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Atlantis Paradise Island: Introduction and Overview
Atlantis Paradise Island

Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas, including the Cove and Reef towers

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The Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is the biggest resort in the Caribbean and, with its outstanding water park, massive casino, and ample shopping, dining and recreation offerings, arguably one of the best places to stay if you want all of your activities right at your doorstep -- and are willing to pay the price for the convenience.

The numbers on Atlantis are staggering -- more than 2,300 hotel rooms, 20 million gallons of water devoted to pools, watersides, rivers, and other aquatic attractions in a 140-acre watermark, 21 restaurants, 19 bars, and a casino with 90 table games and more than 850 slot machines. In fact, you should think of Atlantis as a Las Vegas style resort in the Caribbean rather than likening it to any other Caribbean hotel you've been to -- it's that different.

What kind of traveler will like the Atlantis best? Families with kids, for starters -- the Atlantis Aquaventure is one of the best water parks on the planet, and there's lots of other fun activities as well, from dolphin encounters to The Dig, an entertaining expiration of the lost city of Atlantis. (Read a review on Atlantis from About.com's Family Travel site.)

If you crave nightlife you'll never be bored in Atlantis -- you literally could spend a week here and not eat at every restaurant or drink at every bar, the casino goes 24/7, and the nightclubs rival those of any big city. Atlantis also is a great destination for a quick trip to the islands, just a few hours away from the East Coast via air, with lots of flight options into nearby Nassau.

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If you're trying to watch your money, Atlantis may not be for you -- it's tough to stay on a budget here: the water park is free to hotel guests, but as in most of the Caribbean, food costs can add up, and of course the casino is a tempting place to go a little overboard. Also, you may want to look elsewhere if you're seeking an authentic Caribbean experience: Paradise Island is isolated from the mainland of New Providence Island, which is good for security reasons but also means that you'll need to cross a bridge (or take a water taxi) into Nassau if you want to experience the "real" Bahamas.

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