Atlantis: Plunging into paradise

  • Article by: KERRI WESTENBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 17, 2011 - 12:51 PM

At Atlantis Paradise Island, an impressive resort in the Bahamas, beware of a deluge of expenses amid a watery world of fun.

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carlsonDec. 17, 11 8:42 PM

What sort of sewer and garbage system do they have on a small island packed with tourists? Do they just flush the poo out into the ocean? Sure the thought never entered your mind

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noggnbloggnDec. 18, 11 9:45 AM

carlson: Is this how you choose vacation destinations, by how responsibly they treat their sewage? Interesting concept. I have not visited this particular resort, but have visited the Bahamas while on vacation. The ocean water is some of the clearest that you will find anywhere with beautiful white beaches, good weather. It is made up of hundreds of islands. They promote tourism heavily. There is little industry except construction of hotels / timeshares. They sell alot of rum, gambling, and illegal drug running has historically been common. Disney's cuise line island resort used to be an airstrip for drug smugglers decades ago, before it was developed (including importing sand beaches -- this particular island didn't have any, just pebbles). We were told the money behind most of the largest hotels comes from China, another way to pick American's pockets. Locals will not swim at the beaches, because of sharks. There seemed to be a lot of unemployment. Off-shore banking is big ('secret' tax-shelter accounts they say), along with on-line gambling, watches, jewelry, knock-off purses, Cuban cigars and knock-off cigars, golf, trips to Cuba without a passport stamp, booze, and perfume. And, LOTS of T-shirts. Bring your sunglasses. Our limo had a big hole in the floor which they tried to cover up with a floor mat, and the trunk lock was punched. Poor man's paradise, I guess.

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