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Atlantis - many, many, many questions - please help

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Atlantis - many, many, many questions - please help

I am planning a trip to Atlantis with my husband and 6 year old boy. I have so many questions, sorry...

1. Beside the pools, what are other activities for a child this age?

2.Do you have to pay for water sports..ex., water bikes? What is a water hammock?

3. The prices that people have mentioned for meals is really scaring me away from this vacation. Gourmet is not necessary for us..so what can we expect to pay for a meal. $175 sounds ridiculous to me. What are the buffet costs per person?

4. Can you venture outside the hotel safely?

5. When does spring break tourism end? We want to go when it is not crowded, yet warmer than 70's.

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1. Re: Atlantis - many, many, many questions - please help

Besides the pools, if your child is 48 inches, he can use the slides. There's also a Discovery Camp. Club Rush in the early evenings for 6-12 year olds, a Movie Theatre with early showings for kids, an arcade, etc.

Water Sports are extra $$$. Bring a snorkel and mask from home to use in the lagoon or along the beach. Renting can be quite expensive.

As for meals, check the Atlantis website for actual prices, most of the new restaurants have posted menus online. Offsite, there's plenty of moderate priced meals including Domino's Pizza delivered to the lobby. Zio Gigi's, Anthonys' and Blue Marlin are quite reasonable. There's News Cafe for breakfast or Lunch, Quizno's or Anthony's Express.

Many restaurants downtown are moderately prices as well. Don't remember the price of Atlantis Buffets, maybe someone else can answer.

The tourist area outside the hotel as well as downtown Nassau and Cable Beach is very safe. Downtown is basically closed in the evenings except a few restaruants and clubs, so the streets are dark and baron. Cabs should be used when going to dinner or clubs in the downtown ares. The Wharf, however, near Senor Frogs is always bustling and very secure.

Spring Break for College Kids will be over the week before Easter this year. Easter week and the week after will be bustling with families with kids.

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2. Re: Atlantis - many, many, many questions - please help

My son was 6 and my daughter 4 when we went and they never ran out of things to do when we were there! The pools alone kept them busy! Even if he's too short for the big slides, there are two smaller slides at the pools by the Royal towers that the kids love, just below the entrance to the big slides. And there is a kids pool that is by no means a "baby" pool. The ages of the kids there ranged from babies to maybe 8-10 years old - this pool was behind the big pyramid slides as well, sort of hidden. There's also another kid pool sort of between the beach and coral towers, our kids liked that too. The lazy river is fun as well. Then there's the beach. If your son likes fish, he'll love walking through the various aquariums...we'd walk through the Dig every night after dinner. And outside there are all kinds of pathways with aquariums to walk through. We brought our own snorkels and used them in the ocean and our son used his in the pool. Our kids spent one morning in the Discovery Kids Camp and really enjoyed that. They have different themes each day, broken into hourly activites. You can check out their schedule daily. He's probably like that.

The poolside food is not too expensive as far as lunches go. And the portions are good. We had the mealplan when we went so it's hard to really say what the costs would have been, but you definitely don't have to go gourmet. There are pleanty of options out there. Most of the restaurants have kids menus so your sons meals won't cost as much.

Both of our kids loved Atlantis, they now ask when they can go back constantly! They'd rather go back there than to Disney!!

If you have any questions, let me know!

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3. Re: Atlantis - many, many, many questions - please help

I think a lot of spring breaks are in March and early April. Since Easter is late this year many spring breaks will be over. I know a lot of schools spring breaks in Indiana are over before Easter and all the private and public schools in Atlanta area will be done with spring break before Easter.

Where I am in Wisconsin our spring break is with Easter.

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We went to Atlantis for the first time the last week of June 2005 and loved it. We actually stayed across the street at Comfort Suites which allows you full access to everything at Atlantis. A great great deal! Our boys were 12 and 6 and were kept busy the entire time. There is just so much to do and see. Water bikes, kayaks, etc. are a little expensive, I think $30 for 1/2 hour but well worth it for something different. Snorkels, mask and life jackets are free for lagoon but not for ocean so bring one from home if you can. Food was not as high as we expected. We got 4 delicious burgers, fries and free refill drinks right at Shark Bites poolside for $25 - it cost us that much at home at McDonalds. Buffets were high and not worth the money, although my sons enjoyed the lobster tail. Any questions, will be more than glad to answer. We just loved it and are actually considering going back this year.

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My family and I stayed at the Atlantis 1-4-06 to 1-11-06, my kids are 5-7.

Weather was high 70’s

We had a full breakfast on the 1st day (at a buffet) after that we had breakfast snacks at the lobby bar, they had muffins, fruit, bagels coffee etc. spent around 15-20 dollars/day. We would have lunch at the pool side restaurants about 50-60 dollars, get used to paying 8-10 dollars for salads, 8-10 dollars for any sandwiches. And we had lunch a few times at the buffet, kids were 13.50 each and adults were 35 to 44 dollars depending which buffet restaurant you choose. Other days we ate at Binamy Road and Johnny rockets at the resort marina. One night we ate outside the resort, at an Italian restaurant across the street, at the open market area, that was around 120 dollars for the 4 of us

We got used to paying high prices for food, but couldn’t get used to paying 3-5 dollars for water, 6-7 dollars for a small bag of vegetables, 50 dollars for ½ hour of non-motorized water paddle machine.

Massachusetts spring break is February for grade school and March for collages.

Have fun,

Don’t do the meal plan

Don’t worry about food cost, you’re on vacation.

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6. Re: Atlantis - many, many, many questions - please help

We just returned from a trip to Atlantis last week. It is very Disney-esque, clean, well-kept grounds, and controlled atmosphere, and pricey. It is a beautiful place and if your child loves the water, the beach, and is interested in observing sea creatures, swimming in the pools, enjoys lazy river type tube rides, complimentary lagoon activities (there is a $3.00 pool fee added to your bill each day regardless of what you use), and water slides, this place will keep you busy. If you are not water people, and casinos turn you off, this is probably not going to be the best choice for you. The meals are very expensive. Our first lunch for 2 at an outdoor cafe adjacent to one of the pools at Atlantis cost us $50.00. We ordered a piece of fish served on top of greens and we both had 2 diet cokes, no alcohol. The fish was good but the cost of the meal made us gasp for just lunch, $12.00 alone for the cokes (refills not free or not offered anyway). There is also an automatic 15% on everything you order as take out, even a smoothie. That adds up. The restaurants in the marina village were expensive as well. The wine list prices are the most inflated I have seen anywhere. We enjoy having wine with dinner, despite the high prices we ordered it anyway, but the prices were painful. We decided to have a drink after dinner one night, another gasp! We thought the bartender had made a mistake as we were charged over $20 a glass for a Reserve Chianti in the bar at Carmines, no mistake, that's what it cost. There is no coffee maker or mini fridge (besides the mini bar)in the room, so its difficult to do light breakfast or lunch on your own. You are pretty much forced to buy everything from the cafes, buffets, restaurants or carts which will drain your wallet. We were here on a corporate trip, the property and hotel were pristine and beautiful, but after three days on the beach we were done. We don't like casinos and the shopping was outrageous, so on a windy cool day we were pretty bored. The other thing we didn't like were the frequent sarong, necklace, watersport and drink hucksters on the beach. The constant droning of those awful jet skis were a nuisance as well. We are really villa people, who enjoy swimming and snorkeling without all that, so we wouldn't choose to return.