Sunday, May 9, 2010

Tips for your Atlantis Vacation, Paradise Island, Bahamas

If you’re thinking of going to The Atlantis, here are some tips to help make your vacation even better, as well as save some money:

1. The Atlantic website, http://www.atlantis.com/, often has special rates, such as stay 3 nights and get the 4th night free and/or free companion airfare, so be sure to check often. Also, don’t feel as if you have to wait to catch a good deal on your reseration, they will honor price changes (to your benefit) with just a phone call, as long as it’s more than 30 days to your arrival.


2. They offer a food plan, which we did not partake, but if you stick to the restaurants within each plan (they have two: Casual and Gourmet), you may come out ahead. Just remember that the plan does not include alcohol. We’d recommend skipping the plan – it may be too confining, now that we know the restaurants.


3. You can get from the airport to The Atlantis via Don Knowles Tours, the Atlantis’s shuttle service, or a taxi. Don Knowles was $13 per person each way, so $26 for both of us, plus a couple bucks tip. The taxi was about $32, plus tip. In retrospect, we would have taken a taxi for the few dollars more – we had to catch a 7am shuttle to the airport to get our 11am flight, and could have probably slept another hour (or more) had we simply arranged a taxi.


4. Get bottled water and postcards at the Paradise Shopping Center and save a bunch of money.


5. Speaking of bottled water, it’s a big seller at The Atlantis, but we were fine with the tap water.
6. Speaking of money, there is no need to exchange American dollars for Bahamian money – it’s like a little USA down there and American currency is take on-par and happily.


7. Be sure you check The Altantean for daily activities, schedule of (free) movies, fish feedings, etc…


8. There are complimentary bus shuttles between all the hotels every 30 minutes.

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