Sometimes you just need a break from the hustle and bustle of life. Maybe it’s a break from work. Maybe it’s a break from the kids. Maybe it’s a break from life in general and all you need is a change of pace for a day or two. Maybe it’s time for a quick getaway. Bimini Yacht Charters are the perfect solution.
Bimini and her neighbor Cat Cay may be just the right answer. Bimini is just a few short miles from the coast of Palm Beach, Florida but it is a whole world away. An island, another country, a different attitude. This tiny area of about 20 miles is dotted with islands with white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters and locals that stand ready to welcome you with smiles and perhaps a local rum drink.
Lost City Atlantis
If you are open to local legend, and willing to use your imagination, perhaps you will buy into the rumor that this is the site of the Lost City of Atlantis. There are symmetrical slabs in the shallow waters off of North Bimini that are said to have been the road leading to Atlantis. But truth or fantasy, the slabs are located in only fifteen feet of water and are fun to snorkel and delve into a little fantasy of your own. After all, the whole purpose of this getaway is to take a break for the day to day so why not take a flight into fantasy while you’re here.
Bimini is actually two islands since North Bimini and South Bimini are actually separated by a narrow channel. Not only is the channel narrow – it is only six feet deep and usually has a pretty strong current flowing through making navigation a bit of a challenge and impossible for the larger yachts.
Alicetown is the main, actually the only town, in Bimini and is located on North Bimini. This is also where you will find most of the marinas, shops and restaurants and a common port of call for Bimini yacht charters. This was home to the Compleat Angler home to Hemingway during the mid 30’s and host to other notable visitors such as Lucille Ball and Jimmy Buffett. Unfortunately the hotel was destroyed by a devastating fire which took the life of owner Julian Brown on January 13, 2006. This was a sad day in Bimini and the hotel and its owner are sorely missed.
However there is still much to see in and around Alicetown. Rent a scooter and explore the island or talke a walk on the sugary white sand beach. Lie in the sun or fo for a swim or walk along the beach to see what the tide has brought in. This is a great beach for finding sea glass, a great souvenir of your time in Bimini.
If you’re up for a bit of snorkeling or diving be sure to visit the partially submerged wreck of the 270’ concrete-hulled cargo steamer ship, the Saponabuilt by Henry Ford in 1911. This is a great place to enjoy some of the fascinating sea life found in the Bahamas. The ship sank here during a hurricane in the 1926 but while owned by as Bruce Bethel, a rum runner, she led quite an exciting life as floating liquor warehouse during prohibition and also as a night club. During a hurricane in 1926 the stern of the ship broke off and the ship as well as all of Bethel’s liquor stocks were destroyed He never recovered from this loss and died penniless in 1950.
During World War II, the wreck was used for target practice by the Air Force and Navy. The legendary Lost Squadron of Flight 19 disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle on December 5, 1045 while returning home from a practice bombing of the Sapona. The bombings of the Sapona were stopped shortly thereafter.
About 10 miles south of Bimini is Cat Cay. A private island owned by its members. While enjoying your Bimini yacht charter you are allowed to visit and tie up at the marina and non-member yachtsmen are allowed access to many of the facilities adjacent to the marina. This includes access to the Cat Bay Boutique, Nauticat restaurant, market and clinic. If you fall in love with Cat Cay Yacht Club, as many before you have done, membership requires a bit of effort. A Regular current member must sponsor you. A second member must second that sponsorship and then the Board of the Directors will investigate you and vote on your application. A non-refundable initiation fee of $25,000 USD is required for membership and must be submitted with the application. This is an exclusive bit of heaven so take advantage of your time in the islands and spend some time enjoying all that Cat Cay has to offer.
If you want someone more private there are several nice anchorages to the south of Cat Cay with excellent snorkeling and swimming in their protected waters. This is a great area for relaxing and watching the sun set while smelling fresh fish on the grill and listening to the gentle lapping of the waves against the hull of the boat.
We’re are only a few miles from the Florida shoreline, but we are light years away from civilization. So don’t stress, even if you only have 3 or 4 days, let us find you a private yacht and come unwind with us in Bimini and Cat Cay in the Bahamas.