A colorful fish restaurant on Radio Beach
Most people see Bahamas as a super expensive tourist destination where you need to book overpriced flights and super fancy resorts to visit. That was the case with me until recently when I discovered the FRS Caribbean day cruises. They leave twice a week from Miami City Center to the Westernmost Islands of Bahamas called the Bimini Islands. The price is about a hundred dollars, which includes the two hour boat trip each way, transport on the island and the use of the Hilton hotel facilities for the 8 hours you are on the island.
You are not asked to show your passport upon arrival at Bimini and everything just worked super smooth compared to all the hassle of airport security, customs and immigration that you would usually have to face when crossing international borders. Upon arrival I rented a golf car together with two Eastern European girls I had met on the boat, which was 50 bucks split evenly between us.
Bimini is a really small place and during our time there we got to drive up and down the whole island several times. Past beaches, resorts and the three rundown villages on the island where all the locals lived. We were served rum with our overpriced 10$ coconuts and had some lovely grilled fish that was prepared right on Radio Beach. We climbed palm trees, snorkeled crystal clear waters and watched the sun go down right before we boarded the boat back to Miami.
The Hilton hotel had rooftop pools that we were allowed to use
Personally I think it was enough to spend just a day in Bahamas. There are people going for much longer, but already after half a day I felt like the island was fully explored and I started getting restless in my beach chair. It’s beautiful and peaceful, but just another destination that where prices and the activities have adapted to the tourists (jetski rentals, fishing trips and 10! Dollars for a single coconut).
It was Ernest Hemingway who put Bimini on the modern tourism map as he went back there several times for fishing and writing his books, but even though I enjoyed my one day here I do not think that I will ever be back.
Watch this on my vlog, episode 3 here.
Next trip has just been booked and in one month I will set off on a trip with the goal to visit every country in the Carribean!
Im keeping my trip exactly 90 days to be covered by my credit card Insurance with Bank Norwegian, I will visit 19 new countries with 11 of them being Carribean Islands:
Bahamas: November 8th on a day Trip from Miami
Jamaica November from 10th to 16th of November
Antigua & Barbuda from 16th to 18th of November
St.Kitts & Nevis from 18th to 19th of November
Dominica from 19th to 23rd of November
Barbados from 23rd to 24th of November
St.Lucia from 24th to 26th of November
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Grenada from 26th of Nov- 5th of Dec
Trinidad & Tobago from 5th – 11th of December
Suriname to Guyana from 11th to 17th of December
Mexico, Belize Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua between 18th of December and 19th of January
Haiti to Dominican Republic from January 19th to February 2nd
I’ve just ordered a know roaming global SIM to log my travels on the way, so stay tuned!