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going to the Bahamas with ILs - tips please!

Thanks to all your suggestions from a few weeks ago about a good short trip. We decided to go to the Bahamas Atlantis on July 1-5 (4th night free!). I have never been to the Caribbean at all, so if you have any tips about what to expect, or what to do in the Bahamas specifically, I would appreciate it - places to eat? Sights to see? Things to avoid?

Any tips on how to survive that much time with the ILs when I can't drink would also be MUCH appreciated :-)

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Re: going to the Bahamas with ILs - tips please!

  • didn't megstoo just go to atlantis a few weeks ago?

    as for dealing with inlaws, on vacation, while pregnant, i suggest the following:

    -- carve out time each day for couple time

    -- carve out time each day for your personal time (completely by yourself)

    -- get a prenatal massage

    i would let your in-laws know upfront about your plans for downtime, that way there are no hurt feelings when you disappear for a little while.

    i love my in-laws, but i won't go farther than the next state with them on "vacation"!!!!

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  • ditto all that lindsay said. we went on a cruise with my inlaws last year and all agreed to eat dinner together and hang out in the casino at night but during the day it was whatever we wanted to do. i think if everyone gets on the same page of what people want it can go a lot smoother.

  • DH and I just came back from Atlantis about a month ago.  Some of the places to go:  Go off Island to Bay St (I think i'ts called) where you can do some shopping, anything in the Mariana is fine too but pricey.

    For eating:  Bahamian club is great, Dune is fantastic (very pricey) and if you can get reservations to Bobby Flay's restaruant I recommend that too.  Keep in mind things are VERY expensive.  I think the drinks were 13.50 for 1 pina colada.  The Lagoon Bar serves the BEST caribbean drinks. 

    Make sure you take very strong sun screen.  I had spf 50 and burned so bad that I blisted.  A lot of the food places are charged back to your room so you don't have to carry cash.  Be aware that when you use your debit or charge card the company (bank of america for us) will charge you an international fee.  Also your cell phone most likely will either not work or you'll get changed a seperate fee per minute. 

    DH and I took a caterman tour which was good and I was able to go on a shark walk which was awesome!!  Atlantis forces you to relax so enjoy it.  At night we went to Aura the club and that was so loud but fun.

    There was 15 of us from my work that went and it was all expense paid.  DH and I want to go back next year even if we have to pay but it's pricey.  We stayed in Royal Towers. 

  • image LindseyJW:

    didn't megstoo just go to atlantis a few weeks ago?

    i love my in-laws, but i won't go farther than the next state with them on "vacation"!!!!

    Good Memory!!!  I did just come back and was responding! 

  • image LindseyJW:

    didn't megstoo just go to atlantis a few weeks ago?

    i love my in-laws, but i won't go farther than the next state with them on "vacation"!!!!

    Good Memory!!!  I did just come back and was responding! 

  • These are all great! megstoo, we're also staying in Royal Towers. And pp are totally right about setting "couple time." The ILs have already said they  know we won't want to spend every minute with them, but I like the idea of setting expectations about when and how much time so there are no hurt feelings.

    And the massage is an AWESOME idea. 

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  • I forgot the name of the "salon" there but it's right next to the dolphin swims but they massages are AWESOME!!  I went twice (once for massage, the other for a pedicure).  Royal Towers is very nice - I forgot to mention the Market Place which is a buffet dinner but it's very good.  For 2 people the total was $105 for dinner and $60 for breakfast.  If you want I have some pictures on facebook.

     

  • I have no tips about the Bahamas, but my biggest tip for traveling with family is to "do your own thing" and just meet up for meals or certain group activities. My ILs understand this concept and are cool with it, so we travel very well with them. My parents, on the other hand, think we need to be joined at the hip if we travel together, which is incredibly stressful (this is why I refuse to travel with them).  
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  • DH and I were at the Atlantis for 2 weeks for our honeymoon in November.  One thing I loved was getting the daily "Atlantean" newsletter that they produce and put out at the front desks of all the properties.  It has all the animal feedings, dolphin shows, etc and some cool free stuff that they offer throughout the day.  There are also sometimes specials advertised in there for the spa for couples massages. 

    I would highly recommend Mesa Grill if you can get reservations, but you'll want to call for that about a week or two before you go.  We called when we first arrived and couldn't get reservations for days, and that was the off season. 

    I also recommend Bimini Road in the marina area for traditional Bahamian food.  It's a low key, fun atmosphere, and the conch fritters rock.

    If you are going to do an excursion, I recommend the Powerboat Adventures trip.  It's all day, and it leaves from the ferry terminal across from the marina village.  You take a power boat ride to the Exumas and spend the day there.  You stop at an island on your way there to feed iguanas which is pretty cool, then you go to the company's private island where there is snorkeling, shark feeding, stingray feeding, a big bbq lunch, and an open bar all day long.  It was AMAZING, but it is a pretty long, tiring day. 

    Have fun!

  • Thanks for the family tips, ladies.  DH's family tries to do every last thing together the ENTIRE time on trips.  My family is the opposite...the catch you at dinner kinda crowd.  We are desperately trying to find a middle ground that does not involve me pulling my hair out.
  • i need to look up the name but when we want to Nassau on our cruise last year, i found a zoo on the island that has this flamingo show. it was a cute diversion during the day and i have never been that close to like 100 flamingos before. i bet if you google Nassau Flamingo show it would come up.
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