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Straw Market

Bay Street | Bay Street Nassau, Bahamas, Nassau, New Providence Island
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Ranked #6 of 12 shopping in Nassau
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Description: At this market you will find people weaving straw into anything and everything.
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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The Straw Market has lots of booths, but most have the exact same things. I was looking for unique local hand made items. I thought maybe booths would have specialties, but need luck. If you've ever been to Encenada Mexico (or other Mexico tourist towns) they have a much better variety of hand made items. I'd choose some other activity... More

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Portland, OR
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

After reading the reviews of the Straw Market, I didn't have high expectations, but I was hell-bent to get out of Atlantis and see some real local action. I'm not sure what percentage of the goods sold here is truly handcrafted, but the real attraction for me was chatting with the people who worked in the booth. I purchased a... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to the straw market. Of course there are some junky souvenirs but there are nice souvenirs like little handmade paintings on natural materials like a coconut shell. We bought one of those and it has a magnet on the back so it is a lovely reminder of our visit. We also found some really nice,... More

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Traverse City, United States
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

My husband and I read reviews of the Straw Market and were a bit nervous to take our 18 year old daughter and her 18 year old friend. Glad we went - so what this is - is a huge area with indoor and outdoor (tiny) individual booths selling both hand made and manufactured tourist-type of items. In one area,... More

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Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
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13 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The Straw Market in Nassau is the same as all other local markets on the other islands in the Caribbean. Lots of junk and handmade items from straw hats and bags to some wood work which isn't too bad but definitely expensive. If you go into the straw market be wary because each vendor will try and get you to... More

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Youngsville, North Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

I understand it is how a lot of the locals make their money, but, they shouldn't be so pushy! Tons of booths but they all have the same things! Cheap souvenirs if that is what you want, just be prepared to get haggled. I would not have wasted my time here if I knew it was like this.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Went in with my husband and 2 friends. I was holding on to my husband's back pack and we were being pulled in different directions! Not fun. I couldn't see the friends we were with because we were all being pulled in different directions. Not a good situation. Was trying to be nice to all the people in there until... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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15 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Walked over from our Disney cruise to check out the merchandise. It's basically the same thing over and over as you walk around. It's really hard to look because each merchant is asking to help you or show you something at their spot. We bought a hat for $8, looked around a little, but didn't make it (or want to)... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Lots of stuff here, but most is the same or junky. The woodcarvers are prob the only stuff actually made on site. Husband bought our daughter 2 wooden bead necklaces for $5, gave $20 in change and then the lady took off and wove her way through the market until she was gone. Didn't come back, and even said "see... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

If you want a souvenir of the Bahamas consider and original carving made on sight but be prepared for a barrage of sellers wanting your business. It is a must see.

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