Every spring break, I have always wanted to take my children on a nice vacation. However, lack of planning has normally kept us at or near home. Last year, I made up my mind that we were going to the beach. I was not sure what beach, but I wanted to go anywhere with 75+ degree temperatures and white sand. After much research, I decided to travel to Bahamas for these three reasons:
1. Price and length of flight.
2. Cost of accommodations.
3. The Atlantis.
To start, Southwest flies to the Caribbean now. Southwest’s free baggage policy is a big deal to me. I purchased the tickets for $300 each in September of 2014. Also, the flight was about two hours long. Gotta love a quick flight.
If you going to the Bahamas, you HAVE to visit the Atlantis! I have seen the commercials on TV and yes, it lives up to the hype. However, the hype comes with a price (that I was unwilling to pay). So, I found the next best thing. The Comfort Suites Paradise Island. For about half the price ($977.82 to be exact), by staying at Comfort Suites, I received complimentary breakfast & WiFi and full access to the Atlantis. Yes, full access! This includes the water park, beach, aquarium and the other resort amenities.
Upon check-in to the Comfort Suites, they gave my husband and I a card verifying our identity. Every morning, we took a five-minute walk to Atlantis and showed our card to enter the property. We were then directed to a service desk where they looked at our card again and checked our names against a list. Then we received our wristbands for the day. It was a very quick & painless process.
A Few Facts
-I earned $24.85 with Ebates by staying at Comfort Suites.
-There is an automatic 15% gratuity added to food purchases at Atlantis.
-I bought a case of water and divided it amongst our suitcases before we left home. I saved tons of money by pre-purchasing water. Of course my children thought I was crazy.