Cute area set up to represent different countries, mainly - China, France, Italy.
Unfortunately we went there right when Katrina (Tropical Storm then which formed into tragic Hurricane later). It was starting to rain a lot and most of the shops were closed.
Actually many shops were out of business, due to the previous hurricane which put a big damage on an island. So I am not sure how it is now. Definitely worth a trip though on a sunny day for some shopping and grabbing food at a local cafe.
Located right across the street from Westin Hotel. It's a great place to get your Bahamas shopping done. Comparing to Nassau (capital of Bahamas) things on this island are much cheaper. They have everything.
What to buy: shell jewelry, perfume, watch, trinkets, rum cakes and of course lots of rum.
What to pay: Always bargain, even at some stores they will drop the price.
My husband loved this one small painting at the local shop and he asked how much. They guy said $70 but we both heard $17. So we were thinking "hey great price", so we gave him $17 he shook his head that he wanted $70, then he started dropping it to $60, $50. So we just walked away. So caught up with us and sold it for $17.
As most local merchants do, she had a lot of goodies, Terry found a straw hat she really like but felt it would blow off rather easily so the merchant took the hat and strung a piece of straw all the way around it and put it back on Terry's head and pulled until it fit perfectly. That hat NEVER blew off while driving in the convertable all week or while on boats off the coast. This just an example of how good they take care of you there. She is located near the Count Basie Square and near the Reeft Tours LTD. building. Check her out if you there.
Terry and I had spent a few day at the Port Lucaya Marketplace look for the right jewelry to go with her wedding dress, then we came across Chennel and she was happy to customer make Terry exactly what she was looking for. She asked us to come back the next day around noon and she would have it ready, well she did and it was perfect, a necklace and earrings for $20.00 plus she gave Terry a bracelet for free. She has a wonderful cart in the middle of the Port Lucaya Marketplace, if you are looking for jewelry make with love please go see her, she is very sweet and helpful but not pushy.
If you are in the mood for trinkets, beach vendors along the beach outside the Sheraton sell all kinds of handmade bracelets and, to be honest, crap. You can also get your hair braided. Make sure to bargain.
Port Lucaya Marketplace is a colorful shopping area in Lucaya. It has a t-shirt and straw market, art and craft market, clothing, jewelry, and plenty of restaurants to choose from. There is also a square featuring live entertainment at times.
Taxis to Lucaya from cruise ships will drop you off in front of the Marketplace.
Just remember many shops are closed on Sundays.
Port Lucaya Marketplace has many shops. In addition to the T-Shirt and Straw Market, some of the shops are
* Leather Gallery
* Today's Men Tommy Hilfiger
* Esperenza Imports
* Leo's Art Gallery
* Elegant Embroidery
* Ye Old Pirate Bottle Museum
* Ena's Shirt Shop
* Body Talk
* Linen's 'N Things
* Parfum De Paris
* Colombian Emeralds (they have a big place)
* Linens of Lucaya
* Jeweler's Warehouse
* Island Galleria
* The Jewellery Box
* Kaplain Kenny's Rum Runners
* Butler and Sands Liquors
* The Nautique Shop
What to buy: One of the other stores was the Harley Davidson shop. I went in and looked around but didn't buy anything.
They sell motorclothes, collectibles, watches, lighters, t shirts, and sunglasses. They sell all sizes
Opening hours: Everyday: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
In addition to the Winn-Dixies (one in Freeport and one outside Lucaya on Seahorse Road), Butler's of Port Lucaya (right in the Marketplace) is a deli and grocery store. They do yacht provisioning, but I have not used their service or bought anything there.
What to buy: * Thumann's Deli Meats
* Cheese from all countries
* Chocolates from Belgium, Italy, England, France and Switzerland.
* Jaxson's Homemade Ice Cream
* Coffee Beans and Teas from Around the World
* Soups Sauces and Seasonings
* Cook Books
* Cookies and Crackers
* Homemade Cookies
* Havana Cigars
The shopping in Lucaya Marketplace has most of the things tourists would want, although you can also go in to Freeport to the straw market. If you are on a sailboat, however there are...