If you love sailing, you'll find the Biminis to be quite a welcoming destination. There are several full-service marinas complete with docking slips, fuel, and shops where you can stock up on supplies. Many of these marinas also have extras like bathrooms with showers, restaurants, hotel rooms, dive and fishing centers, and liquor stores.
Because the area boasts decent sailing conditions and is only 43 nautical miles from the U.S. city of Miami, Bimini is often overcrowded by sailors, so take that into consideration if your goal is to find a more secluded getaway. If you thrive on being around like-minded travelers and swapping tales of your adventures, this is the place for you.
When you arrive in Bahamian waters, your first order of business will be to fly your yellow quarantine flag and head to the port of entry nearest your final destination. For those headed to the Biminis, there are several options including Alice Town,, , Cat Cay, and . Place a call over VHF Radio channel 16 to let custom and immigrations officials know where you are headed, and if you are arriving during normal business hours, someone will meet you at the dock to go over your paperwork and complete your inspection before you can gain clearance into the Bahamas. At this time, only the captain will be allowed to leave the boat, but once all other passengers have filled out their immigration forms they can step foot on land as well. It will cost between $150 and $300(USD) based on the length of your boat to purchase a package that includes your cruising permit, sailing permit, and your prepaid departure fee. This is for five people, and it will cost extra if you are traveling with more people. These permits are good for 90 days.
Do you plan to travel to the Bimini Islands using a vessel you own, or a charter from a different location? The following table contains a list of nearby marinas.
|(888) 891-2263||North Bimini||North Bimini|
|(242) 347-3166||Bimini Blue Water Resort - North Bimini||North Bimini|
|(242) 347-3500||Bimini Sands Beach Club - South Bimini||South Bimini|
|--||North Bimini||North Bimini|
|(242) 347-3565||North Cat Cay||North Cat Cay|
|(242) 347-3071||Sea Crest Hotel & Marina - North Bimini||North Bimini|
|--||South Bimini||South Bimini|
From the calm sailing conditions to the short distance from the United States, the Biminis are a great destination for those who have a love of traveling by boat. Keep in mind that there are a few rules to follow as you sail into local waters, and a planned sailing adventure to this island group is easily managed.
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