I would like to share some of my experiences and things that might help with travelers with kids and that are on a budget. We traveled with our 2 kids, ages 4 and 8 for 9 days and 8 nights. A couple of things that helped us with staying on a budget:
#1 We stayed at Comfort Suites Inn to save money and get the free access to Atlantis resort. They have free continental breakfast. It is a pretty decent breaksfast. Nothing fancy. You get what you need: scrambled eggs, sausages, toast, bagels, cream cheese, jams, cereals, juices and some danish pastries. If you wake up early enough, on some days, they do serve bacon but that only lasts for the first couple of hours. By 9am, which is when we usually came down for breakfast, there was no more left. They do serve hash almost every other day. This gets refilled, unlike the bacon. Staff is great.
#2 On our second day here, we headed out for the grocery store. By the way, the taxi cost us $16 each way for the 4 of us. So, do the math...everytime we left Paradise Island, it cost a lot for taxi. I wish they would rent out bicycles! It's really not that far if you had bikes. I mean the island is 7 miles wide and 21 miles long. About the stores...we were told of 2 stores: Solomon and Super Value. We ended up going to Super Value. Moms, be ready to fork out double the price for everything. I was sticker price shocked! I've read some reviews regarding this so I went to Target before heading out for the trip and bought a few snacks with us. I really wished I bought more. A big bag of chips will cost you nearly $7. Oscar Mayer Ham of about 10 pieces cost me $8. So, if you are on a budget, try to buy most of your food in the US before heading out here. If you don't mind paying these prices, then....no need.
#3 If you like your booze, try to go across the street from the hotel to the spirits shop and just buy your booze there. It's way cheaper. However, if that's pushing it, you can always hit the hotel's happy hour deals between 4-6pm to end your day.
#4 Bring a cooler or a back pack to stow away your food when you head out to Atlantis. Yes, you are allowed to bring in your own food and drinks. If you do not want to pay a lot for food, bring your own drinks and snacks...and you can spend the entire day in Atlantis. This was probably the best thing we did. The kids just came up ashore to snack on food and drink juice.
#5 For dinner, we ended up sending my husband to go grab food over the bridge so that we didn't have to pay the extra for the kids. My husband and I love to walk around and are pretty active. So, sometimes, he would run over the bridge to get his workout and head back on a taxi. The humidy didn't sit well with our kids and they ended up wanting to stay in the hotel instead of walking around. There is some cheap food on Paradise Island. Across from the hotel is Anthony's and they have a cheese pizza for $20 or at the Marina Shopping Village.
Overall, our family enjoyed the trip. I think we could have cut down our trip to about 7 days total instead of 9 and be fine with it. It was just a bit too expensive for us to stay for a long period.
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