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.
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.
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.
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.
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.