Welcome to Paradise Island
Before the 1960s, PI was ‘Hog Island’ – flat and undistinguished. A&P supermarket heir Huntington Hartford II renamed it in 1959, resolving to build the next Monte Carlo here. He clearly had some success: over the years it became a bolt-hole for Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon and the deposed shah of Iran. But it was the 1998 opening of the vast resort, casino and shopping complex Atlantis that did the most to realize Hartford's dream. It's now synonymous with Bahamian luxury for families, honeymooners, high-stakes gamblers and bachelor partiers.