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