Retail Therapy!  It's fun to shop when you're on vacation.  You find some unique gifts and one of a kind treasures in Nassau and on Paradise Island, only a few miles away.  When in Nassau, take a local bus called a jitney around town to all the local shopping areas, it's the most inexpensive way of travel besides walking. 

Haggling for a better price is expected, so bring along your negotiating skills.  Downtown is the world famous Straw Market where you will find hand made straw items such as bags and hats, wood carvings and other souvenirs made by local artisans.  Also downtown, on Bay Street, you'll find bargains on luxury items like jewelry, perfume, liquor, crystal and china home goods, sunglasses, luggage and more -and everything is duty free. 

Another shopping locale near Prince George Wharf, where the cruise ships dock, is Festival Place.  This indoor shopping center offers gifts, souvenirs, Bahamian handicrafts and local food and drinks.  This is also where you can purchase ferry boat tickets over to Paradise Island for some more shopping!

The shopping at Marina Village on Paradise Island is very quaint and boutique-style.  There are over 20 shops to browse, some designer shops include Dooney & Burke, Versace, Tommy Bahama and John Bull.  There are also many places to eat, from casual, local island fare, pizza and sandwiches to upscale, gourmet cuisine.  Atlantis is within walking distance and there are many shops inside the Royal Towers.  Then you can head over to the Paradise Island Craft Centre to find more bargains on hand made craft items and gifts. 

Some uniquely Bahamian items include mints in the colours of the Bahamian flag from Mortimer's Candies, rum flavoured teas from the Passion Tea company, and the local beers Kalik and Sands.