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smilie
03-01-2010, 08:42 AM
Tell me about your Nassau excursion experiences. Anything and everything!

scootch
03-01-2010, 09:00 AM
Nassau is pretty run down and dirty.... that being said, we did Atlantis(via renting a room at Comfort Suites) and we absolutely LOVED our day at Atlantis.... so much that, I really didn't fall in love with the disney cruise(shhh... don't blast me on that one).... but my kids did like it and they have convinced me to do the Dream next year. At first I said no, but then they said, we can do Atlantis again.... and that changed my mind. :banana: They have a great kid pool area too as I see your cutie pie in your post there. (although we went there last as I would never have seen the rest of the resort had we gone their first, they would not have wanted to leave).

sayhello
03-01-2010, 11:10 AM
No can do. Nassau is pretty much a pit, and the only thing I enjoyed there was the Segway tour, which, as far as I know, is not offered any more.

Sayhello

KSandbergFL
03-01-2010, 12:12 PM
Enjoy the Bahamas for "what it is". Most Americans don't travel to foreign countries much (if ever), and there are hundreds of posts on these very DISBoards sharing dismay over how Nassau is so "<insert derogatory adjective here>". The Bahamas is indeed a foreign country.. and a poorer Caribbean nation at that... so expect things to be different from your local yuppie-approved shopping mall. I'd recommend avoiding the tourist traps and enjoying what the Bahamas is best known for -- a simple relaxing day at the beach, doing nothing but soaking up sun, digging your toes in the sand, and drinking your favorite drink. Your day in Nassau will be much better experienced (and remembered) if you don't expect it to be pre-packaged and "picture perfect" like Disney World.

That being said -- we have had lots of beach fun at Cabbage Beach, the free public beach down the road from Atlantis. My review is here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2279215

mammacaryn
03-01-2010, 12:23 PM
We didn't pay for any excursions. We've been there twice and enjoyed it very much both times.
The first time on our honeymoon, we just walked around had a couple beers at local places, checked out the market and went to the beach.
Second time, we had kids so we just did the beach.
We prefer Cabbage Beach. It is free. Locals sell (or try to sell) you stuff but once you have said no thanks once or twice-they leave you alone.
Guys make very strong rum drinks, very cheap served up in a coconut.
To us, enjoying a more local vibe was more appealing than shelling out money for the touristy stuff.

Deffenm
03-01-2010, 01:12 PM
We didn't pay to do anything and just toured it on our own. We got off the ship early, saw what we wanted, and enjoyed the rest of our time on the ship by the pool while everyone else was on their excursions. We are taking the kids in Dec. on the Wonder for 4 days (first family cruise on DCL) and we have decided to just stay on the ship as we know all the kids are going to want to do is swim. Heck they pick our WDW resort based on the pool. :rotfl:

inkkognito
03-01-2010, 03:13 PM
If you need to be sold on Nassau, don't bother...just stay on the ship.

I've been there countless times and don't bother to disembark anymore although it's always good to check out a new place, even briefly, so you can say that you did. Ironically, we loved the Segway tour and were going to do it again until the robbery...now we only get off to pick up rum tea for a friend of mine and hightail it back on board.

mylittleprincess
03-01-2010, 03:45 PM
Sorry no selling from me either!! When we went in August we did the Atlantis through Comfort Suites and enjoyed it so I can recommend that. When we went this past January we walked around the shops from port & let me tell you, my whole family couldn't wait to get back on ship!! From the moment we got off being bothered walking to the shops to walking in the shops & getting stared at in such an uncomfortable way. We were disappointed that the Dream was going to Nassau but since we wanted to get on the ship had no choice so we will not be getting off.

Inkmahm
03-01-2010, 04:45 PM
No can do. Nassau is pretty much a pit, and the only thing I enjoyed there was the Segway tour, which, as far as I know, is not offered any more.

Sayhello

A new version of the Segway tour is offered along the beach. We are signed up to do it on our 4/25 cruise. I booked it direct, not through Disney.

The first time we went to Nassau we did the dolphin swim at Blue Lagoon and liked that. The second time we visited the pirate museum and then walked around the shops and had lunch. That was fine, too.

adnil530
03-01-2010, 08:47 PM
When we went to Nassau, we did the Frommer's Walking Tour (google it). We really enjoyed walking through the town and seeing the same highlights you would see if you were on the city tour. I was very glad the girls went into the library...certainly nothing like any library we have in our area. The Queen's staircase was impressive as was Fort Fincastle. There was even a flea market outside of Fort Fincastle where I bought old license plates for our garden. After completing the walking tour near the straw market, we walked around a bit and made our way back to the ship.

We always try to do something different than we've done before so next time we might do the beaches or Atlantis. We had a good time for the amount of time we spent there.

msnoble
03-01-2010, 08:56 PM
We were just in Nassau via the Wonder (first trip to Bahamas). Didn't book an excursion, and was glad for it as the weather wasn't great (rainy, but warm). We got off early, walked through town a few blocks to visit the Pirates of Nassau Museum (highly recommend--it was informative and fun!) and then stopped at Tortuga Rum Company for rum cakes :lovestruc before heading back to the ship. We were back in time to grab an early-ish lunch. For us the rain precluded a trip to the beach.

We had friends who cruised with us, who had booked the 'swim with dolphins' excursion. They highly recommended it--and said that the light rain was no bother for that excursion. Our tablemates did the Atlantis package, and highly recommended that, even with the rain.

My kids are old enough that I wanted them to see that not everywhere looks/feels/sounds like our little corner of SE Michigan. We were mindful of our surroundings, but I never felt threatened or unsafe (and it was just me and my kids, DH wasn't cruising with us). I've lived in rough parts of West Baltimore--it didn't feel any dirtier or less safe than that to me. Personally I'd recommend getting off the boat for at least a little bit, especially if you've never been there before.

Just my 2 cents though--ymmv.

Dicecatt
03-01-2010, 11:10 PM
I can't sell you on Nassau. While Atlantis is awesome ( we honeymooned there) I think it is way overpriced, especially for one day. The straw market is an excellent chance for locals to bombard you with hair wrap offers and driving services. I like an adventure...but...

However, last time we did a 3 stop snorkel trip through Shoretrips that was amazing...and works with Disney's port hours (doesn't work with all cruises). The third snorkel was above Caribbean reef sharks! We took our three oldest kids (15, 10 and 10) and left the youngest onboard (age 4). It was such a great excursion and very affordable!

4 Ears
03-02-2010, 05:52 AM
On our first cruise our youngest was 10 and we chose to walk around to really get the feel of it.
We never felt threatened either, uncomfortable yes BUT that was what we wanted to show him. That "we were not in Maine (Kansas) anymore". It was eye opening.
To us part of travel is seeing how ohters live, not just the touristy areas. Of course to each their own though. :hippie:

poeticdiabetic
03-02-2010, 06:29 AM
I agree with the others who say that they get off the boat to go to Nassau to allow their families that this is how people live in other places in the world. I have never been to Nassau, but I have been to plenty of countries in Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. This, however, will be my two DSs first trip outside the US. Nassau is a good first trip for them.

Our plan is to shun touristy stuff and walk the streets. I've noticed that robbers look for touristy places to rob, but a single, small group that walks around in well-lit, heavily populated areas without big bags can sometimes avoid being a target for robbers. (You can't help some things like the quality of your clothes and shoes, though.)

And here's a good thing about people: Most people aren't looking to rob you. Most times, if you are friendly, they are friendly.

We are really looking forward to Nassau. It sounds like we can have some fun there.

mammacaryn
03-02-2010, 06:32 AM
Just wanted to add, the 2 times I've went to Nassau I NEVER felt UNsafe. The last time we went, I walked around by myself (hubby and kids went back to the ship). I was never approached by anyone on the streets or anything that made me uncomfortable. I have walked much scarier streets in the states ;)

es45
03-02-2010, 08:41 AM
Enjoy the Bahamas for "what it is". Most Americans don't travel to foreign countries much (if ever), and there are hundreds of posts on these very DISBoards sharing dismay over how Nassau is so "<insert derogatory adjective here>". The Bahamas is indeed a foreign country.. and a poorer Caribbean nation at that... so expect things to be different from your local yuppie-approved shopping mall. I'd recommend avoiding the tourist traps and enjoying what the Bahamas is best known for -- a simple relaxing day at the beach, doing nothing but soaking up sun, digging your toes in the sand, and drinking your favorite drink. Your day in Nassau will be much better experienced (and remembered) if you don't expect it to be pre-packaged and "picture perfect" like Disney World.

That being said -- we have had lots of beach fun at Cabbage Beach, the free public beach down the road from Atlantis. My review is here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2279215

:thumbsup2 Agreed. For our first trip, we did the dolphin excursion at Blue Lagoon and I would recommend that as well.

ckgplus3
03-02-2010, 09:07 AM
Another vote for the Blue Lagoon excursions. We booked 3 dolphin encounters for me and DDs 7 and 9, and 2 "watchers" (DH and DS5). My girls and I LOVED the dolphin encounter. We all loved the beach. After we finished the encounter (book the earliest slots available), we lounged on the beach until the last tender left at 4 pm. My kids did not want to leave. It was quiet and relaxing and the water was fantastic. The place that rented the aqua bikes lent sand toys to my kids for free. Another excursion (maybe the beach day?) included lunch, ours did not. If you decide to go to Blue Lagoon and lunch is not included, be sure to bring food with you. The selections at the snack bar and extremely limited.

llkoolj40
03-02-2010, 10:49 AM
Nassau is what you make of it. The 1st time we went, we shopped on the main drag and went to the straw market to say we have been there. We also took a cab to Atlantis and went to the casino and saw the aquarium. Another time we booked the forts and Junk-a-noo tour with DCL. We loved that tour, great frun at the Junk-a-noo place. Next time will be the Blue lagoon.

1melanie
03-02-2010, 11:23 AM
Any other snorkeling recommendations? This is something I'd like my kids to experience but maybe not the 3 stop trip listed earlier in the thread.

grumpeeduck
03-02-2010, 12:05 PM
We went once and never again! DD reminded me of our upcoming cruise that we have TWO "at sea" days!! Every step of the way was creepy and weird.
Saw a man throw food at an old woman right outside of the Starbucks area, and saw (and smelled) people smoking weed right around us! We were totally uncomfortable the entire walk with our dd's. But we only have ourselves to blame-it's a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. Yeah, we can say "we went there", but it was never worth the risk we felt while there.

Kim&Chris
03-02-2010, 12:59 PM
We went once and never again! DD reminded me of our upcoming cruise that we have TWO "at sea" days!! Every step of the way was creepy and weird.
Saw a man throw food at an old woman right outside of the Starbucks area, and saw (and smelled) people smoking weed right around us! We were totally uncomfortable the entire walk with our dd's. But we only have ourselves to blame-it's a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. Yeah, we can say "we went there", but it was never worth the risk we felt while there.

Sounds like our Nassau experience. We saw a guy pee right off the side of his little boat docked along that main road (I guess it was halfway between the ships and the Straw Market?). Not saying stuff like this doesn't happen in the states, but I was skeeved nonetheless. And that was enough Nassau for me...back to the Wonder we went :rolleyes: .

DH is really wanting to go to one of the hotels along Cable Beach for a few hours. I guess we'll play it by ear (I'm secretly hoping he says "nah, lets just stay on the Wonder").

PJB71
03-02-2010, 01:37 PM
Hi

Only been on 2DCL and got back on the ship within half an hour of getting off at Nassau.

Hated every minute of it. IMO the place is dirty and I felt threatened the whole time from being chased by women on several occasions to have the DD's hair braded to passing the armed guard stood outside the bank.

Half an hour was more than enough for me and my family and wouldnt even bother to get off the ship next time.

mollygirl13
03-02-2010, 01:56 PM
Anyone go to Blue Lagoon just for the beach, not the Dolphin Encounter?

DH and I are total beach people and are thinking of going to Blue Lagoon for the day just to swim and sit on the beach!

Is it safe? Clean? ANy info would be appreciated! :goodvibes

tjcamtc
03-02-2010, 04:32 PM
Ditto the above. We were in Nassau last Feb. We got off and walked the shops downtown, went to a restaurant for conch fritters (yummy and we had never had them before), hailed a cab to the ferry and went to Dolphin Encounters at Blue Lagoon.

It was great, we all swam with the dolphins and it was an awesome day. We really enjoyed the ferry ride, and looking at the millionaire houses and the beautiful water. We came back to the pier and went to the Straw Market. We were the only ship in port, so we didn't really get pestered much.

We make it a habit to show the kids the different cultures in this world, and that not everyone is as lucky as they are with all their "stuff". And that people seem to love their country as much as we love ours.

Before our cruise, I'd heard people post that Nassau was the ugliest port ever. I have to disagree. The ugliest port is my home port, San Pedro California. UGH!:eek:

I'd never skip a port.........there is a whold new world out there. :banana:

tikibirds
03-02-2010, 05:29 PM
I've been three times now

First trip - did the Sea Lion Encounter - ADORED this - loved the boat ride to and from on the incredible blue waters and the Blue Lagoon staff was friendly and informative. A real lifetime experience

Second trip - we did the Harbor Tour - really not worth $25/pp but again, I just love being out on the water - I would think you get a better bang for your buck doing the water taxi to/from Atlantis though. Also did the Pirates Musuem, which we liked so much we went back on the

Third trip - again, the Pirate's Musuem - then just wandered around a bit.

All three trips - Starbucks (good coffee yeah!) and the Tortuga Rum Factory for Rum Cake - YUM!!!

I think it is worth a trip off the ship, even if you just wander a bit with a preference to getting out on that awesome aqua water.

Inkmahm
03-02-2010, 05:32 PM
Sounds like our Nassau experience. We saw a guy pee right off the side of his little boat docked along that main road (I guess it was halfway between the ships and the Straw Market?). Not saying stuff like this doesn't happen in the states, but I was skeeved nonetheless. And that was enough Nassau for me...back to the Wonder we went :rolleyes: .


You just reminded me of the time DH and I took the Seattle underground tour. We came out of the underground on a side street and there was a homeless guy standing there peeing against the building wall. I don't think the parents on that tour expected quite the education that their kids got that day.

everafter1
03-02-2010, 05:50 PM
Any other snorkeling recommendations? This is something I'd like my kids to experience but maybe not the 3 stop trip listed earlier in the thread.

My husband and I did one snorkeling excursion a few years ago on another line that was off a catamaran. I'm not sure if DCL offers something similar, but it was great. We enjoyed it and got to see quite a bit.

We've also done Blue Lagoon Dolphin swim and that was amazing!

Usually we get off, walk around, and do some shopping. Sometimes we stop at Senor Frogs for drinks too. I've never felt unsafe in Nassau... You just have to learn to politely say "No thank you" (quite a few times) and keep going :goodvibes

sayhello
03-02-2010, 09:43 PM
The ugliest port is my home port, San Pedro California. UGH!:eek:I adore San Pedro. I worked there for years. To each his own.

Sayhello

Tinkermom3
03-02-2010, 10:05 PM
Anyone go to Blue Lagoon just for the beach, not the Dolphin Encounter?

DH and I are total beach people and are thinking of going to Blue Lagoon for the day just to swim and sit on the beach!

Is it safe? Clean? ANy info would be appreciated! :goodvibes

I can let you know in 2 weeks! We have this excursion booked through DCL for our family (5 of us with kids ages 8, 13 and 15). We too are total beach people. This island looks fantastic and we are hoping for a great beach day! Soooo tired of the cold, snow and ice here in the midwest!

Here is the website for Blue Lagoon Island. Lots of photos on this site. Although we are NOT doing the dolphin encounter due to cost we hope to walk over and take a look at the dolphins and sea lions.

http://www.dolphinencounters.com/

Feel free to PM me in a few weeks and I can give you the low-down. :thumbsup2

moet7
06-09-2010, 10:28 AM
Nassau is what you make of it. The 1st time we went, we shopped on the main drag and went to the straw market to say we have been there. We also took a cab to Atlantis and went to the casino and saw the aquarium. Another time we booked the forts and Junk-a-noo tour with DCL. We loved that tour, great frun at the Junk-a-noo place. Next time will be the Blue lagoon.

Hi
If we took a taxi over to Atlantis, are we aloud to walk around the lobby for free and what about the aquarium? is that also free, I'm guessing if we want to go into the casino there would definatley be no charge for that! :)

bdink921
06-09-2010, 03:12 PM
We've been to Nassau twice so far and will be there again 4/2011 on the Dream :love:. First time, we booked the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter through DCL. We had a great time--the beach part was closed when we went though. It was our first time to the Bahamas and I'll never forget how beautiful the ocean water was---such a pretty color blue and so clear. Anyways, after the excursion we dropped DS back on the ship b/c he wanted to go to the 'club' and we went to the Straw market--totally not my cup of tea. We also went to get DH a shot glass at the Hard Rock Cafe and were approached a couple of times to buy some weed--we beat feet back to the Wonder, totally hating Nassau.

The second time we went we decided to get off the main drag and did the touristy walk to the Queen's staircase, the fort, then down to the pirate museum--this was a good day and no one approached us. The traffic is a bit scary at parts but I didn't find Nassau to be dirty. My version of dirty is Belize City--yuck!

This next time we're going to Atlantis--getting a room at Comfort Suites--all of us are very excited about this.

Silverfox97
06-09-2010, 09:04 PM
We will be treating Nassau as a day at sea. We've gone before, walked the straw market and downtown shops, and did the glass-bottom boat tour (which was just OK - nothing special, not terrible). While I would love to go to the Atlantis waterpark via the Comfort Suites, it's too expensive for us. Staying on the ship and happy with that!

DISNEYGATOR
06-09-2010, 09:16 PM
I've done Nassau on my own before.. while its not my favorite port, it's not aweful either. It's a city, and its a different culture... so just interesting to see and be exposed to.

I have been to Atlantis a few times.. for the casino mainly.
We have toured the city, and done the straw market...
Also have done Senor Frogs and gone over to a more public beach and had fresh conch fritters.. yummy.

On my 7/6 Wonder cruise I am booked on my first excursion in nassau..doing the blackbeard stingray and beach day. I'm excited to see a little more of the island this time.

And on my 7/25 sailing I am doing a snorkel and catamaran excursion.. so I will let you know how both are!

disneyfan19712006
06-10-2010, 12:26 AM
I'll do my best to sell you on Nassau. I know I am the minority on this topic but I feel others have not given it much of a chance. Yes it is a poor country and as such is not the gleaming clean streets most of us are use to seeing here.
I have been to Nassau I think 11 times several on cuises from 2002-2010 and once to visit my friend Mary there. I spent a week in her home and really got to know some of the people. Granted this was not the poorest part of town nor the richest, just middle income. I meet Mary on our first Disney cruise in 2007, we wanted to see the lobby aquarium at the Atlantis. My son convinced me to take a local tour. As fate arranged we meet Mary. After visiting several times with her off the boat she joined us at WDW last December with all our family as that is what she is to us family. She will be coming to our home in Texas in October.

My week in Nassau was spent doing normal stuff like grocery shopping. Yikes, I can see why tips are so important there. A gallon of milk was $6.00 and a 2 liter soda was 2.79. I also spent some time in one of the casinos ( I got dropped off there since locals can not gamble) then took the Jitney from Cable Beach to the downtown area. I felt safe walking around by myself there and then hooked up with my friend to be her tour assistant for a family from North Carolina. I even got them to try conch fritters, yummy. We finished that day by attending Mass. Nassau feels comfortable to me and I can't wait to go back again.

I saw Nassau in a different lite. I have always enjoyed our short visits there but they became more special when we could rush through th customs house and have our own private "taxi" waiting on us. With new stories about the locations we had seen before I became an even bigger fan of Nassau. If you understand it is a island with a culture much different from our own and don't expect the Atlantis to be representative of the whole island you can have a wonderful time I would not dream to go to another country and not get off the boat. No telling what or who you will miss.

If I can help with any specific questions just PM me.

KSandbergFL
06-10-2010, 07:58 AM
Nassau always disappoints those who expect it to be like a Disney resort or Club Med. If you keep your expectations in line, and enjoy the Bahamas for "what it is" -- a laid-back Caribbean island with awesome weather, beatiful beaches and crystal-clear water -- you'll have a much better experience. Find a nice beach, grab your favorite drink, and dig your toes in the sand.

If you need the water parks or shopping, you're better off doing that in Orlando before/after your cruise. Disney's water parks are a fraction of the cost of Atlantis -- and more fun, too.

Mouse4Sail
06-10-2010, 08:08 AM
We will not be getting off the ship in Nassau. I actually have never been there, but have been similar places in the caribbean. I get tired of being harrassed, and with the kids with me....no thanks. I am taking the day to stay on the ship, ride the aquaduck with the kids and see all it has to offer. We will get off at CC though!

steelemdsd
06-10-2010, 03:27 PM
We had a wonderful time in Nassau. I have only been on one Disney cruise and it was in January of this year. I made the cruise reservation around 9 months before the cruise and spent a ton of time on this board. My kids DD (8) and DS (9) really wanted to do Atlantis so we booked a room at the Comfort Suites and had a great time at Atlantis.

Our room cost was $180 and you get full privileges at Atlantis. All you do is take your room key to any towel hut at Atlantis and you get up to 4 wrist bands. One thing you must be aware of is the added fees that Comfort Suites charge (room fees, etc.) Our final bill was around $208 but we knew that up front thanks to this board and that was way less then the excursion. We never even went to the room. The lady in front of us (also from DCL) was complaining so much about the fees and arguing with the hotel staff so no way they had a good time. We knew about this upfront and was happy just to get to enjoy Atlantis for so cheap.

The pools at Atlantis are incredible. The lazy river is awesome. My kids had a wonderful time and we would do it again in a heartbeat. We even went to the Atlantis beach for a little while and it was beautiful. I would not change a thing and very glad we did this.

hmkenn0
06-10-2010, 08:57 PM
Here are my three Nassau experiences-
1st- (Disney CL) Took water taxi to paradise island- walked to Atlantis (not too far) and walked around Atlantis for free, through the casino and then took the water taxi back to Nassau. In Nassau we went to Hard Rock to get a shirt (trip routine) and walked through the market (should have skipped that it was the worst part- overpriced junk). Also, I did not like the long indoor shops in the terminal that you must go through from the boat and out to the street.
2nd- Didn't want to get off the boat (Princess CL) but did and it was New Year's Day so most everything was closed, but I enjoyed it more this time as I tried to just enjoy it a bit more as a foreign country, so found a Bahamian family who were shopping and spent time talking to them- my husband and I were on our honeymoon and they were so nice and very interesting!
3rd- With 3 year old and my parents- Went on TripAdvisor and looked for good family things to do since he was too young for tours/snorkeling and found Ardistra (sp?) gardens. Decided not to book through the cruise (RCCL) but do it on our own as everyone on TripAdvisor said it was safe and totally doable to take the bus. Plus, I wanted to have him experience another country and it was my Mom's first out of USA trip too- best decision ever!!! It was neat to ride the bus with 'normal' non-tour guide looking for tips people and see a 'normal' neighborhood. The gardens were kindof cheesy but my son loved the flamingos and the little "zoo" and the flowers were beautiful. We did end up taking a taxi back becuase the walk from the bus stop was a little far, but it was a great experience!
Hope that helps!

moet7
06-11-2010, 08:01 AM
[QUOTE=hmkenn0;36959749]Here are my three Nassau experiences-
1st- (Disney CL) Took water taxi to paradise island- walked to Atlantis (not too far) and walked around Atlantis for free, through the casino and then took the water taxi back to Nassau. In Nassau we went to Hard Rock to get a shirt (trip routine) and walked through the market (should have skipped that it was the worst part- overpriced junk). Also, I did not like the long indoor shops in the terminal that you must go through from the boat and out to the street.

Hi Were do you get on the water taxi at? How much does it cost? Do they run alot? How long of a ride? Is there a lot to see just walking around inside? Are you able to walk to the beach area without paying? or is there another beach area you can walk to that is free? Thanks for any help!

jessrose18
06-11-2010, 09:40 AM
I am intersted in hearing reviews of blue lagoon beach day/or blackbeard cay? beach day, cant remember the name right now.

We stopped at nassau on a january 2006 RCCL. We walked off the ship went to the straw market, nothing special, caught a water taxi to atlantis. Fun to look around but could pass it up, we were going to gamble a little but table mininums were outrageous! Lots of areas are restricted to resort guests only. We then hopped our ferry to Blue Lagoon were we booked the dolphin swim. I was an observer DH did the swim and loved it. Blue lagoon island is beautiful when we were there they didnt have a beach day or sea lions. Mother in law and father in law wondered the streets and bought some beautiful jewelry, but they are pretty knowlegable on that kind of stuff, I wouldn't have know the best prices. would love to hear more excursion reviews, especially beach ones.

hmkenn0
06-11-2010, 09:53 AM
The water Taxi is when you walk through the building and out into the city to your right along the wall (you can't possibly miss them). I think it was $3-$4 per person- you definitly would NOT want to walk to Paradise Island (although I think I have seen people who have) as it is quite a hike over the bridge. I think they run like every 15-20 minutes, we never waited they were always there. You can walk around Atlantis for free but the beach would require at least a day pass (comfort suites is a better deal) which gets the beach and the waterpark.... I have no idea about any free beaches in the area but on our way to Ardistra gardens we did pass some beaches but they weren't that nice and no facilities...