My island is not only the gateway to The Bahamas, it is also the gateway to hospitality. There is no other place like Bimini.
Bimini consists of two main islands — North Bimini Island and South Bimini Island — and numerous cays. The history of Bimini is as fascinating as the islands themselves. Famed explorer, Ponce de León, was allegedly lured here in the early 1500s in search of the 'Fountain of Youth, and a site still bears that name today. Located just 50 miles from the United States, the islands served as a convenient offshore speakeasy and liquor store during the prohibition era. Rumrunners used to store their stash on the shores and in the S.S. Sapona, now a wreck in the water. And speaking of rum, Ernest Hemingway called Bimini his summer home and Jimmy Buffett spent time here while writing his book. Also of note, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the island in 1968 and composed parts of his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech while sailing with local boat builder, Ansil Saunders.
Lying in a perfectly straight row, these stones and beautiful square blocks extend 1,500 feet. They are said to be part of the road system of the Lost Continent of Atlantis and resemble a similar site found in the Mediterranean Sea.
This natural freshwater spring pumps up lithium and sulfur inside a saltwater swamp in the mangroves of Bonefish Creek. Accessible by boat only, it is named for the healing properties reported by those who swim in it.
He is closely tied to Bimini’s history because, following in his footsteps, fishermen continue to pilot their own boats across the Gulf Stream from Florida and battle some of the world’s feistiest game fish and each other.
Two bronze busts of his image are on display to honor his great legacy — one at the Bimini Craft Center in Alice Town and another at 'The Healing Hole' — because his visit to the island in 1968 had a significant impact on its people.