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Bimini, Mon

Often when you hear the name Bimini it stirs a notion of adventure, island life and blue water.

Upon arriving however you find an island that is surrounded by the clearest turquoise water you have ever seen and friendly Bahamian people that are happy to share their culture and their conch salad with you.

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By boat or air, Bimini is easily reached from either Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. For our fabulous trip, we chose to stay on North Bimini at The Big Game Club, a favorite especially amongst the boating crowd. The second floor bar overlooks the marina where you can drink a Kalik and watch as deep sea fishing boats and luxury yachts all navigate into their slips.

A golf cart is the only transportation you need on land to head on down to Stuart's where the music is good and you can sample the freshest and best conch salad you will ever have. On the topic of food be sure to grab some "Bimini bread" for breakfast. I especially loved it prepared as French toast with a little coconut sprinkled on top.

The rest of the trip was pretty much spent out on the water with our guide Nick, affectionately known as "The Barefoot Bandit." We took about a 15 minute boat ride where we stopped and went snorkeling at the wreck of the "Sapona," a concrete hulled cargo steamer that ran aground near Bimini in 1926 during a hurricane. From the wreck we navigated over to Honeymoon Harbor where we moored and jumped into the crystal clear turquoise water and fed the Rays. They were very playful and loved brushing past us in hopes that we would hold our hand out with food. We lunched at the "Cat Cay" Yacht Club and then headed back with the bandit to grab a great meal especially prepared for us by Ebbe.

Bimini is not about the amenities of a "Paradise." It's about an island... steeped in it's own traditions and where it's residents are happy to share a Kalik with you and show you what true Bahamian hospitality is all about.

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