a traveler from Travelocity.com
on October 29, 2012
The hotel is right across the street from Atlantis, and you just go over every day and get wrist bands, and you have full access. You can use the cards they give you at the hotel to charge things to your room if you want. This is a plus, because much of Atlantis is cashless. To rent a locker, you have to have a credit card with you. They are the one thing we could not charge to the room, and they don't take cash. Remember to tell your credit card co. you are traveling internationally. Atlantis is beautiful, and the beaches there are gorgeous. My only cons would be the cards they give you to charge are just card stock paper, and you are going to a water park. My husband forgot and put his in his pocket and it disintegrated. The other thing is, they have a place set up in the lobby that will offer you a free gift when you check in, and it is a timeshare type thing. They tried several times to get us to stop, but as we were only there a few days, we didn't take the time. They did say that you could get $100 off a meal or an excursion, plus free t shirts, so it may be worth it to some to listen to it. We ate at Anthony's right next door, The P00p Deck across the bridge on the harbor, and we went all the way down to the fish fry and ate at Twin Brother's. We had good service and good food at all of them. Twin Brother's was our favorite. Try the cracked lobster, and the Sky Juice drink is wonderful if you like coconut! We figured out later there is a small one under the bridge going back across from Paradise Island, but we didn't try it. The food is pretty high, and they put an automatic 15% gratuity on there pretty much anywhere you go, even to get a mixed drink in Atlantis. We ate the free breakfast every morning, then we ate somewhere nice that evening. We usually just shared one dinner, and sometimes got an appetizer, and we got full. We did find that Atlantis has free refills all day on soft drinks in just there regular cups, for #3.50. We walked over the bridge to Nassau, which was quite a trek, but we enjoyed it. There is a ferry to downtown Nassau for $4 a person each way. We did take a taxi back from downtown when we ate at Hard Rock, and it was $12. A taxi to and from the airport cost around $32-$35. Taxi drivers are good sources of information! Don't forget to check your cell phone company before you leave to see how your plan will work there. We have Verizon, and we had to disable our data roaming because the i phone constantly is pulling data and it was like $20 per MB if you didn't buy a plan. We disabled it though and had no problems, and you could still use the free internet. It was $1.99 a min to call home on our plan, but we could text for like .50Cents. My mom is on us cellular and she could text us and receive texts from us for free, while my kids on Verizon to receive our texts was like .20, so you just might want to check before you leave so you won't have any surprises. Collect will not work, it is not collect in the Bahamas. I think you can buy calling cards pretty inexpensively, but we did not.
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