What’s the Best Way to Get to Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas?

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Five miles of beach at Atlantis

This post is sponsored by the Atlantis Resort Bahamas.

Atlantis Paradise Island is the premier resort in The Bahamas. It‘s home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, the family-friendly 141-acre Aquaventure waterpark, miles of stunning private beaches, gorgeous pools complete with cabanas, aqua blue Caribbean waters perfect for snorkeling and a full-service luxe resort with beautiful rooms, fine dining and top-notch service.

So what’s the best way to get to this island resort for your Atlantis vacation?

Paradise Lagoon at Atlantis
Paradise Lagoon at Atlantis. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Where is Atlantis Bahamas?

The beach-front resort is located at One Casino Drive, Paradise Island, Bahamas. That’s just across the bridge from downtown Nassau.

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Nassau is easily reached via direct flights from major US cities including Miami, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Newark, Washington DC, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, New York City and Philadelphia.

Everyone in the family will need a passport to enter The Bahamas, even infants.

SheBuysTravel Tip: Before you go, read our tips for having the best vacation ever at Atlantis Resort Bahamas.

 

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Flying to Atlantis Bahamas

If you‘re flying to The Bahamas for your Atlantis getaway, you‘ll want to fly into Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau. (NAS is the airport code.)

Once you clear customs, take a taxi from the airport to Atlantis Paradise Island. Taxi prices are regulated so you won’t be overcharged. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the resort. Bahamian taxi drivers are courteous and professional.

You also can book airport transfers through Atlantis Resort. This costs a little more but may give you peace of mind to know a ride is waiting. Some Atlantis Resort package deals include complimentary private transfers to and from the airport.

Lynden Pindling International Airport

The Nassau, Bahamas airport offers the first TSA PreCheck program outside of the United States. That program helps speed travelers through airport security screening, getting them to the gate with less hassle and no need to take off their shoes or remove large electronics from their suitcase.

It‘s also one of the select airports offering Global Entry. That’s a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that speeds travelers through customs when they arrive at their destination.

Getting to Atlantis Resort by Ship

If you’re cruising through the Caribbean islands, a stop in The Bahamas is likely on your itinerary. After all, Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas, is the No. 1 port of call for cruise ships.

Chances are good the ship will offer an excursion to the resort. But you also can simply disembark and hail a cab to take you to Atlantis Bahamas, which is just two miles away. Buy a day pass in advance.

A day pass to visit Atlantis will entitle you to see marine life in the outdoor marine habitat, enjoy the lazy river ride, see the sharks in Predator Lagoon, walk through The Dig, visit the Atlantis Casino, stroll through Marina Village, shop at the Crystal Court Shops and be eligible to purchase any marine programs including a Dolphin Cay or Stingray Experience. A portion of the proceeds from paid animal encounters goes to the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, which works to save sea species and their habitats throughout the Caribbean seas.

getting to atlantis resort - Marina Village has lots of shopping.
There’s plenty of shopping at Atlantis Marina Village. Photo courtesy of Atlantis Bahamas Resort.

Getting to Atlantis by Private Boat

You can also enter The Bahamas by private yacht, pleasure boat or fishing boat. To do that, you’ll need the following documentation:

  • One copy of The Bahamas Customs Clearance Form (download PDF)
  • One Bahamas Immigration Card per person (download PDF)
  • Proof of Citizenship (passport)

For more details on how that works, visit this webpage. Atlantis Marina is the premier yachting destination in The Bahamas. Located next to the charming Atlantis Marina Village, seafarers can enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment plus all Atlantis Paradise Island Resort has to offer. This luxury harbor hosts vessels of up to 250 feet or 76.2 meters.

Will I Need to Rent a Car to Visit Atlantis?

No. Getting to Atlantis Resort is easy by taxi or arranged ride from the airport or cruise port.

Exploring the island off property is also easy and affordable by taxi. Plus, you’ll save money on the resort parking fees.

You won’t need a car for getting around the huge resort property either. Atlantis operates a free shuttle service around the resort. The service, included in the daily resort fee, runs every 30 minutes. You’ll never have to stand around too long waiting for your ride. That’s a welcome relief when your exhausted kiddos are in desperate need of a nap after a long day zipping down the waterslides at the waterpark!

The shuttle will take you to and from The Reef, The Cove, The Royal, Harborside Resort, The Coral, Ocean Club and the Ocean Club Golf Course.

Read More: Which Atlantis hotel is best?

Cindy Richards is a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist who serves as the Editor-in-Chief of SheBuysTravel.com. She also is the mom of two now grown kids who have traveled with her since that first, fateful plane ride when one preschooler discovered a barf bag in his seat pocket and his sister, finding none in hers, demanded, “I want a barf bag too!” She has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, an editor at Chicago Parent and Catalyst Chicago and an instructor in the graduate school at Northwestern’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism.
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