Bimini might only be 50 nautical miles from Miami, but the beauty and beaches here are unmistakably Bahamian. Translucent turquoise water and bright white beaches are found throughout the islands.
Though the Lucayan word "Bimini" translates to "two islands," Bimini is actually comprised of three small islands. North Bimini is the most populated and is home to the majority of the tourism industry. South Bimini is quieter, less developed and mostly local (it also houses Bimini's small airport). The smallest of the three islands is East Bimini, which doesn't see any action from locals or tourists.
Settlers from the U.K. discovered the splendor and magic of Bimini about 200 years ago, and it has drawn travelers from around the globe ever since. Though small, Bimini has made its mark in history. Being so close to Miami, Bimini held a key location for rumrunners during Prohibition, the most famous being William S. McCoy, whose reliable alcohol supply helped coin the term "the real McCoy." It's also been under speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis and home to the original Fountain of Youth.
Famous leaders have been known to seek respite in the spectacular surrounds of Bimini, including Margaret Thatcher and the venerable Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In fact, Dr. King wrote two speeches here, his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and his famous (and last) speech in 1968 to the striking sanitation workers. His island and bonefishing guide, Mr. Ansil Saunders, still lives in Bimini today.
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