Reality Check – Not many things in the Bahamas are inexpensive, but Paradise Island gives new meaning to the word.   

Atlantis is a popular destination, with water slides, pools, aquariums and casinos , but if you don’t want to spend a fortune on this Disney like resort, there are certainly ways to enjoy the surroundings and still save money.   You don't have to stay on the property, day passes are available from the front desk or other tour operators.   Booking a room for a day is usually cheaper than buying a day pass.   Currently passes for the aqua park are $135pp. Subject to change.
To eat on a budget, you can have an occasional dinner at your pricey hotel, and take on the town for the remainder of your meals.   And please don’t feel that Paradise Island is the ONLY Bahamas… there is so much more to see and experience.
Paradise Island –   TO DO - Bargains

  • Versailles Gardens - Free
  • Cloisters - Free
  • Cabbage Beach - Free - Public access next to the RIU Hotel
  • Ferryboat to Nassau $4 pp plus $1 for tour guide and/or native singer 
    (These boats are totally safe, they are registered, inspected and insured.   Enjoy!)
    Here are some places to eat on Paradise Island that won’t break the bank.
    Paradise Island
  • Quizno's across from the Marina Village
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Anthony's Express
  • Starbucks at Marina Village
  • Green Parrot at Hurricane Hole Marina
  • Anthonys Caribbean Grill
  • Quizno's
  • Dunkin Donuts


  • Columbus Tavern  (Paradise Harbour Club)
  • Anthony's Caribbean Grill - Across from Marina Village
  • Green Parrot Bar and Grill at the Hurricane Hole Marina
  • Viola's at Sunrise Villa
    Domino’s Pizza Delivery – to your lobby
    There are also Dine In companies that deliver to your hotel lobby

To save money – why not include a meal with an adventure.
Lunch is include in many activities such as: 
FlyingCloud – This tour takes you to Victoria Beach on Rose Island, a private beach on a private island.   The day includes a great day of sun and clear water, snorkeling lessons, lunch . On sundays, there's a beach barbque.  
SandyToes – This tour takes you to a private area on Rose Island and includes lunch and snorkeling as well as rum punch with lunch.
Open Bar on the beach as well.  
Booze Cruise – This tour includes all the rum punch and Goombay smash you can handle as well as a native lunch.    Snorkeling at the sea gardens, a trip to a private beach, DJ, Dancing and a Limbo contest with prizes are included.
A must if you are into partying.  
From Paradise Island, you can include either breakfast or lunch with a shopping spree or sightseeing.
Take the downtown ferryboat or cab for $4pp to Nassau and have a great breakfast at: 

  • Imperial Takeaway  - across from British Colonial Hilton 
    ($4-$6 Breakfast Specials)
  • Prince George Plaza - Bahamian Cafe
  • Café Skan’s (Bay Street)  Traditional or Bahamian Breakfast (including Corned Beef and Grits)
    Bay Street next to Straw Market
  • Mc Donalds (just a few cent’s more that in the states)
  • Olives Mediterranean - Great Greek Omelette or Guava Pancakes - International Plaza
  • Via Caffe - Simple Breakfast - Parliament Street outside port gates
  • Dunkin Donuts - across from Hilton

Or a   Reasonable Lunch – Downtown Nassau

  • Conch Fritters – These portions are huge.  You can have an appetizer for lunch.
    Across from Hilton
  • Olives - Mediterranean - International Plaza
  • Bahamian Cookin - Trinity Place
  • Imperial Takeaway - $5 burgers - $5 Cracked Conch etc (across from Hilton)
  • Via Cafe - Parliament Street
  • Sharkey - Prince George Wharf
  • Iguana’s Café  (Located at Prince George Plaza between the downtown wharf and Bay Street  cool outdoor tables overlooking Bay Street)
    Athena's Greek Cafe - Located upstairs overlooking Bay Street
  • Patio Grille at the British Colonial – great outdoor bar with scenic view.
  • Arawak Cay – Local fare for a great price.  – Located about 10 min. walk west of town, or grab a quick cab from the dock.
            Dinner in Nassau
  • Montegue Gardens –  ($16 - $30* for specials )moderate prices - free shuttle from your hotel.
  • The Poop Deck –$18 - $28 a little pricey but great seafood.
  • Double Dragon – U.S. prices ( Chinese )  Take out and delivery available
  • Café Matisse – a little pricey but worth it
  • Lucianos  of Chicago - Italian (great ambiance - a little pricey but worth it)  
  • Potters Cay – Native food stalls with fresh fish/vegetables from the market.  This is a great spot to watch locals eat, drink, and do business in the marketplace.  Fresh conch salad ($4) Conch Fritter ($2) Fish Dinner ($6) Cold Kalik ($2)
  • Arawak Cay's Fish Fry – Native restaurants featuring native dishes and entertainment. 
  • Bahama Grill - Just west of the Fish Fry

           Dinner in Cable Beach

  • Pot and Cake - Fusion - West Bay Street
  • Capriccios - Italian - West Bay Street
  • Pisces - Native dishes - West Bay Street
  • Cafe Milano - West Bay Street
  • Mangoes at the Caves
  • Olives Meza Grill - West Bay Street
Things to see in Nassau include:
  • Parliament
  • Rawson Square
  • Queens Staircase
  • Library
  • National Art Gallery
  • Government House
  • Balcony House
  • Gregory Arches
  • Fort Fincastle
  • Fort Montague
  • Fort Charlotte
  • Ardastra Gardens and Zoo (entry fee)
  • Pirate’s Museum and Pub (entry fee)
  • The Caves
  • Arawak Cay's Fish Fry 

            Day Trips and Tours

  • Exumas – Powerboat Adventure
  • Rose Islands - Sandy Toes
  • Harbour Island Day Away
  • Blue Lagoon (Dolphins, Sea Lions and Private Lagoon Beach)
  • Graycliffs Chocolate Factory
  • Booze Cruise
  • Scuba Dive (Learn to Scuba in just one day)
  • Dolphin Encounter
  • Flying Cloud Catamaran tours
  • Seahorse Sailing Adventure
  • Chubasco’s Fishing tours
  • Stuarts Cove Snorkeling with sharks
  • Seqway Tours
Ferry Boat to/from Nassau/Paradise Island  - $4
      Registered and Insured – Licensed Native Captains
  • Tourist News – Newspaper – discount coupons
  • What’s On – Newspaper – discount coupons
  • What to Do – guide – discount coupons
Taxi Drivers and tour Operators have Discount Coupons to Clubs
Pay $5 for Coupon for Discount or entry to Club
(Most clubs have cover charges of $25-$100, Taxi Drivers offer discount cards.   These discounts are usually very cheap (around $5) and worth it if you are sure you will use them)
  • Club Aura at Atlantis (Vegas style club with Vegas prices) - Atlantis
  • Violas at Sunrise (Paradise Island)
  • Green Parrot at Harbourside or Hurricane Hole Marina
  • Via Caffe
  • Nesbitts (Delaporte)
  • Harveys on West Bay
  • Twisted Lime at Sandyport
  • Sharkeys on the wharf
  • Club Waterloo at Montague
  • Hammerheads by the bridge
  • Senor Frogs  - Downtown
  • Bamboo at Prince George Wharf 
  • Marina Village at Atlantis