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When it comes to the Sunshine State, there's no shortage of adventure. From crystal clear springs and river runs through mangrove tunnels to crystalline sands, unique bars, thrilling amusement parks and everything in between, one should never be bored. But if you find yourself pining for a different kind of paradise, a ferry from Florida to the Bahamas might just scratch that itch.
Offered by Balearia Caribbean, valid passport holders can escape on a day trip to one of two destinations, Grand Bahama (where you can swim with pigs) or Bimini, and prices appear to be fairly reasonable despite fluctuating depending on which season you decide to go.
According to the Baleria Caribbean website, summer is your busy season, so demand may drive up costs. Uncovering Florida tried booking for a round-trip ticket to Bimini for June 16 for approximations, and a trip on their Jaume II ship starts at just $73.50 for Economy.
An upgrade to Premium only adds approximately $25, and gives you priority boarding and deboarding, as well as an onboard snack in the morning and afternoon, as well as a coffee, tea, or water.
If you find yourself hungrier for more than a snack during the approximately 2 hour ride to the island, the ship also has an onboard café with other small bites and beverages available for purchase, as well as a duty-free liquor store for day-trippers to get their sip on.
As of publication, additional travel discounts offering 15% off ferry and hotel bundles are also available for those wanting to turn this into a weekend getaway instead, as a day trip only gives you approximately 5 to 6 hours to explore before heading back to the Sunshine State.
Upon arrival in Bimini, a free shuttle provided by Resorts World Bimini takes you on a short ride around the island before stopping at the resort, where you'll find pool day passes and other amenities available for purchase. Information regarding returning back to Ft. Lauderdale will be given when you dock as well, so be sure to tune in.
If you hop back on the free shuttle, you'll be taken to the Beach Club; but if hanging out there isn't your vibe, another shuttle ride to Sue & Joy's Golf Cart Rentals will open you up to more freely explore everything Bimini has to offer, from local cuisine to the unbelievably blue waters of Radio Beach, casinos, and everything in-between.
Who's ready for their day trip? A link to Balearia Caribbean's website can be found in the brief overview below.
Where: From Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale to your choice of either Grand Bahama or Bimini.
How Much: Prices fluctuate depending on seasonal demand; a trial booking for a 1-day round-trip in June approximated out to be $73.50 for Economy, and $98.50 for Economy Premium. Other costs when you get to The Bahamas dependent on traveler selections.
Article by Rachael Volpe