A legendary island of the Bahamas, home to several landmarks said to have mystical properties and/or metaphysical significance.
What we think of as Bimini is actually two separate islands, North and South Bimini, separated by a shallow, narrow channel, and are considered today as the game fishing capital of the world — over 50 world records have been set in their waters. Bimini is located about 50 miles (80 km) east of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is the closest point in the Bahamas to the mainland United States.
Amongst the legendary spots alleged to be in Bimini, Juan Ponce de León's 'Fountain of Youth', which gave everlasting life to all who drank from it, is one of the most celebrated. Facts about de León's search for it are as elusive as the mythical regenerative spring itself. Some believed it to be in the narrow ocean passage between the two islands, others assume it within the shallow pools of South Bimini.
Another notorious site is the Bimini Road, an underwater J-shaped formation believed to be a man-made road of stone, remnants of the lost city of Atlantis, according to American clairvoyant Edgar Cayce.
In Bimini we also have the famed Healing Hole. Located within the salt water mangrove forest that covers four miles of North Bimini, this mineral-laden sulfur-fed spring is said to have physical rejuvenation powers and curative properties, specially effective against such ailments as rheumatism and gout.
In an unrelated note, in the 1920s, during the period of Prohibition in the United States, Bimini was a favorite haven and supply point for the rum-running trade. The commonly used term 'the Real McCoy' dates from a famous Rum-runner, William S. McCoy, who used Bimini to transport liquor to America.
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