Atlantis, Paradise Island (Paradise Island)#4 in Best Things To Do in Bahamas
Spread across much of Paradise Island, the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort complex is home to top-notch accommodations, a casino, a golf course and multiple restaurants. But the property's most impressive features are undoubtedly its water-focused amenities. In addition to offering 11 swimming pools and 5 miles of white sand beaches, Atlantis touts a 141-acre water park called Aquaventure, where a lazy river, a Mayan-themed water playground and eight waterslides reside. The resort also boasts the world's largest open-air marine habitat filled with sharks, rays, piranha, eels and more.
Atlantis' marine habitat and water park were a hit with previous visitors, although some caution that the property is only worth attending if you're staying on-site, since day passes cost $129 per adult and $89 for each child between 4 and 12. Popular attractions at the water park include the lazy river and the Leap of Faith waterslide, and at the marine habitat, travelers enjoyed watching various aquatic animals swim by, especially at The Dig and Predator Lagoon aquariums.
This sprawling resort sits less than 2 miles northeast of downtown Nassau, making it easy to reach by taxi from the area's cruise terminal and New Providence Island attractions like the Queen's Staircase and John Watling's Distillery. If you book a room in The Cove Atlantis, Atlantis Royal Towers, The Reef Atlantis or any other part of Atlantis, access to the property's amenities, including its water park and marine habitat, are covered by your room rate. Hours vary by facility. Day passes to Aquaventure, Dolphin Cay (the resort's dolphin experience area) and other water experiences can be purchased in-person at the Atlantis Adventures desk (in front of Atlantis Coral Towers) or on Atlantis' website.
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#1 Bahamas Beaches
The Bahamas' year-round warm weather makes it a prime spot for a relaxing vacation in the sun, and some of the islands' best places to unwind can be found overlooking the country's clear blue waters. Available beaches on the Bahamas' 700 islands range from water sports-focused sands at mega-resorts like Atlantis, Paradise Island to quiet sanctuaries on private islands. Some are great locales for snorkeling or horseback riding, while others are best suited for lounging with a drink.
Gold Rock Beach in Lucayan National Park (which was featured in two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island (named for its stunning blush shoreline) and the beaches on The Exumas' Stocking Island (where you can swim and feed stingrays) are many travelers' favorite stretches of sand.
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