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Bahamas trip dos and don'ts? Recommendations?
« on: July 30, 2011, 09:08:18 AM »
Heading to the Bahamas Monday morning ... We are staying at The Atlantis.
Any suggestions ? Reccomendations
I've heard to use Skype instead of cell phones. And pack snacks because meals and pretty expensive.
Anything else?
Places to see or explore?
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2011, 09:16:32 AM »
Be prepared for food sticker shock at Atlantis.  And be prepared to walk a lot.  The place is HUGE. 

I was too afraid to try it but the Leap of Faith water slide is supposed to be fun.

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2011, 11:46:21 AM »
Are you staying in a time share or renting a hotel room?

Few things, Atlantis is my favorite resort destination, prefer it to Disneyland and Disneyworld.  Between the waterslides and beach I was never bored or felt crowded despite being there during US Thanksgiving.

You will be directed to an info booth right after check in where they will try to get you to come to a time share presentation.  Last time I was there they were giving a $250 resort credit for attending but I never made it.  As per typical timeshare people they are fairly aggressive but they don't hassle you outside in the pool/beach area.

Nassau itself is a charmelss port city (have done business there in addition to vacation).  There are some party options downtown if that is your thing,  Sr Frogs,  but I never felt compelled to get off the resort.

The Straw Market is fun if you want some knock off handbags or cheapo souveniers but other than that not so great.  I always hit it when I am there but don't plan on spending more than an hour or so.  It is not an all day market by any means.  There is a big taxi boat that takes you from the Atlantis marina to the dock by the straw market that was cheaper than a cab.

Have your cab driver stop at a grocery store and stock up on bottled water and beer.  You will get sticker shock at the prices for food and drink.  There are a few cheaper restaurants that are a short walk.  Typical Atlantis buffet runs around 50.

Trip Advisor has lots of posts on Atlantis as well.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2011, 11:49:34 AM »
I stayed at Sandals in Nassau and every morning I would get up and jog into town. Nassau is far safer than anywhere in Jamaica, so don't be afraid to walk around and explore.
If you're looking for shopping, the Straw Market is ok and you can work on your haggling skills.
If you're looking for food outside of the resort, I recommend Fish Fry. Very good food.
If you watch Top Chef, Fish Fry was the place that almost burnt down during a challenge during the Bahamas season. Don't worry about that, the food is very good.
Oh and try the conch fritters. Everywhere has them and everywhere they are delicious.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2011, 12:28:49 PM »
Also, if you want to get away from the craziness at Atlantis, go over to the Ocean Club and have dinner or a drink at Dune.  Expensive, but the food is great and it's beautiful and relaxing over there.

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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2011, 04:11:51 PM »
Thanks!

We are staying in the hotel.
Are the beaches any fun? Are there any waves?

We are going snorkeling Friday - which I love to do.

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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2011, 06:58:43 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2011, 07:22:12 PM »
snorkel the reefs. take vanilla wafers. the little sgt. majors love them and will come right up to you if you crumble them in the water.

don't rent scooters. the Bahamian drivers will run you over.

get in a taxi and tell the driver to take you where he goes to eat. I've done that more than once. my party has always been the only white faces in the crowd, but it's nothing to get alarmed about. the food is EXCELLENT. I still remember one piece of fried grouper that makes me misty eyed.

conch fritters - yes.
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2011, 04:01:40 AM »
I stayed at Sandals in Nassau and every morning I would get up and jog into town. Nassau is far safer than anywhere in Jamaica, so don't be afraid to walk around and explore.
If you're looking for shopping, the Straw Market is ok and you can work on your haggling skills.
If you're looking for food outside of the resort, I recommend Fish Fry. Very good food.
If you watch Top Chef, Fish Fry was the place that almost burnt down during a challenge during the Bahamas season. Don't worry about that, the food is very good.
Oh and try the conch fritters. Everywhere has them and everywhere they are delicious.

My wife and I went to Nassau about 20 years ago. The main street downtown is safe, but don't venture into the neighborhood off that street. It definitely was not safe.

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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2011, 05:37:56 AM »

I've only done the timeshare presentation thing once, but I wonder:

They were pretty aggressive with me, not so with others.

When you fill out the initial form, does the income you put down determine how aggressive they are?

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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2011, 08:14:25 AM »
Thanks!

We are staying in the hotel.
Are the beaches any fun? Are there any waves?

We are going snorkeling Friday - which I love to do.

Thanks again ya'll.

Beaches are fun there, waves were not good enough to body surf but fun enough to play in.  There are a lot of lifeguards around and they are pretty quick to close the beach if conditions warrant it.
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« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2011, 08:40:54 AM »
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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2011, 08:46:30 AM »
Don'ts: Go swimming.

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« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2011, 03:56:33 PM »
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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2011, 03:24:32 AM »
Always wanted to go to Atlantis, but I've found it's far, far cheaper to pick an all-inclusive somewhere else. Food and drink prices at Atlantis are outrageous. $9 hot dogs? Nah. I'll pass.
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« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2011, 03:36:54 AM »
Atlantis is very expensive but the comp offers are usually good.  My latest offer is to travel up to four times and get four free nights as well as $150 a day in food.  Sonner you are right, the place is beautiful but it isn't worth the price. I wouldn't go back if I wasn't comped.

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« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2011, 03:57:48 AM »
Sonner has turned into a tropical whore. I'm jealous.
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« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2011, 04:12:25 AM »
Sonner has turned into a tropical whore. I'm jealous.

I wish. I'm definitely in the pro-All-Inclusive crowd now, though. It's good because I hate carrying shit. The all-inclusive packages suit my lazy lifestyle. Leave the wallet in the room and carry just a few bucks for tipping the fine folks who serve my lazy ass all day with drinks I'd have to pay God knows how much for at any other non-all-inclusive resort. That $100 dinner at the Brazilian Steakhouse? FREE!

Kinda pisses me off because I've always wanted to try Atlantis. Zippy chance I ever do, though.
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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2011, 06:28:28 AM »
Went to Nassau 20-odd years ago and hated every minute of it. Atlantis wasn't there then and we didn't have the bucks to stay at Cable Beach or Paradise Island so we had a hotel right in town near Bay St. Found the whole city to be enormously overpriced, the restaurants to be mediocre and as somebody else mentioned the area off the main drag was more than a little sketchy. We rented scooters too and we were almost killed by the lunatic drivers.

My brother got married at Sandals there and raved about it.
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« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2011, 07:11:56 AM »
Yeah. The scooters are a death trap. Stay far, far away.
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« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2011, 07:23:14 AM »
It's so long ago it might not be the case anymore, but what caught me in the casinos there was (at least blackjack), you do NOT touch your cards. Not even a fingertip. That was the case at Paradise Island, at least, and I was severely admonished a couple of times. Again, might not be true anymore.
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« Reply #21 on: August 02, 2011, 04:42:30 AM »
It's so long ago it might not be the case anymore, but what caught me in the casinos there was (at least blackjack), you do NOT touch your cards. Not even a fingertip. That was the case at Paradise Island, at least, and I was severely admonished a couple of times. Again, might not be true anymore.

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« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2011, 10:00:14 AM »
Bump...
Sitting at the Airport at Nassau waiting on my flight to Atlanta ...

Spent six days at Atlantis and three would have been plenty. I was water-slid out after four days. I hate standing in line, luckily it rained two days and people bolted when the rain hit so I had run of the place for several hours.
I was also kind of disappointed there was no Hurricane Emily.
 
Man shit is expensive at the resort. Outside the resort, prices weren't bad. The place imports 85 percent of its food, so it stands to reason things will cost a little more, but Atlantis was fucking ridiculous! $6.50 a beer! $40 for a pizza!  Even the Starbucks and Tortuga stores were three of four bucks more than the stores off the property.
Away from the resort you could get beer from $4 to $2.50 ... I bought a case of Kalik ($40) at a duty free store in town and kept on ice in my room.
As stated, Atlantis is HUGE. I prolly walked two miles a day to the water slides and to and from my room. But the place was very kid friendly, family-oriented ... If you have the money.

The yachts at the place were amazing - $7 a foot per day to dock for yachts the size of my house and yard!


I saw Patrick Ewing in the casino Thursday night.

Food was pretty underwelhming. The Poopdeck was good. Had a nice lunch at a Mediterranean Cafe in the shopping district - until my wife got food poisoning and spent the next 30 hours on the bed and toilet.

The natives were very nice. Hell everyone was pretty friendly.

Son of a bitch there is a lot of poor people.. The Bahamas and West Virginia have a lot in common; natives working for the man.
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« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2011, 04:49:02 PM »
What tower did you stay in?  The resort is massive.  Last time I went I was at The Cove which has it's own bar area and had outdoor tables but it was too far from the real casino.

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« Reply #24 on: August 07, 2011, 05:04:15 PM »
Get out and away from super tourist stuff. One of my favorite things to do when we went was going out fishing with a guide who, while we were casting our rods, was diving with a spear gun gathering lobsters we would eat for lunch.

Where'd we eat lunch? The guide took the boat out to an island that was about the size of a football field, which was also a national park. We built a fire to cook the lobsters and snorkeled around the island seeing a lot of wildlife.

Now is that something a local is going to do? No, but it's also not packed with tourists.
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