Paradise Island Journals

Exploring the Lost World: Atlantis

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An April 2001 trip to Paradise Island by barbara

Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Tower Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas More Photos
Quote: If you are going to indulge in a luxury vacation with your child in tow, explore the wonders of Atlantis, one of the world's premiere resorts.

Exploring the Lost World: Atlantis

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Overview

Atlantis Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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When you first cross the bridge to Paradise Island, it is hard to imagine it was called Hog Island until 1961. While not as lush and green as other tropical destinations like Kauai, this island in the Bahamas offers aquamarine waters and white sand beaches for as far as the eye can see. A playground for the rich since Swedish industrialist Dr. Axel Wenner-Gren first sailed into Nassau Harbor and decided to made paradise his home in 1939, Paradise Island has remained a top destination for wealthy tourists. Today, the Atlantis luxury resort is the attraction on Paradise Island. It takes hours to explore, and one need never leave the premises to enjoy time in the Bahamas. The incr...Read More

Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Tower

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Hotel | "Atlantis"

Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Tower Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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Atlantis is a mammoth luxury resort with tons of amenities. It is a great place to stay on a family vacation if you have a lot of money to throw around, and there are many incredible, unique features such as The Dig that you will not find at any other resort. The Dig is a simulation of an archaeological dig in which the lost island of Atlantis was uncovered. There are underground tunnels full of giant aquariums and touch tanks that will thrill not only your children but you. There are marine life feedings that are interesting to watch scheduled throughout the many aquariums at various times of the day. Children are even allowed to help feed the stingrays! There are man-made ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 15, 2001

Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Tower
One Casino Drive
Paradise Island, Bahamas
(954) 809-2100

Harborside at Atlantis

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Hotel | "Harborside Resort Villas"

Harborside at Atlantis Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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Harborside Resort Villas is primarily a timeshare property. We do not own timeshare, and we did not stay there. HOWEVER, I knew someone who did, and I got the opportunity to look inside one of the rooms. It was actually a tastefully decorated suite with a kitchen, dining room, comfortable living room, whirlpool in bathroom, all for about the same amount of money I was spending to stay in a much smaller room in the main Atlantis resort. Harborside Villas are part of the Atlantis property, and suites can be rented as well as purchased. Shuttles leave from the front entrance of Harborside to the main Atlantis resort every fifteen minutes, and it was my understanding that Harbors...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 15, 2001

Harborside at Atlantis
Paradise Island Bahamas
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Murray's Delicatessen

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Restaurant

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Murray's is set up like an old American diner. It is a good place to eat with your children, and we sampled the food there several times. It is located right on the Marina though there are no windows allowing you to view the boats while dining. The food is basic diner fare: hamburgers, sandwiches, chicken fingers. The club sandwiches are HUGE, though my son liked the $8 grilled cheese sandwiches the best. Bottom Line: The food is decent at Murray's. Not great. Overpriced. But not by too much. The service is... well... typical for the Bahamas. Still, you don't need reservations. Alcohol is served. AND right next door there is the Jimmie's Ice Cream Parlor!!! Go buy a cone and sit at...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 15, 2001

Murray's Delicatessen
Atlantis Resort
Paradise Island, Bahamas
+1 242 363 3000

Chippie's Wall Street Cafe

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Restaurant | "Chippie's Wall Street Cafe"

Chippie's Wall Street Cafe Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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We took a cab to Nassau one night for dinner. We ended up at Chippie's Wall Street Cafe. The door is tucked in an alley though it is not hard to find. The restaurant is on the second floor of a building next door to the Pompey Museum. This place is named after a musician who once played with Bob Marley. It is very small, but it has a balcony overlooking the street, and I found the atmosphere to be quite charming. The walls are colorful. The service was actually very good when we visited, though we were one of only two tables occupied in the place, so I don't know how it is when they are busy. (We were having a very early dinner.) The food was all local and very good. My son had a couple scoo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2001

Chippie's Wall Street Cafe
Bay Street
Paradise Island, Bahamas
(242) 356-2087

Atlantis Coral Towers

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Hotel | "Atlantis Theater"

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While we were in Atlantis, we decided to take in a play. Atlantis has a small theater on the premises. We saw Don't Stop the Carnival, and it was a wonderful production. I couldn't wait to see how Jimmy Buffett pulled off the musical score to a book by Herman Wouk. Wouk is a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist best known for writing expansive war stories! What does war have to do with Margaritaville?! However strange the creative collaboration might have been, Buffett and Wouk put together a wonderfully funny and light play that is well worth seeing. The plot revolves around a New York man's misadventures as the new proprietor of the Gull Reef Club on a tropical island, so the Bahamas is the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2001

Atlantis Coral Towers
Casino Drive, Nassau
Paradise Island, New Providence Island

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino

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Attraction | "Seahorse Catamaran"

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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One morning we decided to leave Atlantis and cruise in a catamaran sailboat through the crystal blue waters of the Carribean. The boat was beautiful and accommodated what seemed to be around forty people. At no point, however, did we feel crowded. In fact, we stayed at the front of the boat with a nice wind hitting our faces almost the whole time. There was food to eat, too, though no alcohol was served until AFTER the snorkeling was over. The cruise to the dive site was very pleasant. When we arrived at the area where we would be allowed to snorkel, we could see the heads of many people bobbing up and down in the water near another boat. We were given yellow life jackets with just a little bit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2001

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

Discovery Channel Camp

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Attraction

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Discovery Channel Camp was GREAT fun for my son. He only went to two sessions while we were in the Bahamas as we wanted to spend time with him, but he begged to go back again. The staff at the camp is wonderful, and the time spent in a session is quality time. The children learn all about the various marine life that can be seen around Atlantis. In fact they go on "field trips" to look at fish more closely. They play on special computers that teach them about the Bahamas. They do arts and crafts. They play lots of games. My son decorated a bandana and learned all about Junkanoo, a Bahamas tradition in which participants dress up in wild costumes similar to those seen at Mardis Gras. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2001

Discovery Channel Camp
Atlantis- Coral Towers
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Nassau Straw Market

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Attraction | "The Straw Market and Downtown"

Nassau Straw Market Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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The Straw Market in Nassau is a giant hodge podge of color and goods. Some of these goods are junk, but some are unique finds dealing with the area. I liked the hand-strung, pearl necklaces and bracelets. I bought a new sarong after a lady would not take no for an answer (but also came down on her price!). My son, the negotiater, was thrilled when he got a wooden snake from a merchant for $1 less than the asking price. Of course, some prices are firm, and if you really want to dicker, be prepared to walk away. In all honesty, I did not find a lot of things I wanted to buy in Nassau, but it was great fun walking through the streets. My son also lost a tooth during a trip to the Bahamas, a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 16, 2001

Nassau Straw Market
Bay Street at the foot of Market Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Carriage Rides

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Attraction

Carriage Rides Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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The horse and carriage ride that we went on took about 30 minutes. The driver was very polite and nice, and he pointed out buildings of interest as we clopped along. My son really liked sitting beside him in the front seat. Unfortunately for my husband and me, however, the guide did not always turn his head when he was speaking to us, so some of the information he was imparting was carried off with the wind. We still enjoyed the ride, but I would not suggest it for anyone who is allergic to horses. I happen to have a horse allergy, and I had an awful time with my eyes watering and my nose running after only a few minutes. It seems the carriage that we rode in had not been cleaned f...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 16, 2001

Carriage Rides
Near the Town Center
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation

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Attraction | "Pompey Museum"

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The Pompey Museum is a small museum dedicated to the history of slavery and emancipation in the Bahamas. The building where it is housed was once the site for slave auctions. The first floor of the museum shows historical documents and artifacts from the period in Bahamas history in which cotton farming and the like was tried by land owners. These ventures eventually failed, and slavery died in the islands. You will also learn a little about how the former slaves set up townships of their own and sought ways to make money such as engaging in sponge farming: still a business that contributes to the Bahamian economy. On the second floor of the museum is a permanent collection of work by Bahamian ar...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2001

Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation
Bay and George streets, Vendue House
Paradise Island, Bahamas
+1 242 326 2568

Various Atlantis Amenities

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Story/Tip

18 Hole Minature Golf Course Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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What is there to do at Atlantis? A LOT! I would suggest you actually take a few minutes when you get to the resort to check out the channel on your TV that goes over nothing but Atlantis amenities, or you might miss something! Let's start with water sports: There are paddle bikes you can rent for $25/30 minute in the lagoon. Kayaks are available, too. There are free SCUBA lessons that take place at designated pools.There are miles of private beaches with lifeguards for your enjoyment. You will notice TONS of girls in Atlantis with their hair pulled into tight braids and beads. The women in the beach huts do these tropical styles for $2/braid.There is the Laz...Read More