Bimini Sands, just 50 miles away from Miami

Thursday, March 14 2013 15:35 | Escrito por Karen Blanco

Karen Blanco



Located just 50 miles from Miami on the Bahamas gateway island of South Bimini, and minutes from Bimini International Airport with service to the U.S. East Coast and Nassau, its idyllic location offers spectacular views of Bimini’s luminous blue waters, sunsets over the Gulf Stream, coral reefs and a secluded ocean beach just step from your door. Family-owned and operated for more than 15 years, Bimini Sands Resort & Marina is one of the Bahamas’ best-rated family vacation destinations.


Bimini is famous for its crystal clear waters and abundant marine life. Whether fishing, diving, or just strolling along the beaches, Bimini has something for everyone. The island of Bimini occupies a special place in the mystic of the Bahamas. It has a history and character completely out of proportion to its size. Even icons such as Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Buffett have called the island home at one point or another.


Bimini Sands Resort is located on South Bimini, just minutes from the island’s international airport, with convenient flights from South Florida and Nassau, Bahamas. Bimini is also a popular fishing and cruising destination.


Bimini Sands Resort has luxury accommodations. All condominiums have spacious living rooms, fully equipped kitchens, comfortable bedrooms and patio or balcony. Your comfort is assured with central air conditioning and free local phone and WiFi.


Also the resort have full service marina. Bimini Sands fully protected deepwater marina offers first class amenities for boats and yachts to 100 feet. There is a Customs & Immigration Office onsite for your convenience. All slips are located adjacent to the condominiums.


The condo have choices for dining and entertainment include the elegant Beach Club Restaurant and Sushi Bar, The Petite Conch Restaurant, Mackey’s Sand Bar and of course a poolside Tiki Bar overlooking the marina.


The place have fully staffed Activities & Recreation department offers numerous Bimini tours and events including Kayaking Adventures, Boat Tours, Shark Excursions, Snorkeling Trips, Nature Walks, Outdoor Movies and even a Kids Club for the little ones.


Special package


Bimini Sands Resort & Marina on South Bimini in the Bahamas has a new “All-Inclusive 5-Night Vacation Package” for the Fall & Winter 2012/2013 season. Priced at just $145 per person per night, this affordable package covers everything guests need for a fun and relaxing Bahamas vacation, from marina-view villa accommodations to chef-styled island fare and libations, as well as a shark encounter or other resort activity. Guests who arrive by boat also receive free dockage for the length of their stay.


Available from October 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013, Bimini Sands’ All-Inclusive 5-Night Vacation Package includes the following premium features:

·         Accommodations in one of Bimini Sands’ marina-view villas, equipped with bedroom(s), kitchen, living room, laundry facilities, and balcony or patio.

·    Three meals daily at the resort’s casual Petite Conch Café or elegant Bimini Twist Restaurant for the duration of the stay. Unlimited free beverages at Bimini Sands’ resort restaurants and Mackey’s Sand Bar, including alcoholic beverages.

·         One complimentary resort activity with the Bimini Sands Activities Center.

·         Free dockage for boaters (included with purchase of the full package).


A stay at Bimini Sands allows guests to experience the real Bahamas—a laid-back, island lifestyle surrounded by wild natural scenery framed by Bimini’s incredible iridescent blue waters. This off-the-beaten-path island resort features un-crowded white-sand beaches, three freshwater swimming pools – including a brand new Infinity Pool – and a beautifully maintained nature trail.


The resort has a number of restaurants and bars for you to enjoy onsite. It has two restaurants (the Beach Club Restaurant and the Petite Conch) in addition to Mackey’s Sand Bar and the poolside Tiki Bar.


Pets are welcome


Pet lovers will appreciate the fact that Bimini Sands is a dog-friendly resort. Dogs are welcome in most of the villa accommodations, and “Scooper Stands” are located around the grounds for their owners’ convenience. Guests who are not Bahamas citizens must apply for a Bahamas Pet Importation Permit before bringing their dog to Bimini. The permit fee is just $10 per pet;


Scuba Diving Operation

Bimini Sands Resort & Marina will add to its already impressive menu of eco-adventure activities in January 2013 with the grand opening of a new scuba diving operation directed by world-renowned diver Neal Watson. The full-service Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center will be based at Bimini Sands’ Beach Club, one the resort’s two properties on South Bimini Island in the Bahamas, and will feature a 40-foot custom dive boat accommodating 30 divers, all-new Oceanic dive equipment rentals, a commercial compressor for tank refills and the only Nitrox fill station in the Bimini Islands.

“Our new location at the Bimini Sands Beach Club is ideal for a dive operation – the international airport is just a few minutes’ drive away, and it’s a short boat ride to Bimini’s best dive sites, most of which lie to the south,” Neal Watson said, citing as examples the wreck of the Sapona, Victory Reef and Tuna Alley, among other sites. “Bimini Sands’ condos are perfect for our divers’ needs. The resort’s new Infinity Pool is about to open, and its great restaurant, sushi bar and Mackey’s Sand Bar watering hole will be just steps from the door of our new dive shop.”

“Bimini Sands is already known for our world-class fishing waters and the wide variety of eco-adventures we offer. Adding a full-service scuba operation was the logical next step – and Neal Watson, an old Bahamas hand who holds several Guinness World Records for diving, is the best possible choice to direct it,” said Bimini Sands Resort & Marina CEO Frank Cooney. “As a family-operated company, we know the value of having a family on-site who can provide continuity and consistently excellent customer service for our guests. We’re delighted to welcome the Watson family to Bimini Sands.”

More activities


If you go to South Bimini in the winter month, you have to take a stroll on the Bimini Nature Trail. The Trail is lined with informative signs, so anyone who walks it will come out with better understanding of Bimini’s natural environment.

The Bimini story says in the early 16th century had the reputation throughout the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean of being the home of the legendary Fountain of Youth –a spring with the power to roll backs time for anyone who drinks its water. The Spanish conquistador Ponce de Leon never found his Fountain of Youth. In 2000, Frank Conney decided that Bimini’s Fountain of Youth could use a little T.L.C. He and his staff rebuilt the top of the well, cut back the brush and added a short nature trail to the site. If you visit, draw some water from the well and wash your face in it (you never know…).

In other hand, you have to visit the Sharklab. It’s a tour in this world-renowned research facility for all things shark-related. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the lemon shark pens. Also you can swim with wild dolphin. You can take a dolphin excursion to find a pod and dive in.

Deep sea fishing, of course, is what put Bimini on the map. Dolphin, marlin, tuna, sailfish, grouper, barracuda, and more – they’re all here. Bimini has long been famous for its excellent bonefishing and a number of world records have been set over the years.

The businessman, Frank J. Cooney is the president and CEO of Bimini Sands Resort & Marina on South Bimini in the Bahamas. He has operated the resort since 1995.


Contact info:

USA Travel Network has established two new phone numbers for Bimini Sands/Neal Watson’s Bimini Sands Scuba Center reservations: Toll free at 1-800-737-1007 and U.S. local at 954-615-1011, as well as the email address
For more information, visit or call 242-347-3500.

Pets info: Pet owners can visit




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