Shops on shore: No plastic
There were shops and even a post office on the shore. I tried to buy and mail a post card, but the post office was one place that I couldn't charge it on my ship card - they wanted money, and I didn't have any with me.
What to buy: They have straw baskets and other items, T-shirts and other souveniers, and sauces and jellies in addition to the post cards
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Island Gift Shop & Straw Market: Shopping on the Island
We had a few spare minutes at the end of our time on the island so we wandered around the Fort San Salvador Welcome Center where there were a few places to have a look around. As Half Moon Cay is an uninhabited island which comes alive only when a cruise ship is in port, it stands to reason that the only shopping opportunities are those which are provided by the cruise line.
The Island Gift Shop is a large shop which carries all kinds of items either for those who need to buy something that they might have forgotten to bring on their cruise or want to take back as a souvenir -- sun glasses, bathing suits, bags, cover ups, t-shirts, hats for men, women and children. If I remember correctly you can also find such things as water goggles, and beach towels but oddly enough I don't think they sell sunscreen/sunblock. You'll also find souvenirs here with either the island's name, the cruise line logo or both. This was a very nice shop, but as you might expect, prices here will be somewhat higher than many places in the islands for beachwear and, anything that carries a logo will also cost more for that matter.
Just adjacent to the Island Gift Shop is a mini straw market where there are a few booths with souvenirs. These tiny shops are attended Bahamian women who stock them with items made in the Bahamas or possibly elsewhere. Here you'll find straw bags, paintings on driftwood, some jewelry, magnets, and other small items. I bought a few postcards to send, as well as a necklace made of small beads and shell (see accompanying photo) for which I paid US $12 -- the photo really doesn't do it justice -- and I probably too much but it would probably sell for about the same amount on other islands. I also bought a couple of magnets, one of which was for a friend, and these were made of coconut shell and cost US $4 each -- here again, more than it's worth but there is no competition which would decrease prices.
What to buy: As the items for sale on Half Moon Cay are quite limited, this is far from a shopping paradise. But if you've forgotten something or need a last minute souvenir, you might find something here.
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Gift shops on Half Moon Cay: Just gift shopping in Half Moon Cay
There is only one shop, but it offers a wide range of products. Bahamian straw goods, standard souvenirs, and Holland America logo items can all be purchased.
What to buy: Anything you forgot like sunglasses, sandals, sun block, or if you want to get post cards, t-shirts ect.
What to pay: Post cards were about 50 cents each. Things like flip flops are higher they were like $9.00 stuff like that were way to much.
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