location: the bahamas
So Chad surprised me with a trip to the Bahamas…I’m pretty sure that earns him a ‘Fiancé of the Year’ award. Especially after the winter that we’ve had in Boston. This was just the absolute best thing I ever could have imagined.
Where We Stayed: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort
Our room was in the Beach Tower and was absolutely wonderful. Our balcony looked out over the water which was such a perfect sight to wake up to.
What We Did:
We spent a ton of time on the various beach areas all throughout the resort. It was much more peaceful than the majority of the pool areas and it was hard to pass up that crystal clear, turquoise water and stark white sand. It was truly one of the most beautiful sights I’ve laid eyes on in a while.
This was probably one of the best parts of the trip for both of us. It’s pretty much been a lifelong dream of mine to get to swim with dolphins and this definitely did not disappoint. It’s on the more expensive side but personally I felt it was SO worth it. I will say though that we spent some time on the beach of Dolphin Cay – you have access there for the rest of the day with the purchase of your dolphin swim passes (to me this alone was worth the cost of admission!) – and from the looks of it, your experience may depend on the trainer you get. Some of the trainers seemed to do more with their groups than others. Also, we’d recommend the deep water experience versus the shallow.
We took the ferry over to downtown Nassau just to explore a little more of the Bahamas outside the Atlantis resort. It’s definitely worth checking out! There’s a ton of shopping and a good amount of eateries!
One of the nights that we went into downtown Nassau we chose to take the ferry out there. It’s only $3/person (well…I think they may make up their pricing on the spot, so it may be between $3 and $4) versus a $12 taxi ride and it’s nice to get out on the water. Plus, the guy who took us was highly entertaining and even let us all have a go at steering the boat 🙂 Just be aware that the ferry stops operating at 6pm so if you’re planning to stay downtown past then you’ll have to take a taxi back.
On our last night we took a catamaran out on the ocean at sunset. They provide dinner and drinks (well, it’s a cash bar) and they sail you out and back. It’s pretty laid back (you’re allowed to move about the boat as you please, you’re not required to wear life vests, etc.) and was incredibly peaceful on the way out. On the way back though, I’ll warn you that it turns into a nightclub-ish scene with the bartender playing music from her own ipod and dancing up on the guests…You can easily avoid it if that’s not your thing (which we did) but just be warned that it has potential to occur!
This is a great area with tons of shopping and eateries. There’s a Starbucks down there and though there are Starbucks all over the resort, this one has the most “Bahamas charm.” There’s also a place called “Oh, Sugar” which we may or may not have visited more than once 😉 It’s a great little area to walk around, look at the gigantic yachts, poke into the shops or grab a bite to eat.
To be honest, the entire Atlantis Resort is FULL of things to do. You could easily spend your entire time just hanging out around there and you would never be bored. Definitely check out the sprawling fish tanks all over the resort – they’re incredible!
Just a note about the taxis…they’re not metered like they are in the US. Before you go on your trip, look at the zone prices so you have a general idea of how much each ride should cost (for example, going from the Atlantis to downtown Nassau was Zone to Zone and had a set price of $12). Sometimes taxis will tell you the price with their tip built in and others won’t so it’s best to be aware so you’re not over or underpaying! Also, the majority only take cash and you should look for “NP” on the license plate!
What We Ate:
Normally I do a really elaborate “what we ate” part of these travel posts, but because we were at a resort, we were confined to the food on the premises for the most part. However we did sneak out to downtown Nassau for couple meals which is totally worth doing!
We both HIGHLY recommend this. The pictures don’t even come close to doing it justice, but just trust us on this one. Literally everything we put in our mouths we had to stop chewing to rave about how good it was. It’s tapas-style dining (which we love because it means you get to try a little bit of everything) and it’s reasonably priced (especially for how good the food is). We got the shrimp and grits, creamy grilled asparagus, chicken patties (which Chad said were the best chicken dish he’s had in a long time) and the johnny cakes (which are like softer, more chewy cornbread). The atmosphere is also great – we got to enjoy our meal looking out over the water with live music in the background!
Chad also did a lunch in the Fish Fry area in downtown Nassau before I got there. He said his dish was awesome and the entire area was pretty cool. He even made sure to take pictures of his dish so I could share it with all of you…he’s a keeper 😉
This is in the Marina District. I wouldn’t recommend this place though. It was nothing special and there were a lot of other good restaurants we could have gone to that I think would’ve been better. I would equate it to an Applebee’s (except they charge $30+ for their entrees). I got a veggie burger and Chad got a cheese pizza. Both were good, I just think we could’ve had a better meal in the area.
This was our go-to for breakfast. We ate the oatmeal most mornings and I made sure to get as many iced drinks as possible before heading back to the freezing Boston weather!
Shark Bites Express
This was on the resort. It was pretty good and had a decent number of selections. I would definitely recommend it. I got the falafel wrap and Chad got the cheeseburger and both were good.
I got the Mediterranean salad which came with chickpeas, grilled chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives. It was okay but nothing to write home about. Chad got a chicken wrap which he said was good (once he added some of the dressing from my salad).
Places we didn’t go but looked delicious: Bimini Road in the Marina District, Seafire Steakhouse in the Marina district, Nobu in the Casino at the resort and Mesa Grill in Cove Tower.
I’m so beyond grateful to Chad for planning this trip and for getting to spend some time in this beautiful place. It was exactly what I needed after this long, harsh winter!0