Because the Biminis are so close to South Florida, they are a top sailing destination and will occasionally welcome a ferry or cruise ship full of tourists to one of the islands. Still, most people prefer to fly to their vacation destination. While this prospect was once a difficult one to arrange, the airport on South Bimini continues to expand its reaches and draw more and more flights in every year.
The South Bimini Airport (BIM) is a small facility with just one 5,430 foot long asphalt runway and very few facilities. Recently, Resorts World Bimini decided to invest in the airport and add lighting fixtures which would allow for night air travel, thus expanding the possibility of flying to this island even further.
Although the schedules are constantly changing, there is currently daily air service from two cities in South Florida which require a flight time of only about 25 minutes, as well as from Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas.
This chart tells you which airlines offer flights from the U.S. and where they are flying from. Online booking engines may not list the most logical options so it helps to see which airlines provide direct service to this airport.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Silver Airways, Tropic Ocean Airways, United Airlines|
Most visitors find it easiest to plan a connecting flight to Florida with one of the airlines listed above, but if you already have plans to visit more than one island in the chain, you might find it to be more affordable to first spend some time Grand Bahama or New Providence Island before heading to the quieter Biminis.
See the following chart for a complete list of air service from other Caribbean airports. Even if you can't take a flight directly from your preferred airport, making a connection through another airport might be a very viable option.
|Caribbean||MPB||Tropic Ocean Airways|
|Freeport, Grand Bahama Island||FPO||Flamingo Air, Regional Air, Western Air|
|New Providence Island, Bahamas||NAS||SkyBahamas, Western Air|
In addition to flying commercial, privately chartered flights can be arranged from South Florida with a pretty significant number of small airlines. If you're considering a charter, know that prices vary and tend to be more expensive than a commercial flight if you're traveling in a small group, but the convenience of leaving on your schedule is worth the extra cost for many travelers.
The following chart shows how to contact some of the regional air charter companies.
|(954) 359-0320||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Fort Lauderdale|
|(800) 327-8900||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Fort Lauderdale|
|(242) 351-4963||South Bimini Airport - South Bimini||South Bimini|
|(800) 444-9904||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Fort Lauderdale|
|(877) 359-6732||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Fort Lauderdale|
|(242) 347-4115||South Bimini Airport - South Bimini||South Bimini|
|(954) 267-0707||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Fort Lauderdale|
|(954) 771-0330||Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport - Fort Lauderdale|
If you fly to South Bimini with plans to stay on North Bimini, be aware that it will take you a $5(USD) cab ride to get to the ferry dock, then another $5(USD) per person will allow you to board and sail over to your final destination.
When you're dealing with islands as secluded as the Biminis, arranging for transportation can be a bit of work, but as more and more improvements continue to be made to the airport, the possibility of farther reaching flights open up as well. Who knows what the future holds to air travel in the Biminis, but the outlook is good.
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