There was a mall just across the road so we headed over there and had dinner at one of our favorite hamburger places, Fuddruckers. On the walk back to the hotel we saw that the Marriott Hotel was having an Ed Hardy sample shirt sale. Well, being a big "Jon and Kate plus Eight" Fan, I had to see what these shirts would cost and if it was worth it to buy any. And even on sale at $50 plus for a t-shirt - we passed.
The following day we were back in Miami. We decided to rent a car for the day and that way we didn't have to pay the huge price of the taxi back to the Howard Johnson's. Back at the hotel, I hit the pool and Bob hit the computer to get work caught up. For dinner, we found a cool Pizza place called Cici's that ended up being great. For $4.99 you got all the pizza you wanted and dessert. And the pizza was extremely good. And if they didn't have it on the buffet line - just ask and they would make it.
Across from Arawak you will find Fort Charlotte. Even though the sun was setting, we decided to check it out. First stop was the Conservation Center. What was left reminded me of a small ship sitting there. I did climb to the top and got a great view of the Disney ship as it begin to sail out of Nassau port into the sunset. But the photos were blurry so you have to settle for the photo of the ship sitting at the pier with the sun reflecting off of it and the Atlantis buildings behind it. (photo above)Next was the larger building of the fort. It was getting dark and the fort was closed so we just viewed part of it from the outside. Below is a photo of the section we saw.
Back at the Atlantis "Harborside" time sharing, we cooked, ate and played some games. It is the rainy season at the Atlantis so you can expect rain showers to pass over the small island at times every day. And out of the seven days - we saw those rain/storm clouds most days. In the following photos you will see the many things offered at the Atlantis along with the many species of fish, aquariums, the Dig, etc. So take a walk through the Atlantis with us.
On another side of the Mayan Temple you will find a few smaller slides that take you to a nice warm pool. Here is Diana and Marty as they slide their way into the pool.
And you can see there are hammerhead sharks, other species of sharks, all kinds of stingrays among many other fish to see. If you look close in the bottom photo on the right - we called them the Louis Vutton rays as the design on their backs remind us of their purses. lol (click on the photo to enlarge it if you need to)
They offer many very fancy restaurants like Fathoms, Chop Stixs, Waters Edge, just to name a few, but you will also see small places around the pools for lunch meals or small snacks. But remember that the cost to eat in Nassau is expensive and at the Atlantis is super expensive. You will also find Ben and Jerry's ice cream to indulge in. We always do. lol
And just because the Atlantis tends to feature a water park that adults are to enjoy (along with a casino and expensive restaurants) all kids will find something to enjoy. Below is the little kids water area.
Below is part of the structure that is between the Royal and Coral Towers. All three of the orginal buildings; Royal, Coral, and Beach towers, are connected without having to go outside. Even though going outside the buildings let you see more adventurous things and unique aquariums. This building is the center of the casino that is between the Royal and Coral towers. Many of you may recognize this building because the World Poker Tour came here. The two glass structures below the building are located in the casino. They are made from blown glass and are truly beautiful as everything in the Atlantis is.
Below is a video of the Manarays during feeding time. If you look close during the video, you will see the white bucket put into the water to show the manarays it is their feeding time. They then go up to the top and the worker empties the bucket of fish into the manaray's mouth while hundreds of other fish watch to catch what is dropped. Amazing thing to watch. This video is taken watching the fish below the water. As you continue to check out the blog - you will find another video from another feeding of the manarays but taken from the top of the aquarium. . Amazing.
As I said, we will now go to another feeding that we watched later in the week. This time it was from the top of the aquarium. Here you can see a person is feeding them holding the bucket and pouring the food into the manarays mouth. After the feeding is completed (which means each manaray has to be given 30 pounds of fish twice a day) you will see the manarays do flips in the water. (not completely jumping out of the water lol) So check out the below pictures and video showing this. Awesome to watch.
Back at the room you can see that Bob is enjoying some reading time on the deck one moment but on the internet working another moment.
Below you can see one of the storms that crossed the island while on the right you can see our view from the deck looking down into the Marina.
And below is our pool at the Harborside. Bob, Marty and Diana stay cool while reading and doing suduko at the pool.
We do have one main restaurant at the Harborside. It is called the Point and is located out by the pool. There is also a snack stand that you can get nachos and small snacks. Bob and I have eaten at this restaurant before and it was very good and fairly reasonable considering the prices of all food in Nassau.
From the Harborside pool area you can get a great view of the two bridges that take you over to Paradise Island from New Providence, Nassau. One is used to come over (which cost $1) and one to go back (free). No head on collisions here. lol In the below right photo is the ferry (for $6 roundtrip) that will take you from Paradise Island over to the pier where the ships come in. (drop you off pretty much at the Straw Market and close to town when you can try many restaurants, do a lot of shopping and see some historical parts of Nassau)
Below you will see Diana and Marty in Marina Village. Marina Village is filled with many high in stores along with nice restaurants and even a Johnny Rockets. But our favorite place is Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. And of course, this night we all enjoyed an ice cream cone. The Marina Village is also where most of the largest ships dock. There are always some huge yachts in there when we visit.
Below is another great shot of the Royal Towers at the Atlantis and a photo of the Cove Beach at the Cove Hotel.
But for the most fun - head to the Power of Tower. Yes, that tower in the below photo on the left houses many water slides that will keep your heart pumping (and bruise your behind if you aren't careful). So in the below photos, look close and you just might find Diana and Marty and Bob, enjoying the different areas of the Rapids River (Crazy lazy river I call it)
And if you think I missed out on the fun - well look again - here is the look from my view. lol Nice pedicure huh!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
One very special thing that happened on this trip to the Atlantis was that the Season Premiere of the Ugly Betty show would be played at the Atlantis Theatre and since we were there - we would be invited. Well, we don't watch Ugly Betty but if movie stars are around, I am in to see them. lol So we skip dinner and clean up and head to the red carpet arrival of the actors/actresses of the Ugly Betty Show with tickets to see the premiere in hand. (By the way - they had the Season Premiere there because some of the episodes of Ugly Betty are recorded there at the Cove. So watch in November for those episodes)
With front row view of the actors and actresses arriving on the red carpet - I could literally breathe their air. (not that I was that into them. lol) But it was very fun to see.