The Bahamas' Arts and Straw Market

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The Bahamas' Arts and Straw Market

The Bahamas' Arts and Straw Market
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Local craftsman sell their jewelry and their wood and straw handicrafts at this market.
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RNASHOP
Hamilton, Canada32 contributions
Straw Market - Bahamas
Jan. 2020 • Couples
After seeing some pictures online my husband I decided to venture out and stop by the straw market for the day. If you are looking to purchase some small trinkets, t-shirts, beach bags etc. you have gone to the right place. But if you just want to look around be prepared some of the vendors are very aggressive to the point that it’s uncomfortable. I know that this is how they make a living but I felt bad saying no thank you repeatedly.
The streets are patrolled by many police so it felt very safe. Plus the cruise ships come in so many people around. No issues getting a cab so that was nice.
Written 13 January 2020
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Krista M
Wichita, KS101 contributions
Prepare to be harassed
Jun. 2019 • Friends
You can get some good deals, but you need to go in knowing that you will be harassed and begged to buy things. They will try to guilt you if you walk away. Walk away to get better prices. Don’t feel bad if they guilt you. They all have the same lines of starting their day or their dad hand carves these things. Just keep moving and find what you want. Don’t get sucked in to their stories.
Written 6 June 2019
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Karen V 🌴🌻🎀
Tampa, FL2,883 contributions
Meh...
Mar. 2019 • Couples
We visited Freeport this past weekend via the Norwegian Pearl. The waters around Great Stirrup Cay were too choppy for us to tender out to the Berry Islands, so this was our alternate stop. We decided to just hang out at the Straw Market which was literally a hop, skip, and a jump from the debarkation point. It's just a bunch of touristy shops with restaurants, food trucks, and bars. We stayed long enough to get souvenirs for friends and family. They have chain restaurants/bars such as Señor Frogs and Fat Tuesdays along with some local foods. Other than that, I'd say take a cruise excursion because there really isn't anything much nearby. It takes less than an hour to go through the shops to find what you need. I don't even think we stayed that long.
Written 10 March 2019
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src1962
Orange City, FL248 contributions
Lots of small shops or stands.
Dec. 2017 • Family
Shopping for the tourist stuff,lots of shirts,hats and trinkets. Not a lot of variety between shops, they all seemed to have the same stuff just different pricing.
Written 5 November 2018
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aninasor
Toronto, Canada83 contributions
Cruise stop over
Sep. 2018
The market is right were we docked so its very convenient to go back and forth to the boat if you have a lot of loots that you bought. The time we stop so it was very hot its good the store are very close together, like Nassau you have to be very careful when its says authentic made from the island. When you turn the item its made in China. Lots to buy or choices again barter, bArter the prices can still go down. One thing to advise if you buy anything wood you need to declare them at the port of entry when you exit the boat when your cruise is done. We were not aware that anything wood, wood carvings etc. Has to be declared at the US costom for incase they are carrying some bugs and that delays us on re entry on all port of entry including Canada when we came back.
Written 24 October 2018
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donnal485
4 contributions
Straw Market
Feb. 2018 • Friends
The market is very easy to find. Just a short walk from the cruise dock. I would probably skip another visit here. Not much for me. Mostly junky stuff.
Written 22 August 2018
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951dougk
Miami, FL17 contributions
TRY A CRUISE EXPERIENCE
Aug. 2018 • Family
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is now offering daily cruises to Grand Bahamas Island. Their two ships, Grand Celebration and Grand Classica alternate daily departures from the Port of Palm Beach Florida. Each cruise is for three days and two nights. We sailed on the Classica and our expectations were exceeded! The fare is affordable making it possible for our family to upgrade to a generous suite with two rooms and a balcony. Meals are endless with choices of buffets and restaurants with fine tastes. The bar coupon package is terrific. Friendly staff adds to the enjoyment of games and shows. The full day in Freeport/Port Lucaya offers tours to swim with the dolphins, a day at the beach, shopping at the straw market, and much more. We chose a banana boat adventure from sea to lagoon with a tour of millionaires row. This is the perfect choice for those who want to sample a cruise on the high seas ...at times so smooth we could barely tell we were moving!
Written 7 August 2018
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kythoro
Lexington, SC796 contributions
At the Port
Mar. 2018 • Friends
Walked off cruise ship into this market. Variety of local vendors with negotiable prices. I would recommend this market over the Lucayan market downtown. A Senor Frog's is also located in this area. Fun, festive atmosphere.
Written 9 March 2018
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CharlieBrown432
Bismarck, ND5 contributions
Similar items available at most huts.
Feb. 2018
Be sure to haggle, you might get a better price. Check the item you wish to purchase. I found 2 defects after buying my hat. The strap was on crooked and the accessories were falling off. I recommend looking around at all huts first and keep track of the items you would like to purchase. Come back to buy the best ones. I wish I had waited. I found better items after purchasing.
Written 4 March 2018
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Michael T
East Brunswick82 contributions
Go and explore the island by yourself!
Feb. 2018 • Couples
I recently went to the Bahamas and I have to say that it is a great place to visit. Please explore the island at your own pace and take in everything from the stores to the inner city. I was kinda amazed that some people there have no plumbing and have to get their water (which is tap water) at this place that is nothing more than a spigot for a garden hose. The houses I saw went from Oprah’s mansions to a house that was made out of pallets! I went from dirt poor to living the life in a minute. The average wage in the Bahamas is about $140 a week,gas is $5 a gallon. They have a parliament that still dresses in the robes and powdered wigs. They have democrats and republicans. I walked the famous steps that took 16 years to make! I saw beautiful vistas and shopped on the island in the poor areas. These people needed the money the most and one lady said please buy from me so I can eat today. The tourism is their first way of making money,but they also make rum,cigars and beer. You can see them making these things and also the rum Cake! You can sample them all. As I said, find a guide Who is willing to take you to the real Bahamas! The one no one sees. The island is 7 miles wide and 21 miles long. It took us about 2 hrs to see it all. They have an aquarium which is nice,as well as a casino,a million dollar chair and chandelier which is also in the casino. I saw the jails,hospitals-and many other things that you would not in a regular tour. Go see for yourself! I did!
Written 19 February 2018
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