Earlier this year I got the opportunity to shoot for "Resorts World Bimini". When I got told about the trip, I had no idea it was only 50 miles off the coast of Miami. I also didn't know that's only a 30 minute seaplane ride. Upon landing was this little hidden gem of an island. I've heard a million stories about the Bahamas but never of Bimini. In the short period I got to experience it, I was overwhelmed with amazing history and beauty.
If you are visiting Bimini it means more than likely you are staying at "Resorts World Bimini". A Hilton Hotel that has a Casino, and all the excursions you could ask for. The hotel is beautiful in itself, but what lies outside of the hotel is what captivated me. The shipwreck at the end of the island, the sharks waiting to be swam with, the history behind the islanders, and the fresh conch shacks sprinkled around town. All things worth experiencing and actually super reasonable if you leave from Miami. With the resort being relatively new, they are constantly changing and adding to the list of reasons to come. In case you need more reasons though:
A short golf cart ride outside of the resort, is a little shack on the water, where you can find Ansil spending much of his time. This is a man who use to take out Dr Martin Luther King Jr on his boat. While out in the mangroves, King wrote one of his most well known speeches. Ansil built a memorial out in the middle of the mangroves that is hard to navigate to, but with his help we got to see it. Im talking about a perfectly built dock, with a life size sculpture of Dr Martin Luther King Jr a few feet away from it. That this man built BY HIMSELF. If that doesn't amaze you enough, his other stories will. I won't go into depth, but he is a bonefish legend, a boat builder, and a true islander.
A 15 minute boat ride to an island can give you a whole new outlook on stingrays. While with one of the locals, we were shown an island that has these creatures. Not only did we get up close and personal with 10+ rays, but we also got to hand feed them squid. These guys swim full speed into you and suck on your legs, etc. It's a pretty cool feeling and I would do anything to be back there right now.
My version of a perfect beach is soft sand, crystal clear waters, and diversity as you walk it. I found all of this and more in Bimini. Every beach I went to had something else special about it, but I'll let the images speak for themselves.