The Bahamas is nothing short of paradise that’s only a hop, skip, and jump away from the shores of Florida. And now that the island has removed its COVID-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers, a trip to the island nation is a no-brainer. And for a quick trip to Bimini or Grand Bahama from Florida’s Fort Lauderdale (just north of Miami), your best bet is to travel on the Balearia Caribbean ferry.
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The Balearia Caribbean takes a 2.5-hour scenic route that you’ll never forget, gliding over clear blue Caribbean water. Interested travelers can book on the company’s website by entering their desired ports and dates. Prices vary depending on your dates and whether you want economy or premium seats, but are typically above $115 each way. Splurging for premium means more comfortable seats that recline, main deck seats, and a soft drink and snack during your trip, and on certain ferries, priority boarding. Now, only unvaccinated travelers will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test or a Rapid Antigen test, taken no more than 72 hours before traveling.
Once you’re on the island, a complimentary trolley will take you to Resorts World Bimini Beach with its hotel and beach club. Be sure to get out and explore though. Bimini is known for its amazing snorkeling, including the opportunity to spot plenty of sharks. And if you only have enough time to explore for a day, the ferry will easily take you back to Florida’s shores the same day you arrived.