In Part 1 of this series on Nassau, Bahamas, I talked about visiting tourist spots outside of an organized excursion through the cruise line.
The second time I visited Nassau, I was able to stay at Atlantis with my husband. Atlantis is a behemoth, and it is every bit as amazing in person as it is on all of the commercials on tv. It is a cross between a popular water park and Vegas.
The beaches are beautiful and the water slides are thrilling! After going down the Leap of Faith, the slide that goes straight down and through the shark tank, it took me a minute to recover my wobbly knees! There was competition to get a chair by the large pool due to all of the cruise day-pass traffic, so be sure to go down to the pool early before they arrive.
Much like a cruise ship, all of the water activities shut down at dark and the nightlife begins. There is a boardwalk area called the Marina Village at Atlantis adjacent to the resort with family-friendly dining including Ben and Jerry’s and Johnny Rockets, and shopping. There are many different activities for children in the resort, including a family-friendly restaurant, Sea Grapes. There are also many restaurants and clubs to enjoy if you find yourself without kids for an evening. There is a movie theater within the resort that shows both kid-friendly movies and popular blockbusters for the older crowd.
My advice for planning a visit to Atlantis:
- Wait until your kids are old enough to enjoy the bigger thrill water slides. If your children are small, I wouldn’t make this large of an investment to enjoy a kiddie pool. The grandeur will be lost on them, and you’ll be captive to the kid areas, preventing you from getting the most bang for your buck.
- If you want to experience the culture of the Bahamas, you’ll have to leave the resort. Atlantis strives to provide for your every need so aside from arriving at the airport and driving to the resort, you may as well be in a sunny location in the US…or anywhere. There is no local color represented here, but you can cross the bridge from Paradise Island and go into Nassau if you’d like to do some local shopping and dining.
- Atlantis is not a budget-vacation. The price of a fully encompassing vacation is steep, so budget ahead of time (and then save more) so you can fully enjoy everything Atlantis has to offer.
There is a way to enjoy Atlantis on a smaller budget by staying at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island Hotel that is located adjacent to the Atlantis Resort. When you stay at this hotel, you have full use of all the facilities at Atlantis. This is a fabulous way to enjoy the luxury offered at this opulent resort for less!
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