Vendors and Beggers, The Bahamas
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 graciously returned his bracelet to him.
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.
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.
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.
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 Gulf. Gold prices are also higher than they are here.