I was amazed the first time I went shopping at the International Bazaar. It's been a landmark since the 1960's (when it was built.) There is a striking red Torii Gate outside the entrance. Among the best bargains are watches, clocks, china, crystal, leather goods, jewelry, cameras, and fine linens. However, you can purchase almost anything at this huge Bazaar.
They have a system using a pink flamingo decal on the door or window to indicate the best bartains. What it really means is that this shop with the decal has met strict government guidelines and all the brands that they sell are authentic.
The interesting part of this shopping area is that it is divided by country...Japan, China, India, England, Spain, France, etc.
Give yourself an entire day to shop here. In addition to the shops, there are restaurants and snack shops.
The photo is of Allan and I resting in the outdoor eating section of one of the restaurants. All we had were drinks, but if you are hungry, you have many fine choices for eating.
What to buy: We purchased a small carpet, sporting goods, and a camera.
The best deals, as stated above, are jewelry, clocks, cameras, watches, china, leather goods, and fine linens.
What to pay: You pay about 20-40% less than in the USA.
The Port Lucaya Marketplace is where you need to go for all your shopping needs. You will find good deals here and you can bargen the price with most vendors. We looked for day to find the carving we wanted to take home and found it for a good price. We suggest you look around at least once and then go back to where you found what you were looking for at the cheapest place, there is nothing worse then buying some thing and walk around the corner and find it much cheaper. At the marketplace you will find alot of local hand crafted items, restaurants, bars, fine jewery shop and much more so check it out!
There is a Winn Dixie in
* Freeport (#31)and there is one at
* Eight Mile Rock (where-ever that is), and on
* Seahorse Road which is near Lucaya in the Lucaya Shopping Center (not in the Marketplace). The one on Seahorse Road will deliver to the boat if you get more than $100.00 of groceries per the ad in the picture.
There is also another grocery story right next to the Winn Dixie in Freeport but we felt the Winn Dixie was better. I can't remember the name of it.
The Winn Dixie in Freeport is right at the terminus of the jitney bus line. The Jitney bus is cheap - it is not necessary to get an expensive taxi to go to the grocery store.
What to buy: You will find most of the kinds of things that you find in any grocery store. The groceries are a little more expensive than in the States, but not out of line considering that almost everything has to be shipped in and duty paid on it.
Manager: PETER TAYLOR at the downtown store
The 10-acre International Bazaar in downtown Freeport is divided into sections that represent different parts of the world, each with its own collection of shops and restaurants. You can easily spend a whole day exploring the Bazaar, and when you run out of money, just pay a visit to the Bahamia Casino nearby! Also for shopping Lucaya Marketplace and Marina, located across from the beach in Lucaya. This 6-acre complex is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening exploring the duty-free shops or chowing down at one of the many popular restaurants.
What to buy: They have great deals on Jewellery like Diamonds and Tanzanite as well as fine linens.
What to pay: Items start at $2.95 such as tissue box covers and bun warmers, tea towels for about $3.95 and soap holders nice gifts for under $10.00. and up.
If you're staying in a condo or visiting ashore from your yacht, sooner or later you'll buy groceries. And that means you'll end up at Grand Union or Winn-Dixie.
Both chains run competing supermarkets side-by-side in the Freeport Downtown Shopping Center. Same prices generally, though I've been using the Grand Union lately just because I've been hassled too often in the Winn-Dixie parking lot. (See "Warnings")
W-D also runs a much nicer store on Seahorse Road in Lucaya, and a smaller market in Eight Mile Rock.
What to buy: Mostly familiar American brands at both chains, with a few uniquely native items and a variety of food commonly found in British grocery stores. There is no alcohol sold in Bahmian supermarkets, you must go to a liquor store. They are numerous and nearby.
What to pay: Prices at the markets are higher than US, often by far. A local farmers market (on nearby West Mall Drive) offers fresh fruits, vegetables and (sometimes) seafood at bargain prices.
LMR Drugs, in the Downtown Shopping Center in Freeport, has everything you forgot to pack or ran out of. They share a building with a Subway shop and another couple of stores that change all the time.
Unusual for downtown, I've always found their staff to be helpful and efficient. And, as a full-service pharmacy, they can even fill your prescription.
What to buy: Run out of meds? LMR will work with your doctor to get you a re-fill. It's small and cramped, but they got it all: Beach chairs, suntan lotion, toothbrushes, books, souveniers, sandals, kitchen supplies, cigarettes, snacks, newspapers, toys and games for rainy days.
What to pay: Not too bad, overall. About in line with the US, and no sales tax.
The duty free liquor problems should be consitered before you check your bags onto the plane. Airlines do allow drinks bought after you pass through security to be carried on planes but not the ones bought earlier *they must go in your luggage if you want to take them*. I bought liquor for very cheap at Lucaya and luckly had a box that would fit in my suitcase or I would have been out of a lot of money. So, think ahead when buying cheap liquor in other nations.