Just returned from our trip to Atlantis. There were four of us, H, 18 year-old, 14 year-old and me. Atlantis is an amazing place and it reminds me very much of being at Disney World, a tourist attraction that is crowded with adults and children everywhere. The beaches are great and we were at the cove beach the most of time. We did some snorkeling and were glad we brought our own gears although they leaked. So don’t buy the snorkel gears from Wal-Mart! The boys enjoyed all the rides. My favorite pool is the one by Beach Tower which is so much quieter and not many teenagers around. (Yup we are parents of teenagers and we don’t see our kids much during the day)
Hotel: We stayed at Coral Tower (Room 4330). We booked a “water view” room but our view is half blocked by the library and can only see ocean behind the palm trees at the other half of the view. The AC unit is extremely loud above our head. During the day we could hear the woofer sound from the pool and there was music playing from somewhere up to early the morning one night. Tip: Request higher floor and don’t stay at #4330 in Coral Tower!
Food: We had complimentary breakfast with our hotel package and ate at MarketPlace every morning. It is good and has great selections of food to choose from. Breakfast is available until 12 noon and we usually got there between 9:30 -10:00 AM. Line is long and expects to wait for at least 20 minutes to be seated. The only day that we got seated right away was Saturday. Because we ate late so we skipped lunch and had snacks brought from home in the afternoon. For dinner we ate at Marina Pizza (Great!), Murray Deli (H and I shared a tasteless French Dip, Bimini Road, Shark Bite Express (get there before it closes at 5:30 pm) and had Domino Pizza delivery one night. We had only water for beverages and total cost for above 5 meals for four of us was around $220. We had a few cocktails at pool/ocean side and lounge. Each cocktail is $10.50 and up (15% tips included). We brought our own water to drink. I did not see any family bring own cooler when we were there.
We went to Straw Market by water taxi and from there walked to Pirate Museum one morning. The admission for Pirate museum is $12/pp for adult and $6 for my 14-year-old. Something to do but was not worth the money IMHO.
We saw the parade at Marina Village on Wednesday night and it was a lot fun. There were live music playing in the lobby of Coral Tower on Thursday and Friday night from 9:00 to 9:45 pm. Good music! Went to movie theater one night and saw Source Code. I visited all the lagoons and they are truly wonderful. We saw the Manta Ray at the Dig which was a great experience. There are plenty of things to do at Atlantis at all hours. I felt I never left the U.S. because everything in Atlantis is much Americanized. It is a good place for my family because my teenager boys could run around to do the things they wanted to do, but not a great vacation spot as far as culture and relaxation go.