Bimini means Mother of Many Waters, (in ‘Taino’, the native American Indian language spoken here in years gone past). Deserted white sand beaches, shimmering crystal clear warm waters, welcoming islanders, funky colourful architecture, reggae and restaurants. Hello relaxation!
Bimini is made up of three islands, North, South & East Bimini, which together form its characteristic horseshoe shape, with a lagoon in the middle. Because it’s the closest island to Florida (50 miles / 80 km), many boaters make the trip in a couple of hours and dock in the marinas for short stays, or use the islands as a base for deep water fishing trips.
Surrounded by shallow reefs (20-30 ft) near shore, sea depth increases to 80 to 100 ft off the West coast, before dropping into the profound depths, over 6000 ft, of the Gulf Stream between Bimini and Miami. The Andros Barrier Reef (southeast of Bimini) represents the second largest reef complex in the western North Atlantic.
Some say Bimini is home to the ancient ‘lost City of Atlantis’; more recently the island was infamous as a favourite location for rum-runners during Prohibition. Today this gem of a playground has become known as the deep-sea fishing-capital of the world and the very best place, anywhere, to swim with wild dolphins.
The horseshoe-shaped island is very narrow, so the Retreat Centre is seconds away from stunning beaches, often deserted, where you can swim, sunbathe and take moonlight strolls. On the Retreat Centre’s doorstep, nature treats us to a splendid sunrise every morning overlooking the bay, where our catamaran, DolphinQuest, is moored.
Sparkling turquoise by day, golden orange by night, the waters in Bimini soak up your cares, leaving you purified and new.
WildQuest’s home is on the The North Island, a mere 7 miles (11 km) long and 700 ft. (210 m) wide, home to 1600 residents.
Alice Town is known as ‘downtown’ where you’ll find shops, the larger marinas & a few bars along the main road that runs north to south known as the King’s Highway. The Police Station, Medical Clinic, Museum, Post Office are also along this strip. A second road, the Queen’s Highway also runs north/south. Golf cart and bicycles are the best way to get around.
Further down the ‘highway’, Bailey Town is mostly residential with a few grocery/variety stores and churches. Next is Porgy Bay, a fishing village and WildQuest’s home. There are a couple of stores next door and a Medical Clinic.
The North island has incredible white sand beaches along its western side. There’s Radio Beach, Blister Beach, and, closest to WildQuest, Spook Hill Beach.
South Bimini has a much quieter, residential feel, with fewer tourists because up until the recent addition of luxury resorts, there were very few rental accommodations. Bimini’s airport is on this part of the island.
Apart from the beaches and the local village there are plenty of other things to see and to do. There are several esoteric sites to be explored, that folklore claims have mystical properties. A rented golf cart or our complimentary bikes are the most comfortable way to get around on land. If you want to explore the sea by kayak, we have a couple you can borrow.