Bimini is the westernmost district of the Bahamas and comprises a chain of islands located about 80 kilometers due east of Miami, Florida. Bimini is the closest point in the Bahamas to the mainland United States and approximately 210 km (130 mi) west-northwest of Nassau. The population is 1,988 as of the 2010 census.
Bimini has three islands, North Bimini, South Bimini, and East Bimini. The largest islands are North Bimini and South Bimini. The District of Bimini also includes Cay Sal Bank, more than 100 km (60 miles) further south, which is geographically not a part of the Bimini Islands but a separate unit. North Bimini is about 11 km (7 miles) long and 200m (700 feet) wide. Its main settlement is Alice Town, a collection of shops, restaurants, and bars on a road known as The King's Highway. The second major road is called Queens Highway and runs almost the length of the island parallel to Kings Highway.
South Bimini (pop. 182) houses an airstrip, South Bimini Airport, and offers a quiet alternative to the slow bustle of North Bimini. There is a small community of homes on South Bimini known as Port Royale. For many years, South Bimini tourists were limited to boaters because there were few accommodations other than private homes.
Open Water Swimming
- On 21 August 1979, 30-year-old Diana Nyad swam 60 miles (96.5 km) from North Bimini Island in the Bahamas to Juno Beach, Florida in 27 hours 38 minutes on 29 August 1979 on her second attempt. Her first attempt ended after 12 hours due to Portuguese man o war stings. Two weeks previous, Portuguese man-o-war stings ended her first Bahamas‐to‐Florida swim after 12½ hours.
Phelps Vs. Shark: The Battle for Ocean Supremacy
Courtesy of SHARK WEEK, filmed off Bimini