If you haven’t been to the Atlantis Bahamas Resort before, you’ll probably be looking for travel tips that can help you get the most out of your trip. From transfers to the airport to getting around the resort, we’ve got you covered with our guide. Read on for our Atlantis Bahamas Travel Tips.
When it comes to flights, you’ll have to fly into Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). This is the only airport on the island, and is well connected to the US and Canada with regular flights from all major North American Airports. We always recommend booking flights well in advance to make sure you get fares at a good price.
Bring a pen in your carry-on bag as you’ll have to fill in a Bahamian customs form. If you forget, you can borrow one from the band that plays in the Arrivals Hall, but you’ll have to tip them a couple of dollars for the privilege.
We are often asked if a car is needed when vacationing at The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The answer, in a word, is “No!”. With over 400 acres of activities and sights The Atlantis Resort will keep even the most active travelers busy. There are endless activities at the resort, so there’s no need to rent a car to explore. Not to mention, car rental is very expensive in the Bahamas, and you’ll pay an additional $20/day to park at the Atlantis Resort. If you do decide to rent a car, you’ll find all the major international car rental companies at Nassau Airport.
Travel Tips for Day Trips Outside the Atlantis Resort
If you do want to do day trips outside the Atlantis Resort, the majority of excursions to the cays, catamaran sails, and scuba trips leave from the Paradise Island Marina just across the street from the resort. The best snorkeling on the island of New Providence is at Stuarts Cove, but those vendors will pick up and drop off guests at the Atlantis Resort. Check individual vendor websites for more details on pick-up and drop-off locations.
Travel Tips for Getting Around the Atlantis Bahamas Resort
Paradise Island itself is rather small – with the Atlantis Resort & Casino taking up a good portion of what there is to do and see on the island. There’s plenty of shops and restaurants on the resort, and loads more just outside of Atlantis within easy walking distance. If you don’t feel like walking, there’s a free shuttle bus that runs every 15 minutes or so between all of the main hotels.
What about getting to and from The Atlantis Resort?
The cheapest and most direct way to get to Atlantis is by taking a taxi. You can book ahead or just grab one at the airport taxi rank – there’s always plenty available. Taxi fares from the airport are regulated by the Bahamian Government, so you won’t get ripped off. The fare to Atlantis is $38 (based on two people), and it is an extra few dollars for each additional person or item of luggage.
If you’re staying at the the Harborside Resort at Atlantis condos, your condo will have a kitchen, and you will want to visit the market to stock up on provisions. While we suggest bringing some items from home – cheaper and you are guaranteed to get your brands – they will need to buy perishables like milk, eggs, juice, etc. There are small shops at The Atlantis Resort and across the street, but the bigger markets are located closer to Nassau on the way in from the airport. So, our suggestion if you are not arriving too early, (you do not want perishables sitting around if you room is not ready yet) is to pay the driver for waiting time while you make a quick stop at the larger market outside Nassau. Just another advantage of taking public taxi over the Atlantis shuttle.
If you’d prefer to head straight to Atlantis, the Harborside Resort at Atlantis runs a shuttle to the market each day ($10 per person).
Getting to and around the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas is easy once you know what you’re doing, and if you follow our travel tips for Atlantis Bahamas we’re confident you’ll have no trouble.