We frequent Bimini quite often in the spring to early fall months and in winter when we have a solid good forcast. It's only 54 miles, but it's 54 miles straight into the Atlantic....... Miss it and you'll see France or North Africa several weeks later ............ Coming back is alot easier, hard to miss the good ole US mainland
You will need to check into Bahamian Customs when you arrive there, a courtesy flag is an option, but a courtesy nonetheless. Clearing Bahamian Customs is about $100 for a boat and up to 4 people. They will issue a cruising pass to keep with you while in Bahamian waters, even if only for lunch. You'll also need to clear US Customs when you return to the US. Easiest way with Customs is to buy a Customs Stamp for $25 which allows unlimited US re-entries over a 12 month period. Call US Customs for details. You still need to call them when you return US side with your Customs #. They usually just verbally clear you. That stamp is a decal that you affix to your Port side windscreen or windshield.
In Bimini one of the nicer places is the Big Game and Fishing Club. Keep in mind Bimini is small and you can walk the entire island in less than 1 hour. Fuel is pretty good, although pricey at PLUS $3 per gallon. Bahamian Customs is about 5 minutes from the Big Game Club.
If you've never been there, be careful when approaching as you can't just enter the channel straight in, you have to come from the south about 500 yards and then turn north into the channel. If it's clear weather use the Texaco sign on South Bimini as your guide, head for it, and when 100 yards or so from shore turn north into the harbor. Once "inside" be carfeul not to drift east of the harbor channel, it gets shallow with a strong current real quick.
Finally, It's Bimini, and it's the Bahamas. They work at their speed, not yours. Slow down your talk, your thoughts, your heartbeat and your demands and you'll be just fine