The Bahamas Tourist Traps

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The Bahamas Tourist Traps

  • International Bazaar

    Grand Bahama Island Tourist Traps

    The International Bazaar has to be at least 35 years old by now, and it shows. Once a vibrant gathering spot off Ranfurly Circus, this tourist destination has fallen on hard times. Billed as a mecca for shopping and dining, it is neither. Just take some pictures and leave. Take a memorable picture of the torii-gate out front. Stroll what could be a...

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  • High Prices

    The Bahamas Tourist Traps

    Look, the cost of living down there is outrageous. Everyone who goes complains about the costs involved. Problem is they don't do their research. There is not tax in the bahamas but you do have to pay duty. Talk to the bahamians about buying a car! They drive the same things we do but they pay 85% more. When it is cheaper to eat fastfood like...

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  • Nassau

    The Bahamas Tourist Traps

    It was a disappointment the visit to Nassau - no impressive views, buildings, or shopping. Of course, the beauty of Bahamas is in the sea, but we were expecting more from Nassau, a sort of small common city. We had not much time to it, but left with the sensation of not missing much.

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  • straw market

    The Bahamas Tourist Traps

    The straw market is a great experience. It is nothing like in the states. Where else can you haggle someone down from $100 to $30. The straw market is filled with many souveniers as well as tons of replica designer purses. These include prada, gucci, burberry, coach, louis vuitton and many more. you can get anything there for very cheap just never...

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  • Hair braiding

    The Bahamas Tourist Traps

    We just got our hair braided in Nassau and boy was it a hit. I love the hair braiding. If I go anywhere involving heat and humidity and water excursions, I get me hair done right off because it's just so much more manageable. However, here's the deal. Each time before it's cost about $35-40 and I have a bob just past chin length. This is the hair...

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  • Yellow Bird / Becky's

    The Bahamas Tourist Traps

    Our resort publicized a Dinner-Show activity, promising 'The finest Bahamian cuisine' and a fabulous show afterward. The price was $45 per person including transportation. We were picked up by a dirty taxi and taken to a restaurant with an atmosphere reminiscent of Denny's called Becky's. The food wasn't nearly as good as Denny's. After dinner, our...

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  • Tour Guides

    The Bahamas Tourist Traps

    I only had a couple of days in the Bahamas and was really excited to go on the Pirate Tour. I really love pirate lore (in my local area I can recommend the Wydah exhibit in Provincetown, Cape Cod about the exploration of this sunken pirate ship) so was very exhibited to take the pirate tour. What a rip off. Normally guided city tours are excellent,...

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  • Beware the pricing!

    We just got our hair braided in Nassau and boy was it a hit. I love the hair braiding. If I go anywhere involving heat and humidity and water excursions, I get me hair done right off because it's just so much more manageable. However, here's the deal. Each time before it's cost about $35-40 and I have a bob just past chin length. This is the hair...

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  • Nassau

    It was a disappointment the visit to Nassau - no impressive views, buildings, or shopping. Of course, the beauty of Bahamas is in the sea, but we were expecting more from Nassau, a sort of small common city.We had not much time to it, but left with the sensation of not missing much.

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  • Justified Tourist Traps

    Look, the cost of living down there is outrageous. Everyone who goes complains about the costs involved. Problem is they don't do their research. There is not tax in the bahamas but you do have to pay duty. Talk to the bahamians about buying a car! They drive the same things we do but they pay 85% more. When it is cheaper to eat fastfood like...

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  • Everything is a TRAP

    Honestly I would say -- Stay away. Its just one of the only places that I regret going to.. 4$ for a small bottle of water. 7 US$ for a slice of Pizza. Easily 75$+ for a formal sit down meal. The rooms are exhorbitant.. the hidden service change and taxes are over bearing. The constant pitches to buy a time share is horrible. Lousy customer service...

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  • Freeport/Nassau by way of cruise ships

    There is nothing to do in Freeport except take the taxi to the "shopping" area which is of course nothing but duty free liquor and other junk which closely resembles the same garbage for sale at the ship dock. This "shopping area" is next to a couple of mainstream hotels, so we did at least walk over to the beach area by the hotels, and we found a...

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  • straw market- not just straw

    The straw market is a great experience. It is nothing like in the states. Where else can you haggle someone down from $100 to $30. The straw market is filled with many souveniers as well as tons of replica designer purses. These include prada, gucci, burberry, coach, louis vuitton and many more. you can get anything there for very cheap just never...

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  • There's not many straw items at the...

    The Straw Market has become a flea market, which sells a bunch of fake Gucci's, Fendi's and Louis Vuitton's.. Very disappointing. The shops in town also are extremely overpriced. Most people from the area go to the mall which has better prices and goods. You can ride the bus (jitney) there for $1(US) and also get a great tour of the "real Nassau"...

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  • Cruise Liners

    Nearly everyday the cruise liners call into Nassau, for the duty free shops. it gets very busy at certain times.

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  • Go with the flow

    All cruise ship board in front of the straw market. As soon as the first passengers get a shore the prices are raising. Just walk around. Let the women call you sweetie. Stay friendly and they will be friendly to you. Never pay the first price nor the second.

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  • Hair Braiding...

    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! Empty your pockets. Cuz it is NOT cheap! Buy some extensions and get...

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  • Hold on to your money tight!

    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...

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  • The boom - Disco in Nassau

    Taxi driver tries to sell you tickets for the disco so you will enter for free (just the $5 ticket) instead of Paying $20 at the door. When you go in you have to pay another $5. NOt a very good disco. We were a group of 10. And did not feel very secure. Go as a big group. Stay on the ship if you go by sea.

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  • Fine dining and a fabulous show???...

    Our resort publicized a Dinner-Show activity, promising 'The finest Bahamian cuisine' and a fabulous show afterward. The price was $45 per person including transportation. We were picked up by a dirty taxi and taken to a restaurant with an atmosphere reminiscent of Denny's called Becky's. The food wasn't nearly as good as Denny's. After dinner, our...

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  • After exiting a cruise ship in...

    After exiting a cruise ship in Nassau, you must run the gauntlet of souvenir booths. A fella approaches me and holds out his hand as if to shake, as I instinctively raise my hand, he clasped my wrist, and says 'It's free.. a welcome to the Bahamas..' and deftly applies a trinket bracelet to my wrist.. Then leans and whispers 'Marry Wanna??'I...

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  • Watch for people selling...

    Watch for people selling things at the dock. Most things are OK but Our group noticed people selling flutes. They would blow on the and try to sell them. We thought it would be great presents for our Bosses at work.

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  • T-shirts. Ya Mon is found...

    T-shirts. Ya Mon is found everywhere on the Island. We found a t-shirt place in the market where you could get 3 shirts for $20.00. That was the best deal I found. You have to get away from everyone to get any better deals on suveniers.

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  • These Islands will trap you...

    These Islands will trap you from wanting to go back home.The major islands of this small archipelago are Great and Little Abaco, with the off-lying cays of Elbow Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay, Stranger's Cay, Umbrella Cay and Walker's Cay. Check out these local attractions. The Abaco Islands are a sailing and boating universe. But...

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  • All of Nassau is a tourist...

    All of Nassau is a tourist trap. The straw market is a cheap flea market with nothing really original. There are so many hair wrapping people it is funny. And they attack you right away. Not worth the time or money.

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  • The straw markets,the beaches...

    The straw markets,the beaches like the Xanadu beach and the beach west of the Our Lucaya resort, you will get the hair braid hassle at thease places break down and get one female or male this way if they ask just say got one thanks but no! And look out for huricane season too!!!

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  • The entire island. Pretty...

    The entire island. Pretty much avoid this whole country. Everything is a rip off. Just getting in a taxi costs $10, even if you are going down the street. All of the food is total rip off, $50 per head minimum. Even Subway was $7 per sub! I paid $975 a night for my room, that anywhere else would have been $450. After losing $5,000 at blackjack,...

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  • Okay, I got caught in a...

    Okay, I got caught in a tourist trap, I'll admit it.The entire vacation on the Bahamas was a bit of a trap for us. My friend and I had gotten a bit too excited about the idea of spending Christmans on the beach, that we didn't realize that the Bahamas could be quite pricey....especially when you were opting for a somewhat of a budget vacation.After...

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  • The straw market in Downtown...

    The straw market in Downtown Nassau is definitely worth a peek, especially for souveneirs. Goods are quite inexpensive at the many stores, which include perfumeries, shoe shops, and swimsuit shops. However, be careful at the actual straw market (they sell things such as hats, bags, and shoes) - the 'salespeople' are extremely pushy. It's not for...

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  • I only had a couple of days in...

    I only had a couple of days in the Bahamas and was really excited to go on the Pirate Tour. I really love pirate lore (in my local area I can recommend the Wydah exhibit in Provincetown, Cape Cod about the exploration of this sunken pirate ship) so was very exhibited to take the pirate tour. What a rip off. Normally guided city tours are excellent,...

    more
  • We did not care for Nassau...

    We did not care for Nassau area-too touristy and lots of concern about saftey. It was like being in the states, especially on the strips where the hotels were located.We had a better time in Grand Bahama in the Port Lucaya area.

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  • the other islands around Nasau...

    the other islands around Nasau had no personality at all. They were Islands with huge casinos on them. How lame is that? Consume consume. However if your into buying seashell jewelry boxes at a real high price youve come to the right place.

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  • If you are planing on taking...

    If you are planing on taking excursions tours, don't buy through the cruise ship. When the ship docked, there are private local tour guides waiting on shore to take you places. You can negotiate a good price and also the tour guide will tailor to your interests as well.

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  • In Nassau, the 'Straw Market'...

    In Nassau, the 'Straw Market' down by the cruise ship docks. Also many 'natives' asking 'You doin' alright?' At first I thought they were just being friendly, but I eventually figured out they were trying to sell me drugs! Also many islanders bumming smokes. Cigs are very expensive there. Local's cars are in very poor condition.

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  • Beware of the girls who offer...

    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...

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  • Be on the look-out for the...

    Be on the look-out for the people that come out from their huts and try to sell you crafts. You should buy some souvenirs, but walk quickly from the hut so that other sellers won't have a chance to lure you into buying something. Bring a reasonable amount for souvenirs.

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  • There are lots of street touts...

    There are lots of street touts around trying to sell you things -- among them fake Omegas and what-not. Nassau is also chock-a-block with 'duty-free' shops; however, we were not impressed with the prices. Perfume may be a fairly good deal for most Europeans or North Americans, but the prices don't compare with what we can get it for here in the...

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  • As soon as you land in Bahamas...

    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...

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