Have you ever thought of traveling on the water to a tropical island?
This is obtainable given the close distance between Miami, Florida and The Bahamas.
Such a trip is not reserved only for cruise ships either. Not only can you make this trip using a private boat but you can even do it with a personal watercraft (jet ski).
With preparation, just about anyone could reach an international destination. Isn’t that incredible!
This would make for an incredible day trip if you ever have the opportunity.
There are few things you want to do in preparation for this trip.
The first step is to ensure you have the proper documentation. The Bahamas, known officially as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is an international destination. A passport is required to enter through customs just as if you landed on an airplane and walked through one of twenty (20) Bahamian international airports. Your passport should be valid at least six (6) months after your planned arrival date. It is important to make sure your passport is in a safe and water safe spot. It is best to pack it in a dry bag.
Second step, you’ll want to exchange your money for Bahamian dollars, the local currency. It is better that you do this in advance. You may find it harder to exchange US dollars if you wait until you arrive.
Third step, you’ll want to make sure your personal watercraft (jet ski) is water ready. Ensure your personal watercraft (jet ski) has been serviced and inspected recently before you begin this trip. It is best you make sure your personal watercraft (jet ski) is cleaned up well and fully intact (leak free). Double check the levels on all fluids as well.
Fourth step, ensure you check the weather beforehand. Weather patterns can make a big difference between fun and a headache, when you are on open waters away from nearby coastlines.
Fifth step, fuel up your personal watercraft (jet ski) to the safest limit. A full fuel tank is always best for this trip.
Sixth step, make sure you bring snacks and freshwater. One and half (1.5) gallons is a good amount of freshwater.
Seventh step, ask a friend to join you and make sure others know when you start this trip. There are groups that make this ride regularly from Miami.
Once you are fully prepared you need to decide on a route to The Bahamas.
The most direct route is from Miami to Bimini. This route can take one and a half (1.5) hours.
Another popular route is from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini.
If you want an even more scenic route you could also travel from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport.
There are other parts of The Bahamas to explore however, you will have to clear customs in Bimini or Freeport.
Map out your route and plan accordingly.
Have fun and safe travels on your journey!