|Ponce de Loen went looking for the Bimini Islands in his quest for fountain of youth. However, he missed the islands, and landed in Florida. Too bad, South Bimini does have the fountain of youth (so the sign says). Perhaps the most notable person to spend time on the Biminis was Ernest Hemingway. Islands in the Stream refers to the Bimini Islands, as they are only a few miles from the Gulf Stream.|
The Complete Angler Hotel has the Ernest Hemingway Museum. Included in the collection is a photo of Hemingway with the remains of a 500 pound blue marlin mauled by sharks, which provided the inspiration for the Nobel Prize winning novel The Old Man and the Sea. Hemingway was not the only man of fame to visit the Biminis. In 1964, Martin Luther King spent some time on the secluded beaches to write his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize.
During Prohibition, Alice Town (the main settlement on the Biminis) was the Bahamas largest port. The "Rum Runners" would load their high speed boats with liquor and smuggle it in to Florida 60 miles away. This gave the local economy quite a boost until 1933.