Square Grouper Tiki Bar Grand Opening!
are excited to announce that the Grand Opening of our new
outdoor bar at the Bimini Beach Club will be held this
Memorial Day Weekend. The bar has been officially named the
Square Grouper Tiki Bar and to celebrate the event we will
be hosting a special Happy Hour out at the bar, along with
live music, free give-a-ways and more!
Don’t miss Bimini’s
official season opener this Memorial Day weekend and make
sure you check out the brand-new Square Grouper Tiki Bar
while you are here!
Blue Lamp Awards
part of the celebrations marking the 170th Anniversary of
the Police Force in The Bahamas, a number of persons were
selected to receive recognition from the Royal Bahamas
Police Force in Bimini for their good-will, cooperation and
support of the police in Bimini. The local awards are named
after the traditional "blue lamp" which is found outside
Bahamian police stations.
We are proud to announce that two of Bimini Sands’ very own
have been selected to receive Bimini’s Blue Lamp Awards. Mr.
Frank Cooney Sr. and Mr. Emil Poitier were both selected to
receive recognition from the Royal Bahamas Police Force for
their longstanding commitment and support to the policing
and police programs here on Bimini. We would like to
congratulate both of them on their prestigious award, and as
a company we strive to continue helping the Bimini police
force in any way we can here at Bimini Sands.
As we get ready
for another great summer boating season around Bimini,
there’s a few things that everyone should remember when
cruising the crystal clear waters around these islands.
1) All of Bimini’s marinas are strictly “No Wake” zones.
This includes the Bimini Sands Marina, as well as the entire
Alicetown Channel, from the old Chalk’s ramp past the Big
2) All boats should make their best effort to avoid damaging
corals and seagrasses when anchoring.
3) Several permanent-moorings are around the island, though
it is prohibited to fish from these moorings. Any questions
about the moorings around Bimini’s reefs can be directed to
Keefe’s Bimini Undersea.
4) All boats should stay at least 300 ft away from any boat
displaying a red-and-white “Diver Down” flag.
5) While we drive on the left side of the road in the
Bahamas, on-coming boat traffic should still pass port side
– to – port side.
6) Most resorts & businesses around Bimini use VHF channel
68 as their “Hailing Channel”. Please DO NOT use this
channel for extended conversations.
7) All boaters should be aware of the most current Fisheries
Rules & Regulations.
Exciting Boa Research on the Bimini Nature Trail
opening in 2008, the Bimini Nature Trail has served as the
perfect place to view one of Bimini’s most unique tourist
attractions, the endemic Bimini Boa. Visitors and residents
alike have been able to view this beautiful snake in its
enclosure, and even get a closer look and possibly
the snake themselves with one of our guided tours. But now,
the Bimini Nature Trail serves another valuable purpose. In
to showcasing the boa to the trail’s visitors, the Bimini
Nature Trail has become an official study site as well.
Ricardo Escobar from Loma Linda University is now utilizing
our nature trail as one of his study sites for Bimini’s
unique snake. His project will track the movements of these
snakes and try to get a population estimate as to how many
Bimini Boas are on the islands of Bimini.
The Bimini Boa is a completely harmless snake that is found
nowhere else in the world, and is even listed by some
conservation groups as an endangered species. And while this
beautiful reptile is becoming a more familiar part of
Bimini's eco-attractions, there is still little known about
For more information on the Bimini Nature Trail, the Bimini
Boa, or this exciting new research project, visit the Bimini
Sands Recreation & Activities Center on your next visit to
Bimini, or email questions to
Bimini In the Media
though countless numbers of film and print crews have done
work about Bimini, we still continue to attract
international media attention to the island. Just recently
Bimini was highlighted in National Geographic Traveler’s
January/February issue. The article is titled “Great Winter
Escapes” and they chose 12 lesser known, but not-to-miss
winter vacation destinations. Bimini is the article’s
ecotourism destination because of our beautiful blue water,
long stretches of white coral beaches, wild dolphin
encounters, mangrove forests perfect for kayaking and of
course our newly established Marine Protected Area. The
article even mentions our very own Bimini Nature Trail and
the Bimini Boa.
Bimini Sands also recently hosted a film crew visiting from
France. The team was producing a film on a few of the
Bahamian Out-Islands and Bimini was one of those selected.
During their few days on Bimini, the crew from our
Recreation & Activities Center we able to take the team out
to see the Sapona, snorkel the Road to Atlantis, swim with
Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, and even dive with multiple Great
Hammerheads. The film team could not have been happier with
the animals they were able to encounter and footage they got
in their short time here. For a small island, Bimini offers
Over and over Bimini continues to impress film and print
media crews. It is no wonder why so many people love to
Bimini’s Lemon Sharks
young lemon sharks can easily be seen in the waters around
Bimini year-round, the spring is the best time to see mature
adult lemon sharks. Every spring large female lemon sharks
travel back to the nursery area they were born in to do one
of two things; if she is pregnant, she comes to give birth
in the same nursery area she was born in, if she is not
pregnant she comes to mate, and with a year gestation
period, the following year she will return again to give
Bimini’s extensive mangrove system is the main reason the
island is ideal for young lemon sharks to grow up. The
mangroves provide plenty of food for them to eat and the
tangled mangrove roots provide protection from predators.
The Bimini Biological Fiend Station (aka Sharklab) has been
conducting extensive studies on Bimini’s lemons sharks and
their nursery areas since they opened in 1990. And the best
part, they are eager to share what they have learned with
anyone interested. The Sharklab offers tours where they will
detail their daily runnings at the lab, the current
research, and even show you the juvenile sharks they have in
a holding pen. Tour times change daily, so please contact
the lab to schedule a tour. VHF 88A or 347-4538
Closed Season for Lobster April 1st – July 31st
1st marks the beginning of the closed-season for the
Bahamian lobster fishery. From the beginning of April until
the end of July, it is strictly forbidden to harvest,
purchase or possess any spiny lobster of any size within the
Bahamas. Your cooperation is crucial to maintaining a
healthy lobster population around Bimini, and far beyond.
summer months, the closed-season allows the spiny lobster
time and opportunity to reproduce, ensuring a lasting
population. Since larval lobster are carried for miles with
the ocean currents, crawfish that reproduce around Bimini
are not only sustaining the lobster population around these
islands, but also far beyond our shores.