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Old 07-21-2018, 11:04 AM
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Default Bimini friday 7-27-18

Thanks for the reply. Coming back late afternoon Sunday.
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Old 07-21-2018, 01:13 PM
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What did you want to do with the land, if you don't mind me asking?

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Initial plan was to clear it and go from there. Several options were in play. Rick is correct with stating RR was the no show.
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Would have been just wonderful to have you do something with that property. RR can be puzzling at times and at other times frustrating
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Initial plan was to clear it and go from there. Several options were in play. Rick is correct with stating RR was the no show.
That's a damn shame.

The idea of building something over there is extremely interesting to me.

Hope it works out for you in the future at some point.

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How long will you be there?
Planning for three night depends in weather conditions..staying at Bimini sands ..probably spending one night at the boat...whats you plan?
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:51 AM
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We're planning on heading over Saturday morning, leaving Port Everglades at about 5AM, we're crazy so we'll be in the 24' Mako with the single Yamaha, blue hull ith the name Knot Cool.

We're heading to Seacrest and this is our first time making the crossing. Anyone else out there in a slow boat heading out at that rough time?
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Old 07-26-2018, 04:43 AM
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Got back this past Monday. Was at Sands the 19th -23rd. Bimini Sands needs to get it's **** together. That beautiful pool is in shambles. Craters in the plaster that look like a cannon ball was thrown in. No vendor in the pool shack. Not to mention the chicken bones in the pool from Hialeah's finest visiting. The unit left a lot to be desired as well, just filthy.

It was glass going over. Coming back, S winds at 20mph. Seas predicted at less than 2ft (yeah right). Had solid 4 coming back with a surprise 6 thrown in for fun. Even though I was only in my 26' Island Runner I made it in 2.5 hrs (Hilsboro Inlet). I was impressed with how the boat handled the trip back.

Memorable time for my kids as it was their first time over but I think that is my last stay at Sands.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:37 AM
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Got back this past Monday. Was at Sands the 19th -23rd. Bimini Sands needs to get it's **** together. That beautiful pool is in shambles. Craters in the plaster that look like a cannon ball was thrown in. No vendor in the pool shack. Not to mention the chicken bones in the pool from Hialeah's finest visiting. The unit left a lot to be desired as well, just filthy.

It was glass going over. Coming back, S winds at 20mph. Seas predicted at less than 2ft (yeah right). Had solid 4 coming back with a surprise 6 thrown in for fun. Even though I was only in my 26' Island Runner I made it in 2.5 hrs (Hilsboro Inlet). I was impressed with how the boat handled the trip back.

Memorable time for my kids as it was their first time over but I think that is my last stay at Sands.
We are headed over in August. I am ok with the pool finish having some issues and not being staffed. The unit being filthy is a bit disappointing. May re-think accomodations. Did it look like the wings jad been there a while? How did you know Hialeah? Were the wings Mojo?
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:31 AM
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Our group was also at Bimini Sands this past week. We were told there was no ice on property but they did have fuel. Our unit was in pretty good order but others in the group said there units were a little tired. Having stayed at Bimini Sands multiple times, we have learned to bring ALL your food and drink items with you (including morning coffee and filters !!). Otherwise you spend too much time scavenging for items vs. enjoying the waters. If you do this, I think the experience is ten times better. It is a pain to plan out and shop for though....Costco is a great way to go. The infinity pool was fine but we also found some trash in the spill over that we skimmed out. The_gooch is correct in that the effort at the Sands sometimes seems lacking be we still like it way better than the Casino/Party crowds at the Hilton. Also, anyone know what happened to the "new" pavilion by the Sands infinity pool....its gone ????
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Also, anyone know what happened to the "new" pavilion by the Sands infinity pool....its gone ????
I was wondering the same thing. We went over mid June and used the pavilion and grills. Went back early July and it was totally gone???
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:46 AM
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Man, with all the negative things being said about Bimini Sands, I found Seacrest to be in better than normal conditions last weekend. I only found 1 roach and only had a few lines of ants crawling on the floor/walls. Still not a hotel I'm taking the girls to, but better than I last saw it lol
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Old 07-26-2018, 10:11 AM
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Man, with all the negative things being said about Bimini Sands, I found Seacrest to be in better than normal conditions last weekend. I only found 1 roach and only had a few lines of ants crawling on the floor/walls. Still not a hotel I'm taking the girls to, but better than I last saw it lol
How's checking in with Customs/Immigration go when you dock at Sea Crest? Also, do they have easily available golf carts?
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Man, with all the negative things being said about Bimini Sands, I found Seacrest to be in better than normal conditions last weekend. I only found 1 roach and only had a few lines of ants crawling on the floor/walls. Still not a hotel I'm taking the girls to, but better than I last saw it lol
I like Seacrest. The price is right and there's a bed, shower and sh***er... what else do I need? Also, I've never seen a roach in my rooms there... that may change my mind a little bit.

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How's checking in with Customs/Immigration go when you dock at Sea Crest? Also, do they have easily available golf carts?
You check in at Big Game Club before you go over to Seacrest. They have golf cart rentals on site via Pat (Pete?) as long as they don't run out.

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Originally Posted by the_gooch View Post
Got back this past Monday. Was at Sands the 19th -23rd. Bimini Sands needs to get it's **** together. That beautiful pool is in shambles. Craters in the plaster that look like a cannon ball was thrown in. No vendor in the pool shack. Not to mention the chicken bones in the pool from Hialeah's finest visiting. The unit left a lot to be desired as well, just filthy.

It was glass going over. Coming back, S winds at 20mph. Seas predicted at less than 2ft (yeah right). Had solid 4 coming back with a surprise 6 thrown in for fun. Even though I was only in my 26' Island Runner I made it in 2.5 hrs (Hilsboro Inlet). I was impressed with how the boat handled the trip back.

Memorable time for my kids as it was their first time over but I think that is my last stay at Sands.
The Channel was impassable last Monday so we ran over the bank to Bimini from Great Harbor Cay. Landed at Bimini Sands topped off two tanks and decided to run the boat back to Palm Beach on Tuesday. I spent about 20 minutes in the Bimini Sands office townhome while the manager called three different employees to find out whether or not a townhome was available. Finally, she found I-7 a typical 2 bedroom at $550 for one night! Add the boat dockage of $80

and the total including all taxes was $630 for one night!
Of course I declined that offer and we ended up at the reasonably priced and well kept Seacrest Resort for about $350 a night for two rooms.
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I like Seacrest. The price is right and there's a bed, shower and sh***er... what else do I need? Also, I've never seen a roach in my rooms there... that may change my mind a little bit.



You check in at Big Game Club before you go over to Seacrest. They have golf cart rentals on site via Pat (Pete?) as long as they don't run out.

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Agree...I have absolutely no problem with Seacrest, but the few times I've stayed there I've always seen a roach or 2...doesnt bother me. I stay there when I go with the boys for a fishing trip. I just need a spot to shower and sleep.

Like stated, you go to Big Game to check in. Fly your quarantine flag as you enter Bimini and go to the Big Game dock. I was in and out of Customs on Friday in 5 minutes. There are 2 spots for golf cart rentals right there next to Big Game, but I recommend calling ahead and reserving...last weekend everybody was sold out. I borrowed the managers cart for 2 hours one day just to drive around and get a conch salad. Also...when we got back to Miami, it took about 10 minutes total to check in via the CBP ROAM app. 1 of the guys did not have LBO so they Facetimed us...very fast/smooth.
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Originally Posted by jCane13 View Post
I like Seacrest. The price is right and there's a bed, shower and sh***er... what else do I need? Also, I've never seen a roach in my rooms there... that may change my mind a little bit.



You check in at Big Game Club before you go over to Seacrest. They have golf cart rentals on site via Pat (Pete?) as long as they don't run out.

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Sorry for my ignorance, but when you say at Big Game Club, do you mean head to their docks, they will direct me to a temp slip, and then to customs?

Do they try to charge you for the temp access to their docks?

Thanks BTW for the help.
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Originally Posted by danmanswag View Post
Agree...I have absolutely no problem with Seacrest, but the few times I've stayed there I've always seen a roach or 2...doesnt bother me. I stay there when I go with the boys for a fishing trip. I just need a spot to shower and sleep.

Like stated, you go to Big Game to check in. Fly your quarantine flag as you enter Bimini and go to the Big Game dock. I was in and out of Customs on Friday in 5 minutes. There are 2 spots for golf cart rentals right there next to Big Game, but I recommend calling ahead and reserving...last weekend everybody was sold out. I borrowed the managers cart for 2 hours one day just to drive around and get a conch salad. Also...when we got back to Miami, it took about 10 minutes total to check in via the CBP ROAM app. 1 of the guys did not have LBO so they Facetimed us...very fast/smooth.
Thanks, I should have read down before replying to Jeff asking for more info when you nicely posted it all for me. Thanks!
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Sorry for my ignorance, but when you say at Big Game Club, do you mean head to their docks, they will direct me to a temp slip, and then to customs?

Do they try to charge you for the temp access to their docks?

Thanks BTW for the help.
No need to apologize. However, I will also point out that reading this thread in its entirety (and possibly previous years' threads) will clear up about 99% of any questions you'll come up with regarding Bimini.

When you enter the inlet / channel with your yellow quarantine flag flying, you will head directly to Bimini Big Game Club (you'll pass Big Johns, Seacrest and Bluewater (the gas dock) before you see it on the left (you can't miss it). Once there, if there is a dock hand directing traffic, listen to him. If there isn't try to dock on one of the bulkheads if there's room. If there's not, park in a slip that doesn't have someone's ropes already in it (meaning they're assigned that slip and may come back while you're in it). They may ask you for money, they may not. I try to avoid the dock hands because they're much less likely to ask you for money if they don't help you dock... and I don't need help docking anyways. If they ask, just pay. Not worth making a stink over.

Since you're a smart guy , you'll already have your forms filled out, so you'll grab those forms, cash, your boat registration and everyone's passports and hop up on the dock and head towards the main "walk-way" of the hotel (it's to the left of the pool area) and head up that pathway towards the street. There's a (not well marked) office on the right-hand side almost to the street. Go in there. That is either customs or immigration, I forget which one. Once you're done there, you'll walk out of the office take a right, go to the street, and talk a right. Walk maybe a block or two, and on your left you'll find the government building that has the police station and whatnot in it. Walk in there and you open a door on the left into a hallway. Go down that hallway to one of the last doors on the left and knock before you go in (so you don't hit anyone). That's immigration or customs, whichever one you haven't done yet.

After that, you make make your merry way back to your boat and either go check in at the Seacrest and get your slip assignment (Michael is the dock master there) or go enjoy the islands. I go check in to make sure they don't give away my spot/ rooms. Just dock wherever when you get to the Seacrest because you'll only be there for a few minutes while you check in and he'll tell you where you should dock when you get back. However, I've learned that Michael will commonly assign you the slip that you chose by yourself as your "permanent" assignment. So I try to pick a good one.

You can try asking them if they have marina view rooms available even if you haven't booked one. The view doesn't really matter, but it's much better than having to drag your crap across the street to the other building.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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No need to apologize. However, I will also point out that reading this thread in its entirety (and possibly previous years' threads) will clear up about 99% of any questions you'll come up with regarding Bimini.

When you enter the inlet / channel with your yellow quarantine flag flying, you will head directly to Bimini Big Game Club (you'll pass Big Johns, Seacrest and Bluewater (the gas dock) before you see it on the left (you can't miss it). Once there, if there is a dock hand directing traffic, listen to him. If there isn't try to dock on one of the bulkheads if there's room. If there's not, park in a slip that doesn't have someone's ropes already in it (meaning they're assigned that slip and may come back while you're in it). They may ask you for money, they may not. I try to avoid the dock hands because they're much less likely to ask you for money if they don't help you dock... and I don't need help docking anyways. If they ask, just pay. Not worth making a stink over.

Since you're a smart guy , you'll already have your forms filled out, so you'll grab those forms, cash, your boat registration and everyone's passports and hop up on the dock and head towards the main "walk-way" of the hotel (it's to the left of the pool area) and head up that pathway towards the street. There's a (not well marked) office on the right-hand side almost to the street. Go in there. That is either customs or immigration, I forget which one. Once you're done there, you'll walk out of the office take a right, go to the street, and talk a right. Walk maybe a block or two, and on your left you'll find the government building that has the police station and whatnot in it. Walk in there and you open a door on the left into a hallway. Go down that hallway to one of the last doors on the left and knock before you go in (so you don't hit anyone). That's immigration or customs, whichever one you haven't done yet.

After that, you make make your merry way back to your boat and either go check in at the Seacrest and get your slip assignment (Michael is the dock master there) or go enjoy the islands. I go check in to make sure they don't give away my spot/ rooms. Just dock wherever when you get to the Seacrest because you'll only be there for a few minutes while you check in and he'll tell you where you should dock when you get back. However, I've learned that Michael will commonly assign you the slip that you chose by yourself as your "permanent" assignment. So I try to pick a good one.

You can try asking them if they have marina view rooms available even if you haven't booked one. The view doesn't really matter, but it's much better than having to drag your crap across the street to the other building.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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I probably could have saved myself a ton of typing by just saying this :

Watch this video and skip to the 8 minute mark:

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No need to apologize. However, I will also point out that reading this thread in its entirety (and possibly previous years' threads) will clear up about 99% of any questions you'll come up with regarding Bimini.

When you enter the inlet / channel with your yellow quarantine flag flying, you will head directly to Bimini Big Game Club (you'll pass Big Johns, Seacrest and Bluewater (the gas dock) before you see it on the left (you can't miss it). Once there, if there is a dock hand directing traffic, listen to him. If there isn't try to dock on one of the bulkheads if there's room. If there's not, park in a slip that doesn't have someone's ropes already in it (meaning they're assigned that slip and may come back while you're in it). They may ask you for money, they may not. I try to avoid the dock hands because they're much less likely to ask you for money if they don't help you dock... and I don't need help docking anyways. If they ask, just pay. Not worth making a stink over.

Since you're a smart guy , you'll already have your forms filled out, so you'll grab those forms, cash, your boat registration and everyone's passports and hop up on the dock and head towards the main "walk-way" of the hotel (it's to the left of the pool area) and head up that pathway towards the street. There's a (not well marked) office on the right-hand side almost to the street. Go in there. That is either customs or immigration, I forget which one. Once you're done there, you'll walk out of the office take a right, go to the street, and talk a right. Walk maybe a block or two, and on your left you'll find the government building that has the police station and whatnot in it. Walk in there and you open a door on the left into a hallway. Go down that hallway to one of the last doors on the left and knock before you go in (so you don't hit anyone). That's immigration or customs, whichever one you haven't done yet.

After that, you make make your merry way back to your boat and either go check in at the Seacrest and get your slip assignment (Michael is the dock master there) or go enjoy the islands. I go check in to make sure they don't give away my spot/ rooms. Just dock wherever when you get to the Seacrest because you'll only be there for a few minutes while you check in and he'll tell you where you should dock when you get back. However, I've learned that Michael will commonly assign you the slip that you chose by yourself as your "permanent" assignment. So I try to pick a good one.

You can try asking them if they have marina view rooms available even if you haven't booked one. The view doesn't really matter, but it's much better than having to drag your crap across the street to the other building.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Jeff
Thanks Jeff, I have read this thread from page 60 onwards, but this post of yours actually had all the info packed into a nice package.

Seems like all we have left to do is go grab a PLB from West Marine, fill her up, and hope for the best!
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