1. What kind of dining options are available in and around Atlantis?
Atlantis and Paradise Island has plenty of options for food and drink. Atlantis has 21 restaurants and 19 bars. Everything from fine dining to quick and easy favorites.
Some of the best restaurants are the family style dining at Carmines and Virgil’s BBQ, portions here can feed up to 5 people, so grab some IMATA friends and try these places out.
Those who need the coffee fix in the morning, have no worries, Starbucks and Dunkin donuts are both present on Paradise island or within Atlantis.
There are plenty of places on property at Atlantis to grab lunch, especially within Marina Village, but there are also options just walking distance from the hotel too. The Green Parrot, Violas and Anthony’s are all just 2-4 minutes’ walk away from the lobby of the hotel.
Also, 2 minutes’ walk from the hotel is the Paradise Island Shopping plaza, you will also find a convenience store, a pharmacy, liquor store and souvenir shops.
Those who would like venture over the bridge and into the heart of Nassau will also find plenty of restaurants, shops and bars, some of the highlights downtown (10-15 minutes cab ride from hotel) include Senor Frogs, Fat Tuesdays, Lukka kairi (Traditional Bahamian food), Fish Fry, The Crew Pub, GreyCliff, Pirate Bar and many more....
While in the Bahamas make sure you sample the local flavors including fresh conch salad, conch fritters and sky juice, one of the best places to find these favorites is the Fish Fry, located at Arawak Cay. (10-15 minute cab ride from hotel).
2. Is there anywhere to go diving?
The Islands of the Bahamas offer an array of dive experiences like no other destination in the world. You’ll find sunken Spanish galleons, inland blue holes, underwater caves and forest-like coral reefs teeming with vibrant marine life. You can even feed and swim with reef sharks—an experience sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
3. Do I need a passport?
You need a valid passport to enter the Bahamas. On arrival in Nassau, all passengers are required to proceed through Bahamas Immigration and Bahamas Customs. On departure, US-bound passengers will clear United States Customs in Nassau as LPIA is a US pre-clearance facility. Departing passengers travelling to an international destination other than the United States will proceed through airport security prior to departure.
4. Are there taxis on the island?
Taxis are one of the best ways to get around Nassau, a taxi from the airport to Atlantis will cost between $34-$50 dependent on how many people, luggage, etc.
The single person rate to Paradise Island is $34. Taxis are readily available at Atlantis.
5. What currency is accepted in the Bahamas?
The Bahamas accepts either BSD (Bahamian Dollars) or USD (United States Dollars) as currency. The BSD is $1:$1 with the USD.
6. Is it safe to travel to the Bahamas?
The Bahamas is generally a safe place to travel. With over 4 million tourists visiting each year. The slogan is that ‘It’s better in the Bahamas.’ Safety is a priority for any visitors, and we want to make sure you have a fun, enjoyable, educational and safe conference with IMATA. Nassau is a growing city with increasing crime. Most criminal incidents take place in a part of Nassau not usually frequented by tourists, but crime can occur anywhere.
Here are some helpful tips to stay safe during your trip...
Do Not Purchase Drugs.
Drug dealers will often tell tourists that marijuana or other drugs are legal in The Bahamas. These drugs are not legal and could lead to arrest and imprisonment. The penalties for importation, purchase, possession or use of drugs are much greater than one expects in the U.S., and all persons 16 years of age or older are tried as adults.
Don’t Become a Victim of Theft.
Be aware of your surroundings, take appropriate precautions, and make smart decisions. Valuables should be left in a safe place or at home. Do not leave belongings unguarded on the beach while swimming. Passports and other valuables should be left in hotel safes. Keep a copy of your document with you in case you are requested to show ID. Walking at night on secluded beaches alone or in small groups is not advised.
Accidents in The Bahamas can result in difficult and expensive legal or medical situations. Verify now (BEFORE an accident) that your medical insurance covers you outside of the U.S. If you find yourself in trouble, contact the Tourist Police and the U.S. Embassy.
Water Sports Safety.
Regulations governing the water sports industry in The Bahamas are not strictly enforced. Unlicensed operators have been linked to assaults, and a number of Americans have been killed or injured by the improper use of jet-skis and other personal watercraft. Ask to see a copy of the operator’s business license, inquire about their insurance coverage and insist on training before using the equipment. Verify the number and location of life/safety equipment when renting or boarding a water craft.
7. I am presenting a poster, what guidelines should I follow?
Poster Presentation Guidelines
Maximum dimension for a poster is 1 meter by 1 meter (39.37 inches by 39.37 inches).
A poster presentation presents the ideal opportunity to meet and talk with colleagues who have a direct interest in your work. It offers a more intimate forum for information exchange than does the traditional spoken presentation. Good posters are extended abstracts with easily readable graphics to assist in making your main points. A written paper presentation, page by page, should not be used. The poster should be effective in clearly expressing your work and its results without need for extended explanation. Aim to convey your message visually, rather than verbally (as in a spoken presentation) or textually (as in a written paper).
With these goals in mind, please follow these guidelines:
TITLE: The title of your poster and the names of the authors should be large and clearly visible from 20 feet (6-7 m) away. Font should be >1 inch (2.54 cm) in height. Affiliations and contact details (including e-mail addresses) of the primary author should be included.
ABSTRACT: The full text of your abstract should be included. You are welcome to edit the abstract to remove errors or add a brief summary of results not available prior to the abstract deadline however, any significant changes are likely to confuse attendees.
TEXT: Any text (Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions) should be kept to a minimum. Keep in mind the main points of your poster should be contained in the figures and illustrations, and their captions. The text should be large enough to read from a reasonable distance, e.g. by someone reading over another attendee’s shoulder.
GRAPHICS: Graphics, such as pictures, tables, figures, and illustrations, should make up the majority of the content of your poster. They should be clear and concise and convey their primary meaning with little effort for the viewer. However, they do not need to be simple.
All graphics should include a short heading or caption describing their content and meaning, and expressing the primary point of the graphic. A figure legend should be included below the main caption in smaller type, containing a more detailed description of the points of the graphic. The legend should include a description of the graphic as well as the conclusions derived from its content. This information is more readily available to the viewer than it is when only contained in the text portion of your poster.
LAYOUT AND DESIGN: The most effective way of producing posters is using design or presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe Pagemaker. The entire poster can be laid out as a single file, including text, tables, figures, and photographs. Modifications to the design, font size, and overall proportions can be accomplished easily until the desired layout is achieved.
Poster authors are welcome to bring laptops or portable DVD players. Please note you will be responsible for the security of your equipment.
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