Andros, Bimini, and the Berry Islands Places

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Bimini

Getting Here and Around

Air Travel

South Bimini (BIM) has a teensy airport, but blessedly with air-conditioning. It services flights from Fort Lauderdale (Silver Airways dba United Express), Nassau (Western Air), and Grand Bahama Island (Regional Air). Charters from Fort Lauderdale are available on Island Air Charters. A short taxi ride ($3) from the airport delivers you to the ferry to North Bimini, a five-minute crossing that costs $2 each way.

Contacts

Island Air (800/444–9904. www.islandaircharters.com.)

Regional Air (800/598–8660. www.goregionalair.com.)

Boat and Ferry Travel

Baleària Bahamas Express travels between Port of Miami and Alice Town, North Bimini on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on the fast ferry Maverick. Those wishing to reach Bimini by old-fashioned mail boat will need to first reach Nassau. Contact the Dockmaster in Potter’s Cay in Nassau for the most up-to-date information on mail boat travel from Nassau to Bimini. All mail boats leave from Potter’s Cay. For information on traveling the opposite direction (from Bimini to Nassau) call the on-island mail boat contact, Miss Sherece at 242/393–1064. At press time, Bimini Mack was leaving Potter's Cay, Nassau, Thursday afternoons for North Bimini and Cat Cay (returning on Monday morning). The trip takes about 12 hours and costs $45 one-way. Going between North and South Bimini requires a five-minute ferry crossing, managed by the local government.

Bimini accommodates private yachts and fishing boats in droves. Boaters often travel from Florida to Bimini, mostly from West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. Crossing the Gulf Stream, however, should only be done by skippers who can plot a course using charts for that purpose. The distance is 48 nautical miles. Customs and Immigrations offices are located in Alice Town next to the straw market and at both Bimini Bay and Bimini Sands resorts.

Contacts

Baleària Bahamas Express (866/699–6988. www.ferryexpress.com.)

Dockmaster's Office (242/393–1064.)

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