Photo Essay: North Bimini Bahamas

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As we take apart our engine on the beautiful island of Bimini Bahamas, I remember that cruising is defined as “working on your boat in exotic ports.” But, for us, it could also be defined as “enjoying exotic ports while waiting for marine parts to arrive.”

It turns out, having arrived to Bimini Bahamas despite our engine troubles back in Fort Lauderdale, that our engine really does have a problem. And it turns out that the neighbor we ignored back in Fort Lauderdale (you know, the one who was telling us our heat exchanger was bad while swilling his wine?) Well, he was actually right. Our heat exchanger is bad. We just weren’t ready to hear it while our engine appeared to be working fine.

But the good news is that we located our exact heat exchanger at Jerry’s Marine in Fort Lauderdale for $300 and we’re able to get a local Bahamian airline to cargo ship the part to us on Monday for a mere $25.

We’ll be posting more on our engine shortly, but as we don’t have a heat exchanger in hand yet to install, and since we’re happily stuck here in Bimini, there is nothing left to do, really, but run and cycle around the island, go snorkeling, lay on the beach, have barbecues, eat fresh conch salad and drink rum cocktails. Tomorrow we may even do something really strenuous, like go fishing.

Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Don’t tell Ryan, but I’m actually thinking that if we’re lucky, maybe that part will arrive late. Like on Tuesday or Wednesday. Think of all the not-working-on-boat-repairs I could do until then!

For now, though, here’s a little photo essay of the tiny island of North Bimini…

conch by the sea bimini

Conch pile behind Joe’s Conch Shack, Alice Town.

Joe's conch shack bimini

Must come back here for some conch salad.

alice town bimini

The colorful walk into Alice Town, Bimini.

turf to surf bimini bahamas

We found that blue Bahamas water everyone raves about.

boat run aground bimini

This Florida boat didn’t fare so well getting in the channel.

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The conch and lobster salad is to die for!

north bimini beach turf to surf

We cycled to the top of North Bimini and had this beach all to ourselves.

north bimini beach bar

…and this beach bar

bimini beach bar rum

“Something with rum, then?”

rum cocktails bimini beach

“Yes, please, I’ll have another.”

tasha turf to surf bimini beach

Just hangin’ out on a secluded beach with some conch.

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To see more photos of Bimini, visit the Bimini Bahamas Photo Album on our Facebook Page.

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  • Mid-Life Cruising! January 25, 2013, 9:26 am

    Wow, these photos are beautiful! I love the one taken at the top of North Bimini with the deck leading to the water .. like a post card!

    Again, everything is working out! You made it to Bimini and can now enjoy it a little longer while waiting for that part. Oh, I wanna be there!

    • Tasha January 25, 2013, 11:16 pm

      You’ll be out here soon enough! The water really is amazing!
      Tasha

    • Tasha January 28, 2013, 8:21 pm

      You’ll be joining us soon enough, little lady! Hang tight!
      Tasha

  • mellypuck January 25, 2013, 9:40 am

    BEAUTIFUL!! So glad you guys arrived there safely and are having a blast so far! I would also recommend having them send several extra pencil zincs for your heat exchanger if you didn’t get extras the other day, in case they are hard to find out there (we, too, had to replace our heat exchanger when we bought the boat because the previous owner didn’t realize there was a zinc, either). Glad you figured it out and sorry your neighbor, even though right, was so smug about it. Enjoy the sunshine and blue water, my friend!!

    • Tasha January 25, 2013, 11:15 pm

      Hey Melody! We actually bought a handful of pencil zincs from West Marine before we left. We’re pretty happy in this blue water, so no complaints!

      xx

      Tasha

    • Tasha January 28, 2013, 8:20 pm

      Hey Mel!
      Yes, we ordered some extra pencil zincs. I’m kicking myself for not checking the service manual earlier. But, hey, you live and learn. I’m just glad we didn’t do more damage 🙂
      xx
      Tasha

  • makingsenseofcents January 25, 2013, 10:23 am

    Wow so pretty! Love your pictures!

    • Tasha January 25, 2013, 11:13 pm

      Thank you so much for reading/looking! I’m hoping to learn a bit more about our camera on this trip too 🙂

      Tasha

  • Pat January 25, 2013, 10:39 am

    Have a couple of Goombay Smashes for me please!

    • Tasha January 25, 2013, 11:18 am

      Sure will, Pat!

  • Bridget January 25, 2013, 1:34 pm

    Looking forward to catching up with you! Still waiting for Eddie’s paper work! Xxx

  • Mike B January 25, 2013, 6:54 pm

    I’m not trying to be rude or snarky, but had you considered sailing around just with wind while waiting for the part to your motor? I’ve been sailing for about two years now and on 5 or 6 different boats. Two had motors, the rest did without. Yes, it’s more challenging, but it shouldn’t keep you in port.

    • Tasha January 25, 2013, 8:38 pm

      Hey Mike,

      No offense taken. Truth is, we’ve been working on our boat all down the East Coast…Bimini is beautiful. I’m as much in this for the travel as the wind-catching, though. So exploring Bimini without an engine care in the world is more my style right now. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch the wind in the next few weeks 🙂

      Happy sailing,

      Tasha

  • Drena January 26, 2013, 10:56 am

    I’ve been wondering how the bikes are working. Are you glad you brought them? Are they a pain to get on and off the dinghy? What kinda bikes are they? Would you recommend bringing bikes to would-be cruisers? Your pics are awesome, you look great! I’ve really been anjoying your blog.

    • Tasha January 26, 2013, 5:40 pm

      Hey Drena,
      To each their own, I guess… we’ve read posts where cruisers say don’t bother bringing bikes as the islands don’t make for good riding. Maybe that will be true later on down the line, but up until now, we’ve been SO GLAD to have our bikes. We’re just so much more mobile, we can cover so much distance, and we see so much out on our bikes. Not to mention they were indispensable to our provisioning efforts. I can’t comment yet on whether these bikes are great for other islands, but for exploring Bimini, I’m so happy we brought ours. We had them anyway, so it seemed a shame to give them away or sell them 🙂

      Thanks so much for reading, Drena!
      Tasha

  • Kim January 27, 2013, 3:51 pm

    Tasha these pictures are so beautiful! Have a blast, darlin’ 🙂

    • Tasha January 28, 2013, 6:17 pm

      Hi Kim,
      Thanks so much for the compliment… I’m already taking your advice and having a blast 🙂
      xx
      Tasha

  • Kerri Scott-Brooks January 28, 2013, 9:48 pm

    Hey Tasha are you still in North Bimini?

    • Tasha January 28, 2013, 9:50 pm

      Hey, why yes we are!

  • heather January 30, 2013, 9:49 pm

    See pencil zincs??? Now I understand..Heart this blog

  • David Forestier March 3, 2013, 4:22 am

    Just beautiful!

  • Jack Campbell-Smith April 10, 2013, 8:45 am

    Hi Tasha,

    I was just searching on google images for ‘boat run aground’ when I saw your brilliant image of the boat getting across the channel.

    I was wondering if you would mind if I used that image for something I am working on.

    If you have any questions then please feel free to email me.

    Thanks,

    Jack

    • Tasha April 10, 2013, 9:12 am

      Hi Jack,
      Yeah, no problem! If you could just credit me with a link to the blog at http://www.turftosurf.com it’d be much appreciated!
      Tasha

      • jack Campbell-Smith April 10, 2013, 9:23 am

        That’s great.
        Thanks a lot.

  • Laurie Higdon June 30, 2016, 7:09 pm

    Visited m North Bimini many times with Kevin Benedict whom lives on South Bimini, Beautiful Island, very amazing Island and fantastic people.

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