Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ft Lauderdale to Bimini

South Bimini, Bahamas
Bimini Sands Marina
25 42.6 N 79 17.95 W

After a rather bumpy sail down the coast from Fort Lauderdale to Miami we entered Biscayne Bay through very busy Government Cut and left the busy Miami skyline behind us.

We anchored in No Name Harbor on Biscayne Bay waiting for good weather to cross the Gulf Stream. No Name Harbor is a popular anchorage for cruisers waiting to make the crossing. It is located in a state park which offers nice walking trails and the Cape Florida lighthouse. We climbed the 109 steps to the top to capture this photo looking north up Key Biscayne with Miami Beach in the background.

No Name Harbor on a very busy Saturday afternoon. Carina is anchored just to left of Kathy. Our very good friend (and former Manta Powercat owner), Ted Bowen lives in Hollywood, FL and is always more than willing to help us out with our cruising needs. We met with Ted and his friend Wendy a few times while anchored at Lake Sylvia in Ft. Lauderdale the previous week. Here, he has met us at No Name for one last provisioning of groceries, liquor, mail delivery, dinghy gas, bank withdrawl, etc. before we depart at daybreak the next morning.

We crossed the Gulf Stream on Sunday, 12/9 and are once again in paradise. The picture says it all from the beach on North Bimini.
We stayed at the Bimini Sands Resort & Marina with only two other transiting cruising boats. Very quiet indeed. Although this is considered the off-season period (spring & summer bring the sport fishing boaters from Florida), there were noticeably fewer cruising boats as compared to our visit to Bimini two years ago

As we took a walk on North Bimini we came across pallets of boxes of empty Kalik beer bottles along the roadside. 

Taking a break from exploring and beachcombing. Behind Kathy, looking west over the Florida Straits note the low scudding clouds out over the Gulf Stream.

This wrecked cargo ship washed up against the west shore of North Bimini decades ago during a storm. We took this same picture during our last visit in Jan 2011 and more of the structure has been claimed by the sea since then. 

So until next time we wish you all peace and love from Bimini and beyond...

...and a very happy and blessed holiday season to all.

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