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The Bahamas' Arts and Straw Market

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
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Ranked #2 of 7 shopping in Freeport
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: Located at Port Lucaya Marketplace, you can buy souvenirs and handicrafts here.  Bartering can be tough if you're on a cruise ship - easier during... more »
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW via mobile

Nikki's hair braids was awesome at a great price. Half head was best price around and very friendly Girls all had this down 5 days later and still in great shape. Highly recommended.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Be sure to go all the way to the end of the buildings and you'll come to the actual "straw market" which are open air stalls. The locals are wonderful, friendly people who love to visit. "Come in and look, I'll make you a good deal." That's what you hear non-stop and they mean it. If you pay close attention,... More

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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

the best time my sister and i have had--our waitress KATRINA was the best--very happy, made us feel so welcome,danced w/ us , took pics of us..so very sweet and kind--for sure we will return.....tell her kitty and karen said HI:) hope she is doing well,very special

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Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

You have to visit the Straw Market just once while in Freeport. I admit I've been 3 times. It is quite comical the things vendors will say and do to try to get you to purchase something from them. This is open air, unlike Nassau, so you are not likely to get "trapped" or "cornered" by a vendor. You just... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Unfortunately most of the vendors have exactly the same items (some from China). The sales people were indeed "making" the 'straw' bags in front you, however they seemed to be pre made kits that they were assembling! And everyone had the same ones!! You definitely need to barter, it's expected. I would recommend doing a historical tour and/or the beach... More

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Caledonia, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We spent the better part of the day last week Monday wandering around the market place and I can say it was time well spent. If you are looking for unusual items for souvenirs this is a place to check out. Although, I would encourage you to barter when purchasing, it seemed some shop keepers where not willing to move... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Typical tourist item, most made in China but good deals (I thought) on very large beautiful conch shells at five bucks each. Watch the guy chop up a coconut so you can drink from it. Since it is adjacent to the cruise ship docks it is a chance to stretch your legs on land but you need to take a... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Every vendor had the same "handmade in china" crappy souvenirs, was a total waste of time going there at all. Hit up the beach, spend the day collecting seashells. I wish I had spent more time doing that than wasting money at the straw market.

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Closter
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This was my first visit to the Bahamas. I was told that the Straw Market was a "must see". There is a ton of vendors selling the same hand crafted goods under one roof. Everything is negotiable and thats the fun of it. I enjoyed the bargaining, but in reality, everything they sell is junk! It was only 80 degrees... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I liked the fact that the artists are motivated to crearte and to earn income. I enjoyed seeing the creativity of the artisans. Sometimes you simply want to walk through and not be asked numerous times to come into a shop and buy something. The way that the shops are arranged can be a little overwhelming when trying to focus... More

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