Offering savings of 30-50 percent below international retail prices,
is a popular way to find bargains for jewellery, perfume, watches, china, crystal and liquor, with the tourist zones of Nassau and Freeport providing particularly good buying opportunities. Nassau's Bay Street is famous for its
, offering a wide array of mats, baskets, hats, dresses, T-shirts and hand-crafted items at bargain prices. While many items at the market are cheap imports, others may be genuine, so a close inspection of the merchandise is usually worthwhile. As one of the better shops, Nassau's
(tel 242/356-5584) guarantees its items are 100 percent Bahamian-made. While Straw Market purchases are subject to negotiation,
is not a typical Bahamian custom.
The Bahamas are also known for their
fabrics made by a small operation in Andros Town on a remote Out Island. Although the factory is fascinating to visit,
items are available at many outlets in Nassau, Freeport and major Out Islands like Abaco and Eleuthera.
are often worthwhile purchases as well, with Bahamian painters, water-colourists, woodcarvers and jewellers creating original works for sale in
throughout Nassau and Freeport.
Other useful information
for tourists (each section contains more specific sub-sections):