Paradise in Atlantis, Bahamas
We had four full days in Atlantis and there’s so much to do that it still didn’t feel like we had enough hours in the day. Needless to say, we are already dreaming of our next trip back! Nassau, Bahamas is only a two hour flight from home, so why not?!
Aquaventure. Voted in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 water parks, this alone is a good enough reason to visit Atlantis! Some slides have height/age restrictions but we had no problems finding some for the girls for to ride. They also loved splashing and climbing on the kids areas at Poseidon and Splashers.
Pools. There are so many pools across this resort, you will never run out of options. There are towel stands everywhere and plenty of pool chairs for tanning. The larger pools have a DJ throughout the day and a restaurant, with free soft drink refills, is never too far away.
Dolphin Cay. We got up close & personal with Palo, the dolphin we played with during our shallow water experience. We got to spend 30 minutes in the water with him, petting him and giving high fives! He did a few flips and gave us kisses too. Adele had so much fun and didn’t seem scared of him at all! Kids 3 and under are free with a paid adult.
Beach. The beaches in front of Atlantis are breathtaking. Those blue waters attract guests from all over the world. Here you can go parasailing, rent jet skis, and shop from local artisan vendors. We played in the ocean a few days and came down on our last night for the sunset – a definite must do when visiting!
Swimming with the fish. There are plenty of places around The Bahamas to go snorkeling and swim with fish, but Atlantis has a lagoon in the center of all the action where you can do it too! We came a few mornings to swim with the fish and it was never crowded with other guests. You can snorkel here, or just stand in the waist deep water and let the fish swim around you. Definitely a highlight of our trip!
Aquariums. There are multiple marine life tanks all over the property. Just outside the Beach Towers is an aquarium and sea turtles. Outside the Coral Towers are sting rays and starfish. And inside the Coral Towers is the main aquarium including eels, lobster, clownfish, cuttlefish, sea horses, and plenty more. One of our favorite aquariums was by the water slides where you raft in a tunnel through shark infested waters (top left photo shown above)!
Marina Village. This outdoor shopping area is a perfect spot to walk around after dinner and grab a cone from Ben & Jerry’s. We had dinner eating outside at Marina Pizzeria staring at the extravagant yachts that dock here – not a bad view! There are some shops and a few other restaurants to choose from as well.
We made a YouTube video! Click below or click here to watch on our YouTube channel!
Tips while visiting Atlantis:
1. Atlantis is enormous. Plan to walk a ton and allow for enough time to get from A to B. Our girls were 1&2 and we didn’t bring a stroller, but a lot of times wish we had.
2. We went over Memorial Day weekend and found that a number of restaurants were closed or close early, so plan accordingly.
3. Aquaventure tickets are included daily with your stay. Adult tickets are over $100 each when purchased by non-Atlantis guests, so keep that in mind when choosing your hotel/rental.
4. Taking a taxi to & from the airport is easy, about a 45 minute ride, and only about $20. Even if you plan on going into the touristy shopping area, a taxi is easy to get from the Beach or Coral Towers at Atlantis.
Have you been to The Bahamas? What should we do our next time there that we missed out on?