The Location: Shell Beach, also known as Tikki Beach, stretches for 1.5 pristine miles on the undeveloped west side of South Bimini Island in the Bahamas.
The Activity: Stand-up paddleboarding
Shell Beach feels far from the bustle of the Bahamas’ more urban areas. On calm water days, the aquamarine surf is ideal for stand-up paddleboarding, a favorite pastime of the researchers and interns at the island’s Bimini Biological Field Station — or The Shark Lab, owned and operated by shark biologist Samuel Gruber. Paddle into the mangroves where the vantage point from atop an SUP makes it easy to spot sharks, string rays, turtles, and loads of tropical fish. Bimini Sands Resort and Marina rents SUPs (and kayaks). You can paddle right out of the marina to Shell Beach.
What Else to Do: Located just 50 nautical miles off the coast of South Florida, Bimini is the self-proclaimed bone-fishing capital of the world. It’s also a popular place to kayak and snorkel with Caribbean reef sharks, dolphins, and stingrays.
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