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Harborside in late September. Questions!

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Harborside in late September. Questions!

So, it's going to be my wife and I and our adult son in a 2 bedroom lock-off. I have been reading more and more as the date quickly approaches, but have a few questions.

1) Food. Yes, this is discussed constantly here and yes, I know the food is expensive. We plan to bring snacks, some booze, etc. in one suitcase. We will also be stopping on the way to the resort for supplies at the grocery and liquor stores. We plan on eating breakfast and most lunches in the room, but we want to go out for dinner a few times, too. My wife wants to try Mesa Grill (loves Bobby Flay), but beyond that- what are the best restaurants? I heard the one at Harborside is good, and maybe a fish place in town? We are looking for good food that may not be quite as expensive as other restaurants, but money is not the deciding factor.

Beaches/Pools: I know the pool at Harborside is very nice and uncrowded. We will use this pool a lot, I would think. What are some of the other great pools? I know there are a bunch! Also, what is the beach like? How far away is it?

Activities: We are mostly going to relax, but I'd like to do a few things with my son. The waterpark for sure, but what about any good snorkeling or other activity that shouldn't be missed?

Intangibles: By this I mean any pointers or recommendations for us? We will be there 7 days so we have time to do some things while relaxing!

A few years ago we were on a cruise that stopped at Atlantis for a day. After walking around, hitting the casino and the dig, I never thought I'd be back due to the price. I mean the place is ridiculously opulent and designed for the rich and famous. That's not us, but we can't wait to live that way for a week! Our last trip to the Bahamas was to Aruba for a week at an all-inclusive. Great time and we expect Atlantis to be even better!

Thanks to anyone who comments and shares experiences and ideas, that's why I love TA!

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1. Re: Harborside in late September. Questions!

Let me address one of your questions by saying that this is the first trip (returned Sunday 07/29) in 10 years that we did not eat at The Point at Harborside. They have changed their menu many times over the years, and I was not impressed with it, or with their prices. JMO. For someone who has never been there, you may be pleased with their offerings, though. We always enjoy a meal at Carmine's in Marina Village. It is served family-style, which means that you may even have leftovers for a second meal. Virgil's was also family-style; food was good, but I am not a big fan of barbeque. My family enjoyed it more than I did. We have also enjoyed Bimini Road, although some people here will tell you it isn't worth the prices they charge. All of these suggestions are on Atlantis property. For a less expensive but good option, walk over to Viola's at The Sunrise Beach Villas, just past the RIU. Conch fritters ($7) and conch chowder- expensive ($12.95 for a bowl with Johnny Cake) but delicious. They also serve fish/ribs/etc. Most expensive meal on the menu is $17.95 (ribs). Those would be my picks on the Island; there are many more choices if you go into Nassau.

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No need to carry liquor on your way down. I guarantee you that its cheaper here (except for beer). There's Bristol Cellars in the shopping plaza across the street from the Marina Village, and just minutes from Harborside. Snacks and processed foods are okay. But don't bring so much that you get hit with extra baggage fees from your airline. Supervalue on Cable Beach is the place to stop on your way in from the airport. Taxi will charge you extra for the stop, but I feel that you'll save in the long run.

Atlantis has plenty to do and will keep you busy. But venturing back to the main island has plenty to offer. Easy to get there via the ferry or share a cab to the cruise dock for $4 pp each way. Ferry departs from underneath the bridge. You will easily find it. Plenty of shopping, places to eat, and historical sights within downtown Nassau. Pick up one of the tourist and dining guides for information, they are free and you'll find them everywhere. Also check out the Green Parrot by the bridge on PI, decent and reasonably priced food and drinks. It overlooks the harbor, and is a local spot for the dive and charter fishing crowds. No way is it 5 star dining, but it offers a bit of local flavor.

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So glad i found this we are staying at harborside in late September too - was looking for name of good (meaning reasonably priced) supermarket to stop at on the way.

Looked at some on-line stores that deliver - they want $72 for a 24 pack of BudLight. I need to have plenty in stock as we have stayed in Bahamas before and my husband's only request is to not drink the local beer.

Also wondering if anyone has taken the powerboat excursion - at $200 per person I want to make sure it's worth it.

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If you book powerboat adventures online, you'll save 10%.I've done the excursion twice and everyone in our group both times felt that it was well worth it.

On the Bud Light issue. We were there 2 weeks ago, and Bristols on PI does not carry Bud light. You can get it at some of the pools (7.50 a beer), or go into Nassau to buy a 12 pack or case.

Hope this helps!

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Use the shuttle system to get around, it's the way to go. We took The Cove shuttle to reach a great beach area and pool. This whole area is literally right next to the waterpark and not as crowded. Beach east of this area had rough surf, not much snorkeling at Atlantis. We took a boat ride out, I recommend one that strictly focuses on snorkeling; they provide the equipment. We only did it one day, wish we'd done two.

We brought lots of snacks and easy to prepare food, cereal, soup, rice. Supervalue store very easy to get to, cab is $15 with tip from Harborside. Harborside does offer a shuttle in the a.m. to take you there for around $7. Store had lots of familar foods/brands, not too expensive. Liquor store in plaza. Use sundry store in Harborside as a last resort, very expensive a 10oz bottle of sunscreen was $17. The is a gift shop in the village that does have some of the same items for less money. If you drink coffee, bring coffee and filters with you!! Very lame the Harborside doesn't provide filters!

The village is an easy walk and we had our only Atlantis restaurant experience at Anthony's. Food was pretty good. I had a chicken dish that had a great sauce for $22. Kids liked the BBQ pizza.

We hired a cab (via looking in the yellow pages) to take our group of 16 for a city tour. Cabby did a good job and gave us a lot of info on the area. He took us to the Fish Fry area, had lunch at Twin Brothers. Food was good, but pricey, service very slow. Did not stop in shopping district, very crowded with cruise passengers and didn't look that interesting. Just a bunch of pricey shops.

One thing we really enjoyed was our evening walk over to the Atlantis on the boardwalk adjacent to the marina right behind the Harborside. Looking at all the beautiful yachts and exploring the aquarium was lots of fun. Of course, the waterpark is loads of fun, I could have stayed on the Rapid River all day.

Overall, we had a great experience, staff very friendly, area very clean.

Edited: 02 August 2012, 18:48
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Wow, thanks for all the great advice! We are getting so excited to be there. I love all the dining suggestions, and pointers. I really would not have thought booze would be cheaper there! Is it? Even if beer is $70 a case for Bud Light. I like Kalik myself :)

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Liquor is inexpensive here. At the Bristol Cellars they sell a liter bottle of Bacardi for $11.50. Cheaper than a six pack of any beer. Bristol doesn't carry Kalik for whatever reason. But they sell another local beer called Sands. Its not bad. A cold beer is a cold beer in my book. The country imposes high stamp tax and duties on imported beers and on local brewers. Which explains the high cost you face when buying beer here. Although you will find some price deals on occasion. But the going rate is $36 and up for a case of beer. Imported or domestic. That's why I stick with the Bacardi.

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Yea, that does seem cheap. I don't drink Bacardi (vodka guy), but I know it's a good brand. I don't think they had Sands beer when I was there last, all I saw was Kalik.

Thanks for this, now I'll have more room in my suitcase for food!

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