Make no mistake, Atlantis is really beautiful and a wonderful fun place for families. But, if traveling with children, really think about it, you are in a different country. We had options recommended by our resort, of transportation from airport to hotel (30 minute drive), assured that the shuttle service was safe and secure way of travel...we selected Dan Knowles Tours shuttle service, BIG MISTAKE. Sparing all the details, we had our backpack left on the bus with driver and within half and hour is disappeared??? Within hours, we were getting signals (Pings) that the iphone was being used just over the bridge from Atlantis heading into town.
If you have an iPhone, please please download Find me application, so you have a chance at finding it, or at least documentation that it is in fact "stolen".
In the Bahamas, as we found out and were told by the people who live on the island, the iPhone and passports are hot ticket items for resale. So beware and be very careful.
Something to think about, if your passport has been stolen ( and other items) your vacation and your families vacation will be ruined. If never considered before, it will involve many consultations with security from hotels, investigators, police ( and physically obtaining a police report to take home to insurance company), many calls to the Embassy, going to get all new photos taken of your family that meet standards of the passport, appointments at Embassy to reapply (all original documents you filled out to get first passports), dont forget the fee (family of 5, $600, cash), if all goes well in return trip that afternoon to pick up new passports. And by the way, that passport only gets you home. You have a few months to take your family and go and reapply ( now a 3rd time) filling out all original paperwork again, but it has to be done within 3 months to avoid another full charge ( for us, $600). Either way, you can see how quickly your time is spent in this mess, and you will not be enjoying your vacation that you have saved money for and looked forward too for months or maybe even years. Please remember, different county, different pace. Things do not move fast, or fast enough. It took 5days for all of this to happen and be completed so we could leave as scheduled.
I would highly recommend private drivers (limo, suv), clearly it becomes worth it to pay the $250, to arrive safely and the quality of service, from our experience, was on a nicer level.
As for Reef hotel, very nice, views are beautiful, people are friendly, kitchen very nice addition (very basic when it comes to pots and pans, and all plates/cups everything is glass...forgot how dependent we are on plastic and tuber ware with 3 children under the age of 5...hehehee!!
Another quick tip, hide a key!!! Yes, the car left at the airport, so if your possessions are stolen, at least after an exhausting and stressful trip with 3 children, you have a way to get home and not have another issue at the airport. Thank you my brilliant husband!!!
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