Bimini – Spring Break 2010

Crew:  Bill, Ann, and Sarah Miller . and Morgan Scruggs

The Bimini Islands – One of Ernest Hemingway’s old haunts and the closest Bahamian islands to the US.  We decided to spend spring break there, so on Thursday April 1st, we took advantage of unusually calm conditions in the gulf stream to begin our trip.

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At 10 am, we left the Harborage marina and by 11:00 am we were transiting the St. Lucie inlet headed for open waters.  We decided to take the North route across the stream due to lighter winds and headed almost directly east towards Settlement Point on Grand Bahama Island.  The gulf stream carried us 13 miles north as we crossed.  We approached the little Bahama bank near Memory Rock and then headed South, skirting the little Bahama bank to protect us from the Easterly winds and waves.   We then crossed to open water of the Northwest Passage to “Hens and Chickens”, and skirted the great Bahama bank to Bimini Harbor Entrance.

Our Route

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Bimini is on the edge of an underwater mountain

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We arrived at the Harbor entrance to Bimini around 10:00 a.m., docked at Bimini Blue Water and cleared customs in time for lunch.

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Bill and Ann at Sherry's on the Beach

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Our plan was to have a beer and a lobster while Sarah and Morgan swam, but Sherry’s deep fryer broke and we had to have 3 beers before our lobster was ready.  Of course the 3 beers with the 22 hour crossing involved a nap prior to heading out for dinner.

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Sarah and Morgan at the Bimini Blue Water Resort

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We had arrived in Bimini for “Homecoming Weekend” accidentally which was a lot of  fun, but very noisy.  There were some speakers almost twice the size of my pickup truck that were pointed right at our boat going from early morning to way past our bedtime.

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If you have to have a sign, you know you have a problem...

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This was the sign above the entrance to the bar just down the street.

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Sarah and Morgan Relaxing at the Bimini Blue Water Docks

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Sarah and Morgan went snorkeling in the Bimini Harbor entrance (Morgan’s first time).  They saw lots of fish, but the currents were very strong so I tied a long rope to the back of the dinghy and pulled them all over the area.

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Ann Louise relaxing on the Ann Louise

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On the last day, we bought some Bahamian bread at the “Almost Heaven” bakery. Unbelievably good bread.  We highly recommend it.

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On Tuesday night around sunset, we left the dock for the trip back.  With the gulf stream pushing us along, we mad the trip back to Stuart, Fl in 14 hours, vs the 22 it took us to get there.  A little rougher than the trip over, but not to bad.  We puled into the Harborage Marina around 10:00 a.m., drove to the Ft. Pierce airport to clear customs and were back in Stuart in time for a late lunch at Luna’s Italian Grill (don’t ever go there)

Spent one more night on the boat and the three girls headed back to Atlanta the next afternoon.

2 thoughts on “Bimini – Spring Break 2010”

  1. Looks like a fun spring break! I got to stay home and work and do yard work in my free time! I’ll admit though, it wasn’t bad. We still need to get out and drink!

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