Island in the Sun

Breathtaking beauty and exhilarating adventure pervade the Caribbean’s best-kept secret: Bimini, Bahamas

Though it’s the closest Caribbean island to the United States, Bimini, Bahamas, feels worlds away. Located just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, the island is known for its pristine beaches, crystal-blue water and relaxed locale. Its beauty served as a muse for Ernest Hemingway, who, enamored by the landscape and opportunities for big game fishing, made the island his home for several years.

Today, Bimini’s beauty is best enjoyed at Resorts World Bimini, a 750-acre beachfront complex that boasts 10 restaurants, bars and cafes; three pools; the Serenity Spa and Salon; and one of the largest marinas in The Bahamas. Guests will be treated to waterfront views in one of the rooms at the resort’s luxurious Hilton hotel.

The intimate island is just 7 miles long (and the best means of transportation is by golf cart or bike), so your stay at Bimini will feel like a private escape. Upon arrival to the resort, you’ll be welcomed by panoramic ocean views and a friendly staff. Soak up the atmosphere at the pool, or relax with a cocktail at the hotel lobby’s raw bar. For dinner, choose from one of the on-site restaurants, such as The Tides, which serves island specialties (don’t skip the conch salad), or The Sushi Bar, located in the lobby and helmed by Top Chef winner Hung Huynh.

When it comes to exploring the island, biking offers the best vantage points. Pick up a cruiser from on-site tour operator, Bimini Undersea, and stop along the coastline to soak up the sea breeze. You might even come across a Bimini local selling fresh coconut water served straight from the fruit.

It is also imperative to sample Bimini bread, which is slightly sweet, light in texture and unbelievably delicious. Visit Edith’s Pizza—a local favorite that serves pies with Bimini bread–based crust—and order the conch pizza. If it’s convenience you’re after, try the French toast during The Tides breakfast service.

It’s impossible to visit Bimini and not enjoy its turquoise waters, whether you prefer to take in the view from afar; embark on a fishing adventure (Bimini is called the sport fishing capital of the world, after all); or get an up-close look at coral reefs, eye-popping sea life and the ruins of the shipwrecked S.S. Sapona on a snorkeling or scuba diving expedition.

Though there’s no shortage of adventure, a trip to Bimini can be as restful as it is exhilarating. Resorts World Bimini’s Serenity Spa offers an array of massage options, as well as face and body treatments. Before or after your treatment, soak up the scenery on the spa’s expansive deck overlooking Bimini’s crystal-clear waters. It’s no wonder Hemingway found such inspiration from the island’s organic charm.