Bimini

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**Geography of Bimini:**
– Bimini consists of North Bimini, South Bimini, and East Bimini.
– Other islands in the chain include Gun Cay, North Cat Cay, South Cat Cay, and Ocean Cay.
– North Bimini is 11km long and 200m wide with Alice Town as the main settlement.
– South Bimini has South Bimini Airport and a small community called Port Royale.
– Popular activities include fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling due to shipwrecks in the area.

**History of Bimini:**
– The Lucayans were the first inhabitants of Bimini.
– During Prohibition, Bimini was a hub for the rum-running trade.
– Chalks International Airlines operated seaplane flights to and from Bimini.
– Several aviation accidents have occurred involving Bimini.
– The Compleat Angler Hotel, a famous establishment in Bimini, was destroyed by fire in 2006.

**Bimini’s Natural Environment and Wildlife:**
– Bimini is home to unique species like the Bimini Boa and Bimini Ameiva.
– The smalltooth sawfish is considered critically endangered.
– The Bimini Biological Field Station has recorded 13 shark species in the area.
– Shark populations around Bimini are diverse, including shortfin mako and bigeye thresher sharks.
– The BBFS focuses on shark research and conservation efforts.

**The Fountain of Youth in Bimini:**
– Juan Ponce de León searched for the Fountain of Youth, with Bimini being a rumored location.
– A plaque commemorating the Fountain of Youth is located near South Bimini Airport.
– The Healing Hole, a pool with mineral-laden fresh water, is found on North Bimini.
– The well in the mangrove swamp is high in calcium and magnesium.
– The Fountain of Youth legend is associated with Bimini.

**Bimini’s Cultural and Historical Significance:**
– The history of Bimini includes references to Atlantis and the island’s geological features.
– Authors and researchers have delved into the cultural significance of Bimini.
– The island’s historical connections to explorers like Juan Ponce de Leon have been studied.
– Bimini’s role in literature and pop culture has added to its historical legacy.
– Efforts have been made to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of Bimini.

Bimini (Wikipedia)

Bimini /ˈbɪmɪn/ is the westernmost district of the Bahamas and comprises a chain of islands located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) due east of Miami. Bimini is the closest point in the Bahamas to the mainland United States and approximately 210 km (130 mi) west-northwest of Nassau. The population is 2,417 as of the 2022 census.

Bimini, Bahamas
Nickname: 
Fishing Capital of the Bahamas
The Bahamas with Bimini highlighted on the west side
The Bahamas with Bimini highlighted on the west side
Coordinates: 25°44′N 79°15′W / 25.733°N 79.250°W / 25.733; -79.250
CountryBahamas
CapitalAlice Town
Area
 • Total23 km2 (9 sq mi)
Population
 (2022)
 • Total2,417
DemonymBiminite
Parliamentary representation1 House seat, shared with West End as a single parliamentary constituency
Local government1 council; 0 townships
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