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Andros, Bimini, and the Berry Islands Travel Guide

Plan Your Andros, Bimini, and the Berry Islands Vacation

Legends loom large (and small) on these northwestern Bahamas islands. On Bimini, you'll hear about the lost underwater city of Atlantis, Ernest Hemingway's visits, and the Fountain of Youth. Tiny birdlike creatures known as chickcharnies are said to inhabit the pine forests of Andros Island. On both islands, along with the Berry Islands, bonefishing has made legends of mere men.


the legends, Andros, Bimini, and the Berries remain a secret mostly known to avid divers, boaters, and fishermen. These islands stash their reputation for superlative bonefishing, diving, blue holes, and other natural phenomena away from the glitter-focused eyes of visitors to nearby Nassau, just minutes away by plane but a world apart. Bimini is probably best known for its Hemingway connection and because it's an easy boat ride from Miami, which means a brisk spring and summer trade. Yet the island has virtually no cars (and only one gas station). Andros weighs in as the largest Bahamas island, accounting for more than half of the nation's landmass. Still, much of it is uninhabitable and largely undiscovered. In fact, no resort has more than 30 rooms. The 30-some cays of the Berry Islands are less known still, in spite of gorgeous beaches and destination resorts. None of the islands have traffic lights, movie theaters, or fast-food outlets—let alone water parks, shopping centers, or golf courses.

So, with that in mind, plan your trip here as an adventurer. If you're not into diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking, or secluded beach-vegetating, these are not the islands for you. If you are into any of the above, you will be thrilled and endlessly entertained. All three islands are spoken of synonymously with bonefishing, and commercial fishing—focused on lobster, grouper, and snapper—and recreational guide fishing drive the economies of many of these communities. Andros thrives also on its harvest of land crabs, fruit and vegetable crops, and fresh water; it exports all of these products to Nassau.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Bonefish Andros has a reputation for the best bonefishing in the world, and Bimini comes in a close second. Hire a fishing guide to teach you how to fly-fish, then cruise the West Side flats of Andros Island or Bimini's North Sound Lagoon in pursuit of the elusive "gray ghost."
  2. Charter a boat Explore the necklace of islands that comprise Bimini and the Berries. Start in Bimini and end up in Chub Cay. It's quite possible that you may choose not to come back.
  3. Dive Andros Island Go with the diving experts at Small Hope Bay and drop "over the wall" or explore some of Andros's magnificent reefs.

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