimini, South Bimini, East Bimini) of which North and South and the largest.

Resorts World Bimini (fully-owned by Genting Americas Inc) is a premium beachfront complex with a private beach, Cruise Port (private dock with a pier), Yacht Marina (boat berthing facility), Hotel, Casino. Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port's berth can accommodate even  the world's largest liners  (of  RCI-Royal Caribbean 's Oasis-class vessels) with LOA length 362 m (1188 ft). Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port is one of The Bahamas' three cruise ports that are not located on private islands - together with Nassau (New Providence Island) and Freeport (Grand Bahama Island) .

North Bimini's main settlement (Alice Town) houses shops, restaurants, bars, and is on Kings Highway. The cruise port is Bailey Town. The isle's second major road (Queens Highway) runs parallel to Kings Highway. South Bimini's main settlement is Port Royale. South Bimini Airport serves regularly scheduled flights linking to USA-Florida ( Miami , Fort Lauderdale , West Palm Beach , Orlando /Melbourne) as well as to Nassau and Freeport .

Next photo shows the luxurious Hilton Bimini Island Resort and the cruise ship pier.

Since August 2019, BALEARIA Caribbean offers a fast-ferry service from Fort Lauderdale (Florida USA) to Bimini Island (crossing time ~2 hours). The catamaran ship has passenger capacity 650, max speed 38 knots (70 kph / 44 mph) and offers 5 weekly crossings with departures on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Since 2011, BALEARIA Caribbean also provides daily crossings from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport (Grand Bahama Island) .

Virgin Voyages' private island resort "Bimini Beach Club" (Bahamas)

All Virgin Voyages liners  stop at "Bimini Beach Club" (Virgin Group's private resort on North Bimini Island). The exclusive Bahamian island destination allows Virgin's Sailors (passengers) to enjoy world-class entertainment from a rotating cast of DJs led by Mark Ronson.

Virgin's Bimini Beach Club offers premium food with locally sourced ingredients and traditional Bahamian favorites like banana leaf-wrapped queen snapper, conch and mango salad, Bahamian rum cake. The complex has 6 bars, outdoor lounge areas with hammock groves, beach loungers, watersport activities, (optional/at extra cost) private poolside and beach-side cabanas for rent.

RockStar Suite passengers benefit from complimentary food service, exclusive bar, outdoor terrace lounge, VIP beach cabanas. The 7-mi (11-km) long island offers extraordinary activities like boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, wreck diving, jetskiing, speedboating. The partially sunk wreck of SS Sapona (concrete-hulled steamship that ran aground in 1926) is located just a few miles off the island's southern coast.

Virgin's private resort is located on North Bimini Island and at a short bus transfer from the docking pier. It was built via a partnership with "Resorts World Bimini". This is a 750-acres (3 km2 / 1,2 mi2) beachfront resort-casino-marina-hotel complex operated by Genting Group (Malaysia-based multinational corporation).

North Bimini is approx 68 km (42 mi) east of Florida USA ( Miami ). Resort's estimated building cost is USD 220 million. Virgin's Bimini Beach Club overlooks the sea and features a large lagoon-style swimming pool. The "resort experience" also features morning open-air exercises (yoga and meditation), afternoon DJ poolside parties, night beach bonfires and live musical performances.

Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port

As cruise port, Resorts World Bimini was inaugurated in summer 2021 and first included (as both call port and homeport/departure port) in the schedule of the Crystal Cruises ' ship Crystal Serenity . The ship's 2021 program (July 3-November 7) included a total of 38x voyages with roundtrip departures from both Nassau and Bailey Town (North Bimini).

The next table shows the 7-night/8-day Nassau roundtrip itinerary (named "LUXURY BAHAMAS ESCAPE") as call ports and times.

Prices started from USD 2000 per person (EUR 1680 / GBP 1445 pp) with double occupancy.

In November 2023, Resorts World Bimini Port celebrated its 1-millionth cruise passenger. The season featured multiple first-time ship visits including from the brands RCI-Royal Caribbean International (Enchantment OTS, Freedom OTS, Grandeur OTS, Mariner OTS, Radiance OTS), NCL-Norwegian (Bliss, Joy), Ritz-Carlton (Evrima), Marella UK (Discoverer 1).

Bimini Islands cruise terminal

Cruise liners to Bimini Islands dock at Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port - part of a premium beachfront complex with a private beach, private dock (with a pier), Yacht Marina (boat berthing facility), Hotel, Casino.

The cruise berth can accommodate even the world's largest ships (of RCI-Royal Caribbean 's Oasis-class vessels) with LOA length 362 m (1188 ft). The first boat that docked here was Crystal Serenity (on July 4, 2021).

Cruise ship tourists are disembarked directly on the pier (as opposed to tendering via boats). Resorts World Bimini's amenities include gambling (at the Casino), premium Spa (massages and treatments), several dining options, complimentary access to the new and exclusive Beach (with 2x lagoon-type swimming pools, drinks and food bars, live performances for entertainment, VIP cabanas / available for rental).

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Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina

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Sea Crest Hotel and Marina

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Bimini Magical Vacation BNB

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Weech's Bimini Dock and Bay View Rooms

Bay inn estates.

Hotel exceeded my expectations was spotless the staff were efficient and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. The most beautiful blue water I have ever seen! A great way to spend Christmas, will definitely come back for another visit. Food was top notch

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Was really excited to use the gym here as it was spoken of very highly on the resort website, but unfortunately it was closed for maintenance and this was not mentioned anywhere on the website. I would have brought other stuff to do workouts had I known this was the case.

Just used the facilities for the day when we stopped here on a cruise. Basically beach access and a pool with the use of the loungers and towels. Unfortunately, there is next to nothing to do in Bimini. I would have preferred going to one of the cruise lines private islands. Beach area was nice. Staff set up an umbrella for us. Water was the day we were there. Pool was decent, but could use more chairs. Food and drink were overpriced as expected. We skipped the $100 all you can drink option. The only bar you could use for that was near the front and your options were limited. With so little to do in Bimini, this wouldn't be your worst option if you find yourself there for the day.

Resorts World is ruining Bimini. Their construction is destroying everything unique and special about this island, and replacing it with generic "beach resort" amenities. There's nothing special about this place, other than the trash and dirt it dumps into the water - killing the natural heritage of this once beautiful, bio-diverse island oasis. Skip it. Hemmingway would be appalled.

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My wife and I decided to visit this resort once arriving on a cruise ship. We were lied to by the sales representative at the resort who sold us $100 package per person, she said included pool and beach access drinks and lunch. The only drinks that are free is at the small bar located by the service desk by the entrance of the resort (which was never explained to us). The bar is an inconvenience to get to if you are in the pool or on the beach. All the other bars around the resort drinks are not included. We learned that by ordering a drink at the pool side bar and had to pay $27 after the drinks were prepared. The sales representative told us food was included in our package and once arriving at one of the restaurants we were informed that our meal was not included. We approached the manager with the issue and was immediately met with aggression. He told us that our packages only included drinks, which we told him his sell representative lied to us and others who came from the ship. One guest came up to me and told me that he watched a representative at the resort sale a coconut drink to another traveler for $25, when he tried to purchase the same drink the guy told him $40. My wife and I are avid travelers and have traveled to the Bahamas several times (first time in Bimini). I’m trying not to let a bad encounter with certain people at Bimini form my opinion on the location but as of right now I will not be going back to Bimini. CRUISERS BEWARE WORKERS AT THIS RESORT ARE SHIESTY HUSTLERS !!!

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Bimini Cruise Port Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Robert Marmion

Bimini is a new port in the Bahamas that should quickly become a favorite of cruisers for its easy access to beaches and activities. There are however a few tricks to getting the most for your money in Bimini.

Arrival at the Pier in Bimini Bahamas

Your ship will dock at the pier and you’ll be able to walk right into the port. It is a flat and wide pier, with plenty of room for all passengers.

Bimini Bahamas Pier

At the end of the pier you’ll come to a parking lot that acts as a pickup station for the island tram, which is run by Resorts World. The tram is free and will take you to most of the Resorts World properties and activities. You should plan on riding the tram.

Bimini Resorts World tram

You could also walk across the bridge into town for direct access to Kayak Beach, Fisherman’s Village, golf cart rentals, and taxis, but the tram also stops at Kayak Beach and Fisherman’s village. Unless you really just like walking in the heat, take the tram to one of those stops if you are wanting to go there.

Many people were making that walk, likely because it looks like the tram is only for passengers on shore excursions, but we confirmed with staff that it is free for everyone.

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Kayak Beach Bimini

Kayak Beach Bimini

The first stop on the tram is Kayak Beach. The water here is not as good as the upcoming beaches, and there is no reason to get off here unless you just want to get to the beach as quickly as possible. You could also pick up a taxi at this stop. As noted by the lack of people in the picture, there are better beaches to come!

Fisherman’s Village

Bimini Fisherman's Village

The 2nd tram stop is Fisherman’s Village, which is mostly shopping. If you’d like to get a few gifts from the Bimini Cruise Port, this is the place to do it.

Resorts World Bimini Beach

The third stop for the tram is Resorts World Bimini Beach. We booked a shore excursion, which is basically a day pass to the resort for $39 on our cruise ship. Included in that price was a welcome drink, but no lunch. Many people will get off at this stop as it is the same stop as Beach 360.

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Resorts World is amazing, with crystal clear water and resort style pools, food and restrooms. It is everything you could ask for in a day at the beach. Deck chairs and umbrellas were provided by the pool at no cost and there was no trouble finding an open spot as the resort is large.

If you are looking for the best beach and want access to facilities, this is the place you should go.

Resorts World Bimini Beach

There was an option on our cruise to book the resort with lunch included for an extra $25. The price seemed high and this was confirmed by looking at the menu once we got there. All meals were $15, so it was a $10 markup by the cruise ship on lunch. Skip the included lunch and just buy what you would like when you get there.

Bimini Beach Lunch Menu

Resorts World Bimini Beach has two resort style pools, one for adults only and one for families. We found neither to be crowded and there were great places to sit all around.

Resorts World Bimini Pool

Another option you might be tempted by is the pool cabana. These seemed like they were really overpriced at $399, we didn’t see anyone in them the entire time we were there.

Your excursion will include a welcome drink, and you do need to pick it up on arrival, but don’t get too excited about it. The voucher is not good for any drink you want at the bar.

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Bimini Cruise Port Best Free Beach

The best free option is Paradise Beach, which is located directly next to the Resorts World Beach. In fact while at Resorts World Bimini Beach we walked up to Paradise Beach because it was much less crowded.

Paradise Beach Bimini

To reach Paradise Beach, get off at the stop after Resorts World. You’ll have access to a free beautiful beach, and food trucks, but no resort amenities. The main downfall to this beach is there is nowhere to wash off the saltwater after going in the water, but an excursion here would be completely free.

Our cruise was offering an excursion to Paradise Beach with a snorkel for $75 per person. The beach and tram are free though, so you are basically renting a snorkel for $75!

Where you go on Bimini will come down to if you want restrooms and a resort freshwater pool, and if you are willing to pay $39 for that. If you want that, go to Resorts World Bimini Beach, if not, go to Paradise Beach for free.

Resorts World Casino

On the way back to the ship the tram will stop at Resorts World Casino (and Fisherman’s Village again). Get off here if you’d like to play in a casino during your Bimini Cruise Port stop.

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Robert Marmion

15 Best Things to Do in Bimini on a Cruise [Port Guide]

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If you’re visiting Bimini on a cruise, you’re in luck! In fact, many avid cruisers consider Bimini the most beautiful island in the Bahamas.

Located approximately 55.6 nautical miles from Miami, Bimini is the closest point in the Bahamas to the mainland of the United States. Bimini is known for its white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and marine life.

There are many great ways to spend your day visiting Bimini. Whether you want to relax on the beach, snorkel, or go on a jetski adventure, there is something for everyone. Recently, we visited Bimini and had an amazing time!

In this Bimini cruise port guide, I share best things to do in Bimini, Bahamas as a cruise traveller. I’ve also included information you’ll want to know before you visit this Bahamian island.

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Bimini Cruise Port

Bimini Bahamas cruise port

The Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port is a new cruise port that accommodates the world’s largest cruise ships and vessels of all sizes. The cruise port is within walking distance of the Resorts World Bimini Complex.

Since this is a newer cruise port, the pier is charming and less developed. Unlike other Caribbean cruise destinations, which house popular cruise port shops including Diamonds International, this isn’t the case with Bimini. Instead, there are local shops to purchase souvenirs and crafts.

Bimini cruise port can accommodate two cruise ships at a time, making this island a nice change from busier ports of call. Cruise passengers can take a taxi, a shuttle service, or use a tour guide to visit the island.

What Cruise Passengers Need to Know About Bimini Cruise Port

Bimini Bahamas cruise port

The Bahamian dollar ($BSD) is the official currency for the Bahamas. However, U.S. currency is widely accepted and usually given as change in the Bahamas.

In Bimini, the majority of businesses and restaurants accept U.S. cast of credit cards. Furthermore, local vendors will accept U.S. money when you’re shopping for souvenirs.

English is the official language of the Bahamas. However, locals may speak Bahamianese or Creole. For the most part, everyone speaks and understands English in Bimini.

Since Bimini is located in the Bahamas, it operates on Eastern Standard Time. Furthermore, the cruise ship’s time will be the same as the time on land.

Typically, when you visit Bimini, the temperatures range from 60 degrees in the winter to 90 degrees in the summer. However, the breeze from the ocean makes it feel a bit cooler.

The water temperatures vary between 77 degrees in the middle of winter and 87 degrees in the summer.

Getting Around Bimini

Although Bimini is only 7 miles long, there are a few ways to get around the island.

Here are a few ways you can get around Bimini:

Resorts World Tram

Bimini Bahamas cruise port

The Resorts Worlds tram service operates every 30 minutes and makes several stops around the Island. In fact there’s a stop right within short walking distance at the cruise port.

The tram is completely free and available for anyone to use. However, keep in mind that it will only take you to the Resort World properties, where you can visit the casino, beach, resorts, and restaurants.

You’ll find the free pick-up location right outside your cruise ship. It’s easy to find the pick-up location, and many people use the tram when visiting Bimini.

When you visit Bimini, there will be taxi services available. The taxi rates vary depending on where you want to go, but the common fare is between $5-$10 per person. Since the cruise port is the midway point of the island, the southern and northern parts are equal distances from the pier.

By Golf Cart

Bimini Bahamas cruise port golf cart rental

There are a few golf cart rental companies that operate in Bimini. They charge approximately $90 per day for a four-seater and $120 for a six-seater. Golf cart rentals are a great way to explore the beautiful island.

Tip: I have heard from other cruisers that there may be some room to negotiate prices.

If you want to stay close to the cruise port, you can always walk to your destination. Bimini is a small island and is very walkable!

The Resorts World Hilton resort is a 10-15 minute walk from the cruise ship. Bring water if you plan to walk because it can be very hot in Bimini.

Best Things To Do In Bimini, Bahamas on a Cruise

1. beach club 360.

Bimini Beach Club

Beach Club 360 is a private beach resort owned by Resorts World. You’ll find 2 large pools, a gorgeous white sand beach, bars and restaurants, beach games, lounge chairs, and crystal-clear waters.

Beach Club 360 is one of the most popular shore excursions offered by cruise lines. Lounge chairs and facilities are included. However there may be some extra costs to rent cabanas at the pool and beach resort.

The price varies depending on which cruise line you’re sailing with. However prices range between approximately $39-$99 a day, depending on what is included.

Virgin Voyages Exclusive Beach Club

Bimini Bahamas cruise port virgin voyages beach club

If you’re visiting Bimini on a Virgin Voyages cruise , Beach Club 360 is included and becomes a “private island” type destination. Your transportation, lunch, wifi, and entry are all included in your cruise fare.

When we visited Bimini on our recent Virgin Voyages cruise, we spent the day at Beach Club 360. It was an all-day party with a live DJ, and the food was amazing, which made for a perfect day in Bimini.

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2. Shipwreck Exploration Adventure

If you’re adventurous, then taking a trip to the SS Sapona shipwreck is a great option. The SS Sapona is a World War I ship that ran aground during a hurricane in 1926.

The wreck sits in 15 feet of water. Visitors will either scuba dive or snorkel around the shipwreck. This is a popular attraction for scuba divers, history buffs, and adventure seekers.

3. Jet Ski Tour

When it comes to exciting shore excursions, its hard to beat a Jet Ski tour. Taking a guided tour on jet skis around the island is an unforgettable experience and tons of fun!

Oftentimes, the jet ski tour can be booked through the cruise line. If you plan on booking a jet ski tour, it’s a good idea to book it in advance as it will sell out.

4. Dolphin House Museum

The Dolphin House Museum is roughly an 8-minute drive from the cruise pier. The Dolphin House Museum is unique because it was built over the last 27 years using recycled, salvaged, and donated materials by award-winning Bahamian author and historian Ashley Saunders.

If you’re looking to visit the Dolphin House Museum, it costs $10 per person.

5. Snorkel Tours

If you’re adventurous and love to snorkel, then you’ll enjoy Bimini. When it comes to snorkeling, Bimini has amazing reefs, marine life, and places to explore!

Here are the most popular locations for snorkelling in Bimini:

  • Rainbow Reef
  • Victory Reef
  • Bimini Wall

Rainbow Reef is a great snorkeling location for beginners. Here, you will see turtles, fish, and other marine life. Many shore excursions visit Rainbow Reef, which is perfect for snorkelers of all levels.

Victory Reef is an interesting place to snorkel. Here, you will see marine life and underwater terrain.

The amazing thing about Victory Reef is that you can see the seafloor drop into the Straits of Florida. At Victory Reef, you’ll see fish, turtles, and nurse sharks.

Bimini Wall is one of Bimini’s greatest mysteries. The wall stretches for more than half a mile, and it was discovered over 50 years ago.

The Bimini Wall is also known as Atlantis Road, Bimini Road, or Road to Atlantis. Nobody knows how or what this submerged manmade structure really is, which is why it is such a mystery to locals.

6. Resorts World Pool & Beach Experience

Resorts World Pool & Beach Experience is an adult-only 750-acre luxurious resort. Here, you will find restaurants, bars, casinos, the beach, and pools.

Most cruise lines offer excursions to Resorts World. When you purchase the excursion through the cruise line, you’ll get access to an open bar, pool chairs and umbrellas, beach chairs, and access to the pools, casinos, and other amenities.

If you want to relax at a luxurious resort, you’ll love the Resorts World Pool & Beach Experience.

7. Island Bike Tour

The Island Bike Tour is a great way to explore the island and better understand what life is like in Bimini. You’ll be given a bike, helmet, and lock on this excursion.

On this tour, you’ll ride through Fisherman’s Village, Alice Town, and Bailey Town. You’ll get to visit the Dolphin House, Bimini Museum, and the Methodist Church graveyard.

Overall, this is a great way to visit Bimini, take some stunning videos, and learn more about the wonderful island.

8. Bimini Craft Center

The Bimini Craft Center is a great place to go if you’re looking for souvenirs or purchasing local crafts. The craft center is located in the heart of Alice Town, which is an 8-minute cab ride from the cruise port.

You will find 17 booths filled with locally-made crafts, t-shirts, hats, and other souvenirs here. You’ll also get the chance to interact with the friendly Bahamians, which is a great way to learn about the local culture.

The Bimini Craft Center has restrooms, free Wi-Fi, and food trucks. Going to the craft center is a fun activity, and it’s near many other attractions.

9. Stingray Encounter

The stingray encounter is the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. You’ll go to a secluded beach called Honeymoon Harbor for this excursion. Here, you’ll be in calm, crystal clear waters, which are home to friendly stingrays.

You’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the sun while the stingrays swim up and interact with you. This is a great way to learn about stingrays and create life-long memories.

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10. Bimini Island Food Tasting Experience Tour

If you’re a foodie, then you’ll love the Bimini Island Food Tasting Experience Tour. On this excursion, your tour guide will bring you to some of the best restaurants in Bimini.

You’ll get to try Bahamian cuisine like conch fritters, peas and rice, and baked macaroni. You’ll quench your thirst by drinking Gully Wash and Bahamian soft drinks.

When you’re on this tour, you’ll stop at CJ’s Deli and Joe’s Conch Shack, popular restaurants locals love. This food tour is a great way to explore the island while experiencing Bahamian cuisine.

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11. kayak beach.

Bimini Bahamas cruise port Kayak Beach

Kayak Beach is the closest beach to the cruise port. If you want to visit Kayak Beach, you can walk there or take the tram. It’s a 2 minute walk from the cruise ship, or it’s the first tram stop.

We found out about Kayak Beach through the crew members. When they visit Bimini, Kayak Beach is there go-to beach.

At Kayak Beach, you can rent a Kayak, lounge chairs, and relax in the calm waters. Overall, Kayak Beach is a great option for those who want to spend the day at the beach, while staying near the cruise ship.

12. Radio Beach

Radio Beach is a free local beach with beautiful turquoise waters. If you’re looking for something “off the beaten path,” you’ll love Radio Beach.

At Radio Beach, you can rent a cabana or lounge chairs. Furthermore, there are local restaurants and bars nearby. If you look into the ocean, you may see marine life like stingrays and dolphins.

You can get from the cruise port to Radio Beach by taxi, and when you are ready to leave, there will be taxis ready to take you back.

Overall, Radio Beach is a great place to spend the day when you visit Bimini.

13. Fountain of Youth

In the 1500s, explorer Juan Ponce de León learned that Bimini was the site of the Fountain of Youth. According to an old legend, the spring water supposedly restored youth to those who drank or bathed in the water.

In 1513, Ponce De León set sail from Puorto Rico to Bimini. Unfortunately, he could never find the fountain of youth in Bimini, but he did go on to discover Florida and the Gulf Stream instead.

Today, you can visit a natural wellspring that the locals claim to be the fountain of youth. The locals believe that the mineral water from the springs brings good health and youth to those who drink it.

14. Visit The Bimini Museum

Built in 1921, the Bimini Museum was once the Commissioner’s Office and jail. However, it was abandoned in 1974. In 1999, the building was restored by Sir Michael and Lady Barbara Checkly.

Now, the Bimini Museum contains historical artifacts, such as photographs of Ernest Hemingway and old cannon balls. There is no entry fee for the Bimini Museum. However, they do accept donations.

15. War Memorial and Hero’s Park

The War Memorial and Hero’s Park is located in Alice Town, which is right next to the Dolphin House Museum. The memorial is an 8-minute drive from the cruise port, and it honours the war veterans from World War I and II.

When you visit the War Memorial, you’ll be nearby other attractions, and you’ll get an amazing view of the ocean.

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Final Thoughts: Best Things To Do In Bimini, Bahamas on a Cruise

Well, there is is, everything you need to know about the Bimini cruise port.

Bimini has a lot to offer, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach day, partying at a beach club, or going on a snorkel adventure, there is something for everyone.

The great thing about Bimini is that there are so many things to do. Whether it’s your first time in Bimini or you’ve been several times, there are always new foods to try, beaches to visit, and places to explore!

In this post, I shared a complete Bimini port guide and the best things to do when you visit Bimini.

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Bimini Cruise Port Guide: A Friendly Introduction to Your Tropical Getaway

by Judith Eve | Mar 30, 2024 | Destination Guides & Ports

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Nestled in the sapphire waters of the Bahamas just 50 nautical miles from Miami, the Bimini cruise port offers a compact but enriching escape for those seeking both relaxation and adventure on their cruise itinerary. Introduced in the summer of 2021, this port at Resorts World Bimini can accommodate some of the largest ships in the cruise industry, including Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class vessels. Bimini, translating from the Lucayan language, invites travelers into a world where the slower pace and natural beauty provide an idyllic backdrop to their sea journey.

The Bimini cruise port bustles with activity as ships dock and passengers disembark, surrounded by colorful buildings and clear blue waters

Upon arrival, cruisers are greeted by the simplicity and charm of Bimini's single berth setup, ensuring an intimate and efficiently organized gateway to the island's offerings. Whether it's lounging on sun-kissed beaches, exploring the vibrant marine life, or immersing oneself in local culture and crafts at the Bimini Craft Center—an eight-minute cab ride from the port—there is no shortage of ways to engage with this enchanting destination. For those looking to extend their stay, premium accommodations and various amenities at the nearby Resorts World ensure that comfort and enjoyment go hand-in-hand throughout their visit.

Key Takeaways

  • Bimini cruise port is a newly-opened destination that caters to large cruise vessels and offers an exclusive experience.
  • A wide array of activities is available, from beach relaxation to cultural immersion, all within close proximity to the port.
  • The port provides essential amenities and guest services to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable visit for all cruisers.

Overview of Bimini Cruise Port

Bimini Cruise Port, located within the Bahamas , is an exceptional gateway to the beautiful Bimini Islands. It serves as welcoming dockage for a variety of cruise ships . Here's a concise snapshot of what Bimini Cruise Port offers:

  • Location : Situated just 50 nautical miles east of Miami, Florida, the port delivers an easy transition for travelers from the United States mainland to the tropical serenity of the Bimini islands, comprising North Bimini and South Bimini .
  • Facilities : The port features Resorts World Bimini , a comprehensive destination with amenities that cater to cruise visitors, including a pier that accommodates even the largest of cruise vessels.

Arrival Experience :

  • Upon docking at Bimini Cruise Port, visitors are greeted by the tranquility of the turquoise waters and the vibrant island atmosphere.
  • Transportation from the port allows travelers to explore the islands, with convenient access to picturesque beaches, local restaurants, and boutiques.

Amenities :

  • The single-berth port ensures an exclusive and intimate arrival experience.
  • The port's close proximity to various attractions makes it ideal for guests to relish their time on the islands, whether it's lounging on a sun-drenched beach or indulging in aquatic adventures.

Bimini Cruise Port embodies a friendly yet exciting point of entry into the enchanting world of the Bahamas and stands as a testament to the region's burgeoning popularity as a cruise destination.

Getting to and from the Port

Passengers board a ferry at the Port Bimini cruise port. The ferry sails across the crystal-clear waters to the island, where passengers disembark and begin their tropical adventure

Transportation to and from the Bimini cruise port is convenient, with options ranging from ferry services to renting local vehicles. These services connect the port effectively with mainland destinations like Miami and Fort Lauderdale, ensuring a smooth transition for travelers beginning or ending their journey.

Ferry Services

Ferry services operate between Bimini and the mainland, notably from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The Balearia Caribbean ferry offers comfortable transit from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, making it easy for travelers to reach Bimini.

  • From Miami : Frequent ferries connect Miami with Bimini, making for a short and scenic journey across the water.
  • From Fort Lauderdale : Visitors can catch a ferry from Port Everglades directly to the Bimini cruise port via the Balearia Caribbean.

Taxi and Golf Cart Rentals

Once on the island, taxis and golf cart rentals are the primary means of transportation. They provide flexible travel throughout the vicinity, including the main settlement of Alice Town and the various attractions on the island.

  • Taxis : Readily available taxis can take visitors directly from the cruise port to key locations on the island.
  • Golf Cart Rentals : For those who prefer to explore at their own pace, renting a golf cart is a popular option. Rentals are available near the port and offer a fun way to navigate Bimini's seven-mile stretch.

Accommodations and Amenities

The Bimini cruise port features modern accommodations and amenities, with a large dock, colorful buildings, and palm trees lining the waterfront

Visitors to Bimini Cruise Port are welcomed with a variety of accommodations and a plethora of amenities. From luxurious stays to diverse dining and shopping opportunities, guests are sure to find comfort and convenience during their stay.

Resorts and Hotels

Resorts World Bimini is not only a cruise port but also a lavish resort destination, providing guests with an array of accommodation options. Visitors can enjoy the luxury of staying at the hotel which offers sophisticated rooms and suites.

  • Luxury Rooms and Suites
  • Access to Beach Club
  • On-site Casino

The Beach Club at Resorts World Bimini presents itself as a private haven with inviting pools, bars, and cabana services, perfect for relaxation or taking in the sun-soaked bliss of the Bahamas.

Dining and Shopping

Restaurants at Bimini Cruise Port cater to a variety of tastes, ranging from casual eateries to fine dining experiences. Many dining establishments within the resort offer fresh seafood and authentic Bahamian flavors that satisfy every palate.

  • Seafood Restaurants
  • Local Bahamian Cuisine

Guests interested in shopping will find the nearby Fisherman's Village a colorful place to seek out souvenirs and local crafts. The Bimini Craft Center is another hotspot for handcrafted goods, ensuring visitors can take home a piece of Bimini's culture and charm.

  • Bimini Craft Center for Handmade Souvenirs
  • Fisherman’s Village for a Shopping Experience

Exploring the port is an immersive experience, with each amenity, from the elegant casino to the bustling local shops, contributing to the unforgettable memories to be made at Bimini.

Beaches and Water Activities

Sandy beach with palm trees, clear blue water, people snorkeling, jet skis, and boats docked at the Bimini cruise port

Bimini's cruise port opens the door to a spectacular world of beaches and water activities. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant marine life and indulge in the tranquility of the island's renowned beach clubs.

Snorkeling and Diving Spots

Bimini is a snorkeler's paradise, boasting a variety of underwater wonders. The SS Sapona wreck , sitting 18 feet below the surface, serves as an artificial reef teeming with marine life. It's not just an epic dive site; snorkelers often find themselves enchanted by the historical gravity and aquatic biodiversity of the wreck.

  • Sapona Wreck
  • Rainbow Reef
  • Bimini Road

Beach Clubs and Relaxation

For those seeking relaxation, Beach Club 360 offers an exclusive retreat with its white sand beaches and crystal clear water. It's a prime spot for luxuriating in the sun or enjoying beachside amenities like bars and eateries. Kayak and Blister Beach provide serene, free beach options, where the gentle lap of waves and soft sands invite visitors to unwind.

  • Beach Club 360
  • Resorts World Bimini Beach

Bimini's beaches are more than just places to relax; they are gateways to a multitude of water activities. Whether one is snorkeling above vibrant reefs, diving into historical shipwrecks, or sipping a cocktail at a beach club, the island ensures every moment is filled with allure and serenity.

Local Attractions and Culture

Bimini, often considered the gateway to the Bahamas, holds a wealth of history and cultural vibrancy. From the shipwrecks and historical buildings to the delight in its culinary specialties, there's an array of experiences that reflect the island's rich heritage.

Historical Sites

Bimini Road: The mysterious underwater path known as Bimini Road has sparked legends of the Lost City of Atlantis. This submerged rock formation is a must-see for divers and snorkelers alike.

SS Sapona: This concrete-hulled cargo steamer, which ran aground during a hurricane in 1926, is now a popular site for snorkeling and diving. SS Sapona's remains lie in shallow waters offering a glimpse into the maritime history of the region.

Dolphin House Museum: Constructed from reclaimed materials and local beachcomber finds, the Dolphin House in Alice Town stands as a testament to Bimini's creativity and commitment to sustainability.

Cultural Experiences

Conch: Bimini's culinary scene is heavily influenced by the abundant sea life, with conch being a staple. Visitors can savor fresh conch salad crafted in traditional Bahamian style at local conch shacks.

Dolphin House Museum: More than a historical site, it also offers cultural insights into Bimini's artistic side. The house doubles as a museum conserving local art, history, and folklore.

Bimini Museum: While wandering through Alice Town, travelers should visit the Bimini Museum , where the island's history comes alive through photos, artifacts, and stories of the past.

Goombay Smash: This signature Bahamian cocktail, with its sweet blend of rums and fruit juices, embodies the spirit of Bimini. Visitors can enjoy a Goombay Smash at countless bars throughout Bailey Town and Alice Town.

Excursions and Adventures

Bimini cruise port offers an array of excursions and adventures suitable for every kind of traveler, from the adventurous to those seeking relaxation. One can experience the island's beauty and excitement through various shore excursions , including water sports and guided tours.

Guided Tours

At Resorts World Bimini , travelers can begin their adventure with ease. They offer a tram service that provides convenient transportation from the cruise terminal to various destinations across the island. Guided tours available in Bimini allow visitors to uncover the rich history and culture of the Bahamas. They can embark on a history-laden journey trailing the steps of Hemingway or dive into the legend of the Lost City of Atlantis by visiting the Bimini Road.

  • Historical Tours : Learn about Bimini’s storied past.
  • Atlantis Themed Tours : Explore the mystery of the Bimini Road.

Outdoor Activities

Bimini is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with its crystal-clear waters inviting an array of water sports and activities. Resorts World Bimini itself serves as a gateway to both leisure and adventure.

  • Beach Resorts : Lounge or play at a picturesque beach resort.
  • Snorkeling and Diving : Discover colorful reefs and marine life.
  • Fishing : Try your luck in the deep blue for a big catch.

For those seeking a thrill, Bimini's waters offer world-class snorkeling, diving, and fishing excursions. Whether one wishes to explore the vibrant underwater ecosystems or seek the excitement of deep-sea fishing, ample opportunities await. Visitors may also find joy in simply enjoying the amenities at one of the island's resorts, where relaxation and luxury go hand in hand.

Practical Information for Cruisers

Visitors to Bimini cruise port can expect an array of convenient transportation options and straightforward payment methods, accommodating a smooth experience in this tropical paradise.

Transportation Options on the Island

Upon arrival, cruisers have several ways to explore Bimini's charms. A popular choice is the tram service , which connects key attractions and beaches. The service is often complimentary, especially for passengers of Virgin Voyages , offering stops at locales such as the Resorts World complex.

For those seeking more independence, golf cart rental is widely available, allowing guests the freedom to roam the streets of Bimini at their own pace. Golf carts can be rented near the port area, and zooming along to spots like Radio Beach becomes a breeze.

Payment and Currency Tips

Bimini welcomes cruisers with a no-fuss approach to transactions. Though the Bahamian dollar is the local currency, US dollars are widely accepted, so there's no need to exchange currency. Carry cash for small vendors, especially if indulging in the island's mouthwatering seafood delicacies or sipping on a refreshing rum runner .

Most establishments accept credit cards , but checking in advance is advisable. When treating oneself at a luxury spa facility or hitting the links on a golf course, having a credit card handy can streamline payments. Always inform your bank beforehand to avoid any unexpected holds on your card while traveling.

Planning Your Cruise Itinerary

When planning a visit to the Bimini Cruise Port , travelers should take into account the seasonal weather variations, as well as the unique experiences offered by different cruises, such as those by Royal Caribbean or Carnival Cruise Line .

Best Time to Visit

The most favorable time to visit the Bimini Cruise Port is between November and April , when the weather is ideal for enjoying the various amenities like the Resorts World 's expansive pools . Travelers should be mindful of the Atlantic hurricane season from June to November, which may impact schedules.

  • November to December : Cooler weather, perfect for outdoor activities
  • January to April : Peak season with bustling cruise activities

Sample Cruise Itineraries

Bimini is a common port-of-call for many cruise lines, including stops at Grand Bahama Island and Freeport . Oasis-class vessels , some of the largest cruise ships in operation by Royal Caribbean , provide luxurious itineraries incorporating Bimini.

  • Day 1: Depart from Miami
  • Day 2: Nassau
  • Day 3: Bimini
  • Day 4: Return to Miami
  • Day 2: At Sea
  • Day 3: Grand Bahama Island
  • Day 4: Atlantis, Bimini
  • Day 5: At Sea
  • Day 6: Return to Miami

Inclusion in itineraries such as Carnival Cruise Line 's ensures that every guest can find the perfect mix of relaxation and island adventure, be it aboard the famed Crystal Serenity or the family-friendly vessels decked with various amenities.

Visitor Comfort and Facilities

The Bimini Cruise Port takes pride in ensuring passengers have access to various comfort amenities and up-to-date safety measures. From the moment visitors step off the ship, they encounter a port designed for relaxation and convenience.

Health and Safety

Ensuring the health and safety of its guests is paramount at Bimini port. Medical facilities are readily available to address any concerns. Additionally, the port ensures high standards of cleanliness, particularly in high-traffic areas. Regular sanitization of surfaces and availability of hand sanitizing stations help maintain a hygienic environment. Signage and staff are also present to guide visitors and help maintain orderly and safe experiences.

Amenities at the Port

The Bimini Cruise Port offers an array of amenities designed to cater to every visitor's needs:

  • Seating: Comfortable seating areas are available throughout the port, allowing guests to relax and enjoy the scenic views.
  • Wi-Fi: Complimentary Wi-Fi keeps travelers connected, whether it's to share memories or for those who need to catch up on work.
  • Restrooms: Clean and accessible restrooms are conveniently located for guest comfort.
  • Beach Chairs: Available for relaxation, enabling visitors to lounge and take in the sun at places like Paradise Beach .
  • Umbrellas and Cabanas: For those seeking shade or privacy, umbrellas and cabanas can be rented for an additional level of comfort.
  • Refreshments: A selection of bars and restaurants offer a variety of food and beverage options to satisfy cravings during your visit.

By incorporating these dedicated services and facilities, Bimini Cruise Port ensures that every visitor's experience is both enjoyable and comfortable.

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Her lifelong passion for travel has taken her to countless destinations around the globe, but cruising, undeniably, holds a special place in her heart. Judith has embraced the elegance of luxury liners, relished the intimacy of boutique ships, and marveled at the innovation found on the newest megaships. This varied experience makes her a well-rounded and knowledgeable commentator on everything cruise-related.

Balancing her writing career and family life with effortless grace, Judith is happily married, mother to two wonderful children, and a doting grandmother to three grandkids. Much like Judith, her family shares her enthusiasm for the sea, often accompanying her on cruise adventures and enriching her articles with their unique perspectives.

Her work for provides readers with insightful, engaging narratives of her travels, from vivid descriptions of the picturesque locales she visits to in-depth reviews of the cruise lines she travels with. Her writing is not only an exploration of travel and cruising; it is a testament to her zest for life, her commitment to family, and her love for the ocean.

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Bimini – Bahamas

Last updated on February 25th, 2024 at 12:35 pm

Discover the hidden gem of Bimini in the Bahamas. Dive into crystal-clear turquoise waters, swim with wild dolphins, or explore vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life. Visit the legendary Bimini Road, believed to be the remnants of the Lost City of Atlantis. Relax on white sandy beaches, savor Bahamian delicacies, and immerse yourself in the laid-back island vibes that make Bimini a true paradise.

The weather in Bimini is subtropical with pleasant temperatures year round. The average summer temps are in the 80°F and the winter sees temperatures of 70°F. The Bahamas rainy season runs from May to October, with June and October being the wettest months.

The currency used is the Bahamian dollar but U.S. currency is accepted and also given as change. ATMs around the resort have high service fees, so avoid them if you can. Credit cards are accepted at a few businesses like Bimini Undersea, Resorts World Bimini and Edith’s Pizza.

Wireless Internet:

There are several restaurants and businesses in Alice Town that have WiFi, and most are free. They can be password protected, and you are expected to purchase something from the business.

Bahamian Creole and English are spoken on the island, so there is not usually any difficulty conversing with locals or with vendors.

Where You Dock in Bimini – Bahamas

Formerly there had been a tender boat system that met cruise ships that would dock offshore and bring visitors to the island but The Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port is a new cruise terminal that can hold the largest cruise ships such as the Oasis.

There is a wide pier that has plenty of room for all passengers that choose to disembark.  There is a customs and immigration service at the pier also, but other than that, you’ll notice it isn’t as overdeveloped as other cruise ports, so no Diamond’s International (at least not yet). The great thing is that there’s only room for one ship to be docked at a time, so it never feels overcrowded.

Within the Resorts World property there is a beach club, spa, casino, restaurants and Fisherman’s Village, a shopping area.

The dock is located north of the island’s main settlement – Alice Town – where you will find some restaurants and shops. If you wish to visit, it’s not walkable from the port, so you’ll need a form of transportation.

Getting Around Bimini – Bahamas

The Resorts World Hilton is about a 10 minute walk from the pier but if you’re staying on the Resorts World property, then there is a complementary tram that travels throughout the resort. The walk to the beach club is about 20 minutes.

Getting outside Resorts World on foot isn’t feasible and unless you are in Alice Town or Bailey Town, walking around North Bimini would be a challenge since places in Bimini are miles apart.

The main rental transportation on North Bimini is golf carts. You can rent them by the hour or the day right at Resorts World. If you take the tram to Paradise Beach, you can rent a golf cart there for $60/day. Beware that you will be sharing the single lane roads with cars, bikes and people. The roads in Bimini are about 1.5 times wider than single lane roads in the U.S., but there are no middle divider lanes. Driving is on the left side of the road.

Bike rentals are also available at Resorts World where you can rent a bike by the hour, half-day or full-day. There are no sidewalks in Bimini, so you will share the road.

There are only a few roads in Bimini, and a ferry is the only way to get between the North and South Islands. It is $10 pp each way.

There is taxi service on the island, but there are no ridesharing services or apps. To secure a taxi, you will need to flag one down on the street (they accept cash only), get a shop to telephone one, or request a dispatch via the radio channel (VHF 68) that is dedicated to taxis. The fare to most common locations is $5 per person.

The Resorts Worlds tram operates on a 30 minute rotating schedule and will take you from the ship, but the service operates between Resorts World properties only.

Shopping In Bimini – Bahamas

As previously mentioned, Bimini isn’t as overdeveloped as other Bahamian or Caribbean tourist locales, so you won’t find the name-brand stores, but there are unique, local items to discover.

Just a point to note, since it’s a small island and everything needs to be imported, products will likely be more costly than you will find in the U.S..

Fisherman’s Village

Located at Resorts World, this is set up to be charming with various shops, cafes and dockmaster’s office.

Access Bahamas Bimini

Best place for souvenirs. Not all items are made by locals, but if you are looking for something to remember your visit, this is the place.

Bimini Craft Center & Straw Market

In Alice Town, this craft center has original straw, wood carvings and craft work of the islanders. Set up in stalls, you will be able to find tie-dye apparel and food items, including the famous Bimini coconut bread. There is also WiFi access and restrooms onsite.

Trev Inn Marketplace has a large selection of groceries and local produce.

The Chic Store

If you are looking for a bathing suit, flip flops or water bottles, you will be able to find them here.

Dining In Bimini – Bahamas

As you would expect on an island in the Bahamas, Bimini has an abundance of seafood options. Restaurants are very casual and you can expect fresh seafood and Bahamian flavors.

Conch, a small sea snail, is a favorite that you will find at most of the eateries that have seafood. Conch is salty, but does not have a strong taste. It can be similar to crab or crayfish.

The two most popular drinks on the islands are Goombay Smash and Rum Runners. The Smash has four different types of rum, pineapple juice and orange juice. The Runners are an assortment of fruit juices, banana liquor, rum and grenadine.

Here are a few of the choices for dining you will have on Bimini:

Hilton at Resorts World Bimini

There are 10 restaurants, cafes and bars in the Hilton including four diverse fine dining venues.

Stuart’s Conch Stand

This beachside wooden hut is a favorite with locals and serves mainly seafood.

Edith’s Pizza

Edith makes lobster and chicken-conch pizza to name a few. This is all outdoor seating.

Scants Jerk

While this looks like a shack, it has amazing BBQ and smoked meats. Jerk chicken and pork, and smoked lobster are just a few of the items served here.

Sherry’s Paradise Beach Bar

This small family-run kitchen is said to have the best conch fritters on the island.

Things To Do in Bimini – Bahamas

As mentioned, the cruise terminal is located in Resorts World, so there are resort-style amenities such as a beach club, spa and casino available for a fee – usually the ship’s excursions will have a few options for Resorts World.

Swim With The Sharks

If you would like a unique experience, you could head to Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina and dive in a cage while the sharks swim around you.

Visit the Wreckage of the SS Sapona

Although it never saw action in WW1, the SS Spano was commissioned by U.S. President Wilson. After the war it was sold for scrap, turned into a casino and supply ship and was run aground during a hurricane. Just a little ways off-shore, this wreckage is a great place to snorkel or scuba dive.

Rainbow Reef – Bahamas

This protected marine sanctuary has depths that range from 15 to 25 feet, making it ideal for snorkeling.

Hit The Beaches

There are numerous beaches on Bimini, near the Bimini Cruise Port. Located on the southwestern side of North Bimini behind Alice Town, there are Radio beach, Blister beach, and Spook Hill. There are also beaches to the north of the Bimini cruise port.

Dolphin House Museum

This building is made of different materials that were collected from all over the islands. Open since 1993, it is an interesting site that is covered in a mosaic of shells, glass, and coins.

Bimini Brown Charters

These charters are experts on the waters around Bimini. If you are wanting a private charter, sport fishing or snorkeling excursions, they have been operating for over thirty years.

Bimini Nature Hiking Trail

There is lots to learn about the ecology, wildlife, and history of the Bimini island. Led by a professional tour guide, you’ll see birds, iguanas and the Bimini Boa on this tour.

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Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port Debuts With First Docked Vessel

  • June 30, 2021

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Resorts World Bimini, an expansive beachfront complex with a hotel, casino, marina, and new private beach, has announced the debut of Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port.

According to a press release, the construction of the single-pier port, which can accommodate up to Oasis-class vessels, marks the ability for cruise ships to dock on the Bahamian Out Island for the first time.

Developed exclusively by Resorts World Bimini, which is operated by Genting Americas Inc. the new port joins Freeport and Nassau as one of three ports in The Bahamas located on a non-private island.

Cruise passengers can take advantage of an array of amenities, according to the press release. These include a casino and spa, a handful of international dining options, and access to the brand-new Resorts World Bimini Beach daytime party venue, which features two lagoon-style swimming pools, live entertainment, casual culinary fare, and perks like VIP cabana rentals with premium bottle packages.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the launch of Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port and proud of the significance this has for the island, said President of Genting Americas East, Robert DeSalvio.

“Not only are we making Bimini’s rich history and vibrant local culture accessible to travelers on a greater scale, but with so many incredible amenities at passengers’ fingertips, we’ve designed an experience that puts Bimini on par with some of the Caribbean’s most sought-after cruising destinations,” he added.

Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port will welcome its first vessel on July 4. The Crystal Cruise Line’s luxury-class ship Serenity will sail within Bahamian waters without calling any other country.

Passengers will be able to embark from both Nassau and Bimini, marking the brand’s inaugural voyage this year. The event will be attended by Bahamian dignitaries and will include a plaque ceremony, live Junkanoo entertainment, and more.

“Today marks an exciting day of ‘firsts’ for Crystal Cruises as Crystal Serenity becomes the first passenger cruise ship with guests to dock at the new Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port and the first ship to showcase all of the beautifully appointed amenities Resorts World Bimini Beach has to offer our Crystal guests,” said Jack Anderson, president of Crystal.

“As we launch Crystal’s return to cruising in The Bahamas, we are pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate this monumental day with our sister company Resorts World Bimini and congratulate them on the impressive new Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port, yet another fantastic amenity for arriving guests, the island of Bimini and the spectacular Resorts World Bimini complex,” he added.

Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said the homeporting inauguration ceremony signals a new era in The Bahamas.

“We have a lot to celebrate because we in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation have been working tirelessly to ensure that our country is safe for visitors and locals. Crystal Cruises has shown that it has a deep interest in the Islands of The Bahamas and is assisting to reinvigorate our economy by making stops in numerous islands,” he said. “Each stop will give visitors an unforgettable experience while stimulating the national economy through more businesses reopening.”

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Bimini, Bahamas – Cruise Port Guide

Struggling to plan your perfect Bahamas trip? Bimini, a budding cruise port in the idyllic Caribbean region, has rapidly gained popularity for its easy accessibility and wide array of beach activities.

Tourists can experience the beauty of coral reefs, encounter colorful fish, explore sunken limestone formations known as blue holes, and discover shipwrecks when visiting Bimini.

Our comprehensive guide provides all you need to navigate Bimini’s cruise port – from terminal information, getting around methods, and safety tips to local attractions. Let’s dive in and discover how Bimini can be your next unforgettable vacation beach destination!

About the Port

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The island chain is primarily composed of two main islands: North Bimini and South Bimini. Bimini Cruise Port graces the Bahamian island of North Bimini. This bustling hub gives you direct access to Resorts World Bimini , feeding your thirst for excitement with its famed resort and casino.

The recent opening of this modern port has made the tropical charm of the Bimini Islands more readily accessible to visitors from far and wide. Some of Bimini’s illustrious guests have included the intrepid explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in his quest for the Fountain of Youth, the legendary Ernest Hemingway who sought inspiration and adventure on these captivating islands, and even the great Martin Luther King, Jr., who penned his momentous Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech amidst the beauty and serenity of Bimini.

Cruise Terminal Information

The Bimini Cruise Port, located a mere 50 miles east of Miami, offers modern docking facilities at the new pier in Resorts World Bimini Resort and Marina. This hub of activity encompasses more than just marina amenities – it comes alive with lively rhythms from an island band and a plethora of thrilling water sports.

An impressive pier leads you straight from your cruise ship into the vibrant heart of North Bimini.

To further enhance convenience for travelers, a tram service run by Resorts World operates within the port premises. The service is frequent and efficient, keeping passengers connected to every corner of this captivating destination.

For those looking for a more personal transportation option, golf cart rentals are available at the cruise terminal – a fun way to embark on some independent island exploration.

How To Get Around

Navigating around the North Island of Bimini is a breeze thanks to the numerous transportation options right at the cruise port. You can rent a golf cart for an exciting self-guided tour, providing easy access to various attractions and amenities on the island.

Take advantage of scheduled trams for hassle-free sightseeing and exploration. They offer convenient routes that beautifully showcase Bimini’s unique scenic beauty. The second stop on the tram is Paradise Beach, where visitors can rent beach chairs, umbrellas, and kayaks.

The newly built cruise port has also ushered in several new tour operators offering comprehensive island tours tailored to your cruise ship schedules. Even with short stopovers, you can cover all significant landmarks, ensuring you leave no stone unturned during your visit.

Things To Do

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Explore the thrilling activities in Bimini and dive into turquoise waters. Immerse yourself in underwater exploration, whether on a deep-sea fishing trip, scuba diving with sharks, or snorkeling above the mysterious Bimini Road, which is submerged in 18 feet of water and some believe is a remnant of the legendary lost city of Atlantis.

Maximize your experience with Bimini Island Tours to discover all this charming destination has to offer. Explore picturesque beaches while island hopping or indulge in tropical tours that showcase the natural wonders of Bimini.

Engage in beach activities like sunbathing on lounge chairs or simply strolling along the sandy shores lined with palm trees.

For wildlife enthusiasts, don’t miss out on unforgettable wildlife encounters such as swimming with dolphins or feeding stingrays at Dolphin House & Sea Lion Encounter. Additionally, watercraft rentals are available for those who want to explore at their own pace.

If boating is your passion, Ansil’s Boat House is a must-visit location catering to boating enthusiasts. Enjoy sailing excursions and experience the thrill of cruising along the sparkling Caribbean waters.

Beach Pass Information

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Bimini Cruise Port offers beach pass options for passengers looking to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Bimini. With its location in the Bahamas, visitors have access to stunning free beaches with crystal-clear waters and soft white sand.

One popular option is the Bimini Beach Club , an exclusive resort for Virgin Voyages cruise passengers. This luxurious beach club provides a private beach and serene atmosphere for guests to soak up the sun and take advantage of various amenities.

Passengers can also explore other public beaches on the island that offer a lively atmosphere with nearby bars, restaurants, and water activities. Enjoy the free beaches of Bimini, including Kayak Beach, Radio Beach, Blister Beach, Spook Hill, Porgy Bay Beach, and Tiki Hut Beach.

The quieter and pristine beaches of Radio Beach, Blister Beach, and Spook Hill on the southwestern side of Alice Town are popular favorites. Among them, Spook Hill stands out for its shallow and calm waters.

For a serene experience, visit Blister Beach in North Bimini, also known as Bimini Bay Beach, which offers calm waters and excellent snorkeling opportunities.

For water sports, consider booking a tour or renting equipment at Kayak Beach, located just outside the port’s gates, or at the water sports shack beyond the northern perimeter of the Beach Club.

Whether you prefer a tranquil escape or a more vibrant beach day experience, Bimini Cruise Port has something to suit every preference.

Local Cuisine & Best Places to Eat

In Bimini, the local cuisine is a treat for your taste buds. Seafood lovers will especially enjoy the fresh and flavorful dishes in this Caribbean paradise. One must-try delicacy is conch, a local favorite that can be prepared in various ways, such as fried conch fritters or ceviche.

When it comes to finding the best places to eat, Stuart’s Conch Stand and Joe’s Conch Shack are highly recommended. These restaurants are known for their mouthwatering conch dishes made from the freshest ingredients.

Enjoy the favored island beverage, rum, with top picks being the Goombay Smash (four types of rum, pineapple juice, and orange juice) and Rum Runners (fruit juices, banana liquor, rum, and grenadine). These cocktails gained fame during the era of illegal rum smuggling between Miami and Bimini.

Shopping Opportunities

 The new cruise port in Bimini offers a range of shopping opportunities for visitors. While the port itself has limited resources, there are several options available for those looking to indulge in some retail therapy.

Alice Town, the main settlement of North Bimini, offers amenities such as shops, restaurants, and bars. The resort tram also makes stops in Alice Town and other notable locations throughout Bimini.

One popular destination is Fisherman’s Village, where you can find a variety of items, including souvenirs and local products. Another convenient option is the Bimini Craft Center & Straw Market, where tourists can browse through handmade crafts and traditional goods.

If you’re looking for a shopping center experience, Trev Inn Marketplace offers a range of goods and services to suit your needs.

Local Currency

The currency used in Bimini is the Bahamian dollar ($BSD). When visiting Bimini, it’s crucial to have some cash on hand as it is commonly used for payments, credit cards are only accepted at a few businesses. U.S. currency is also widely accepted in Bimini, making it convenient for American travelers.

You can easily exchange your money at local banks or use ATMs to withdraw Bahamian dollars. Most shops in Bimini accept both Bahamian dollars and U.S. currency, so you have flexibility when it comes to payment options.

It’s good to note that the Bahamian dollar is the legal tender in Bimini, meaning it is the official currency recognized by businesses and establishments. Whether buying souvenirs or enjoying a meal at a restaurant, having some local currency will ensure smooth transactions during your visit to Bimini Cruise Port Guide.

Safety Tips

Ensure a safe and enjoyable visit to Bimini Island by following these safety tips. First, be aware of your surroundings at all times and avoid walking alone in unfamiliar areas, especially at night.

Second, keep your belongings secure by using a lock for your bags and leaving valuables locked in the ship’s safe. Third, stay hydrated and protected from the sun by wearing sunscreen and drinking plenty of water.

Fourth, familiarize yourself with emergency procedures onboard the cruise ship and know how to report any safety concerns or incidents. Finally, respect local customs and laws to prevent unnecessary risks or conflicts during your time in Bimini.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bimini is between November and May. This is the optimal time when the weather is pleasant, and the island experiences lower prices and reduced cruise ship occupancy.

It’s a great season to explore Bimini without dealing with large crowds. However, it’s important to avoid visiting during March and mid-April due to the influx of Spring Breakers. During this period, the Caribbean island gets crowded with college students on vacation.

If you plan your trip during the ideal winter season, you’ll have more opportunities to enjoy tours offered by local operators and experience an abundance of adventures in Bimini.

Popular Cruise Lines that visit Bimini Cruise Port Guide

Popular cruise lines from around the world visit Bimini Cruise Port, making it a sought-after beach destination for cruise ship travelers. With its direct docking capabilities, Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port in Bailey Town can accommodate even the largest cruise ships, including Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class vessels . This new port in the Bahamas provides easy access to stunning beaches and a wide range of activities for cruisers to enjoy.

Bimini is often regarded as a hidden gem in the Bahamas, offering vibrant and picturesque scenery that will leave you awe-inspired. Whether you’re looking to relax on pristine white sand beaches or explore the crystal clear turquoise water through snorkeling or diving, Bimini has something for everyone.

Popular cruise lines recognize this and have included Bimini in their itineraries to give passengers an unforgettable experience on this incredible island paradise.

When you visit Bimini Cruise Port with popular cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and others, you can expect luxurious accommodations onboard your ship along with convenient access to amazing properties with breathtaking beaches once ashore.

Can I walk to a beach from the cruise port in Bimini?

From the cruise port in North Bimini, you can easily walk to a beach by following a large pier and catching a tram operated by Resorts World. It will take you approximately 20 minutes to reach the beach club on foot.

However, it’s important to note that walking outside of Resort World Bimini is not feasible, so taking the tram or other means of transportation is highly recommended. Bimini offers several beautiful beaches near the cruise port, with Radio Beach being a popular choice for excursion-goers.

Can you walk around Bimini Bahamas?

Exploring Bimini on foot is a great way to experience the beauty of this Bahamian paradise. With its compact size and pedestrian-friendly streets, you can easily walk around Bimini Bahamas.

Whether you want to stroll along the stunning beaches, visit local attractions like the Fountain of Youth, or browse through shops and eateries, walking allows you to take in the sights and sounds at your own pace.

Booking Information

You can easily book your cruise to Bimini through various tour operators and cruise lines. There are several convenient options available for transportation, including ferry services that provide quick transportation between North Bimini Island, where the port is located, and the south island of Bimini, where the airport is situated.

If you’re looking to explore beyond Bimini, island-hopping tours are also available. Additionally, if you prefer more freedom in exploring, golf cart rentals are offered for convenient transportation around the port and its surroundings.

Discover the beauty of Bimini, a new cruise port in the Bahamas that offers easy access to breathtaking beaches and exciting activities. From diving and snorkeling to beach hopping and fishing, there’s something for everyone on this stunning island paradise.

Don’t miss out on exploring historical landmarks like the SS Sapona wreck or indulging in delicious local cuisine. Book your cruise to Bimini today and start planning your unforgettable adventure!

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13 Best Things To Do in Bimini During a Day in Port

O n a visit to Bimini, you can expect to discover quaint towns that still hold their charm. There are miles of beautiful white sand beaches, and it is a scuba diving paradise with its marine life. You’ll find historical landmarks and plenty of opportunities to experience the local culture whether it is noshing on conch at one of the rustic stands or shopping at the Bimini Craft Center. These are some of the things to do in Bimini but there are plenty more.

Bimini in the Bahamas is becoming a destination for many cruise lines since the Resort World Cruise Port opened in the summer of 2021. The huge dock can accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world. Bimini has welcomed guests, including Ernest Hemmingway and Dr. Martin Luther King, for many years. The island is often overlooked for its more populated neighboring islands and even with the arrival of cruise ships, it still has a hidden gem feel to it. Other than Resort World, the rest of the island is like a step back in time and you can easily imagine what drew Hemmingway to it.

I was on a Press Trip to learn about the Holland America Rotterdam, but I arranged and paid for my day on Bimini Island.

1. Resorts World Tram

I arrived on Holland America Rotterdam and in no time was taking a long stroll down the dock. When you get off your ship, you will see a sign reading: “Walkway to Kayak Beach, Fisherman’s Village, golf cart rental, and taxi to town.” You will also see the complimentary Bimini Tram. It can, however, be confusing when you come off the cruise ship. You are asked if you booked a tour, and they direct you to the tram, but it is free for everyone. I walked the pier to stretch my legs but with the heat, it can feel challenging. After a long day, our guide dropped us off to catch the tram back to the cruise ship.

Pro Tip: There is a golf cart rental place at the end of the dock off to the right. The cart can be rented for $60 cash.

2. Fisherman’s Village And Kayak Beach

Located at the end of the dock, you’ll find a few businesses and the lovely Kayak Beach. As the name suggests, you can rent watercraft here. I thought it was lovely and a great place to get some sun not too far from the ship.

3. Bimini Island Tours

I highly recommend booking a tour with Bimini Island Tours . This is a one-man show with guide Cleveland Maxwell Rolle Jr. — but you can call him Max. This tour was the highlight of my trip and Max was a joy. He is a Bahamahost certified with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment, and Aviation as well as a certified Eco Tour Guide with the Bahamas National Trust. We met as strangers but left as family, literally; I think Max is related to half the people on the island.

I tend to explore on my own, but in this case, my experience would have been totally different. I was able to see so much more. This is a sleepy island and many of the businesses open at a more leisurely pace. Max planned our itinerary and made sure that someone met us at each stop. Having a local Biminite really made a difference in getting to meet so many interesting people with such great stories. I truly had an authentic Bahamian experience.

These are the places and people I met during my tour with Bimini Island Tours. Because Max is a private guide, he can tailor your trip to what you would like to see and experience. Max communicated by email, set up the perfect day, and sent me a final itinerary for my approval.

4. Resorts World

My tour with Max started with a driving tour of this resort. This is a great option if you just want a day at the beach. You can book a package with your cruise, or simply take the tram and pay at the desk. The beach club is Virgin Cruise Lines “private beach” when their ships are in port. At other times the beach club is run by Resorts World and open to the public. It is a beautiful beach with two pools for a resort experience. You can also splurge on a cabana. The property has a casino as well. It is a pretty resort with not much local about it. I chose to spend my time supporting the local businesses.

5. Nate’s Bakery

One of the things I appreciated most on this tour was the opportunity to visit small local businesses. Nate Hanna has been baking bread since the 1970s. He started his own store after the death of his mother who started the business. When you walk in the door, Nate welcomes you with his big, bold personality and the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through the air.

He started the business following in the footsteps of his late mother who ran a successful bakery. Her photo is prominently displayed in the shop. Nate bakes fresh Bimini bread every day. The classic recipe is a sweet rich bread made with generous amounts of sugar and coconut milk. It is so tasty especially when baked with all the love and care Nate pours into it.

6. Ansil’s Boat House

Meeting Mr. Ansil Saunders was one of the highlights of my trip. He had our whole group in tears when he shared his experiences meeting and serving as a guide to Dr. Martin Luther King when he visited Bimini. King found inspiration to write his Nobel Peace Prize speech during his time exploring the mangrove forests in a boat with Ansil.

As a child, Ansil’s family lived next door to the house Ernest Hemmingway stayed in during his time in Bimini. In addition to his great tales, Ansil’s boats are legendary. He builds one boat a year: a 16-foot bone fisher which is a shallow draft boat made to catch bonefish. Ansil holds the world record for the largest bonefish caught.

7. The War Memorial And Heroes Park

This is just a quick stop to see the park that honors Bimini’s veterans of World War I and II as well as local heroes. The park has a lovely view of the ocean.

8. The Dolphin House Museum

The Dolphin House is an incredible work of art created by Mr. Ashley Saunders (Ansil’s brother). He wasn’t always an artist, but an experience swimming with the wild dolphins of Bimini woke up the artistic spirit within him. You’ll find descriptions of this as a kitschy tourist attraction, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Saunders is incredibly talented and built the entire home from the ground up using materials found around the island and that washed ashore. He was upcycling before it was a thing, and he has created an incredible work of art. Join him and take a tour as he explains his inspiration for every mosaic, window, and built-in piece of furniture in the Dolphin House Museum, his home. Such a unique experience and one of the many things I loved doing in the Bimini .

9. Radio Beach

We just did a quick stop on the Radio Beach. It’s definitely the tourist beach with shops, food stands, and, most importantly, public restrooms. It is named after the radio towers nearby and was the site of the first radio and telegraph station in 1920. It is also easily accessible by golf cart if you choose to rent one instead of taking a tour.

10. Visit A Conch Shack

Conch is plentiful in Bimini, and you will see piles of shells in the water especially near the Conch Shack, where you can try Conch Salad, a local specialty. The salad is like ceviche only made with conch, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, and citrus juices. The Conch is prepared fresh each day. Behind each stand along the water, you can see fenced in areas where the conch is stored until it is harvested. At one of the stops, Max pointed out a rough-looking raft which turned out to be one Cuban refugees escaped on. There are so many to choose from, but Joe’s Conch Shack stands out. 

“We put more love and care in it,” said the young lady working when asked what makes Joe’s stand out from the rest. “We cut up everything right in front of you.” So, you can see how fresh it is. 

11. Bimini Craft Center – Arts, Crafts, Souvenirs and Food

For those that love to shop, head to the Bimini Craft Center where you will find 17 booths filled with locally-made island crafts, hats, T-shirts, and other souvenirs. Located in the heart of Alice Town, you have the chance to meet friendly locals and learn about their history from interpretive signs throughout the center. Free Wi-Fi is available as well as public restrooms. Each day, a local food truck parks there, selling a variety of Bahamian food. It’s well worth the stop.

12. Ernest Hemingway Ruins – Tales of the Excentric Writer

As you drive through Alice Town, you will see some ruins with a big interpretive sign highlighting Ernest Hemingway’s stay on Bimini. The island was a huge inspiration for him, and he loved sport fishing in the area. It is said that Bimini gave him the insight to write The Old Man and the Sea .

Locals share tales of his infamous behavior on the island. It is also said that he was a heavy drinker and walked around with a 40-ounce bottle of rum stashed in his pocket. A boxing aficionado, Hemingway would bet $10 that someone couldn’t knock him out with one punch. He would allow the first hit and taunt them to make sure it was a hard one. The next thing the challenger knew, he was laid out with someone dumping water over him to wake him up.

13. Three Daughters Restaurant

Finish your day with a meal at Three Daughters restaurant and enjoy their specialties, either the cracked lobster or cracked conch. I asked Max where he goes to eat, and he said this was his favorite. You can eat in or get your food to go. Filled mostly with locals and the occasional tourist, the food here was fantastic. The interior is nothing fancy, but you can eat on the screened porch for an excellent view.

The cracked lobster was deep-fried. I had never had it prepared this way and it was so tasty, crispy, and crunchy without being greasy. This is a family-run business with Leroy Rolle bringing fresh-caught fish and lobster right to the restaurant. On a sad note, Kim Rolle, one of the owners, was the first to die of COVID-19 on the island.

It was a great day in Bimini, and I just loved the local aspect of this trip. It felt authentic, not touristy. I highly recommend booking with Bimini Island Tours. Max is a treasure and his familiar relationships on the island truly enhanced our experience.

Bimini Travel Tips

A trip to Bimini Bahamas offers something for everyone no matter if you’re going on a cruise or spending several nights at the island chain. From the easy-going island lifestyle to activities and adventures galore, Bimini is indeed special and unique.

Whether you want to reel in a marlin, snorkel, or go scuba diving with sharks, the crystal-clear waters of Bimini will provide an abundance of activities. Once you are done playing in the water, you can explore its stunning sandy beaches, lush vegetation, marine life, deep sea fishing, and the vibrant culture of North and South Bimini island.

When planning a trip to Bimini, there are a few things you should pay attention to in order to make the most of your trip. The number one is that it is necessary to bring cash since credit cards are not accepted everywhere.

Additionally, you will need a strong sunscreen because the sun here is no joke. Since Bimini has a tropical climate, you’ll probably need a bug repellent too. Also, be aware of the local laws and customs when visiting Bimini. Photographing people from the island without their permission is illegal in some areas.

With this knowledge in mind, your trip to Bimini Bahamas will surely be an unforgettable one.

What Free Things to Do When Visiting Bimini?

Some of the best free attractions in Bimini are the Undersea Dive Center where you can go for a relaxing dip, the charming Bimini Bay Marina, and Alice Town Beach where you can look for shells and other treasures lying along the coastline.

What To Eat When You Visit Bimini?

Everything in the Bimini Islands revolves around seafood. Most of the popular places to eat are very relaxed local beach bars and seafood stands. All across the islands, you can expect Bahamian flavors, fresh seafood dishes, and delicious, citrusy conch salads.

Is Bimini Good For Hiking?

It certainly is. On Bimini Nature Hiking Trail you’ll find out a lot about the ecology, wildlife, and history of the island. On guided tours, you’ll see birds, iguanas, and the endemic Bimini Boa, plus local plants like gum elemi and poisonwood.

Can You Swim With Hammerhead Sharks in Bimini?

Yes. The best time to do it is in February when huge hammerheads gather off the coast of Bimini. This is the only time of the year to go on this dive of a lifetime. Don’t miss the chance to get close and personal with these shy animals.

What Is the Best Thing To Do For History Buffs in Bimini?

The Bimini Museum should be on the list of every history lover. Although very small, the museum is a good way to learn about the little island and its history from early natives in Bimini to the island’s role in the prohibition era in the U.S.

This article originally appeared on TravelAwaits

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Bimini Island Welcomes First Carnival Cruise Ship

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  • July 23, 2021

Carnival Cruise Line made its inaugural call today to Bimini, one of the Bahamas’ Out islands around 50 nautical miles from Miami.

Carnival Horizon ‘s first cruise from PortMiami this year was supposed to stop at the new cruise port on July 9. But Carnival Cruise Line canceled the Bimini call for that sailing, and the ship instead stopped at Carnival Corporation’s private island Half Moon Cay two days in a row.

Now, the ship has finally arrived.

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The port, called Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port, was developed and is owned by Genting Group and is operated by its subsidiary Genting Americas, Inc. Alongside its casinos and resorts, Genting is no stranger to the cruise industry. Another one of the company’s subsidiaries, Genting Hong Kong, owns the cruise lines Crystal Cruises, Dream Cruises, and Star Cruises. At one point in time, it also owned Norwegian Cruise Line.

The new cruise port is part of Resorts World Bimini, a 750 acre beachfront resort that cruise passengers will have access to during their time on the island. Amenities include a beach, casino, spa, a variety of restaurants, and a daytime party venue with two lagoon-style pools, live entertainment, and cabana rentals.

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The port has one pier, which can accommodate ships as large as Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class — currently the largest cruise ships in the world. Resorts World Bimini Cruise Port joins Nassau and Freeport as the third cruise port in the Bahamas that is not a cruise line’s private island.

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