Happy Thursday friends! This past weekend, I celebrated my Bachelorette with my sisters and best friends in Bimini. In case you don’t know, Bimini is a small island in the Bahamas (literally tiny) but so so beautiful! We had such an amazing time even though we were only there for two days. Like most people, we traveled to the island through FRS Caribbean and stayed at the Hilton Resort. And that’s why I wanted to write this post!
Since we live in Miami, I know a lot of us travel or want to travel to Bimini! So I just want to share my experience on my trip so let’s get to the nitty gritty!
Getting to Bimini
So we arrived at our port pretty early which was nice because we skipped the long lines and all the mayhem. They tell you to arrive between 6:30-7:30AM. We got there at 6:45AM so it was perfect! The line really starts to build up closer to 7:30. But all my friends that like to live life on the edge, the ferry didn’t get there till 7:45 and we didn’t really leave the port until like 9:30 so you definitely have a buffer there.
The ferry ride there was pretty smooth sailing. We managed to get seats with a long table, they have a bar onboard along with a small cafe where you can buy breakfast and sandwiches, coffee, snacks, etc. And they accept cash and card! One thing they did tell me was that since we’re in the middle of the ocean, the signal can be a little spotty & their credit card machines work with wifi so cash might be the better option overall!
Ohh! And the whole ride only took an hour and a half!
Our Stay at The Hilton Resort
Getting to the actual Hilton Resort was quite the journey. Literally hahaa. We disembarked and made our way to Customs then we took a quick ride on a golf cart that would take us to the resort. Since most people stay at the resort, it was a pretty long process to check-in but that’s just part of the trip and I didn’t mind! I was just happy that we were finally there.
We made it to our room and just to give you a better idea, it was five of us & our room had a king size bed and a pullout couch. Two of us slept on the couch and the other three slept on the bed. It was just enough space! The room also had a balcony, separate bathroom, and the shower. PS. the shower doesn’t have a door so we made a HUGE mess when we’d shower. This is your warning lol.
Overall, the space was great and the room was super clean, chic, and modern. The resort also had the most breathtaking pools. That’s right. Pools as in plural. They had an infinity pool on the rooftop and another pool on a different floor. I wish I could say that I loved everything BUT what I didn’t really love (and what took me by surprise) was the cost of eating and drinking at the resort. It was crazy EXPENSIVE you guys like it surpasses anything I’ve seen here in Miami and that’s telling you a lot! So let me give you the rundown. During our stay at the resort, whether we ate or drank, a 20% gratuity was automatically included along with the VAT Tax (Value Added Tax) which was 12%. I cried every time I saw the check lol. Wish I was kidding!
In the end though, we bought a bottle of Captain Morgan & I wish we would have done that sooner! It ended up being a lot cheaper versus buying drinks throughout the day.
I’m gonna keep this part short & sweet! The last day we got to explore the small island and went to their Downtown. It was the cutest and then we had lunch at a small local spot. It was the best thing ever so I’d definitely say if you’re able to explore the island on your own, do it! Get out of the resort & take a short drive, take in the different views of the beautiful ocean.
The ride back was rough to say the least. We headed back to Miami at 6:30PM and the ocean was really rough and choppy. People were throwing up left and right. And I wish I could say I was able to walk away but the ferry is small you guys. So everyone saw everything. The whole ferry began to smell like barf, I don’t know how I didn’t throw up. But then again, that’s something the crew or any of us couldn’t control.
So to put this into perspective, the trip was a 10/10 because of the experiences I made with the people I love. But if I was rating the trip alone, I’d say it was like a 6/10. Everything was tremendously overpriced. The ferry ride alone was $209. A few years back, Alex and I went on a 4-Day Carnival cruise to Nassau for $250. $250 you guys! Keep that in mind.
I hope you guys found this post super helpful! If you have any questions or just wanna talk, leave me a comment below! I love hearing from all of you. Love you guys & we’ll talk soon.