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Bimini Island, Bahamas.
A luring 50 miles from Miami, Florida, Bimini is a popular destination for Americans. But it's more than location that gives this island its appeal. Fisherman the world over travel to Bimini for first-rate big-game fishing.
Bimini (Bi-mini), meaning Mother of Many Waters, Bibi (Mother) and Mini (Waters), is a term and name in the Taino Native American Indian language of the Caribbean islands and is the original Pre-Columbian Taino Arawak name for the present day U.S. state of Florida.
Bimini is a district of the Bahamas composed of a chain of islands. The largest islands are North Bimini and South Bimini.
The ocean surrounding the islands, best known for fishing, is considered by many to be one of the world's top fishing spots. Because Bimini is only about 50 miles (80 km) east of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, many American anglers go to the island by boat to fish or to enjoy the local nightlife. Scuba diving and snorkeling are also popular activities, as there are many shipwrecks in the area.
While it could hardly be considered crowded, most of Bimini's beaches are found on the west side of North Bimini. The most-popular beach can be found in Alice Town off Queen’s Highway, named Radio Beach. This quiet continuous stretch of sand is known by its three sections, Radio Beach, Blister Beach, and Spook Hill, which is next to a cemetery.
Fishing at Bimini Islands
The Bimini Islands, "The Big Game Fishing Capital of the World," invite you to challenge the locals and put your skills to the test in one of the many fishing tournaments held here. With their prime location in the middle of the Gulf Stream, The Bimini Islands give fishermen a chance to "go for the gold" - and a new record - in deep seas filled with marlin, tuna and other game fish.
Diving at Bimini
The Bimini Road or Road to Atlantis was made famous by numerous Discovery Channel specials, and the Bimini Barge was rated "one of the ten best wreck dives in The Bahamas and Caribbean” by Skin Diver Magazine.
Bimini Mysteries and Attractions
Lost City of Atlantis, The Bimini Road
In September of 1968, the half-mile of precisely aligned limestone blocks that compose what is now called the "Bimini Road" were discovered offshore of Paradise Point on North Bimini. After ten underwater archeological expeditions beginning in 1974, historian Dr. David Zink is convinced that the stones are megalithic in nature and were placed by humans.
Many divers have examined this half-mile stretch of neatly aligned relics, and everyone seems to have an opinion of what this may, or may not, be. You can get a look for yourself; it is near the shore in only 20 feet of water.
The Fountain of Youth
Facts about Juan Ponce de Leon and his search for the Fountain of Youth are as elusive as the mythical regenerative spring itself. Whether it was the Arawak or their relatives the Taino Indians who relayed the story to de Leon is unclear, but both versions of the story claim that the natives spoke of a land called "Beemeenee" where the fountain could be found. Though de Leon's expedition brought him to Florida, the fountain was rumored to exist within the shallow pools of South Bimini.
Today’s "Fountain of Youth,” near the road leading to the South Bimini airport, is really a six-foot deep well of freshwater, bubbling up to a two-foot square hole, filled with stones as well as water. The well formed when carbonic acid ground water flowed into solid limestone rock thousands of years ago, forming a natural “sink.”
The Healing Hole
Found within the salt water mangrove forest that covers four miles of North Bimini is The Healing Hole, a pool that lies at the end of a network of winding tunnels that stretch underground. During outgoing tides, these channels pump cool, mineral-laden fresh water into the pool. Natural lithium and sulfur are two of the minerals said to be contained in these waters, which seem to exhibit curative properties, as people express a sense of mental and physical rejuvenation after their visit. People go there to meditate and bathe in the water, said to heal whatever ails their bodies.
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