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The Fountain of Youth

Historic Site
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Explorer Juan Ponce de León learned from the Indians in the 1500s that Bimini was the site of the "Fountain of Youth." According to Indian legend, the spring supposedly restored youth to older persons who bathed in or drank its waters. In 1513, Ponce de León set sail for Bimini from Puerto Rico with three ships. He found Bimini, but failed to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. He went on to discover the Gulf Stream and Florida instead.

Today, what is referred to as the "Fountain of Youth" by locals is a well near the road leading to the South Bimini Airport. The well was carved out of the limestone rock by ground water thousands of years ago.

Accessibility Notes

Might not be suitable for someone in a wheelchair traveling from North Bimini. You will need to take a ferry across the water, then ride on a bus to get there. It would be best to stop on your way in from the South Bimini Airport, if you are traveling by air.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs and cats must be on a leash.

Time Period Represented

Early 1500s

Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Seasons Open

Year Round

Pricing

None