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I always like to bring back gifts for my children and grandchildren that are actually from the place I'm visiting. So I did some shopping in Nassau, and also in Port Lucaya. There I came across Androsia of Port Lucaya. Androsia Andros Bahamas manufactures batik fabric and garments on the island of Andros.
Their website says: "Since 1973 they have used the beauty of the environment of the Bahamas for inspiration in their print designs and brilliant colours. Androsia has a complete line of women's, men's, and children's batik clothing as well as accessories and fabric sold by the yard"
What to buy: The following shops carry Androsia Batik fashions and fabric:
Androsia of Cable Beach -- Radisson Mall next to Crystal Palace Casino, Nassau
Royal Palm Trading Company (formerly Mademoiselle) -- Bay Street, Downtown Nassau
Royal Palm Beach Trader -- Atlantis Beach Towers, Paradise Island
Sea Grape at Traveller's Rest, Nassau
Home Fabrics, Centerville, Nassau (Fabric only)
Androsia of Port Lucaya, Port Lucaya MarketPlace, Freeport, Grand Bahama
Small Hope Bay Lodge Gift Shop, Small Hope, Central Andros
Gertrude of Androsia, Nicholls Town, North Andros
Androsia Outlet Store, Fresh Creek, Central Andros
Androsia of George Town, George Town Airport, Exuma -- Just Opened March 2003!
Club Peace and Plenty Gift Shop, George Town, Exuma
Starfish Adventures, George Town, Exuma
Cape Santa Maria Gift Shop, North Long Island, Bahamas
Ebbtide, Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco
Julia's Nails and Clothing, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Dolphin Beach Resort, Guana Cay, Abaco
Golden Reef, New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco
Bluff House, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco
The Sail Shop, Man of War Cay, Abaco (canvas bags only)
The Sea Side Boutique, Man of War Cay, Abaco (fabric & accessories)
Joe's Studio, Man of War Cay, Abaco
Island Trinkets and Treasures, Sandy Point, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Bahama Dawn Designs, Marsh Harbour Abaco (bags, quilts, fabric only)
Briland's Androsia, Harbour Island, Eleuthera
Island Made Gift Shop, Gregory Town, Eleuthera
Almond Tree, Rock Sound, Eleuthera
Chub Cay Club Resort and Marina, Berry Islands
What to pay: I spent $56.85 at Androsia. I don't remember exactly what I bought - probably clothing
Updated Sep 3, 2003
Address: P. O. Box F-43165, Freeport, BS (Lucaya branch)
Phone: 242-373-8387 (Lucaya)
If you look, you can buy locally made goods at the marketplace or straw market. Besides T shirts, jewelry, and imported English goods, there are small water colors, saris, straw items, Bahamian coins and stamps, carvings etc.
You have to look carefully at the labels though to avoid buying stuff that's made in China or Mexico or Thailand. (If you want something that's made in Mexico there's no reason not to buy it - just be aware that it's not a local product.)
What to buy: The photo is from the map of Grand Bahama which has ads for various businesses. This photo is of a business called "animale"
There are also shops along Bay Street in Nassau which sell local products
Updated Jan 20, 2005
Many cruise lines feature Nassau as one of their ports of call, so there are many shopping options available to tourists, from cheap souvenir stands to exclusive and expensive boutiques.
Most of the shopping activity in Nassau takes place on Bay Street, the city's main thoroughfare. The street is lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants. Shoppers can choose between small shops specializing in local merchandise and crafts such as leather goods, brass, antiques, clothing, linens, beauty products, perfumes, and fine art. Many high-end shops such as Gucci, Fendi, and Coles cater to wealthier visitors and locals. Another popular type of store features Cuban cigars. Cuban goods, including cigars, are forbidden in the United States, so many visiting Americans are willing to pay for over-priced Cuban cigars from one of the many tobacco shops lining Bay Street.
The most popular tourist attraction off Bay Street is the Straw Market, which is a good place to buy baskets and other arts and crafts made of straw, as well as other cheap souvenirs of the islands.
Because most of the shops cater to the tourist trade, they can be over-priced, but items such as alcohol, cigars, and certain brands of clothing are generally cheaper than in many cities.
I am not much of a shopper, but it was fun to wander along Bay Street to look at some of the merchandise available for sale.
Updated Oct 10, 2010
The crew members were more than happy to let me go behind the scence and choose my own drink to make, they even help me make it and you know what? It turned out great, don't remember much after that one! Kidding, but that is another job I would like to apply for-alcohol, sun, cruising and meeting new people - who wouldn't???
Updated Feb 17, 2005
The market has just about everything you expect to see at a market like this ,Straw hats ,Straw Bags, Bahama T- shirts (He Mon).Shells Sponges Scarfs ,etc ,Etc,
It is always fun to bargain with the local vendors, and try to make your best deal.
The Sraw Market is a fun place to , if you like shopping and can take the crowds.
What to buy: T- Shirts and Straw bags were our favorites items.
What to pay: As I mentioned earlier think about what you think the item is worth and than haggle with the vendors , they are used to,it and it can be fun.
Written Dec 11, 2002
Address: Located between main street & the harbour.
Make sure you check out the straw market. Its a great, just don't do it while smoking! Sadly it has gone up in flames before.
What to buy: I bought a coin purse that said 'Bahamas' on it. They have everything from hats to purses.
What to pay: Very little, I think I only spent a few US dollars.
Written Jul 11, 2004
Address: Right next to the Port
The Marketplace was a great place for Souveniers. They have a lot of handmade crafts and you can get a really good deal if your willing to negotiate. I got a purse, some towels, morraccas, jewelry and a really pretty photo album. Can't beat the prices.
Written Feb 9, 2008
Hot as Hell....Literally...Because of it's enclosure, which to me resembled a huge warehouse with a thatched roof- it is a huge fire hazard and has been burned to the ground before because of the heat from the sun and all of the goods inside...
Basically it is a huge hot warehouse with tons of people selling the exact same thing..Some will bargain with you, some won't..... Your best bet, just go to a shop and buy things....Also, make sure you shop at reputable venders...The last thing you need or want is to get back to wherever and try and show off your Louis Vutton- which is deemed Louis Crappon because you got duped.
What to buy: They have tons of purses and handbags.
What to pay: 10 dollars and up if you can bargain you might make out.
Written Jan 10, 2007
They sell all sorts of items at this marketplace. But make sure you bring pic ID, it is also the new check in and check out point when you get off of a cruise as it is right off the pier where they dock. Its sad that when I went the first time, this was not part of the security measures that are taken now. That was pre 9/11. You also have to check in whatever you buy on board ship, as at the airport, past security conveyor belt.
What to buy: Most of the shops have this Coconut Rum, be warn, most everyone you give it to will love it. They sell it in many different flavors, but coconut seem to be the fav, so buy extra.
If you have freinds who love spicy food, pick up several bottles of their spicy hot sauce at the market off the pier after you dock. Great bargains. It wasn't there the first time I went, but they've turn it into quite a shopping mall
What to pay: I didn't pay much for the rums, I think maybe $3 and change for the ints and $5 for the bigger bottles. The hot sauces were $2 and change.
Written Jun 9, 2005
One of the managers at this store offered credit terms that included no payments for 12 months and no interest applied if paid in full in 24 months. I confirmed with her several times in my husband's presence that these terms were accurate. She even computed how much I would have to pay each month to have it paid in 24 months. After I returned home, their credit card company, Platinum Visa told me that they do not even offer terms such as I was told. This misrepresentation is going to cost me hundreds of dollars. I would never purchase anything from this store again. Buyers Beware!
Updated Jan 28, 2010
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