Bimini Flight Suggestions

The information below is offered to assist you in making your flight arrangements to Bimini, and is subject to change.

Arrivals: The most direct way to Bimini, (airport code BIM), from the US is through the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport, (airport code FLL), in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Some of the airlines are now flying also out of Miami International Airport (MIA) and the Miami Seaplane Base (MPB) and some of the float planes are landing up at the resort in Bimini, which uses the airport code of NSB. There are several commercial airlines from Florida to Bimini, each with their own ever-changing schedule.

Most of the carriers that fly round trip between Florida and Bimini typically schedule their flights to arrive in the late morning/early afternoon. In the winter season, they may fly only on weekends.

The simplest way to book your ticket to Bimini is to use your favorite online flight search engine and book your flight from your departing airport straight through to Bimini. (Example; if you are flying out of JFK, just search from JFK to BIM).

Because United Airlines flies to Bimini using Silver Airways, most flight search websites will put together an itinerary that includes using United/Silver for the Bimini leg of your travel.

Unless you fly from your home airport to Bimini on United Airlines, you typically have to book your flights to Florida and to Bimini separately. If United/Silver only offers a morning flight to Bimini, we suggest flying into Ft. Lauderdale the evening before, book a hotel for the night, then catch the United/Silver flight to Bimini the next morning.

Some clients have in the past arranged to fly into Ft. Lauderdale on an overnight flight, skipping a night in Ft. Lauderdale, and arriving in time to catch the morning flight to Bimini.

Return: Our trip typically ends on the last day after breakfast. You can schedule your return flight from Bimini to Florida anytime after that. If your Bimini departure flight leaves the island at 11 am, I would schedule your return flight out of Ft. Lauderdale airport at 3 pm at the earliest, to leave time for clearing customs, etc. Clearing US Customs usually only takes 20 minutes, unless you get behind a big jet from overseas. Upon clearing US Customs in Florida, you claim your luggage, go thru immigration, then carry your luggage to another terminal (update – see below*) and go thru security again. I recommend giving yourself at least three hours between the arrival of the Bimini flight into Ft. Lauderdale, and the departure of your return flight from Ft. Lauderdale to home.

United Airline, 1-800-864-8331, has daily flights from FLL to Bimini through Silver Airways, that average from $250 – $325 round trip. Their schedule changes with the seasons, in winter they often only fly on weekends, in spring and fall they often have only one flight per day. In summer they typically have a morning and an afternoon flight.  United/Silver Airways is often the simplest, most reliable carrier to book your Bimini flight with.

Tropic Ocean Airways is another float plane that comes to Bimini from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. While the price is higher, landing on a float plane is an amazing experience. Tropic Air’s number is 800-767-0897.

Island Air Charters also flies from Ft. Lauderdale to Bimini. You can reach them at 954-359-9942. Thy fly out of the Jet Center which is adjacent to FLL and offer a courtesy shuttle between the two airports.

  • Re-checking your bags at FLL Terminal 4 once you clear US Customs! There is now a counter on the ground floor of Terminal 4 where certain airlines will accept your bags, you can re-check them there instead of lugging them all the way to the other terminals. See photo for participating airlines.

Charter Planes: There are also a number of charter planes you can arrange to get flights with. See a list of other charter possibilities at the bottom of this page**.

Flying through Nassau: I’ve not done it myself but several friends who live here on Bimini have booked their flights to the US through Nassau. This involves booking two separate flights; your flight to Nassau and then a flight with Western Air for the Nassau to Bimini leg of your journey. Western Air currently flies 9am and 3pm between Nassau and Bimini. (I would only stay in Nassau for a night if i was sure it was a hotel in a safe location.)

Hotels in Florida –  If your travel plans include a night in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, there’s an infinite variety of hotels to choose from, based on convenience, budget and location. Some have a shuttle to the airport. You can also get a hotel on the beach, or the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel. I’ve recommended a number of hotels over the years, and find that they keep changing prices and specials. The Sleep Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport, 800-346-8357, has rooms for $70 a night and includes a free shuttle to and from Ft. Lauderdale International airport. www.hotels.com and www.travelocity.com are two simple ways to find what you’re looking for.

Orbitz is my favorite website for booking airline travel. Just go to www.orbitz.com and put BIM as your destination code. With United’s flights I’m sometimes able to fly my son Mark straight into Bimini without an overnight in Florida.

If you would like assistance in finding a flight, please feel free to email me and i can help you find the best flight from your city to Bimini.

Travel Insurance and Trip Cancellation Insurance is always recommended! Here are two webpages that compare coverages; Insure My Trip and Squaremouth.

I’m so excited you’re joining us! We’re in for an awesome adventure. We’ll see you in the Bahamas!

The Peters family at the South Bimini Airport. They’ve just arrived from snowy Toronto for a family dolphin trip and they are excited!

** The following list is of some seasonal airlines that sell either individual seats or you have to charter the whole plane.

Gulfstream International Airlines Florida Coastal Airlines
http://gulfstreamair.com/
1-800-231-0856
*Scheduled service through Continental Airlines
http://www.flyfca.net
954-938-8991
Aerborne Aviation Gold Aviation
http://aerborneaviation.com
866.359.2372
http://www.goldaviation.com/
876-756-4653
Air Charter Bahamas Golden Wing Charter
www.aircharterbahamas.com
1-866-FLY-ISLANDS
http://www.goldenwingscharter.com
(242) 377-0039
Air Flight Charters Noble Air
www.airflightcharters.com
(954) 359-0320
www.nobleaircharter.com
786.251.4345
Air Gate Aviation Tropic Air
www.flyairgate.com
407.585.3545
http://www.tropicaircharters.com
(954) 267-0707
Bahamas Express Yellow Air Taxi
http://flybahamasexpress.com
954.249.6989
http://www.flyyellowairtaxi.com
954-321-0292