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Nassau and Sandyport Beaches

A December 2004 trip to Nassau by roset1204

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Nassau and Sandyport Beaches

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My boyfriend and I spent a week in Nassau, December 7 - 14, 2003. The best memory of our trip to Nassau was that of the people. They truly are very nice and go out of their way to be helpful. While this definitely includes the staff at Sandyport, all locals we encountered were friendly and willing to go out of their way to be helpful. Many provided directions, free samples of liquor, and offered to be our camera person. All had smiles and friendly hellos! While I am sure there are many areas that one could find trouble in Nassau, I felt relatively safe at all times. Take a taxi to Compass Point for dinner. It was great! We looked into Cafe Matisse. . .what an...Read More

Atlantis Paradise Island Royal Tower

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Hotel | "Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino"

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We booked into the Beach tower for one evening. The room was $300. The room was a regular hotel room. We received a room on the third floor. Our balcony overlooked the roof. The room was clean. We checked in at noon and got into our room at 3pm. The beach tower is a good distance from the casino. If I were going again, I would pay to stay in the Coral or Royal towers. The resort is huge. We walked the resort when we first arrived...it took us two hours to walk the grounds. It is amazing. The lagoons, water slides, pools, beaches, all were beautiful. It is a first-class resort. I am glad that I stayed at Atlantis. Just to see and experience the resort. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Atlantis Paradise Island Royal Tower
PARADISE ISLAND
Nassau, Bahamas
+954 809-2705

Sandyport Beaches Resort

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:Poop Deck Restaurant and Sandyport Mall is nearby. Sandyport Mall is still under construction with limited stores occupanying the buildings. A small convenient store and liquor store is open. Three eating establishments are open as of 12/2003. You can purchase water from the front desk for $1 a gallon. Best Things About the Resort:The 3-bedroom unit was actually three separate units connected by lock-out doors. It provided lots of privacy for more than one family. The grounds are well kept. The resort's staff is extremely nice and helpful. The activities director actually came to our condo to present the activities for the week since we checked in on...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Sandyport Beaches Resort
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
(800) 468-9101

The Poop Deck at Sandyport

Restaurant | "The Poop Deck at Sandy Point"

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We ate in the Poop Deck bar. They have happy hour from 5pm - 7pm in the evening, including free appetizers. The drinks ranged from $5- $7 in price, and were very tasty. We had planned to have dinner at the Poop Deck, but with the drinks and free appetizers we decided to skip it. It was a great place to walk to from Sandyport beaches on the evening of our arrival for a quick bite.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

The Poop Deck at Sandyport
Sandyport Marina Village, West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
(242) 327-3325

Conch Fritters Bar & Grill

Restaurant | "Conch Fritters Bar & Grill"

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We stopped in to Conch Fritters for a drink and some fritters while we were shopping downtown. Actually ended up having the conch fingers (more meat) and one drink. A beer, rum drink, and the fingers were about $25. The bartender was very nice and talkative.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Conch Fritters Bar & Grill
Marlborough Street Across from British Colonial Hilton
Nassau, Bahamas
(242) 323-8778

Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "Italian restaurant at the Sheraton Cable Beach"

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They have a fixed menu for $32.50 per person that includes an appetizer, salad, main course, and dessert. That price is very reasonable for Nassau. The food was just okay. We ordered a bottle of wine, and the total bill for two was about $115.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Italian Restaurant
Sheraton Cable Beach
Nassau, Bahamas

Fathoms

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Restaurant | "Fathoms at Atlantis"

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While staying one night at the Atlantis, we dined at Fathoms seafood restaurant. The place had much atmosphere. The food was incredible. We both had the bahama style snapper. It was very good and spicy ($28). My friend had conch chowder and I had a salad to start ($8 - $10 each). We ordered a bottle of wine (approx $45). It was a very nice meal. Live dancers were present during the evening. The wait staff also sang "Happy Birthday" to many tables during the evening. But it isn't too cheesy! The restaurant sits within the "Dig" and many of the walls are actually windows looking into the large lagoons. Rays, sharks, grouper, and snapper swim by on a regular basis. You must m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Fathoms
Atlantis Resort, Royal Towers
Paradise Island, Bahamas
+1 242 363 3000 ext.

Compass Point Restaurant

Restaurant | "Compass Point"

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We ate at the Compass Pont Restaurant, which is part of the Compass Point Resort. It was great. We had a table that overlooked the water. The food was great. My friend had the grouper and I had tuna. We both had appetizers. They had the best crusty rolls. It was about a $15 dollar cab ride from Sandypoint Beaches, probably $20 or $25 from Cable Beach. The food was the best we had during our stay. The service was excellent. Don't miss this experience!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Compass Point Restaurant
Gambier Village West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
+242 327 4500

Flying Cloud Catamaran

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Attraction | "Flying Cloud"

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We went on half-day sailing/snorkeling cruise with Flying Cloud. The crew were very friendly. The price includes transportation from your hotel to the boat and back. We had a long ride during the transportation from Sandyport to the port and they stopped several times at hotels along the way. They actually picked us up about 2 hours before boarding...which really cut into our afternoon. The sail was great! I loved to be on the water. I have been on MANY of the same types of trip when I visit Key West. The Bahamas sail did not live up to the high standards of Key West. The distance from the port is very short...the reef appears to be dead or dying. Nothing compared to the reefs in Key ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Flying Cloud Catamaran
Paradise Island Ferry Dock PO Box SS-19052
Nassau, Bahamas
+242-363-4430

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino

Attraction | "Atlantis Casino"

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Very nice casino. Many slots and lots of tables. Minimums are around $10 - $15 on the tables. Live music is played during the evening.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino
One Casino Drive
Paradise Island, Bahamas

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Nice casino. A little worn-looking compared to the Atlantis. Many slots and tables to choose from. Drink girl seemed to be available while we were sitting at a table. At the slots...forget about getting a drink!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Crystal Palace Casino
West Bay Street at Cable Beach Post Office Box N-8306
Nassau, Bahamas
+242-327-6200

Sandyport Mall Grocery Store

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Attraction | "Grocery Store"

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There are several groceries convenient to Sandyport Beaches resort. There are two small "convenience" stores at Sandyport Mall. There is also an actual grocery store within walking distance of Sandyport. It is on the righthand side of the road going toward Cable Beach. It sits pretty far off of the road. It is in the same "strip mall" as the Pizza Hut. There is also a grocery store further...which we did walk to, but is a considerable walk (2 - 3 miles). Both of these grocery stores sell a good supply of all types of food. All prices are going to be much more expensive than what you are used to in the States. Estimate anywhere from 1 - 3 dollars more since all items are shipped by boat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Sandyport Mall Grocery Store
Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Potter's Cay Fish Market

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Attraction | "Seafood/Fish Market"

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Wow! In search of fresh lobster...We took a jitney from town going toward the Paradise Island bridge. There are two bridges for traffic (going and coming) for Paradise Island. Under the brige there are several stands selling fresh seafood. What an adventure and a great way to see local life! Walking along looking at each offering...we were soon asked by nice woman what we were shopping for. My friend said lobster...and she said, "Follow me." Away we went down the street, under the bridge to a vendor that had about 10 fresh live lobster. As she left us to bargain for our dinner, she said, "Stop by for a beer at my stand." The lobster in the Bahamas do not have claws. We purch...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Potter's Cay Fish Market
Harbour Area of Nassau
Nassau, Bahamas