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Atlantis, Bahamas

Dec 26, 2019 | Caribbean | 0 comments

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

Are you tired of the cold weather? Are you looking to escape the wintertime blues? Then Atlantis is calling your name. Welcome to year-round sunshine in the Bahamas. There is a reason the Bahamas is called the “Paradise Islands.”

Woman with kids in a silhouette in front of aquarium.| Atlantis, Bahamas

(Be prepared, the Bahama Islands are known for having rolling power blackouts. Luckily, Atlantis has a backup generator that can run for days. We were without power for about an hour one day, before the generator kicked in. It doesn’t seem that bad being without power for an hour in paradise, UNLESS you were that poor old man who was stuck in the Reef Tower elevator for an hour.)

Airport

(NAS) Nassau Airport in the Bahamas

Flight Budget Tips:
1) We used our Southwest Rapid Rewards points which covered my husband’s ticket.
2) I used my Southwest Companion Pass (Southwest Credit Card) to cover my son’s ticket.

Transportation from Nassau to Atlantis

We selected an Atlantis town car for our roundtrip transportation. You can take an Atlantis shuttle for a smaller fee, but I heard the process is daunting. I heard you may have to wait for other Atlantis guests to arrive at the airport, or just that the lines are too long. Long story short, be prepared to wait if you are taking a shuttle. The easiest and fastest way, is either a town car or a taxi.

If you are taking a taxi, then this is the time to stop and pick up some groceries for Atlantis.

(They ran out of town cars so they sent us a Limo! Jackpot!)

Kids sitting in a limo. | Atlantis, Bahamas
This is not an all-inclusive resort.
I repeat this is not an all-inclusive resort.
Where should you stay:
Woman taking a selfie in front of Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

Royal Tower

Royal Tower– Is closest to the waterpark. This is my number one pick, if you plan to spend a majority of your time at the waterpark.

Reef Tower– This hotel is more on the luxurious side, plus the rooms come with fully stocked kitchens. The best part is the guests share a private beach with the Cove Tower. This is where we stayed. If you want to save money by cooking your own meals, then this is the place to stay.

Cove Tower– This is the most luxurious building. You have access to private beaches shared with the Reef guests. This is where the “fancy” people stay.

Beach Tower– This hotel is a little outdated, but it is budget friendly. If you want to save money, this is the tower for you.

Atlantis Budget Tips:
1) Book your trip a year in advance.
2) Book in December when companies are closing their books.
3) Book your trip for “off season” dates and stay away from the “peak” travel dates.

Reef

This is where we stayed. The best part is we arrived early, around 11:50am, and we were allowed to check in early for no additional charge. Yay!

Our view.

What to pack:

We packed a full suitcase with snacks, Gatorade, water, plus food to cook.

Snacks on the counter at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Atlantis Shuttle

This is how you will get around the resort. Atlantis offers a 24-hour free shuttle service that takes you around to each tower. Yes, the resort is that big. Pay attention to the signs on the buses. The signs will let you know which tower that bus drops off at. Not all buses go to the same spots.

Atlantis shuttle bus outside at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

We loved all the bus drivers. Our favorite was Quincy. Say “hi” to him for us.

The Atlantean- Atlantis Activities Sheet

Pick up the daily activity sheet from the hotel concierge and plan your day according. There is so much to see and do at this resort. Atlantis is like a huge cruise ship on land!

Atlantean activities list at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

Check the activities sheet for movie times. We were able to see the new released Spiderman for free. Just FYI, they started our movie 15 minutes early, so I suggest you show up early.

Movie theater with movie playing at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Man witting with his kids at the movie theater at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Marine Exhibits in the Royal Tower

(Included with you stay. Your room key is your pass)

We spent several hours our first day just exploring the marine habitats and marine exhibits. We enjoyed getting lost in the underwater ruins and Atlantis lagoons. I suggest setting aside half a day to explore the various attractions like: The Dig, Ruins Lagoon, Predator Lagoon, Shark Lagoon, Cenote, Estuary Lagoon, Reef Lagoon, Hibiscus Lagoon, Seagrapes Lagoon, Stingray Lagoon, Royal Ray Lagoon, and Water Edge Lagoon.

Woman with kids in a silhouette in front of aquarium.| Atlantis, Bahamas
Woman walking through aquarium tunnel at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Little boy looking at a large fish in the aquarium at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Man with his two kids walking through the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Atlantis Map

Use this map to make sure you hit all the marine exhibits.

Map of the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

A- Cenote
B- Estuary Lagoon
C- Reef Lagoon
D- Hibiscus Lagoon
E- Seagrapes Lagoon
F- Stingray Lagoon
G- Water’s Edge Lagoon
H- Predator Lagoon
I- The Dig & Ruins Lagoon
J- Royal Ray Lagoon
K- Mayan Temple Shark Lagoon
L- Dolphin Cay

Water park- 141-acres of water park fun.

(Included with your stay. Your room key is your water park pass, so take it with you.)

Please note, if you plan to spend the entire day at the water park, then you need to pick up a wrist band.

We went in November when the weather was perfect. However, the waterpark and swimming pool water was a little on the chilly side. **The Lazy River and The Current are heated.**

If you are wondering if they serve alcoholic drinks at the waterpark. Yes, yes they do.

SLIDES

(48 inches height requirement)

Here are some videos of the thrilling slides. My husband had a blast on all the slides.

A majority of the slides have a 48 inches height requirement, therefore my 6 year old son was not able to ride the slides. He was only able to ride The Current, which is the rapid river. He loved it! He did it over and over again!

LAZY RIVER

This was 100% lazy. If you like to stay dry and relax, then this river is for you.

People swimming in the Lazy River at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

SPLASHERS

This was my daughter’s favorite spot. This area is perfect for toddlers.

Kids playing in the play area of the waterpark at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

LAGOON

This was our favorite spot to chill and relax. You get the benefits of the beach with the ocean & sand, but without the waves and undertows. You will even find people snorkeling this lagoon.

People swimming in the lagoon at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
On-site Excursions- Book in Advance! Excursions sell out fast!

Dip ’N Discover at Dolphin Cay

(An adult ticket must be purchased with the child)

There is an age requirement for swimming with the dolphins, therefore my daughter had to select the Dip ‘N Discovery activity with the Dolphins. Atlantis will provide the wetsuits to all participants. Once you have your wetsuit on, then you will enter waist deep water. This is where the fun begins with face to face interactions with the dolphins.

Dad with his little girl at the Dip N Discover at Dolphin Cay at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
People in the water at the Dip N Discover at Dolphin Cay at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

Sea Squirts

(Ages 3-6-No adult ticket required)

Each participant receives a free Atlantis rash guard shirt, which they are able to keep. Then, the interaction starts with the children feeding the sharks.

People looking at the sharks in the water at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

Then, they enter another lagoon where they feed and pet the small stingrays.

Kids and guide feeding the stingrays in the water at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

Next, they get to feed the massive sea turtles.

Dad and two kids looking at the sea turtles in the water at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

This was seriously the best excursion for children who love sea animals. My son was in heaven and couldn’t stop talking about it for days.

Snorkel the Ruins

(Must be at least 8 years old to participate. Kids ages 8 to 11 must be accompanied by a participating adult.)

Man dressed in snorkeling gear at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

This is a one hour snorkel adventure through the Atlantis Ruins. Yes, you will be snorkeling with some friendly sharks, stingrays, and colorful fish. My husband had the time of his life. If you love to snorkel, then this needs to be on your bucket list.

Man snorkeling in the water at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Man snorkeling in the water at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

Things to keep in mind:

1) You can request a wetsuit.

2) People walking through the tunnels can see you. Please, refrain from picking your nose. Hehe.

Playtime with Sea Lions

(For all ages and swimming abilities. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Complimentary for kids 3 and under.)

This was by far my favorite excursion. My family had an absolute blast playing with Sunny the sea lion. We were able to spend 30 minutes of one on one time with the super sweet Sunny.

Wetsuits are provided by Atlantis.

Family posing with sea lion in the water at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Off-site Excursions

Salty Toes Full Day Excursion- $129 a person

Do you want to swim with the pigs in the Bahamas? I sure did! It can get crazy expensive to swim with the pigs in Exuma. It comes with a large price tag of $499 a person. You must take a two-hour speed boat ride from Nassau to Exuma and a two-hour boat ride back. Please note, some companies do not allow kids on the speed boat for safety reasons. If you want a cheaper, plus closer version, I suggest going to the Salty Toes Excursion on their private island.

Woman feeding a pig on the beach at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

If you have small children, this is the excursion for you at $129 a person. A safer and more relaxing boat will take you to a private island. They even provide everyone with free Rum Punch when you board the boat. Once at the private island, you can snorkel the island and swim with the pigs. Unlike Exuma, these pigs are not wild, therefore perfect for small children. I heard the wild pigs on Exuma can be aggressive.

Family on a boat ride at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Little boy swimming with a pig in the water at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

A huge bonus is that the island beach has zero waves. My kids were able to swim around in the ocean like it was a swimming pool. For once, I was able to kick back and relax at a beach. As you can see in the picture, the private island is…. Private.

Kids hanging out on a private island on the beach at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

Also, the excursions come with a free lunch buffet. Plus, they serve alcoholic drinks that are extremely cheap.

Plate of food at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Food at Atlantis

The food is extremely expensive! Also, they add a gratuity of 27% to everything.

Starbucks at the Reef

This is the cheapest breakfast we could find.

Cascades at the Reef Pool

This was my favorite spot to eat. The hamburgers are delicious.

Hamburger on a tray at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

and the Mojito Margarita is to die for

Mojito Margarita on a table at the reef pool at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

and the view…..

Kids sitting at a table at the restaurant at the reef pool at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

Marina Village

This is where you can find reasonably priced food. Yes, it’s still part of Atlantis, so the 27% gratuity is added to everything. Hop on the Atlantis shuttle because it will drop you off at this section of the resort. This is where you will need to be dropped off for the Salty Toes Excursion, as well. (Next to Margaritaville)

Little girl walking down the sidewalk at Marina Village at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

Mario Pizza at Marina Village

This is where we had lunch everyday, because for $7.00 you can get a large slice of Pizza. We were able to take one slice and make it into two.

Plate of pizza at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

We always carried our own drinks. No way am I going to pay 27% gratuity on an already expensive drink.

Family sitting at a restaurant table outside eating lunch at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

Burger Shack- Marina Village

This is one of the most reasonably priced restaurants that we could find, and it’s kid friendly. No reservation is required. The only alcohol they serve is beer. However, you can buy a mixed drink in the Marina Village and bring it into the restaurant.

Kids excited to eat at Burger Shack in Maria Village at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Menu at Burger Shack in Maria Village at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Fish at Atlantis

We had dinner one night at the Fish restaurant which is considered “fine dining” at Atlantis. Huge Mistake! The food is amazing, but be prepared to spend at least $200. There are no kids meals, and I couldn’t find any kid friendly options. Also, kids are not allowed to dine after 7:00pm. Reservations are required and if you are a no show, then you will be charged $50.

Family eating dinner at Fish at Atlantis at the Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Fish Fry- Downtown Nassau

You will read a ton of blogs telling you to save money and go to the Fish Fry in town. Well the taxi ride is $40 and the food is crazy expensive. They even add a 27% gratuity to your bill! I’m guessing they make a majority of their money from the cruise ships. Please be aware, a majority of the restaurants only take cash, so read the signs before you sit down and place your order. Also, just like a majority of the Atlantis restaurants you will not find kids meals.

Family eating dinner at Fish Fry in Downtown Nassau. | Atlantis, Bahamas

If you do go, I suggest the Big Yard Restaurant. We received free shots and a free conch fritters appetizer. We noticed the jerk chicken in the Bahamas is more like the U.S. version of chicken wings. I prefer Jamaica’s slow cooked jerk chicken. However, it is hard to find authentic food near Atlantis, so I could be wrong. Conch seems to be the fish of choice in the Bahamas which is pretty good.

Platter of food at Fish Fry in Downtown Nassau. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Instagram

Looking for a romantic Instagram spot? Find the heart swing.

Large heart statue with kids posing on the swing. | Atlantis, Bahamas
Celebrities

I’m always on the lookout for celebrities. They walk among us! I saw the North Carolina basketball team. Yup, they were just walking around the waterpark with a camera crew following them. Is he looking at me? It sure does seem like it.

North Carolina basketball players in the pool area at Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas
North Carolina basketball players in the pool area at Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

Make sure you are looking your best. You could end up on tv.

North Carolina basketball players in the pool area at Atlantis resort. | Atlantis, Bahamas

I hope my blog is able to help you plan your trip. Let me know, if you have any suggestions I could add to my blog. Also, if you spot a celebrity at Atlantis, please comment below.

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