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Boat Service has Returned To Bimini

I received some really great news and its honestly the best news I have heard in years (travel wise).  Boat Service  has returned to Bimini. Bimini Undersea was first to announced that there will once again be ship service from the U.S. and Bimini, Bahamas. The ship has already begun service.    FRS – Caribbean is available for service and can be booked online or by calling 1-877-286-7220.  The ship is a Ferry Boat and only take 2 hours to travel each way.  The Ferry will hold 430 passengers and will operate daily round-trip and allow for multiple day visits.  The ship will be owned and managed by a European company.  

 

Travel Alert: Sail To Bimini From Miami For under $80 R/T: http://bit.ly/2hxYUto ( Groupon Affiliate)

Travel Alert: Sail To Bimini From Miami For under $80 R/T (Groupon Affiliate)

About Bimini

Bimini is 45 miles from Miami. It is the closest Bahamian island to the US. Bimini is known as “The Friendly” island, because of it’s unique charm.  The locals are inviting and very helpful.  North Bimini is about seven miles long and 700 feet wide. The main settlement is Alice Town and the largest resort there is Resorts World Bimini.  “The King’s Highway” is the major road and has a collection of shops, restaurants, and bars on it.   The other main road is called “Queens Highway” and runs almost the length of the island parallel to Kings Highway.  Rum-runners used to store their stash on the nearby shores.

Bimini Bay Beach

Bimini Bay Beach at Resorts World Bimini

The Beaches in Bimini are some of the most beautiful Beaches that exist.  The sugar white sand is amazing and the clear pure water that allows you to see down to your feet while standing in 4 to 5 feet of water is beautifully refreshing.  The turquoise blue and the tempter will take control of your mind and body making you believe you don’t want to leave.  One of the fun things to do is rent a golf cart.  On Bimini they use golf carts like cars.  The Island is small enough that you can use a Golf Cart to drive all around the island.  From one end to the other you can drive.  There are probably more golf carts then cars on Bimini.  Parking is never a problem and even teenagers can drive.  

This legendary Island has some great history.  Ernest Hemingway lived on Bimini from 1935 to 1937.  He wrote articles and worked on his book, “To Have and Have Not” and “Islands In The Stream” there.  Singer Jimmy Buffett spent some time on South Bimini while writing one of his books, “Citation Needed”.  Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech while on the island during 1964.  Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., who was expelled from the U.S. House of Representatives lived there.  He resided on the island of Bimini from January 1967 to April 1969.  The United States Supreme Court ruled that the House had acted unconstitutionally when it excluded Powell, a duly elected member in 1972.

It has been tough to get to the Bimini since the Resorts World Bimini Fast Ferry stopped sailing Aug 2015.  That left 3 options to get to the Island from the U.S.  Silvers Airline currently operates flights to Bimini.  Resorts World Bimini owns a Private Sea Plane.  The other option was private boat. Once you get to Bimini there are lots of options.

If you are planning to go, things you should know:

Here is the official list of document for U.S. CITIZENS traveling to Bimini by ship.  

U.S. CITIZENS Traveling on a one-day You must have one of the following:

  • Valid US passport (valid at least 6 months after travel) OR
  • State issued birth certificate (MUST BE ORIGINAL) with valid government issued picture ID. Passengers under the age of 16 do not require valid photo picture ID with valid government issued picture ID OR
  • Naturalization paper (MUST BE ORIGINAL) with valid government issued picture ID. (i.e. driver’s license or state id)

U.S. CITIZENS traveling on a split trip (round trip returning on a different day)

  • Passports are required to re-enter the US.

Documents NOT accepted include:

  • Baptismal certificates.
  • Hospital certificate of birth.
  • Puerto Rican birth certificates issues prior to July 1, 2010. Those issued after that date are valid.

I received some really great news.   The company that operates the new ferry is FRS Caribbean.   You can book by going to there website or calling  1-877-286-7220.  The ferry travels from the Port of Miami  in the United States to Bimini, the Bahamas.  If you have never been this is your opportunity to go.  I can’t wait to get back to the Island.  Honestly this is the best news I have heard in a long, long time!

Use the link above or go to: Bimini – Affiliate Deal $69-79 or http://bit.ly/2hxYUto (Groupon Affiliate)

FRS Caribbean1-877-286-7220,  https://www.frs-caribbean.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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