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Best Shopping Vacations - Caribbean

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1Bahamas
Unique shopping opportunities can be found across the Bahamas' many islands, but the biggest concentration is along and around Bay Street in downtown Nassau, where you'll find department stores, boutiques and duty-free shops, as well as a lively straw market selling art, crafts and designer knock-offs.
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      Bahamas
      The Bahamas boasts an enticing array of gambling destinations. Grand Bahama's big draws include Freeport's Bahamia and Lucaya's Isle of Capri, while Paradise Island, adjacent to Nassau, boasts the thrilling, glittering Atlantis Resort, a fairy-tale destination with a 7-acre lagoon, towers, glass sculptures and fantastic gaming.
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      Bahamas
      Whatever you look for in a beach, the Bahamas has it. With sands that range from pink to white to sugary, waters that are blue or crystal clear, waves that cater to water sports or swimming and sunsets that are always romantic, the Bahamian shores are brilliant and unforgettable.
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      Bahamas
      The Bahamas offers families 700 islands of fun, sun and nature. Marvel at the tropical wildlife, plunder away at Pirates in the Bahamas, or explore the Adventure Learning Centre's petting farm, planetarium and nature trail. Of course, there are always relaxing beaches for family fun.
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2St Maarten-St Martin
Dutch on the south and French on the north, St. Maarten/St. Martin is an entirely duty-free island, rendering it a playground for shoppers. Jewelry, high-end clothing and local and European crafts are especially popular. In St. Maarten, Philipsburg is the main shopping town; in St. Martin, it's Marigot.
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      St Maarten-St Martin
      A glittering constellation of casinos is scattered across the vibrant Dutch side of St. Maarten. Some are Vegas-style, themed casinos, such as underwater-themed Atlantis and the Ancient Rome-inspired Coliseum. There's no shortage of hot entertainment options to add to the excitement.
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      St Maarten-St Martin
      The island of Saint Maarten/Saint Martin offers twice the international flavor of a single vacation. Swim in the calm, clear waters of Le Gallion or Pinel Island beaches, hike through rain forest-like landscapes at Loterie Farm, or chase fluttering, colorful creatures at the Butterfly Farm.
    • Romance
      St Maarten-St Martin
      A spicy marriage of European and Caribbean cultures, St. Maarten/St. Martin boasts lavish elegance and secluded beaches on the cosmopolitan French side and a bustling center in Dutch-hued St. Maarten. Zouk, calypso, reggae and jazz soundtrack thrilling romantic dining experiences at some of the region's best restaurants.
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      St Maarten-St Martin
      There is no shortage of beautiful shoreline on St. Martin, which boasts some 37 beaches. What sets these apart from other Caribbean beaches is their breathtaking environs--visitors will not only be stunned by the white sand and gorgeous water but also by caves, cliffs, palm trees and rock formations.
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3St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
The gorgeous Caribbean paradise of St. Thomas is a haven for those seeking sun, sand and shopping bargains. Both local and imported items, such as liquor, European china, crystal and jewelry, can be an absolute steal on this duty-free island, where U.S. citizens pay no tax on purchases up to $1200.
4Bermuda
Bermuda's best shopping is in the City of Hamilton, the capital, where Front Street is the main buyer's drag. Fine British and Irish clothing and tableware are among the better finds, with prices cheaper than in their homelands due to Bermuda's lack of sales tax. St. George also boasts some good shops.
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      Bermuda
      The real Bermuda triangle comprises pink beaches, inspiring marine life and family fun. Even on rainy days, kids love the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo and its 140,000-gallon replica of a living coral reef, as well as the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute's shipwrecks, artifacts and shark cage.
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      Bermuda
      The scents of hibiscus and oleander fill the air, balmy Trade Winds blow, secluded pink-sand beaches surround hidden coves, and candles twinkle during intimate dinners on this island made for couples. Horse-drawn carriages, stunning sunsets and moonlit strolls complete Bermuda's romantic ambience.
    • Beaches & Sun
      Bermuda
      Most famous for their pink sands, Bermuda's beaches are so good for swimming and water sports that most visitors will find that the Bermudan waters match the brilliance of its shores. Take a dip in the tranquil waters at Elbow Beach or try snorkeling at Warwick Long Bay.
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5Curacao
The capital of Willemstad is naturally the capital of Curacao shopping, with the picturesque Dutch-tinged pedestrian-only Punda neighborhood having for centuries been the focal point. Here you'll find fine European wares from the Netherlands and beyond, as well as Caribbean-made art, crafts and liquor.
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      Curacao
      Considered a diving paradise, Curacao provides and island of wonders to couples. Spoil your loved one with morning swims in warm, clear waters, afternoon lounging on sunny beaches, sunset-lit walks through 17th-century architecture or romantic world-class dining.
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      Curacao
      Curacao is a good bet for those looking for that lucky combination of gambling, glorious beaches and an array of outdoors activities. Balance time on the tables with daytime delights such as scuba diving, befriending dolphins, golf and wandering the streets of Chrisoffelpark and Willemstad.
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      Curacao
      Thirty-eight small, gorgeous beaches frame the turquoise waters around Curacao, and each one offers a distinct experience, from secluded to surrounded by cliffs. Scuba divers and snorkelers will find this a world-class destination, as will windsurfers and boaters of all kinds.
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