All though not quite the cruising grounds as the Exumas
are, we always love Bimini for our first stop.
Our Gem also has a shallow draft
and allows for a wider range of anchorages as well.
The North West side of Bimini has some really nice beaches that are all but empty as long as you stay south of the new "Bimini Bay" developement. We have anchored there over night with east winds, as long as we didn't have a swell off the stream. Then it can rolly. Also, just North of the old rusted freighter we like to anchor
. From there it is a an easy dinghy
ride or swim to shore and if you need a kalick, they are close by. Again, any swell off the stream can make it a uncomfortable overnight stay.
As you heasd south you have plenty of things to snorkle like the cement wreck (mentioned earlier) and all the rocks (turtle rocks etc).. From there we normally head
back to Nixons Harbor on S. Bimini.. Shallow draft
is a plus here as well.
From Nixons, you can head
SE across the bank to catch the course line across the bank to Chubb.. Without winds on the bow, it is easily doable in daylight in April.
HoneyMoon harbor is pretty cool, but it is subject to swell and the holding isn't the best.. With winds other then east, we have had some nice nights on the East side of Gun with short dinghy
ride to HM harbor...
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