If you wouldn’t go to one of our beautiful beaches without getting the obligatory beach selfie, then don’t you dare visit the Abacos without at least getting a souvenir to remind you of the best vacation you’ve ever had.
After you’ve climbed all the way to the top of Elbow Cay’s famous lighthouse, head back to the downtown area of Marsh Harbour via ferry or your own boat and explore the hidden gems the capital of Abaco has to offer.
Iggy Biggy: This incredibly chic boutique is located opposite the Conch Inn, on Marsh Harbour’s tourist strip. Nestled comfortably in a mini-plaza, the store’s exterior gives no hint as to what you can expect inside. The interior tells a different story; it’s a neatly packed store that fulfils every shopper's dream. On one side, there’s clothing for men and women ranging from swimsuits to blouses. On the other side, there’s house décor with an island flair, and in the corner is a space dedicated to Bahamian souvenirs and gems that tell the story of Abaco. Iggy Biggy is an Abaco staple that has been around since the 90s. With another location in Hope Town, it’s easy to understand why. The only similarity the two locations share is the name, as both stores sell very different products.
Bay Street, Marsh Harbour. (242) 367 – 3596
Monkey’s Uncle: With such a quirky name, the interior of the store doesn’t disappoint. Monkey’s Uncle is the brainchild of two sisters who had a desire for the name of their store to be unique. Monkey Uncle is a very popular saying, which is uttered as an exclamation to express surprise or amazement. When the two sisters were brainstorming on names for their store, they didn’t want a name that had Abaco or Marsh Harbour in it or someone’s name that implied the store was for one person, therefore, they opted for a name that reflected their childhood and came up with Monkey’s Uncle. Much like its name, the store is unique, selling branded items such as Monkey Cheese, pepper sauces, oils, scrubs, infused salt from Inagua and many other items. The store also specializes in local crafts, such as artwork from Abaco artist, Bahama Dawn, and Bahama Handprints; condiments, home décor and souvenir shirts. There’s something for everyone at this store, and even better, 60 per cent of proceeds from sales is donated to Abilities Unlimited, which is a sheltered workshop for adults with disabilities.
Queen Elizabeth Dr, Marsh Harbour. (242) 367-3223
Sand Dollar Shoppe: With the closure of John Bull in Abaco, visitors are often looking for some place to purchase jewelry. Look no further than the Sand Dollar Shoppe as inside you will find Abaco Gold. The two names can confuse anyone, but the Sand Dollar has its own jewelry line and most customers know them as Abaco Gold, but the name Sand Dollar represents the souvenir part of the store. Abaco Gold creates and manufactures original pieces, all in white and 14k gold. These pieces generally depict sea life. The method starts with a design being hand carved in wax, then the design is turned into the jewelry piece of choice (ring or necklace) by casting it with gold, a process which is called lost-wax casting. The wax sculpture is lost in the casting process, which is where the name is derived. In its place are the finished products, exquisite pieces produced in house by Abaco Gold. Sand Dollar is a resort wear store that carries some of the most beautiful, elegant accessories. The store pays homage to the island life that surrounds Abaco in the most sophisticated way. Also, look out for the paintings by local artists. You will absolutely want one of those beautiful pieces to greet your guests back home.
Bay Street, Marsh Harbour. (242) 367 – 2442
Island Girl Boutique: Sometimes when the shopping bug hits, there’s a sudden urge to scratch it even if you’re on vacation. Island Girl Boutique is located next to Iggy Biggy’s plaza, next to the Regattas and it specializes in trendy clothes for women. What’s unique about Island Girl Boutique is, you rarely find a clothing store that also has a section for classic Bahamian souvenirs. You know those souvenirs that are forever etched in your memory because they remind you so much of your childhood? Yes, the old Bahamian license plates are one of them and if you need a blast from the past, they’re the best gifts. Although the store’s Bahamian section is very small, there are some good finds and deals if you know where to look, and if you’re in the mood for catching some good sales, peep out their sale rack. You’ll be surprised what’s hidden there.
Bay Street, Marsh Harbour. (242) 367-0283
How to Rack up Savings: Shopping in The Bahamas is easier than it has ever been with Global Blue tax-free shopping. Global Blue gives you savings on the purchases you make at over 100 stores throughout The Bahamas. It allows you to spend a minimum of $25 USD and save up to 7 per cent of the purchase price. The process is simple: keep an eye out for stores that display the Global Blue Tax-Free Shopping signage in the window and when you’re paying for purchases ask for a VAT OFF form. Remember to always travel with identification because that’s the only way to save.
However, to be eligible for Global Blue, you must be a non-Bahamian resident or a visitor leaving The Bahamas within 45 days, and must not have held employment in The Bahamas in the last six months.
If you’re considering a trip to the Abacos or any other Bahamian island, be sure to check our deals page constantly as we always have new deals to make it easier and more affordable for you to visit The Bahamas.