“Vitamin Sea”

I have always been a firm believer that “Vitamin Sea” heals everything…and I found that on a small island only 43 miles off the coast of Florida. My love for the Bahamas and its people started right after I began chemotherapy, when I traveled with my love to Atlantis in Nassau. A trip several months later brought me to North Eleuthera and Harbour Island. While I enjoyed both of these places immensely, it was North Bimini that captured my heart and soul. There was just something about it and I knew: this was the place I wanted to heal me.

North Bimini is an enchanted island accessible in just 30 minutes by seaplane off of Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. I booked our stay at Resort World for the Labor Day holiday weekend. The people we met and the staff at the resort were so accommodating. And then we met a local, Eddie Spaghetti, that would really surmount and affirm my feelings to never want to return home. By happenstance, we ran into Eddie waiting for the tram into Alice Town and he took us to so many wonderful places.

Ashley Saunders at Dolphin House

Ashley Saunders at Dolphin House

We received a private tour of the Dolphin House, built by Mr. Ashley Saunders. He was a poised gentleman, eager to share the details of his labor of love for almost two hours. All of the items in the Dolphin House are recycled materials that he has collected on the beach. Junk – maybe to others – was the basis for Ashley’s dream and he did it without any machinery…just pure determination and manual labor. A graduate, author, and “concrete Picasso”, Ashley Saunders is a true treasure of the Bimini culture. He has written several books on the history of Bimini, and hosts a private museum of artifacts he has collected over the years.

Sherry's Paradise Beach Bar

Sherry’s Paradise Beach Bar

Eddie then took us to Sherry’s Paradise Beach Bar, a local watering hole, that unless you knew someone – you would never find. Sherry has Stage IV cervical cancer and returned to the states for treatment; however, she is back now and open for business. She has a view – much like Mr. Saunders – that people would pay millions for. Nestled in a small shack on edge of the ocean, Sherry serves up Kalik and mixed drinks, along with some love and understanding. I felt a personal connection with Sherry, and I’m so glad I got to meet her.

The resort in Bimini is absolutely fantastic, and the staff there was eager to make our stay the most memorable. I loved it so much, that I put a bid in on a condo right before I left! I can’t wait to call this my second home and I really believe it gave me an extra added strength for my reconstruction (happening in just a day or so). Eddie is now starting a tour company, Ashley is at the Dolphin House daily, and Sherry is open for business. If you go to North Bimini, tell them I sent you. Even if you forget, you’re still going to be well taken care of!

What happens in Bimini, we talk about all year!

What happens in Bimini, we talk about all year!

8 Comments

  1. Eddiespaghetti

    There’s a phenomenon called magical.
    The best stage is the world’s stage.
    I’ve been on many tours…heck it’s safe to say I’ve had my share of journeys…even made a couple of voyages.
    I have a slogan “Top Of The World”
    That is where I place The Island Of Bimini,On top of the list.
    This Island speaks,and make nature sounds as if you’re in a conversation with the wind. The night breeze whispers in your ear.you can even hear the giggles of the coconut palms,as the long leaves clap and jingle together…I look for the healing effects of the island.at times it may just be the sight of a shooting star over the ocean on a moonless night that sets a spark and from ther,a light is lit.
    Come on down to Bimini, large or small I am sure we can have a wonderful time….and Bimini is so generous she will take your blues away and bury it in the deep blue sea.
    Dana and Gary…all I will mention to you is that you guys where chosen, and for that all will be given.
    My name is EDDIE SPAGHETTI, I approve this message.

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    1. dana (Post author)

      Thanks again for the hospitality…I can’t wait to come back!

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  2. Lisa Harris

    What a beautiful place for healing! That water…it’s breathtaking!! I can’t wait to see and hear more about it.

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  3. Kristin Groleau

    That is so awesome. Everything happens for a reason I say. XO

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  4. Kacey

    I so want to go there next summer for Williams birthday!

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  5. Melanie

    Dana…that trip sounds amazing! I am looking into going now.:)

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  6. Dee Dee

    I love Bimini! I have always felt a peaceful, healing feeling while there. Can’t wait to get back. Would love to move there. Eddie, we have passed by, but never been in dolphin house. Definitely need to check it out. I love exploring Bimini. Dana I hope you have a speedy recovery. Enjoy Bimini!

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    1. dana (Post author)

      Thank you so much!

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