Visiting Atlantis Bahamas Waterpark
This post was most recently updated on August 20th, 2020
It’s no secret that a trip to the Atlantis Bahamas Waterpark can be very expensive. But there are a few things you can do to cut your costs a bit.
The high season runs from December to May. Therefore, these would be the best months to avoid. Hotel prices are up, along with longer lines to use the waterslides.
Getting To The Atlantis Waterpark
If you are flying from another country, you’ll be landing at the Nassau International Airport. Once you exit the airport a taxi will be waiting to take you anywhere you want. Uber drivers are not allowed in the Bahamas.
The ride from the airport is 21 kilometres and will take 20 minutes. The rates are already set. So for 4 of us it cost $40 U.S. You will be able to see the Atlantis Bahamas Waterpark in the distance just over a bridge from Nassau on Paradise Island.
Where To Stay
There are 6 resort hotels right at Atlantis. Beach Tower, Coral Towers, the Cove, Harborside Resort, the Reef and the Royal Towers. Their prices were more than we wanted to spend. So we started looking at other hotels near Atlantis Bahamas.
What we found was that the Comfort Suites Paradise Island had complementary access to Atlantis. This hotel turned out to be perfect for us. We saved quite a bit of money since you get a free breakfast every day. Plus the room came with a fridge and they have their own outdoor pool.
It’s just a short walk out the back door. You bring your cards over from the Comfort Suites and exchange them for a wrist band at Atlantis.
Tip – Get your taxi driver to stop at a grocery store before going to your hotel. We stocked up on drinks and snacks to get us through our 4 days on Paradise Island.
Right across the road from the Comfort Suites is a convenience store also. It’s a little more expensive than shopping at the grocery store. But it seems like everything in the Bahamas is pricy compared to North America.
Inside The Atlantis Bahamas Waterpark
Atlantis is a huge 141 acre waterpark. Complete with swimming pools, lazy river ride, waterslides, spa, tennis, beaches, lagoons, and a kids club. There is even a marine habitat called “The Dig” which is home to over 200 species.
Tip – if you go after 6 pm to the marine habitat it’s free.
Our favourite was the lazy river. It’s a mile long complete with rapids to try and knock you off. When we were tired of all the noise and commotion, we’d make our way over to Cove Beach. It was more out of the way to walk to. Therefore, we found the beach really peaceful and quiet.
Click here for a map of the Atlantis Bahamas Waterpark.
Food At Atlantis Bahamas
The food inside of Atlantis is extremely expensive. And the restaurants inside Atlantis take either your room card or a credit card. Not cash. Guests of the Comfort Suites do have signing privileges though in the restaurants and lounges.
One nice thing is they allow you to bring food and drinks into Atlantis. We brought a soft sided cooler and filled it with ice from our hotel. Then throughout the day we could grab a cold drink or snack that we had bought at the grocery store.
They also have water refill stations all over if you bring a water bottle. We ate at Crusoe’s Restaurant a few times. You can get things like burgers, salads, wraps and sandwiches. The food was just ok, nothing special.
Food On Paradise Island
Outside of Atlantis we liked the Marina Pizzeria just across from the Comfort Suites. It was about the most reasonable dinner we found on the island. A large pizza was around $40. I know! And compared to other prices, we thought this was a deal.
Violas is a 6 minute walk down the road from the hotel. It’s a great place to sit and listen to a live DJ. The food is mostly bar type food, but the atmosphere makes up for it. Walking home can be really dark. So you might want to bring a flashlight.
Day Pass Atlantis
If you’re looking at going to Atlantis just for the day, there are a few different options. You either need to be staying at one of the hotels on Paradise Island or in Nassau, be a resident of the Bahamas, or be coming from a cruise ship.
It’s probably easier if you’re on a cruise to purchase the day pass. Also the pass can be purchased online before you come. Just not the same day you plan on attending.
You will have to show your room key from your hotel, a cruise ID card, or proof of Bahamian residency.
Or you can show up in person at the Atlantis adventures desk. It’s located at the clock tower in front of the Coral Towers Hotel. An adult pass will cost $157.00 U.S. for the day, and children 4-12 are $103.00 U.S. A pass just for the beach is $65.00 U.S.
Sights On Paradise Island
Paradise Island is beautiful and very safe feeling. A world away from Nassau, even though it’s right across the bridge. A lot of celebrities own property there.
Nassau though we wouldn’t recommend wandering around. There are plenty of travel warnings out advising against this.
If you head left and walk down the road from the Comfort Suites, you will see the One and Only Ocean Club. The opening scenes from the Casino Royale movie were filmed on their property.
A night at this hotel will set you back $2600. But if that’s not in your budget, you could always reserve a spot for lunch or dinner in their restaurant. That way you could at least tour around their grounds.
Almost across the road from The One and Only Ocean Club are some beautiful Versailles inspired gardens. It’s free to wander around and a nice quiet escape from the resorts.
In the day time you’ll probably be the only one there. At night is when the crowds show up. People bring mats and sit and watch the sunset over the Nassau harbour.
Just around the corner from our hotel was the Nassau Marina. We loved walking along the boardwalk looking at all the million dollar yachts. At night different performers come out and play music while people dance.
At the end of the boardwalk is another entrance to the Bahamas Casino at Atlantis. U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere and are equal value to the Bahamian currency.
In the casino though, they only accept U.S. money. Or guests of Atlantis hotels can insert their room keys to play. Most people we found were dressed to the nines at the casino. Even if you aren’t playing the slots, it’s worth a trip inside just to view the unique glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.
Tour of Nassau Bahamas
Our taxi driver from the airport also happened to be a tour guide. So we made arrangements one day for him to take us on a tour.
Our first stop was to a Fort called Fort Montagu. This fort was constructed in 1741 to defend the British owned Bahamas from the Spanish invasion.
There are a few different forts to visit in Nassau. Fort Charlotte is located one mile from downtown. It was built in 1788 complete with a moat, dungeons, and 42 cannons.
On Wednesdays and Fridays you can take a tour for $5. Characters will dress up in period costumes and re enact life in the 18th century.
Another worthwhile historical sight to visit is the Queens Staircase. Which is also known as the 66 steps. Since the bottom step was paved over, there are now only 65 steps.
From 1793-1794 slaves carved the steps out of limestone rocks. Another Fort called Fort Fincastle is located near the top of the steps.
Atlantis Bahamas Review
We really enjoyed our time on Paradise Island. The weather is perfect year round and the water is always warm. What’s to complain about when you’re escaping the cold Canadian winters.
But as far as the Atlantis Bahamas Waterpark we have mixed reviews. We went to the waterpark for our first couple days. But after that everyone had had enough and wanted to do something different.
The park is always busy and crowed with line ups for some of the most popular features. Especially on the days when cruise ships are in port. Also expect to pay A Lot for food and drinks.
I know some people are content to stay at the waterpark all week. While two days was enough for us. After seeing all the commercials and infomercials on TV advertising the Atlantis Bahamas Waterpark, we can now knock this off our bucket list.
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