3 nights at Bimini Sands Marina, South Bimini

We originally signed up for 2 nights at Bimini Sands Marina in order to clear in and avoid a cold front. We then found we could access the office Wi-Fi from the comfort of our boat and seriously thought about never living this little slice of heaven.

First roll in Bahamian sand complete - Hastings is happy!
Dog Footprints in the sand, South Bimini, Bahamas
Footprints in the sand
We met a lovely German couple who cross every year from Florida and spend 3 months at this marina. Wi-Fi, power, a safe harbor, beautiful beach, 2 pools, no worries about dragging or other boats or the weather; I think they have the right idea! 2 nights became 3. Our wallets were thrilled and delighted when the Wi-Fi stopped working on night 3 and we were forced to consider moving on!
Bimini Sands infinity pool
Bimini Sands pool
We dinghyed over to North Bimini and tied to a random ladder. Matt went to the BTC office, conveniently located under the cell tower. We purchased a Bahamian SIM card here - we paid $25 for activation and SIM card and $30 for a month of 3GB of data. The same deal costs over $100 from Mr.SimCard online. We can re-purchase data through text with BTC and won't have to revisit the office.

Sailboats at anchor, North Bimini, Bahamas
North Bimini anchorage
South Bimini is very small. It is 2 miles down a sand packed road to the airport. A 10 minute walk will take you from the marina to the ferry dock and past a snack bar, grocery store and liquor store. We had conch from the snack bar and bought $5 chilled eggs from Ohio from the grocery store (a 12 x 10 room). It is definatley more expensive in the Bahamas - tins of tomatoes were $3 and Fruit Loops cereal was $8. The liquor store keeps random hours and wasn't open, so we still don't know how much beer and rum cost. Diesel was $4.40 a gallon (in Virginia we paid $2.50, Florida $3)

South Bimini road, Bahamas
The exciting main drag of South Bimini - snack bar, grocery store, liquor store
Sailboat in the sunset, Bimini, Bahamas
Sunset over the Atlantic
Would you prefer to spend a long time at a lovely resort, relaxing, or do you prefer the unknown? 

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  1. The unknown. Definitely the unknown. But it's not a fair competition because I really don't like spending time in marinas and I love being out in the wilderness.

    Stephanie @ SV CAMBRIA

    1. The call of the wild! Marinas are too expensive for us, but I really enjoy topping off batteries, using Wi-Fi, and laundry machines. I also think Hastings loves marinas - walks anytime, on demand! As soon as we leave, we're glad to have left

  2. Usually the unknown, unless I would be fed up with the unknown and need a little break from adventure. And, there is enough money in my wallet! :-) Time to eat like the locals and skip imported foods, it looks like!

    1. The unknown is such a call - but sometimes it's nice to sleep at night and not be investigation winds, checking the anchor, and wondering what that new noise is! Hopefully we have done a good enough job provisioning that we won't be buying too many groceries. Without access to Amazon Prime, we're hoping the Bahamas will actually be quite cheap for us!

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