What is it with folks? They want TANS & BRAIDS; but just don't want to live in the "Hood".... Whatever! Anyway, I was VERY amused to see US Cruisers Assisting the Bahamian Economy by getting their hair braided. It's apparently the Island Nation of Bahama's Number one Export!
Unique Suggestions: Empty your pockets. Cuz it is NOT cheap!
Fun Alternatives: Buy some extensions and get your hair done back on Martin L King Avenue back in your own black neighborhoods and help out the U.S. ECONOMY!
Of course even paradise has it's cons!!! Getting your hair braided is pretty expensive-up to 2$ a braid and in my opinion a tourist trap but hey, alot of girls love it and if it gets you more in the caribbean spirit go for it!!!
My friend got his $800 gucci watch stolen while we were jetskiing and our stuff was "supposed" to be being watched by one of the attendants. First time anything like this happened to me in the bahamas but just watch your personal belongings closely and when possible leave it with someone from your group.
The souviniers are beautiful-try not to go crazy the way we did!
Beware of the girls who offer to braid your hair for $2.00, some dont tell you its $2.00 per braid, and the braids are usually really tiny,some of the people I was with ended up paying anywhere from $40.00 to $80.00 to get the local look!
Also,when shopping from the street vendors...haggle, haggle, haggle, NEVER pay the price they ask for, they expect this so most items are over priced and they will always let you talk them down in price.
As soon as you land in Bahamas - someone will ask you if you want your hair braided! Get used to it - you will hear it at least 50 times a day! I am not sure that it qualifies as a 'tourist trap' because it's a great deal and can be a lot of fun for the tourist - however, it's a bit bothersome if you decide not to do it because I think that they have some type of rule - never let a tourist leave without aleast 1 braid! If you feel like getting into the spirit and having it done - do it right away and save yourself some time!