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    The view from Atlantis Resort off Nassau

    Just got back from a couple of weeks on and around Paradise Island in Nassau, most of it at Atlantis and a bit of it aboard a 48 foot ocean sailing yacht.




    Nassau, The Bahamas





    Atlantis Resort





    Atlantis lagoon at sunset





    All that I can say is that it's nice to have friends who know how to repay a favor. Down in the lower left hand corner of this picture, you can see their sailboat all tucked in for the night along this little uninhabited island.





    Sunrise in paradise





    Here are a few of the locals around that little island the next morning when our friends brought us out for a visit.





    Death check during a morning open water swim. If I can signal, I'm not dead.





    Want to know what you get if you pop a crushed up bag of potato chips off an underwater reef? Instant popularity.





    Beachpressing the munchkin.





    The wife and I up for a little spin. Note her death grip hand hold. Even she had to admit that the view was incredible though.





    The onshore scenery up close isn't too bad either.





    Got in a little riding while I was down there. The roads weren't great and there was way too much crazy traffic. There are some cycling teams that train down here, but I'm not sure how they manage to do it unless they are on another island. My buddy hooked me up on his neighborhood loop so that at least I didn't pack this jersey for nothing.






    We ended up having to fly through stuff like this most of the way home. No pictures of that part though. You don't want to know.




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    Hmmm.... adding sex while parasailing to my list of things to do before I die.


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    Very nice pics, Rule. I also like the old school RBM jersey. I see lots of those in this neck of the woods, read White Rock Lake.

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    I'm disappointed. Where's the pics of the nekkid wimmins on the beotch?
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    I thought about staying at the Atlantis, but it seemed a bit too focused on gambling for my taste. What was your experience there? Of course, you may enjoy gambling--I don't.
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    Heh, I had to take a couple of Statistics classes for my degree plan for some reason. Fortunately I took them both from a professor who loved to talk about gambling, casinos and gaming odds. He was quite an accomplished card counter too. The bottom line though was that it is really really really tough to beat the organized gaming odds. So no, I have never been much of a gambler either. And if I were, the last frikkin place that I would likely do it would be at an only game in town resort casino where basically they can get away with just about anything that they like. On the other hand, I talked to several folks who went down there with the intention of spending $100 a night or whatever at the casino as entertainment, who really had a great time. They said that all the staff were supper friendly and helpful, and had a lot of things in place to make it fun to play and participate.

    In terms of Atlantis, the casino sits in the middle of the complex. We walked through it to get from one side to the other, and I hung around a bit just to see if anybody was ever winning. (Didn't see much of that at all.) It really didn't play out to be that big of a deal. The complex has more of a water/ocean/local ecosystem theme going than anything else. There were lagoons, tide pools and grottos everywhere which tied in with the pools and water attractions. There were also some really pretty fountains and water related architecture to look at too. The outer perimeter of the complex is the beach on one end, with the marina and marina village shopping and dining on the other. Every day they handed out a daily activities sheet of things to do and see. It listed probably 50 items. Of those, maybe 5 were casino related, like a few "How To Play" offerings or the announcement of a "Texas Holdem Poker Night" type event. The rest of the 50 items were kids activities, adult activities, excursions both on and off property, feeding times for the sea life and related lectures by the staff, comedy club performance times, movie screening times, guided tours, organized sports and games, fitness center offerings, arts and crafts times, you name it.

    Overall, we found plenty to do without even thinking about the casino. The grounds are so well maintained. There are painfully beautiful tropical plants and manicured walking paths everywhere. I would get up in the mornings and use these for my runs. There were basically miles of them when you added them all up. Just those and all the tidal pools, ocean life and acquaiums everywhere gave you plenty of stuff to "see" every day. If you ever took the time to loiter around the aquatic life, it seemed like only a few minutes before a waiter, feeder or maintenance worker would come by and start telling you what that turtle's name was, how long it had been at the resort, when it was planned to be released into the wild, and how well the resort's program was doing. Stuff like that happened all the time, because the employees worked so hard to make you a part of the experience. My son was watching a guy feeding the fish one day from one of the walkways. The guy saw him, waded over and they started chatting. Five minutes later, he had my son out there with him helping out and learning about the job the guy was doing. That worked for me and my family, and was something that we really didn't expect. The gardeners could tell you about the plants the same way. The guys down by the marina could tell you about the yachts the same way. It was all pretty cool for a flatland Texas native.

    Otherwise, the ocean was always right there. The pools, waterfalls, water slide and lazy river type diversions were all over the place. And there was fantastic dining everywhere. (I am still going after the last couple of pounds that I brought back as a result.) I guess that was the other thing that surprised me too. I figured that we would be eating just your basic tourista cuisine. The restaurants there though ranged all the way up to five star perfection type stuff. We weren't really interested in the formal dress places, but sitting in a gourmet restaurant being waited on hand and foot while looking into a gazillion gallon floor to ceiling aquarmium was pretty cool.

    The best thing for you though may be the development that is taking place down there now. Atlantis is adding on, and the Cable Beach properties are set to do a lot of significant upgrades to offer some alternatives to Atlantis. It looks like that should end up giving some other choices, and probably even raising the bar from what Atlantis offers. Either way, it should drive a bit of a price war so that wherever you go, it would be cheaper.


    All in all, we would definitely do it all over again pretty much the way that we did it. Hope this helps Bo.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong,

    A couple of friends of mine have been there, and while I do not consider myself to be a tightwad, they claimed food prices were crazy, like 60 or more bucks for breakfast and a 50 dollar burger?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenB
    Hmmm.... adding sex while parasailing to my list of things to do before I die.
    When I was a younger man I worked on a parasail boat down in Florida. Let's just say the harness is not built for that kind of fun.

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    Well, yeah. You are definitely talking resort prices on just about everything. And yeah, I don't travel that way very often. With Atlantis, you paid resort prices for sure, but you got the first class treatment for sure. What really sucks is to go to someplace like Maui, pay the full meal deal prices and get nothing but a fake lei, normal microwave food and complete indifference from the staff when you ask which way to the beach.

    There are plenty of places that I go where I would much rather stay at the Red Roof Inn, eat at Denny's and spend the money on hang gliding lessons, trout fishing guides or an extended mountain bike excursion. Those are some of my favorite trips. Atlantis was cool because it was a resort that ended up being a resort. Like the plumbing contractor from Long Island told the day that he was leaving, "Hey, they picked me up in a stretch limo, treated me like a frikkin rock star for the entire time that I was here, and I ate like Donald Trump. That doesn't happen much in my life."

    I agree. It was cool to do it once.
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    My wife and I visited Atlantis on our honeymoon back in 1999. I was thoroughly impressed, and had a great time. One of the greatest of my life. It is beautiful down there, and I see no reason why someone couldn't just retire there. You won't live in Atlantis every day, but no one needs that much luxury every single day. There are more simple things to enjoy.

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    I want to see the slide at Atlantis. I think the slide would make the entire expense of the trip worth it, seriously.
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    Yeah paint, the slides were a cool touch. A couple of their runs were psychotically fast too. Most places the warning signs on a water slide just indicate how tall you have to be to do them. These slides the warning sign basically told you not to **** yourself in the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rule
    Yeah paint, the slides were a cool touch. A couple of their runs were psychotically fast too. Most places the warning signs on a water slide just indicate how tall you have to be to do them. These slides the warning sign basically told you not to **** yourself in the process.
    That's badass. I haven't been to Nassau since they built the Atlantis resort. If I weren't going to Grand Cayman next month, I might consider going back to Nassau for the badass slides. As long as the island women don't touch my hair, I'd have a blast.
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