Shop The Bahamas

Shopping in The Bahamas is a unique experience. Throughout our islands, shoppers will find a variety of jewelry, local crafts and other authentic Bahamian items. From stylish boutiques to open-air markets to straw vendors and even large retail centers, The Bahamas offers a plethora of unique products that reflect our heritage, creativity and passion.

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Duty-Free

Duty-Free

Effective January 1, 1992, the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas abolished all import duties on perfumes, fragrances, crystal, leather goods, jewelry, fine linens, tablecloths, watches, clocks, photographic equipment, china, binoculars and telescopes. Duty-free shops are marked with the DFS logo. Savings on these items are significantly below US prices.

Festival Place

Festival Place

At the cruise ship dock in Nassau & Paradise Island, you’ll find Festival Place. It’s home to over 45 local artisans who make authentic Bahamian souvenirs and crafts. You can sip a cup of Bahamian-blended tea or munch on Bahamian sweets and treats while shopping for that perfect souvenir.

Port Lucaya Marketplace

Port Lucaya Marketplace

Located on Grand Bahama Island, Port Lucaya Marketplace is a large shopping center filled with retail shops, straw vendors, hair braiders and local artisans.

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Acklins & Crooked Island

You’ll get a firsthand opportunity to see how local artisans create unique items from raw materials like sand, seashells, straw and more when you’re invited into the workshops of the islands’ cottage industry. There is no central straw market; however, custom-made straw creations are available from individual artisans, a few small boutiques and stores within the towns and at hotels. You can also purchase casual and dressy resort clothing, gift collections, island mugs, perfumes, T-shirts inked with the island’s signature bonefish, and various sundries.

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Andros

Andros is known for its signature straw craft available in most settlements, particularly Red Bay and the Fresh Creek area. You can also take home freshly harvested sponges, wood carvings of miniature racing sloops and other distinctive collectibles created by local artisans. But the island’s signature product is Androsia—a colorful, locally made batik.

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Bimini

You’ll find a few shops offering local and international merchandise and a selection of straw creations throughout the islands. The Bimini Craft Center on King’s Highway in Alice Town offers authentically Bahamian clothing and arts and crafts made from all natural materials—canvas paintings, home décor, shell and straw craft, ceramics, handmade jewelry, candles, homemade jams and sauces. The world-famous Bimini bread and other Bahamian pastries can be purchased at many of the shops and at the homes of local bakers. Stores are also located at the resorts, offering a wide selection of resort wear, logo merchandise, gifts, household items, souvenirs, jewelry, fragrances, Cuban cigars, and duty-free liquor. Some of them are also a convenient place for anglers to get marine supplies, bait, tackle, ice, water and sundry items.

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Cat Island

Artisans in the cottage industry here are a testament to the ingenuity of locals who use “found” items to create unique souvenirs. Creating items from straw has been a mainstay for generations in some families, and you'll often see individuals plaiting straw as you explore the island. These items can also be found at boutiques in hotels, in addition to other gift items and resort wear.

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Eleuthera & Harbour Island

Gift shops are located in most towns and at resorts throughout the islands. You'll find a variety of resort-wear items and souvenirs. On Eleuthera, there's a craft center on Princess Cays in Bannerman Town; on Harbour Island, you can shop along Bay street and at the Straw Market located at the entrance of the Government dock.

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Grand Bahama Island

The main shopping areas on the island are: the Port Lucaya Marketplace, and the International Bazaar. The downtown shopping area is also a fun place to find great deals. You’ll discover local artists and crafts, and taste some authentic Bahamian cuisine as you stroll through our markets.

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Inagua

The general store at The Main House Hotel is the primary supplier of provisions for boaters and visitors. Homemade bread, pastries and other treats are available at Major's Bakery. There are several gift shops offering T-shirts and unique local souvenirs. Handmade authentically Bahamian shell jewelry, straw creations and other gift items are available through local craft persons and at the annual Salty Festival.

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Long Island

Long Island is well known for the straw creations of the late Miss Ivy Simms, who established a small straw work factory in the Simms settlement. There, she and her staff produced finely made bags, baskets, hats and other articles. Today, there are still many people specializing in the art of straw plaiting. You can purchase one-of-a-kind straw pieces, such as dolls and Christmas ornaments.

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Mayaguana

Several small general stores throughout the island offer provisions and homemade Bahamian bread and pastries. Handmade, authentically Bahamian shell jewelry, straw creations and other gift items are available from a few in the local arts and craft cottage industry. Souvenir items and local delicacies can also be purchased during the annual homecoming festivals in the three settlements—Betsy Bay in April, Abraham’s Bay and Pirate’s Well in late July.

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Nassau & Paradise Island

Bahamians continue the tradition of the early Lucayan and Taino Indians by producing distinctive arts and crafts that reflect the skill and artistry of our heritage. From international boutiques to our famous Straw Market, all offer a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

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Ragged Island

A variety of straw work and handmade, authentically Bahamian crafts can be purchased as unique mementos of your trip from artisans in the local cottage industry. They include straw creations, shell craft and some very unusual items made from sisal. Fresh-baked Bahamian bread, pastries, treats and ice cream are available at the bakery. A few convenience stores offer provisions, sundries, fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Rum Cay

Rum Cay has become renowned in recent years for the authentic Bahamas art created by Boblo: carved stone, carved coral, carved sculptures, candle holders, coral jewelry, and tiles. All materials used are obtained through natural erosion and beach flotsam. Other local artists create unique handcrafted gift items, wall art, jewelry, Christmas tree ornaments and much more. A few ladies also showcase their talent in the art of straw creations, offering fashionable handbags and items for the home. Several quaint boutiques regularly offer a variety of these items, and you will also see them on display throughout the town in bars and restaurants.

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San Salvador

The shopping experience in San Salvador includes a variety of homemade Bahamian breads, cakes and pastries from bakers in the cottage industry. Local artisans create a small number of unique shell and straw items, plus woodwork and woodcarvings inspired by the island's wildlife. All of them would make great souvenirs.

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The Abacos

There are a variety of quaint boutiques and shops in Marsh Harbour, many along the waterfront on Bay Street, and a few others are sprinkled throughout the cays. You'll find a wide selection of resort wear, books and magazines, flavorful locally roasted coffee or an authentically Bahamian souvenir to take home, plus bakeries offering locally made breads and pastries and a small straw market.

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The Berry Islands

Small general stores are located in Bullock's Harbour, at marinas and in some of the cays. They offer provisions for boaters, plus a limited collection of resort wear, including sunglasses, shoes and bags. Two major Straw Markets are on Coco Cay and Great Stirrup Cay servicing Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line passengers. Souvenir stores are located at the Great Harbour Cay Airport. Handmade authentically Bahamian shell jewelry, straw creations and other gift items are also available from neighborhood stores and local craft persons.

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The Exumas

Shopping in The Exumas is generally limited to hotel boutiques, but you’ll find individual artisans and small craft centers throughout the islands. The Straw Market, a group of individual vendors along the main road into George Town, offers a variety of beautiful baskets, purses and other straw goods that come in unique Exumian designs and colors, plus other handcrafts.

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