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
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
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.
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???
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The walk in humidor at Graycliff offers the cigar aficionado almost too many choices. While I plead that my own preferences run to Lonsdales and Churchills I left with a wide selection of these long beauties. In multiple colours (for a full explaination visit their site) My only comment would be to do your homework before visiting. Graycliff Cigars are built on the fame of Avelino Lara, once Fidel Castro's personal torcedore and so I was very surprised during my visit to find that I seemed to know much more about the product than the "girl" left to manage the store. However, her lack of knowledge about her product did not stop me from aquiring my personal grouping which happily reside within my humidor.
Although it has played host to royalty, presidents, leaders of business and entertainment. With the only 5 star dining in the caribbean and one of the great wine cellars of the world I was surprised, However, from almost anywhere in Nassau you can see Government House, A large Pink structure
What to buy: The Red or Blue are an ideal choice for the beginner, for a special taste go for the Green or "Crystal" (white) and for a truly enjoyable experience go for the Black or Purple.
A series of stalls are lined up right next to each other under a covered makeshift tarp like structure.
What to buy: anything made of straw and beaded jewelry are cheaper here than in other places like Jamaica.
t-shirts that say bahamas on them
The other stuff is not a bargain like their fake pocketbooks are cheaper at home.
What to pay: $8-20
This is in Nassau right by the docks where the cruise ships dock. This was a lot of fun-EVERYTHING is negotiable. I kinda felt bad because this is people's livlihood, but they are all about the money and not about the service, so I felt justified. But SOME people are worth the money you pay-you can't help but be enamored with their spirit.
Most of the stuff they sell is cheap handmade stuff, but it screams the islands, so you gotta get your hands on it, and they know this-so...
Here's a tip: have your wallet out, but only put ten dollars in it-put the rest of your money CLOSE ON YOU-in your front pocket. You're packed in there like sardines and its easy for people to pickpocket. . .but keep a ten in your wallet and have it out in your hands. . .
when you see something you like ask how much-almost EVERYTHING starts at $35. pick it up and look at it, then when you hear the price, put it down...they will ask you "how much you wanna spend, honey" that's when you open your wallet (let them see) and say "wow, all I have is a ten" and they will say give me twenty-then repeat "ok, well, sorry, all I have is a ten" then they'll say, take it for 15. . .open your wallet and let them see that you only have $10. . .works every time. . .you can adjust this to fit the price of the item. . if an item is $50, put a $20 in your wallet. . .obviously, don't let them see you change the money in your wallet. . .
While you're in the area, hang around the international market-bay street...it's pretty awesome.
What to buy: handmade photo albums-these are BEAUTIFUL...
DO NOT buy conch shells-they'll charge you at least $5 and you can get these on a beach...
Also, there are some amazing wooden hand carved pipes and other "smoking accessories"
What to pay: $10-$35 varies with the
Except for some of the street vendors, there were very few real deals in the Bahamas. The prices were like shopping here in the USA. We found one higher end store, the type of place we would buy from here but they were off the charts with their prices.
I was very disappointed they were as high as they were. We could have spent some good meney there, but not at those prices.
Something I've always wanted to try was a Cuban cigar, but since I quit smoking over 3 years ago (at the time of this trip) I didn't even try or buy one. This is about the only time I've regretted not being a smoker since the Cuban cigars were very plentiful there, and something I've always wanted to try
I purchase this is a small bakery downtown to try and it tased so good that I ended up eating two more. I also decided to buy a large one to bring back home for friends and family.
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What to pay: If I remember a large cake is approx 15 / 20 US$ just about the price of a cake you would purchase locally( maybe slightly more)
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