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Must-Know Tips for Visiting Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas Resort

Do you dream of going to the Atlantis resort after seeing pictures of their epic waterslide that zips you through a shark tank?

Or yearn to check out their 14 lagoons with 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 species?

Or imagine relaxing on their white sand beaches, gazing over beautiful blue water?

Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas in Nassau is definitely a destination that many people hope to visit! Check out our post below on all the things there are to do in Nassau…

[Top 17 Unforgettable Things to Do in Nassau]


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Must-Know Tips for Visiting Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas Resort

Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas resort surrounded by beautiful blue water
Credit Nassau Paradise Island Bahamas Promotion Board

From how to get there to how to save money and when to visit, we’ve got the scoop!


Flying Southwest Airlines to Nassau

Southwest airlines airplane on runway at airport

You can fly to Nassau, Bahamas using Southwest Airlines hopefully, with points you’ve earned using the many techniques we teach. 

If you want to fast-track your family to flying free, join us inside our Families Fly Free membership.

If you’re especially savvy, you’ve earned the coveted Southwest Companion Pass, so one person in your party pays NO airfare, only the taxes and security fees each way.

Nor do you have to pay for checked bags (Southwest lets you check two bags FREE), whereas other airlines charge as much as $60 for the first bag and $80 for the second! What?!

Be aware that normal taxes of $5.60 per ticket apply flying TO Nassau, while departure taxes can be as high as $120 FROM Nassau.


Booking Atlantis Using Hotel Points

Atlantis hotel in Bahamas surrounded by palm trees

Did you know that you can book a stay at Atlantis using Marriott points?

If you hold the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card, you may get a free night certificate that grants you up to a 35,000-point room free (and you can add up to 15,000 points to that certificate to book a more costly room) or you may have gotten an offer where you get 3-5 50,000 point certificates when you signed up for the card.

Depending on the number of Marriott Bonvoy points you have, you can redeem them at one of the following:

  • The Coral
  • The Cove
  • The Royal

With Marriott’s dynamic pricing, you’ll have to do a little digging to find the best deal, but it’ll be worth it. 

Depending on your dates, you could score a room for as little as 40,000 points per night at The Coral and ~74,000 points for either The Cove or The Royal. 

Remember that when you book 4 nights with points at Marriott, you get the 5th night free, so you could potentially get a five-night stay at Atlantis for 160,000 Marriott points.

Keep in mind that the resort charges a service fee and resort fees and Marriott never waives resort fees or taxes on award nights.

Check all the fine print including their cancellation fees before you book!

Additionally, there’s a charge of $50 per person per day for each guest older than 12 years in the room even on reward stays.

If you’re having trouble booking for just 1-2 nights, try booking a longer stay and then call to cancel some of the nights. 

Activities at Atlantis

Cami lookin at fish in aquarium at Atlantis resort
Enjoying the aquariums at Atlantis

You’ll definitely want to check out Atlantis’ AMAZING water park!

All Atlantis guests get full access to Aquaventure, which has…

  • 11 swimming areas
  • 8+ water slides
  • Rapid River tube ride
  • Paradise Lagoon
  • The Dig Aquarium
  • Predator’s Lagoon
  • Marine life habitats
  • Ocean beach area 
  • and more!

Beach towels are free daily within the water park.

TOP TIP: If you still have an afternoon free after checking out of the resort, you can hit the beach or the water park and come back to a suite to rinse off and change before heading to the airport. This perk is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to ask for it and ask early!

I heard once upon a time that entrances to The Dig (the Atlantis aquarium) are not monitored after closing hours and that you’re free to walk through it, although I’ve never been there in the evening to check myself.

Boy in water with Atlantis Resort Bahamas stingrays
Credit Nassau Paradise Island Bahamas Promotion Board

You can also enjoy free movies if staying at Atlantis, and your kids can feed the stingrays and sea turtles in the Coral Tower at no cost, as well.

Pick up a daily schedule to find even more free activities.

Use the Paradise Island Ferry to go into Nassau to eat at cheaper restaurants than those on the property, including Arawak Cay for seafood.

Conch salad in styrofoam bowl

Or pick up a delicious, freshly-made conch salad from a roadside stand.


Atlantis Alternative: Comfort Suites Paradise Island

Hotel employees talking and smiling at check in counter

Don’t have Marriott points or enough Marriott points?

Another option is to stay off-property at the nearby Comfort Suites Paradise Island.

Staying at this hotel, you’ll have access to all of the Atlantis amenities, including Aquaventure. Who knew?!

From just 12,000 Choice Privileges per night, depending on your dates, you’ll be within walking distance of Atlantis. 

How does a free hot breakfast each morning sound amongst many other amenities?

Comfort Suites DOES have a per-person, per-day charge for housekeeping and utilities, and there is an additional fee for children older than 12.

Be sure to read all of their fine print and understand the full charges BEFORE you book.

You don’t want any surprises when checking out.

However, this is still a great deal, as a one-day adult ticket to visit Aquaventure can cost up to $250 per person!

Ouch! 🙁

Arriving by Cruise Ship and Just Want to Head There for the Day?

Anthem of the Seas cruise shipped docked

Using Choice points to book a one-night stay is the absolute cheapest way to go!

What I said above will be completely relevant to you as well because YOU CANNOT MAKE SAME-DAY RESERVATIONS AT COMFORT SUITES AND GET WRISTBANDS TO ATLANTIS.

This is implicitly stated on their website during the booking process–

So, if you are headed there on a cruise, book ahead of time, and then pop in to get your wristbands and walk over to enjoy everything Atlantis has to offer.

When done, walk back over to your room, where you’ll be able to shower and change, and then head back to your ship.

Just don’t delay in booking, thinking you can do it on the day you arrive in port, or you will be sadly disappointed! 🙁

Need Choice points?

We suggest opening a Capital One Venture Rewards or Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

These points are transferable to Choice Privileges.


When to Go to Atlantis

5 people floating on tubes at Atlantis Water Park lazy river
Atlantis Aquaventure; Credit: Nassau Bahamas Paradise Island Promotion Board

Because Nassau is a frequent stop on cruises to the Bahamas, if you are not arriving there by cruise ship, plan your days at Atlantis when fewer cruise ships are in port.

Use Cruisemapper or CrewCenter to check the number of ships scheduled to be in town.

On a very busy day, up to 6 ships could be in port, which is a lot of people to disembark on Nassau.

Atlantis will be their No. 1 destination!

Very helpful information to plan your visit to Aquaventure and the beaches!

Take advantage of the People-to-People Experience or some of the other things to do in Nassau if you find yourself there on a day when there are many cruise ships in port and you don’t want to spend your day at Atlantis, which I mention in my article: 17 Unforgettable Things to do in Nassau, Bahamas.

Have you been to Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas resort?

Do you have other tips that could help your fellow travelers save money or time?

Be sure to post them in the comments below.

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2 thoughts on “Must-Know Tips for Visiting Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas Resort”

  1. Amazing! The Aquaventure day pass was sold out but thanks to you, I was able to book Comfort Suites for less than half the price of Atlantis so I can enjoy Aquaventure! BIG THANKS!!


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