We have been guests of Atlantis Resort several times, so for us it was disappointing to be "shunned" from being allowed to step foot in the pool area, beach or lobby because we were visiting as a cruise guest this time. We understand their policies, but it was still disappointing. We personally do not like the city of Nassau so did not spend any time there.
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We did all our shopping here - Magen's Bay beach is on the other side of the island, so if you plan on going there, don't plan on shopping that day - not enough time to do both. It's a 1/2 hour or so drive to the beach from the pier.
We were very impressed with how St. Maarten had changed since our last cruise 14 years ago! The whole area is built up with a beautiful boardwalk area by the beach with lots of shops and restaurants. The beach is absolutely gorgeous and all just a 5 minute walk from the pier! There's a Hard Rock Cafe and a McDonalds just a block or two away!