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. Just 50 miles from the United States, they served as a convenient offshore speakeasy and liquor store during prohibition. Rumrunners used to store their stash on the nearby shores. And speaking of rum, Ernest Hemingway called Bimini his summer home. Jimmy Buffett spent time here while writing his book, and Martin Luther King, Jr. even composed parts of his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech while sailing with local boat builder, Ansil, who still lives on the islands today.
These beautiful square blocks and perfectly straight alignments of stones extend 1,500 feet and lie in an orderly row. Referred to as 'The Bimini Road', they are believed to be part of the road system of the Lost Continent of Atlantis and resemble a similar site found in the Mediterranean.
This pond earned its name because of the healing properties reported by those who swim in it. Accessible by boat only, it is a natural fresh-water spring that pumps up lithium and sulfur inside a salt water swamp in the mangroves of Bonefish Creek.
Ernest Hemingway is closely tied to Bimini’s history, because he led the way for fishermen who pilot their own boats across the Gulf Stream from Florida to follow in his footsteps, and pit themselves against some of the world’s feistiest game fish and each other.
This memorial honors the great legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose visit to the island in 1968 had a significant impact on its people. A bronze bust of his image is displayed at the Bimini Craft Center in Alice Town.