OK! Travel: Stars Love the Bahamas!

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Apr. 21 2011, Published 12:12 p.m. ET

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Oprah, Shakira and Johnny Depp are just a few big names with homes in the Bahamas. But they’re not the only A-listers who know the Caribbean islands offer the perfect getaway!

Mark Wahlberg recently took his whole family to hang out at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, where the Aquaventure Water Park is a must for family time thanks to highspeed water slides, a milelong river ride and 11 pools. Denise Richards also visited earlier this month with her daughters, who checked out the slick new kids’ club, Atlantis Kids Adventures.

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There, children can learn to cook, host a tea party or even play rock star for a day. Everyone from Denise to Justin Bieber has zipped into an Atlantis wetsuit for a unique one-on-one dolphin interaction at the resort’s Dolphin Cay. Take a look at for availability.

If staying in one place on vacation isn’t your thing, visit the Pirates of Nassau museum downtown ( or party in a private cabana at Cain, the chic adults-only pool for guests of Atlantis’ top A-list hangout, The Cove. For the truly adventurous, don’t miss the opportunity to dive with wild reef sharks at Stuart Cove’s Aqua Adventures. (

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Comprised of 700 atolls and cays, the Bahamas is heaven for ocean lovers. Take a highspeed powerboat adventure like Janet Jackson and Chelsea Handler with High Seas Private Excursions. Local experts will take you to the best snorkeling sites and private beaches. (


Over the holidays, Ryan Seacrest whisked Julianne Hough away to Paradise Island’s u?berromantic One&Only Ocean Club. With just 105 rooms and villas, perks include 24-hour butler service, fresh tropical fruits and complimentary Champagne and strawberries every afternoon. No wonder Cindy Crawford and hubby Rande Gerber chose the resort for their 1998 beachfront wedding. ()

When Jay-Z and Beyoncé wanted a romantic dinner together they hit Nassau’s Graycliff hotel and restaurant, a grand colonial mansion serving up specialties like lobster thermidor and banana soufflé. (


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