We just got back from our Harborside/Atlantis visit.
If anyone has questions, I’ll try my best to answer.
I want to give a special shout out to Godfrey Sims, our taxi driver http://www.taxi516.com because he was tightly booked and was unable to stop at a grocery store on our way from the airport to Harborside. When he dropped us off, he told us to go ahead and check in and get settled and he would come back to take us to the store after he did his next airport pick up. Sure enough, he was back an hour later, took us to the store waited and brought us back, for no additional cost.
We stayed in building 5 at Harborside room 1762 which was nice with no stairs to climb plus it’s close to the pool and not far from the front entrance. The view was of the Paradise Island “inbound” bridge and the ferry terminal. Not the best view but that’s not a big deal for us.
We took the 5 hour trip on the Flying Cloud on Sunday http://www.flyingcloud.info Had a real nice time. Spent time snorkeling over a shallow reef then was served lunch and had beach time on Rose Island with all the Bahama Mama drinks we could handle. That trip is a nice way to start the week.
Went downtown. The new straw market building is progressing nicely. Should be done on time, Sept I think. The Parliament building was dressed up very nice in the Bahamian flag colors in recognition of 38 years of independence.
For those with kids, Club Rush is $25 per kid (9-13) per night. Crush is $25 per kid (13-17) per night. On the first night, you have to have photo ID (passport) that shows birth date. Also, make sure you are clear with your kids as to what they can spend with a room key. They had the Miss Teen USA Pageant while we were there and my older son got to meet the new Miss Teen USA at Crush. He was pretty excited.
We spent time at various pools and beaches during the week. The easiest place to find seats was at the Baths Pool and the Cove Beach which are adjacent to each other. We also “camped out at the Royal Baths pool and the Atlantis/Cabbage Beach. Seats were harder to find at those two but we did find seats at mid-day.
Kalik beers were selling for $7.19 per beer at the Atlantis bars. We’d brought our own beer from home. Plus, you can buy a case of beer at the little store next to Anthony’s Grill for $65 which amounts to $2.70 per can instead of $7.19 at the bars.
At the airport, the new US Departures Terminal is a HUGE improvement over the old terminal. Upon arriving in Nassau, you have to walk from the new terminal through the old terminal to the existing customs area to wait in line before going to pick up your luggage. The walk isn’t too long though and it’s all indoors. When leaving Nassau, that’s when you go directly to the new terminal entrance which is a lot more open and less congested than the old terminal entrance. The airline check-in area is open and spread out as well. To give a sense of the time that’s needed, we left Harborside at 10:30am. We were at the airport, checked-in, through security, through US Customs, and in the gate areas at 12:05pm.
I hope this info helps. Again, if you have any questions, fire away…..