Paradise Island Journals

A Winter Week on Paradise Island

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A December 2002 trip to Paradise Island by azsunluvr

Harborside at Atlantis Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas More Photos
Quote: My family of 5 spent 7 days on Paradise Island at the Harborside Villas at Atlantis. We arrived a few days after Christmas and stayed through the new year. This journal will give you some highs and lows of our vacation in this tropical place.

A Winter Week on Paradise Island

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Overview

Atlantis Resort Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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The marine habitats at Atlantis, the waterslides, the beach, the strawmarket in downtown Nassau are must-sees. Ardastra Gardens & Zoo is also quite an experience! Junkanoo is a major parade held twice a year, including at New Year's. We talked about going, but it BEGINS at 1am! It ended up being cancelled due to rain. It's THE thing to do if you can handle being up all night. We could see fireworks in various areas, even during the rain, on New Year's eve.Quick Tips: If you want more than one drink with dinner, i.e. if you think you'll want a refill on your coke, order 2 to begin with because you probably will never get the 2nd one before you're done eating! See my free form entry on saving s...Read More

Harborside at Atlantis

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Hotel | "Harborside Resort Villas"

Harborside at Atlantis Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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We are timeshare owners and traded to stay here, but they also rent the suites. To see what the interior of these units looks like, go to Atlantis.com and navigate to accomodations and Harborside. The photos there are EXACTLY what our place looked like. Gorgeous! Amenities in each unit include: washer & dryer, microwave, cooktop, dishwasher, fridge, coffee maker, service for 6 in the larger unit, service for 4 in the smaller unit, pots, pans, cooking utensils, toaster, blender, dishwasher soap, kitchen towel, blow dryer, iron & board, safe, jetted tub & separate shower in the lg. unit, combo jetted tub/shower in the sm. unit, 2 TVs with remotes, stere...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

Harborside at Atlantis
Paradise Island Bahamas
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Anthony's Caribbean Grill

Restaurant | "Anthony's Caribbean Bar & Grill"

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Anthony's is an easy walk from Harborside, Atlantis, Sheraton and Holiday Inn Sunspree. It's casual, with indoor and outdoor seating. It's a good place to take picky eaters as they have the basics there as well as some dishes with caribbean flavors. The hamburger with jerk sauce was flavorful and done just right. One daughter had a baked potato with cheese & bacon that was exactly what she wanted. The salad was fresh. My son wasn't thrilled with his pizza. The sauce may have had some caribbean flavoring in it that he wasn't expecting. It was one of the more affordable places we ate on this vacation. The service was ok. Don't expect to get in and out quickly. We came to realize that service is not ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

Anthony's Caribbean Grill
Casino Drive (Paradise Village Shopping Center)
Paradise Island, Bahamas
242 363 3152

Café Skans

Restaurant | "Cafe Skans"

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Cafe Skans is on Bay Street, just to the right of where the water taxi drops you off if you're coming from the Atlantis Resort. We had breakfast there and it was very good. 2 of us had french toast that was done just right. I had a muffin sandwich (aka egg McMuffin)that I really enjoyed. Pancakes were huge and perfectly cooked. The hash browns looked delicious and my daughter was disappointed that they had run out before she could get any. Service was probably the best we had the whole time we were on the island.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

Café Skans
Bay Street, near Market Street
Nassau, Bahamas
(242) 322-2486

News Cafe

Restaurant

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One night, my teenage daughters decided to eat Top Ramen in the room, so we took our son to this deli. Nothing appealed to my husband and I at that moment, though the place always had people eating at the tables outside. My son saw the fruit salad and that hit the spot for him. It was around $5.00 and was decent. The fruit was fresh and he ate every bite. Other items on the menu included many sandwiches and lasagne and other casseroles like you would find in the case at a deli.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

News Cafe
Hurricane Hole Plaza
Paradise Island, Bahamas
+1 242 363 4684

Atlas Bar & Grill

Restaurant | "Atlas Bar & Grill"

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We ate here 3 times, mainly because it was the least expensive place to eat and was casual. The wait was always about 20-25 minutes. Maybe if we had made reservations, we wouldn't have had to wait, but we never knew when or if we were going to want to eat. It's located in the casino at Atlantis. Twice my husband had the conch chowder. It wasn't what we were expecting, but it was delicious. It was very much like a thick vegetable soup, with small pieces of conch. One night it was quite a bit spicier than it was previously. I had a Cobb salad one evening. It was $12, of medium size. I was surprised there were no harboiled eggs in it, but it was pretty good otherwise, with lots of fresh tomatoes, bacon a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

Atlas Bar & Grill
Casino Drive
Paradise Island, Bahamas
+1 242 363 3000

Shark Bites Cafe

Restaurant

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There is a Shark Bites Cafe, and a Shark Bites Express near the Mayan Temple and pools. Get ready for sticker shock! We ate here a couple of times because it's very convenient in the middle of the day when you're wet from the water slides and pools. A hamburger is $6. Fries are $2.50, a can of soda is $2.50. Hot dog is $4.50. I'll admit the portions are a decent size. The hot dogs weren't just little things, nor were they foot-longs. The fruit slushes looked good and I was dying to try a mango one, but it was never warm enough for me to be thirsty enough to pay $5 for it. A small salad with feta cheese, olives, lettuce and tomatoes was $12. A chicken sandwich with fries was $9. Everything tasted good,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

Shark Bites Cafe
Atlantis Resort Pool Area
Paradise Island, Bahamas

The Point Poolside Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant | "The Point"

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Because the price for dinner was $45 per person, all inclusive, we did not choose to dine here at night. Also, the weather was not great during our trip and the restaurant is all open-air dining. We did walk out there to pick up some breakfast rolls. Cinnamon and other rolls were $4 each. Medium-sized croissants were $2 each. They also offered coffee, orange juice, cereal and fruit at breakfast.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

The Point Poolside Restaurant & Bar
Harborside Resort Villas
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Murray's Delicatessen

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Restaurant | "Murray's Deli"

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Murray's Deli was recommended by some online sites I visited, and my husband spoke with a group vacationing at the resort who also recommended this place. We were quite disappointed. Maybe if we had ordered sandwiches we would have been more impressed. We ordered hamburgers. They were very good, and quite large, but nothing really special. The kids had grilled cheese sandwiches. My son doesn't like American Cheese and we asked specifically for Cheddar. It came with American and he was very unhappy. We sent it back. After everyone else at the table had finished their meals, my husband went in search of my son's grilled cheese sandwich. Earlier, he'd had to track someone down to deliver the root beer my...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

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

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre

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Attraction | "Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre"

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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Ardastra is very lush and tropical. It seems a rather steep price for the size of the zoo, but they certainly need the money! There are some great animals here. The lemurs are quite friendly and make adorable noises! The monkeys are curious. The birds, especially the macaws were beautiful. A few of them talk, which is always a kick. The pot-bellied pig was just wandering around on his own. The peacocks were beautiful, and one treated us to a display of his feathers. The jaguars were the only animals that didn't seem relaxed here. They paced and were very unhappy when the flamingos squawked nearby. Speaking of flamingos, a huge flock wanders the grounds. Three times daily, they p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 11, 2002

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
323-5806

Sea Island Adventures

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Attraction

Sea Island Adventures Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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We were very happy with everything about this adventure, except the weather...what can you do? The price was great for all this included. We were picked up by a shuttle bus at our hotel and taken to the harbor in Nassau. After paying and receiving wristbands, we boarded a 2-level boat for our cruise out to Rose Island with about 20 other people. A crew member described various homes and buildings on our way out, then pointed out landmarks to us as we approached the island. The boat trip was only about 20-30 minutes. Sea Island Adventures has a private beach on Rose Island, with hammocks strung between pine trees (I was expecting palms, but PINES??), a sand volleyball court, basketball hoop and buildin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

Sea Island Adventures
P.O. Box SS-5414
Paradise Island, Bahamas
(242)325-3910

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino

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Attraction | "Atlantis Resort water fun"

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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The Atlantis Resort is HUGE! Prepare to do a LOT of walking. I'm positive that it's bigger than Disneyland! There are many, many pools to use. There are smaller ones by the Beach Tower, including a kids' play area, lazy river ride and small water slide. The water on the slides here was quite cold, so we only did them once. We heard that the water in the lazy river was cold, too, so we didn't even try it. Near the Coral Towers, there is a large freeform pool. Between Coral Towers and the Royal Towers there is a large lagoon, where you can swim, snorkel, ride kayaks or paddle boats. We didn't even check those out, so I don't know about fees. There is a sandy beach on 2 sides where you can r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

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

The Dig

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Attraction | "Atlantis Resort Marine Exhibits"

The Dig Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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If you are a guest at Atlantis or Harborside, you are free to roam the grounds as often and for as long as you wish. We spent many hours with mouths agape at the beautiful marine exhibits. The Predator Lagoon is at the base of the Mayan Temple. Here nurse sharks swim lazily around acrylic tubes as guests ride the water slides through the center. There is another predator lagoon with an underwater viewing area where you can see more sharks, barracuda, stingrays, groupers and others. The stingray lagoons are filled with various stingrays and black tip reef sharks. At Seagrapes viewing tunnel, you can see some really bizarre and beautiful fish. The most amazing one we don't have a name for. It was hu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2002

The Dig
Atlantis Paradise Island
Paradise Island, Bahamas

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Food is very expensive on the island and there's no way around that. Knowing we were staying in a resort with a kitchen, I brought a small suitcase full of food that my family likes. I brought Pasta-roni, cold cereal, Top Ramen, cookies and some other snack food. Those things alone saved us a few hundred dollars! There is a small grocery store in the Hurricane Hole shopping plaza within walking distance of Atlantis, Harborside and Holiday Inn Sunspree. Everything costs twice what it does at home, but it's still better than dining out every meal. 1/2 gal of milk is $3.50, 1/2 gal of orange juice is $8.75, a 2 liter bottle of coke is $3.50. Considering 1 CAN of coke at the resort is $2.50-3.00, that's ...Read More

Activities at Atlantis Resort

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My teenage girls went to Club Rush twice during our stay. There is a $10 cover charge and it's open from 8pm to 1am, no parents allowed! Parents may tour the club at 5pm. Set up a tour at the guest services desk in the lobby. There is a dance floor and music, computers where teens can send e-mail and IM their friends back home, Nintendo & Playstation video games, and a big-screen TV where PG-13 movies are run. There are plush chairs and couches to sit on. A soda vending machine is available. On a scale of 1-5, my teens rated it a 3. You have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to strangers. Club Rush is also available to pre-teens several times a week from 4-6pm. The ...Read More