Known for its scenery and glorious tropical weather, Nassau is a popular tourist destination in the Bahamas with shopping options ranging from street markets to shopping centers.
The main shopping street in Nassau, Bay Street is famous for high-end merchandise like Gucci and Versace. But it is also home to tourist shops with local crafts and shells. The east end of Bay Street boasts Harbour Bay Mall, complete with a supermarket, pharmacy, and internet café/bookstore. Toward the west end of Bay Street, you can find Sea Grape (a vendor for Androsia batik fabric made in a small factory on Andros) and Straw Market.
Straw Market is a massive tarp-covered marketplace that is home to hundreds of local crafters and merchants. Be prepared for pushy sales tactics but know that there is always room to make a deal. Thursdays tend to be the best days to visit Straw Market.
You will find many street vendors selling fresh fruit and drinks, and cheaper souvenirs, near the water tower and Fort Charlotte. As with vendors at Straw Market, there is some room to make deals and you stand a good chance of scoring better deals.
Liquor & Cigars
Bacardi has a store (near the harbor) and a distillery on the island. Try the Nassau Royal Liquor that carries just a hint of vanilla. If Bacardi isn’t your thing, there are plenty of local liquor shops throughout the downtown and port areas selling liquor much cheaper than in the United States.
If you’re looking for cigars, your best bet is Graycliff Cigars located on West Hill Street. Just make sure you do your homework before stepping in to shop and know what you want to purchase.
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