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Bimini Part 1 – “Where to go!”

Bimini Part 1 – “Where to go!”

Bimini is part of the Bahamas which is a country full of Black People.  Bahamians are a very close cultural cousin to the African-Americans of the United States.  Which makes the Island of Bimini an excellent choice for Black Travelers.  Let me give you a tour of Bimini so you will know where to go.  Bimini is made up of 2 Islands, there is South Bimini and North Bimini.  

On North Bimini there are 2 major Townships Alice Town and Bailey Town.  The largest portion of the North Island is Resorts World Bimini.  RW Bimini has villas that range from 1 – 4 Bedrooms.  There are 2 recreational pool areas including the main pool which has a large fountain and hot tubs offering an ideal place to relax and take pictures.  The second pool is an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean and new pier staging the picturesque backdrop for the best pictures and selfies.  

The Hilton at Resorts World Bimini
Photo of the Roof Top Pool at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini

The Roof Top Pool at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini

The Hilton Hotel at Resorts World Bimini is brand new and features a rooftop pool, along with connecting pools that flank the two hotels on one side and the Hilton’s Marina lies on the other side, home to spectacular private yachts.  RW Bimini also has shopping in the Village and multiple restaurants spread throughout the resort. The Resort has its own transportation system consisting of trams, buses, and vans.  This allows guests to move throughout the property in an orderly fashion.  The primary mode of private transportation is golf carts.  There are plenty for rent around the island and they rent for around $50 per day.

Resorts World Bimini Villas

Resorts World Bimini Villas

Bailey Town

When you leave Resorts World Bimini heading into town you will first enter the Township of Bailey Town.  If you are in need of anything food or supplies I recommend you stop at “The Jones” Porgy Bay Mini Shopping Center“.  It is a combination convenience/variety store which includes groceries as well as clothes, souvenirs, and snacks.  Jones is a true family owned small business.  The Jones Family is one of the oldest and largest families on the Island of Bimini.  They feature 3 Generations living and working on the island today.  I like Jones because you get a fair price on all the goods.

*Be sure and read:  Read Bimini Part 2 “When & Why to go!”

The Jones” Porgy Bay Mini Shopping Center

The Jones” Porgy Bay Mini Shopping Center

Island Food

Immediately across the street from Jones is Tropics.  Tropics is a Jamaican Restaurant owned by Sherika V. Jones daughter to the Jones’ who operate the Mini Shopping Center.  Tropics is open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.  It is known for its Jamaican Breakfast. However, I will let you in on a secret.  Tropics has not only the best Conch Fritters on the Island but the best in the Caribbean and on Planet Earth!  I promise you I am not exaggerating.  I challenge everyone to go there and try the Conch Fritters.  They are made fresh every day and are tender and tasty.  I will bet you can’t eat just one.  Even if you have tried them elsewhere and think you don’t like them.  Go to Tropics and try them, it will change your life!

Tropics restaurant in Alice Town, Bimini Bahamas

Tropics owned by Sherika V. Jones

Alice Town

If you travel into Alice Town you may want to visit the beach.  Alice Town showcases one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  It is the beach behind CJ’s Deli.  For Black Travelers who are looking for Natives, Reggae and Fun.  This is the beach for you.  The order of the day is chillaxing, mingling dancing and soaking up the Sun.  If you like Sistas in bikinis and Brothas that are well kept and defined you will want to make this stop on your trip.  CJ’s Deli on the Beach serves Breakfast, Lunch, and Sandwiches.  They have DJ playing Reggae music on the weekends and there is usually a small crowd and a party going on.  

Alice Town Sign in Bimini Bahamas

Welcome to Alice Town Sign

Island Shopping

On the Southern end of South Bimini is Alice Town.  In the Township of Alice Town is where you will find the Straw Market.  The Straw Market is a collection of souvenir shops.  There you can find hats, t-shirts, key-chains, magnets, and a host of local items.  One of the best souvenir gifts for kids ages 8-18 is Foreign Money.  It is inexpensive and something they usually have not seen before.  It is great for show and tell and something they can keep forever.  U.S. and Bahamian money is exchanged 1:1 (Dollar for Dollar).  Another Family owned Grocery Store is the Roberts Family Grocery Store.  Operated by the Roberts Sisters, daughter to late John Thomas Roberts Jr., whose grave is prominently displayed in one of the main cemeteries in Bailey Town.

Roberts Family Grave

John Thomas Roberts Jr.’s Family Grave

When you want a place to relax or get away, think of Bimini.  The island has wonderful beaches and exotic pools.  Bimini offers good food and plenty of bars.  Bahamians are our cultural cousins.  Bimini is the closest island to the United States and now you know where to go. Bimini is a place you should definitely experience!

*Be sure and read:  Read Bimini Part 2 “When & Why to go!”

 

Helpful Links:

Boat Service to Bimini:

Hotel and Resorts in Bimini:

·      BIG JOHN’S HOTEL; http://biminibigjohns.com/
·      BIMINI BIG GAME CLUB RESORT & MARINA; http://biggameclubbimini.com/
·      THE BIMINI BLUE WATER RESORT; Bimini Blue Water Marina
·      BIMINI SANDS CONDOMINIUM RESORT & MARINA; http://www.thebiminisands.com/
·      HILTON AT RESORTS WORLD BIMINI; Hilton at Resorts World Bimini
·      RESORTS WORLD BIMINI; http://rwbimini.com/
·      SEA CREST HOTEL & MARINA; http://www.seacrestbimini.com/

 

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Bill Collins

Bill Collins is a former Army Officer turned veteran traveler. I have traveled to 28 different Countries mainly concentrated in the Central & Latin America and have spent the last 16 years exploring the Caribbean Islands.

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