Just 50 miles off Florida's coast, Bimini is a dazzling island in the Bahamas where beach enthusiasts, socialites and honeymooners go to play. Turquoise waters surround the 7-mile long island, making it a perfect playground for deep sea fishing, diving and floating underneath the Caribbean sun. The self-proclaimed fishing island of the world, Bimini is also a place Hemingway fell in love with and called home in the 1930s. Intimate enough for honeymooners to feel they have their own private island, but still large enough to get a true taste of Bahamian culture, here's how to enjoy your Bahamas honeymoon in Bimini.
Travelers can get to Bimini in just 20 minutes from Florida, which is perfect for honeymooners big on optimizing their days on land and not in the air. Commercial airline Silver Airways (operated by United) flies daily from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale to Bimini's tiny airport. FRS Caribbean has ferry service from the Port of Miami, which lands guests in Bimini in under two hours. Once on island, golf carts are the easiest way to get around, though once you get a look at the water, you may never want to leave the beach.
Where to Stay
For a prime location with stunning water views that's a perfect starting point to island adventures, look no further than The Hilton at Resorts World Bimini. Located on northern end of the island, the 750-acre luxury Caribbean resort and casino is a world unto itself. Here, six restaurants, a rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views of the ocean, a 10,000-square-foot casino and private beach cabanas are just a few perks that make for a romantic weekend. Accommodations include 305 rooms, including 18 suites, nine of which offer direct access to the lagoon pool. There is also open air shopping and a dining promenade on property, called Fisherman's Village. At Paradise Beach Club, loungers can enjoy cocktails and a local favorite, conch salad. At the Sushi Bar, Top Chef winner Hung Hyunh curates freshly prepared sushi and noodle dishes. For honeymooners seeking a more secluded experience, Resorts World offers private condos and villas with views of crystal clear water and impressive yachts. After a day of exploration, head to Serenity Spa to relax in the calming lounge area with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and enjoy a customized couples massage. In the evening try your luck at the casino with 100 slot machines or in the private gaming salon.
Explore By Land
As far as a Bahamas honeymoon goes, Bimini certainly packs a punch for such a small island. At Bimini Big Game Club, local fisherman and yacht owners line the popular fishing marina. The hotel was once frequented by Martin Luther King Jr., as well as Ernest Hemingway. Just down the road, Dolphin House Bimini is a zany home made from coral, shells and repurposed tiles. Created by historian Ashley Saunders as an ode to the friendly mammals of the sea, the three-story home and museum is available for tours and overnight stays. For local eats, Edith's Pizza is not to be missed. Here, diners gather on brightly-colored wooden benches overlooking the ocean to enjoy pizza served on a crust made from Bimini bread — a slightly sweet but soft bread enjoyed all over the island in various forms. At Edith's, do not miss the lobster pizza and BBQ chicken conch. Then, wash it all down with a Bahama Mama, of course. Though conch abounds all over the island, Stuart's Conch Shack is a favorite to enjoy a salad of onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and raw conch.
Explore By Sea
Resorts World offers a catamaran ride to South Bimini, where guests enjoy the island's famed Fountain of Youth, a verdant nature trail, and postcard perfect Shell Beach. Another great water adventure is snorkeling around the S.S. Shapona Shipwreck, a boat once used during prohibition to store liquor. Shark lovers can also plan intimate dives. For wellness, Bimini's Healing Hole is a collection of mangroves known for their healing properties and accessible only by boat. Here, swimming in the sapphire waters is a peaceful memory to last a lifetime.