Everything you need to know
Planning a trip to the Bahamas? This Atlantis travel guide will tell you everything you need to know before basking in the sun in the Bahamas! Located on Paradise Island, just across the bridge from downtown Nassau, lies this gorgeous, world-famous resort. Renowned for its beaches, seafood, eco-friendliness and adventure activities, Atlantis is the perfect beach getaway for sand lovers and adventure fanatics alike. The resort is also home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, featuring 14 lagoons, 8+ million gallons of ocean water, and over 50,000 aquatic animals! And just in case you want even more to do, the resort offers the second largest casino in the Caribbean, a 141-acre waterpark, 20 swimming areas, over 40 restaurants, and endless excursions. Its the perfect place for a couples trip, a family trip, or even a relaxing solo trip. This Atlantis travel guide will give you the run-down of the best places to eat and drink, best accommodations, things to do & more!
WHEN TO VISIT
Lynden Pindling International Airport is the largest airport in the Bahamas and the largest international gateway into the country. It is just a short flight away from any East Coasters, with nonstop service from many major US and Canadian cities. Upon arrival you will take a taxi a quick 30- 40 minutes to Atlantis on Paradise Island. You can expect to pay around $45 for the ride.
What To Expect
COVID REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING THE COUNTRY?
Like everywhere else in the world, COVID keeps popping back up in the Bahamas like that unwanted ex you just can’t get rid of. Be prepared that most indoor places still require you to wear masks. Additionally, you will need to apply for a travel visa and show proof of a negative COVID test in order to enter the country.
IS IT SAFE TO VISIT?
Atlantis is extremely walkable, providing breathtaking views no matter where you wander! Additionally, Atlantis resort provides a free shuttle bus service that will take you to and from The Reef, The Cove, The Royal, Harborside Resort, The Coral, The Beach, Ocean Club and the Ocean Club Golf Course. If exploring outside the resort you will need to grab a taxi. But be prepared that taxi rides can get expensive!
From luxury five-star resorts and beautiful beachfront hotels to secluded tranquil retreats, Nassau Paradise Island has an outstanding selection of accommodations that have hosted celebrities, families and couples from around the world.
Harborside Resort at Atlantis
Located just across the marina, this gorgeous property provides a secluded escape for the seasoned traveler. The simple, yet luxurious water-side villas are best for large groups, offering large suites with private kitchens.
The newest, most modern, and most luxurious place to stay in Atlantis. Starting around $500 a night, this hotel offers 5-star suites, a private adults-only pool, luxurious living rooms, and VIP lines in the water park.
The most iconic tower of the Atlantis resort, located smack dab in the middle of the action! This is the place to stay if you want to experience Atlantis to the fullest.
The Coral, which was renovated in 2017, has a casual, beachy feel and offers gorgeous marina views. It is an affordable option and is conveniently located near numerous restaurants, shops, the beach, and the pool.
This casual hotel is located just steps away from Atlantis Beach and offers the most affordable rooms in Atlantis. You can expect standard hotel rooms starting at $189 a night. But be prepared for lots of walking, as the hotel is located the furthest from the resort’s pools.
The Reef, which was just renovated in 2019, offers residential-style studios and suites with up to three bedrooms and multiple full bathrooms. Starting around $450 a night, this hotel offers private kitchens, in-unit laundry, a private pool, access to a private strip of Paradise Beach, and floor-to-ceiling ocean views.
Other Paradiee Island Accomodations
RIU PALACE PARADISE ISLAND
This all-inclusive resort caters to adults only and is on the coast of the Atlantic, positioned right next to the Atlantis Resort. It’s a great four star option with rooms starting at $250 per night.
THE OCEAN CLUB BAHAMAS
Set along a 5 mile stretch of natural, white-sand beach on Paradise Island, this gorgeous hideaway has been a playground for celebrities and discerning travelers alike. Starting at $2,800 per night, you can expect private balconies, restorative spa treatments, some of the best seafood on the island, and the ultimate luxurious vacation.
Staying In Atlantis?
Things To Do
Atlantis Bahamas Resort boasts amazing water adventures, beautiful sand beaches, countless dining options, luxurious accommodations, and an immense array of amenities. Whatever your ideal day in Paradise looks like, this massive resort is sure to deliver! And one of our favorite parts about Atlantis is its commitment to protect, preserve, study and replenish our natural surroundings through the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation. This nonprofit foundation fosters the preservation and conservation of coral reefs, sea turtles, sharks, manatees, and cetaceans, along with their Bahamian ecosystems, by funding scientific research, sea animal rescue programs, and marine education in the community. With a team of more than 165 full-time marine biologists, aquarists, veterinarians, lab technicians and water safety specialists, they aim to keep the Bahamian waters beautiful and full of life for years to come.
Read on in our Atlantis Travel Guide below for a few of our top recommendations:
ENJOY A SPA DAY
Head over to the Mandara Spa for a wide variety of treatments, including body treatments, facials, massages, manis and pedis and more! Don’t miss the spa’s warm and cold plunge pools, as well as steam rooms and saunas!
VISIT DOLPHIN CAY
This habitat, dedicated to conservation, rehabilitation, and education, is one of the largest and most sophisticated marine-mammal habitats in the world. Here you are able to play with dolphins and sea lions which have been rescued from the Mississippi Gulf Coast after their original habitat was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. For additional fees, book a variety of sea mammal interactions from kayaking or paddle boarding with dolphins to playtime with sea lions or even swimming with dolphins.
DEEP SEA FISHING
We cannot recommend fishing with Hunter Charters enough! In a few short hours we reeled in 7 mahi-mahi and one blue marlin and smiled so much our cheeks hurt! Regardless if you’re new to fishing or a fishing expert, this charter company will show you one of the best days of your life. Head over to our full blog on Hunter Charters linked here!
SNORKEL & SCUBA DIVE
ATLANTIS CASINO & NIGHTLIFE
Take a walk on the wild side or share a quiet nightcap. With the many bars, lounges and one of the largest casinos in the Caribbean, Nassau Paradise Island is the place to be after dark. The casino boasts 85 gaming tables, over 700 slots, and is the only place you will find free alcoholic beverages.
VISIT STINGRAY LAGOON
Watch graceful stingrays swim and play in the shallow stingray lagoon. Be sure to check this out during scheduled feeding times, when guests can actually pet and interact with the rays!
SPLASH AROUND AQUAVENTURE WATER PARK
This 141-acre waterpark is the biggest in the Caribbean and the 4th largest in the world! It includes 20 swimming areas, 18 water slides, two mile-long River Rides, Paradise Lagoon, The Dig, the Predator’s Lagoon, all of the marine life habitats and five miles-worth of beach access. One slide even sends daredevils through a shark-filled lagoon via a clear acrylic tunnel!
From quick and casual to fine dining, Atlantis’s 21 on-site restaurants have something for everyone! But don’t stop there… Paradise Island is full of delicious restaurants, offering an array of flavors ranging from classic French and family-style Italian to Asian-fusion and traditional Bahamian cuisine. Dine at casual beachfront cafés, celebrity chef restaurants, familiar fast-food spots, seaside bars and grills and world-renowned resorts. We have included a few of our top recommendations in our Atlantis travel guide below.
The Poop Deck at Sandyport
Get ready to spot celebrities at this ‘hole-in-the-wall’ local joint overlooking the marina! The Poop Deck is your one-stop-shop to socialize, devour fresh seafood, and even cook your own catch of the day!
The chicest restaurant in the Bahamas, featuring celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Get dressed up and get ready for an unforgettable evening overlooking the water. Don’t forget a light jacket!
A big city staple, serving the freshest seafood possible! If you are a seafood fanatic, you can’t miss this Bahamian outpost of acclaimed master chef Nobu Masuhisa.
Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant
This five star restaurant is another exceptional option for a fine dining experience. Put on your heels and get ready to eat endless local lobster and conch in divine dishes that blend Bahamian specialties with European cuisine.
Viola’s Bar & Grill
Head to Viola’s to kick off your shoes, eat delicious (affordable) food, throw back some drinks, and truly feel like a Bahamian! This is our favorite casual spot to hang out on the island.
Arawak Cay Fish Fry
Located just outside of downtown Nassau is this small community of Bahamian restaurants! that specialize in seafood delicacies. Enjoy all kinds of seafood delicacies, from grilled shrimp and lobster tails to fried snapper and cornbread.
When the seafood just isn’t cutting it, head over to this NYC-famed restaurant for delicious Italian food! Trust us when we say that the Titanic dessert is not to be missed.
Located within walking distance of Atlantis, this affordable, family-friendly restaurant is a must-not-miss! You can expect a massive menu serving everything from Bahamian specialties to zesty burgers.
- There are tons of vacation packages and deals offered at Atlantis to make a family vacation more affordable and budget-friendly. Be sure to do your research in advance!
- Be sure to ask your taxi driver for a card to book rides in advance.
- Money saving tip: Book a suite with a kitchen and stock up on breakfast and lunch foods to help save some money.
- Enjoy dinner on the earlier side, as the island shuts down fairly early,
From the beaches and crystal clear ocean, to the gambling and endless adventures, Paradise Island truly has it all! It is the perfect destination for a family vacation, a couples trip, or even a relaxing getaway. Trust us when we say you will not want to leave! Thanks for reading our Atlantis travel guide! Head over to our destinations page to check out all kinds of worldwide travel guides.