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Bimini, Bahamas

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Bimini, Bahamas. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Bimini?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bimini, they said:

"Bimini is a small island, so it's important to be prepared for a slower pace of life and a close-knit community. The official language is English, but you may encounter some local dialects and accents. The local currency is the Bahamian dollar, which is pegged to the US dollar, and US dollars are widely accepted. The cost of living can be high, especially for imported goods, due to the island's remote location. Healthcare facilities are limited on the island, so it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that includes medical evacuation. The climate is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round, but hurricanes can occur between June and November. Bimini is known for its beautiful beaches and clear waters, making it a popular destination for fishing, boating, and diving. The island has a relaxed, casual dress code, but it's important to dress modestly when not at the beach. The local cuisine is heavily based on seafood, particularly conch, and the island is known for its bakeries. Bimini is a small island with limited job opportunities, so it's important to secure employment before moving. The island's infrastructure is improving, but power outages can occur, and internet service may not be as reliable as in more developed areas. Finally, while crime rates are relatively low, it's still important to take standard precautions to protect your personal safety and belongings," commented one expat who made the move to Bimini.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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