trip faq

We’ve gathered all our FAQs in one convenient spot for your easy access

PRE-TRIP PREPARATION

If you’re traveling to the Bahamas from the United States, you will need a valid passport. This applies to all travelers, including adults and children.

It’s important to make sure your passport is up to date and valid for at least six months beyond the date of your planned trip. If you need to renew your passport or apply for a new one, be sure to allow plenty of time for processing.

You will need to complete the online customs forms (including cruising permit) and immigration forms. The immigration forms are paper based and filled out (at the immigration location) when you reach the island.

You can complete your customs paperwork, make a payment, and obtain a cruising permit by using one of the approved systems below.

Be sure to apply and pay for your cruising permit in advance of your trip to ensure a smooth and hassle-free arrival in the Bahamas

ROAMCBP (Remote Offsite Arrival – Mobile) is a mobile app that allows boaters to clear US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspections from their own mobile devices. This app is designed for boaters who are entering the United States from a foreign port and can help expedite the customs clearance process.

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/pleasure-boats/pleasure-boat-overview/roam

Based on our research, we’ve found that currently there is no insurance available that covers PWCs (Personal Watercraft) for the entirety of the trip, including Bahamian waters. While there are some insurances that cover US and international waters, it’s important to note that they may not extend to the Bahamas. Therefore, we highly recommend that you exercise caution and take all necessary safety measures while operating your PWCs during your Bahamas trip.

“As of 20 September 2022, the COVID-19 testing requirement for entering The Bahamas has been eliminated.” – https://www.bahamas.com/travelupdates

At the time of this writing, vaccinated travelers are not required. Please due your due diligence in verifying the latest vaccination requirements.

There are several transportation options available to get to Bimini, including ferry and airplane. You can take a ferry from various ports in Florida, such as Miami or Fort Lauderdale, or fly into Bimini’s airport from several locations, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Nassau. It is important to research and compare the different options to determine the best choice based on your specific needs and preferences..

FERRY:

AIR TRAVEL:

  • Aztec Airways
    Phone: +1 954-601-3742
    Website: https://www.flyaztec.com/
    Description: Aztec Airways offers cargo and charter services from Fort Lauderdale to various destinations in the Bahamas, including Bimini.
  • Flamingo Air
    Phone: +1 242-351-5922
    Website: https://flamingoairbah.com/
    Description: Flamingo Air offers scheduled and charter flights from Nassau to various destinations in the Bahamas, including Bimini.
  • Silver Airways
    Phone: +1 801-401-9100
    Website: https://www.silverairways.com/
    Description: Offers flights from Fort Lauderdale and Miami to South Bimini. Airport.
  • Tropic Ocean Airways
    Phone: +1 954-210-5569
    Website: https://flytropic.com/
    Description: Offers seaplane service from Fort Lauderdale and Miami to Bimini.
  • Western Air
    Phone: +1 242-329-4000
    Website: https://westernairbahamas.com/
    Description: Offers flights from Fort Lauderdale and Miami to South Bimini Airport.

Based on our research, there are currently no commercial rental companies that offer services for crossing between the Bahamas and the United States. If you’re looking to make the crossing, you will need to have your own watercraft or arrange for private transportation.

Note: While these hotels have been listed as trailer friendly, we recommend calling ahead to verify and confirm their parking policies before booking.

If you need a place to park your vehicle and trailer before the trip, one option is the Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport which offers parking options for both.

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport Phone: 54-342-8333
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/fllap-courtyard-fort-lauderdale-airport/

Other hotels that have been identified as trailer friendly are:

Alsdorf at Pompano
100 West Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 3306
Payment Method(s): PayByPhone App

Harbour Towne Marina has paid overnight parking and security.
801 NE 3rd St, Dania Beach, FL 33004

Haulover Marine Station
10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154

Crandon Park
6747 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Payment Method(s): Park2Pay App

bimini guide

*This information is subject to change

Hilton at Resorts World Bimini
Phone: +1 888-930-8688
Website: link
Boat Slips: Yes
Description: This luxury resort is located on North Bimini Island and offers a range of amenities, including a casino, restaurants, pools, and a private beach.

Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina
Phone: +1 800-867-4764
Website: link
Boat Slips: Yes
Description: This historic resort is located on North Bimini Island and features a marina, restaurant, bar, and dive shop.

Resorts World Bimini
Phone: +1 888-930-8688
Website: link
Boat Slips: Yes
Description: This beachfront resort is located on North Bimini Island and features a range of amenities, including a casino, restaurants, bars, pools, and a spa.

Bimini Cove
Phone: +1 833-246-4643
Website: link
Boat Slips: Yes
Description: This resort is located on South Bimini Island and features a marina, beach, pool, and restaurant.

Seacrest Hotel & Marina
Phone: +1 242-347-3030
Boat Slips: Yes
Description: This hotel and marina is located on South Bimini Island and features a pool, restaurant, and bar.


Note that the phone numbers and websites are subject to change, so it’s always a good idea to verify the information before making any reservations.

Explore Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey, Booking.com rentals for a personalized vacation experience on North or South Bimini. Several of these rentals (on South Bimini) include dock slips in the booking, allowing you to conveniently park your watercraft during your stay.

In Bimini, some popular options include Bimini Bay Resort & Marina, Hilton Resort, Big Game Club, and others. It’s worth noting that if you’re traveling with a group of friends, the rental rate can often be split among multiple PWCs for one rental spot.

For the resorts, the slip fee is typically a separate charge from the room and needs to be coordinated with the resort. For Airbnb, VRBO, and similar platforms, the slip is sometimes included in the cost of the rental. Please read the agreement carefully before booking.

*This information is subject to change

  • Hilton at Resorts World Bimini
    Phone: +1 888-930-8688
    Website: link
    Boat Slips: Yes
  • Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina
    Phone: +1 800-867-4764
    Website: link
    Boat Slips: Yes
  • Resorts World Bimini
    Phone: +1 888-930-8688
    Website: link
    Boat Slips: Yes
  • Bimini Cove
    Phone: +1 833-246-4643
    Website: link
    Boat Slips: Yes
  • Seacrest Hotel & Marina
    Phone: +1 242-347-3030
    Boat Slips: Yes

  • Bimini Bay Resort & Marina (Fisherman’s Village)
    Phone: +1 242-347-4000
    Website: link
    Boat Slips: Yes
  • Brown’s Marina
    Phone: +1 242-347-3166
    Website: link
    Boat Slips: Yes

These marinas and fuel docks often offer gasoline, diesel, and other necessary boating supplies.

*This information is subject to change

  • Bimini Sands Resort & Marina
  • Bimini Cove

Note that the availability of fuel may vary depending on the time of year and demand, so it’s always a good idea to check with the provider in advance to ensure availability and to make any necessary arrangements.

  • Sabor Restaurant & Bar:
    serves Caribbean and Latin American cuisine in a casual setting
  • Edith’s Pizza:
    offers tasty pizza and other Italian dishes
  • Sherry’s Cafe:
    a small, family-run cafe with homemade dishes and baked goods
  • CJ’s Deli:
    a popular spot for sandwiches and breakfast items
  • Mackey’s Sand Bar:
    a beachfront bar and grill with live music and a fun atmosphere
  • Stuart’s Conch Salad Stand:
    serves fresh conch salad, a Bahamian specialty
  • Bimini Twist:
    specializes in seafood and offers a waterfront dining experience
  • The Beach Club at Resorts World Bimini:
    a beachfront restaurant with ocean views and a variety of dishes
  • Hemingway’s Restaurant:
    a casual spot with American and Bahamian dishes and a Hemingway-inspired decor
  • Luna Beach Club:
    a beachfront restaurant and bar with a relaxed vibe and delicious food

Resorts World Bimini Casino
Try your luck at the Resorts World Bimini Casino, offering a variety of games and entertainment options for visitors looking to add some excitement to their vacation
https://rwbimini.com/casino

Explore Bimini’s maritime history by visiting several shipwreck sites, such as the “Hesperus” and “SS Sapona,” providing a fascinating experience for diving enthusiasts and history lovers.

Experience the diverse range of activities Bimini has to offer, whether it’s feeding the friendly stingrays or simply unwinding on the idyllic beaches, providing something for everyone to enjoy.

Explore the enchanting underwater attractions of Bimini, including Rainbow Reef and Stairs to Atlantis, among other thrilling destinations.

If you’re looking for transportation options in the Bahamas, there are several options available.

Firstly, ]there is a ferry that operates between the islands. This can be a convenient and affordable option for getting around and exploring different parts of the Bahamas.

Secondly, many of the islands offer golf cart rentals as a popular way to explore and get around. These can be a fun and easy way to get from place to place.

Lastly, there are also taxi services available on many of the islands. These can be a bit more expensive than the other options, but can be a good choice for longer distances or when you need to get somewhere quickly.

Under favorable weather conditions, the trip from Miami to Bimini typically takes about two hours at a speed of 25 knots.

However, if the weather is not good, the trip can take longer and may be more challenging. It’s always important to check the weather forecast and sea conditions before leaving.

the equipment list

Check out our Equipment Shop

  • Emergency Bilge
  • Tools
  • Spark Plugs
  • Oil
  • First Aid (Recommended for everyone)
  • Dramamine
  • Battery Jumper
  • Impellor Jam Removal Tool/Long Knife
  • US Coast Guard Requirements
  • Yellow Quarantine Flag (Immigration Required) – SHOP FLAGS
  • Extra Fuel 5 gallons (Might be more depending on your watercraft)
  • Radio – (Our Recommended Article – 2023s Best Handled VHF Radios)
  • GPS
  • EPIRB/PLB
  • Goggles
  • Knife
  • Dock Rope
  • Tow Rope
  • Anchor Rope
  • Anchor – SHOP ANCHORS
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Water Shoes
  • Rash Guard / Long Sleeve – SHOP CLOTHING
  • Head Covering
  • Dry Bag
  • Clothes – SHOP CLOTHING
  • Dock Protection (Fenders, Bumpers, Dock Sticks)
  • Food (Don’t bring Fruits or Veggies)
  • Water (Water bottles are expensive)
  • Utensils
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Phone and Chargers (download pre-loaded maps)
  • Locks and Cables
  • Spare Tire
  • Jack compatible with trailer
  • Lock(s) for trailer (hitch, receiver, wheel(s))
  • Parking Payment Phone App

Make sure to carry at least 5 gallons of extra fuel with you on your trip. This will ensure that you have enough fuel to get back to shore in case of any unexpected delays or changes in your plans.

For safe transportation of your gear in open water activities, use a tested and reliable rack. This ensures your gear is secure and your vehicle is protected.

Yes, having a VHF radio is crucial for your safety during any jetski crossing or boating adventure. VHF radios allow you to communicate with other vessels, harbor masters, and in some cases, emergency services. Having this equipment on board can make the difference in an emergency situation where cell phone signals are unavailable.

Check out our recommendations article 2023s Best Handled VHF Radios

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