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Old 01-04-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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OT: Caribbean vacation ideas

Looking for a trip idea to the Caribbean, but not the Atlantis, don't feel like competing with cruise ship guests to enjoy the resort. So, it would be DH & I, DS (age 10) & possibly my mother (age 65). I like the idea of an all inclusive resort, but also might like to go on a tour, etc...of island we are staying on. Considering Beaches Turks & Cacos, but not sure if it is a dated resort. Would be traveling late June to early July.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:43 PM   #2
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not the Atlantis, don't feel like competing with cruise ship guests to enjoy the resort.
Have you stayed at Atlantis as hotel guest?

I've been going for more than 10 years now, and haven't found cruisers impact my trip that much.

If you're looking for a different type of vacation than Atlantis offers (something low-key), by all means exclude it from your consideration. But if you thing that the day-visiting people in Aquaventure define an Atlantis vacation, then I strongly disagree.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:40 PM   #3
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I would appreciate your perspective. Friends had a terrible experience there with crowded water park, spiders in bed, not a good experience. And, another family didn't have much positive to stay. They stayed in the towers, what site would you say is good for a family. We enjoy the pool area, a little ocean time, DS might want to throw baseball & he and DH like basketball. Are there walking trails, not so much sidewalks, but a place more dedicated to walkers/runners? How easy can you get over to Nassau?
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Been to Beaches Turks and Caicos twice with the kids. Loved it both times.
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may I ask the last time you were there and how old your kids were? DS would love the xbox area and pool, but I am hoping for more than that. Are the kids clubs free? Seems like there are plenty of restaurants to choose from too, which gives options for how you want to dress, etc... Is there a casino at Beaches resort. That is the one thing DH says is missing from a Disney Cruise, but it saves me money
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another question? Do we need pass ports for any of these places?
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We took our kids to Grand Cayman last summer and had a fantastic time. We chose GC over other islands largely because the airfares were considerably lower. We're not really all-inclusive type travelers, preferring instead to try out local places and really explore a destination. We rented a condo on the north part of 7 Mile Beach and it was perfect. Great snorkeling immediately off shore. We watched a sea turtle nest on the beach one night. Other fun things for the kids include the Cayman Turtle Farm and Stingray City. It's really a wonderful place for a family vacation. In fact, we're hoping to go again this coming summer.
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another question? Do we need pass ports for any of these places?
Yes. I think U.S. citizens used to be able to travel to the Bahamas with a birth certificate (at least I think I remember doing that) but a passport is required for travel there now, as well as most Caribbean islands. I assume you can still travel to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands without one.
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I would appreciate your perspective.
I love Atlantis. It is a fantastic family vacation, if the idea of something across between Disney World and Las Vegas, built on a Caribbean beach, is appealing to you.

Although it is not nearly the scale of Disney World, WDW is a good reference point for Atlantis. Atlantis is similarly expensive, a world-scale unique entertainment facility, has a spectrum of accommodations, and can be quite busy/crowded (though Atlantis never gets as crowded as a Disney Theme park, simply because of the layout of pools/public areas).

There are things that are better at Atlantis than WDW, like easier to experience most of the resort in a single trip; still lots of walking a Atlantis but quicker to get from point A to B; and you can actually sleep in a bit.

Another similarity is if you go to Atlantis armed with lots of information, you can have a much more enjoyable experience...you can save money, avoid crowds if you know what to do. Same does for a Disney trip.
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Friends had a terrible experience there with crowded water park, spiders in bed, not a good experience. And, another family didn't have much positive to stay.
I hear about people say they who had bad times at Atlantis and it surprises me as much as people who go to Disney World and have a bad time. Or I suspect it wasn't Atlantis as much as the type of vacation: Atlantis is a theme park vacation, with a Las Vegas resort thrown in. Going in with other expectations sets people up for disappointment. Or they're just negative people to start with.

That's not to say that Atlantis doesn't make mistakes (this is one of the things you have to learn about, especially Island Time) but to leave Atlantis focusing on those seems pretty sad to me. I've personally experienced more problems/hiccups at Disney than I have at Atlantis.

Atlantis is a high-quality resort...if people went in expecting Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons level accommodations at the Beach or Coral Towers, they'd be disappointed. But the rooms are frequently renovated and prefect decent high-quality hotel rooms. I've never had spiders, seen too much trash, or really any major complaints about rooms.
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They stayed in the towers, what site would you say is good for a family. We enjoy the pool area, a little ocean time, DS might want to throw baseball & he and DH like basketball.
Where to stay is much like Disney: what's your budget?

There are super-luxury hotel suites, timeshare and timeshare like condo accommodations, and regular hotel rooms. I've stayed in the Coral and Beach towers, at the Harborside timeshares, and have had friends and family stay in the Royal Towers, Reef, and Comfort Suites. I'm comfortable suggesting any of them, depending on needs and budget. I own a timeshare at Harborside and have been staying there the past 6 or so trips.

I personally don't think any one location is best. There's lots of walking on an Atlantis vacation, and of you are close to point A, then you are a distance from point B.

There's a sports/fitness center that has a basketball court.

I could make suggestions if you can gave me your needs/wants.
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Are there walking trails, not so much sidewalks, but a place more dedicated to walkers/runners?
The grounds are very suitable for running, and have miles of paved paths, some as wides as a road.

Just to clarify: the pool/aquaventure area is not a closed-off section like a typical theme/water park...its all interspersed in the outdoor grounds of the resort. So in the morning, before people are out in the pools and beaches, these paths are good for runners...several or my traveling companions during the years have said so.
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How easy can you get over to Nassau?
Quick cab ride, or water taxi....just 5-10 minutes.

But why go? On my first visit to Atlantis, we took a cab to check things out, but haven't done so since then. Nassau is a typical Caribbean port town...set up for cruisers to take a peek while they stop briefly. The analogy I'd use is visiting Nassau while at Atlantis is like visiting a strip mall in suburban Orlando, while at Disney World.
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