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Atlantis on a budget???

Oak Park, MI
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Atlantis on a budget???

An oxymoron? We normally wouldn't stay at Atlantis due to the high prices (what we consider high)...but found a great deal on rooms ($99 bucks night!!).

So....given that lodging is taken care of...next is food/beverages. Suggestions on dining on a budget while in PI?

I think most restaurants are out in the Atlantis (no way we're spending $100 on a dinner buffet).

We plan on bringing 2 bottles of wine, some snacks, bottle water, etc in the luggage. (hopefully OK to bring liquor).

I understand that there's a Dominos, Quizno's near by...but we like to sample the local cuisine...any thoughts on that?

Are there coupons/discounts online that we can print out prior to going?

Just trying not to waste money (and a $12 burger is wasting money...unless its some Kobe beef burger and it weighs 3/4 pound).

Thanks!

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11. Re: Atlantis on a budget???

Scubagirrl, you make a good point, but it worked for our situation. I did have a big eater along and I couldn't beat 5.10 for breakfast for the two of us or 17.00 for dinner for us both. As far as variety, we did have a few restaurants to choose from so our choices didn't suffer and we didn't eat the same thing unless we wanted to. But I have taken note of your suggestions; we'll be traveling again in July and will have more time to wander around. I'm looking forward to the fish fry. Thanks for the links and suggestions!

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12. Re: Atlantis on a budget???

Why bring bottles of wine in your luggage...when you can purchase it on the island. Nassau has plenty of duty-free liquor stores with great bargains. As someone mentioned before, she bought 10 bottles of rum for $100.

I have a friend who lives in Nassau who refers to the summer tourism as the "Kentucky Fried Chicken" people. It's a joke among locals there, b/c the hotels are cheap in the summer...and you have people going over the bridge to Nassau to the fast food places in Downtown.

If you want to sample local bahamian cuisine, you have to go to the "Fish Fry" on Arawak Cay. If you ask the cab driver...he'll take you there. It's true platters are in the $18-20 range...but my husband and I got an order of conch fritters as an appetizer, and we split a 'cracked lobster' entree...we had two drinks each...it was all about $40....and it was good. There are several places...more like shacks...at the Fish Fry where you can order similar things and prices are okay. Skip the Quizno's and Domino's...we have that at home. Try to sample the local cuisine...it's good stuff. The lobster and conch are always fresh.

Another favorite of mine is "Columbus Tavern" on Paradise Island. It's up the road where you enter the Ocean Club. It faces a marina and Nassau Harbor. The restaurant sits on the second floor...open windos...breeze....view of the harbor...doesn't get any better. However, it will set you back to $100 w/drinks for two. But it was so relaxing...you wanted to sleep...and never leave the place.

Conclusion.....skip the fast-food places and hit the local scene...the buffets at Atlantis are basically all-American fare with a hefty price tag. I went...and trust me...it wasn't worth it. It doesn't even compare to a Vegas buffet at a hotel like the Bellagio.

Do what the locals do...eat all the fried fish and lobster till your heart is content.

If you go to gobahamas.com you can do a dining search. also...go to Frommers.com

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13. Re: Atlantis on a budget???

Although alcohol is very cheap and abundant, wine is not cheap nor do they have a good variety.

If you really like your wine.. bring a couple of bottles. If your up for trying new things, check out the supply at your local liquor store. The one near Anthony's on Paradise Island has a simple selection, and the shop across the street from the ferries on the Nassau wharf has a decent selection. Not much at most of the other spots. Great rum selections and prices.

Go Native. Drink rum.

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14. Re: Atlantis on a budget???

call me a bit ignorant but you guys make it seem like 20$ for a meal is killer. Here in canada (mind you its the canadian dollar as well) if you go out to eat at a decent restaurant... its at least 20$... ok so about 17$ US... i dunno. Is it me? or am i ignorant or something?

and 100$ for seafood? the good restaurants here in montreal cost a lot of money to eat at. Ive had a 80$ lobster tail that was TO DIE FOR.... your on vacation... you only live once!

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15. Re: Atlantis on a budget???

Nice_shoes,

Generally, we're not talking about a $20 meal. Breakfast buffets are $30. Most dinner entrees run around $40/$50 a la carte - some higher. The complaint is that there is no alternative to the high prices. With the exception of the Deli or the Casino bar, high prices prevail. It's nice to have a diversity in foods, as well as in price points.

Would be wonderful to get an entree for $20, or a great meal for under $100. Hard to find in Atlantis.

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16. Re: Atlantis on a budget???

Well, just returned from Atlantis...what a beautiful resort and island! Full review soon...but notes on the food and original topic of this post.

We did find a good deal for lunch on Atlantis: the Cave Bar by the pool (near Royal Towers)...they have this Titan burger for $7.50...it was huge! In fact, it was enough for both of us. We did go and get coffee/breakfast at the News Cafe in the plaza. $13 for coffee for two and the breakfast platter (bacon/eggs/pancakes/sausage). Enough for both of us again. Dinner we had Zio's, Friday's come soon, etc. Didn't eat at the resort. Good stuff!

I know we should expect to pay some $$$ when traveling...but you can have excellent fare for a good price too (travel to Mexico and you'll see!).

Next time, we'll probably bring another bottle of our favorite wine, a few more bottles of water (do expect to buy there, can't carry 5 gallons all at once!)...and hit the local liquor store for $2.50 cans of Kalik (vs $5.75 at Atlantis!!).

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17. Re: Atlantis on a budget???

ohhh didn't ya love the Kalik! great beer, wish we could get that here. glad u had a good time, did u do any of the excursions? 12 days and counting.... =)

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18. Re: Atlantis on a budget???

Kalik was good...nice on the hot days!

We went on a 1/2 day snorkeling adventure with Sea Scape (I have to check with the brochure when I get home). That was $55/person and it was on a catamaran. It was nice, wasn't too long, and the catamaran was nice, lots of room to move around. The rum punch was excellent!

Other than that....just exploring the grounds, relaxing by the pool was enough for us (we were there for 4 days).

Note: the 'transition lounge' was a nice touch for guest...our flight didn't leave until 4:30, so we didn't have to leave the resort until 2 so it was nice that we could hang out by the pool for a few hours before leaving.