The Amazing Shopping in Nassau Paradise Island
PHOTO: The Straw Market is one of the best places to shop. (Courtesy Nassau Paradise Island)
There are many appealing features about Nassau Paradise Island that make it a popular vacation destination. One that might not immediately come to mind—but would be a pleasant surprise for many visitors — is the wealth of shopping options the area holds. This provides a handy way to pick up some cool souvenirs, or maybe get something unique for yourself if you feel like splurging.
One of the best things about shopping in this region is that you can find almost anything you could want to buy. There are plenty of local vendors, of course, which is the best place to find something totally unique that was handcrafted by an area resident or that exemplifies the native culture and style. On the other hand, if your tastes run more towards high fashion, you will also have many options where you can buy designer couture.
You can be sure to find something you like no matter what your budget. Paradise Island has plenty of souvenir shops and boutiques so you can browse until you find exactly what you need.
Marina Village is one of the most popular shopping destinations here. It boasts more than 20 designer boutiques and retail shops. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as this shopping hub is spread out among 65,000 square feet. It’s a great place to stroll around to see what catches your eye. And when you need to recharge, you can stop for a bite at the numerous varied dining options.
Then there’s the famous Straw Market. This is probably just what you imagine when you envision an active outdoor market. There is much to do and see here, but of course the chance to find a great buy is the main allure. You will surely be impressed by the selection of handmade items, from crafts to clothing. From intricate wood carvings to colorful woven straw hats, the options are endless. Take time to appreciate the care that goes into braiding and weaving, skills that are practiced with pride by the locals. This is the place to be if you are seeking to discover something that says the Bahamas. Bargain lovers will be in heaven here, as you can haggle with vendors and negotiate a great deal.
The market is open every day from morning to late evening, and you can make purchases with U.S. or Bahamian currency.
For additional selections of handmade wares, head across the street from the Marina Village to explore the Bahamas Craft Centre. As the name implies, this is where you can find items that were carefully made by hand. This marketplace is home to more than 100 merchants, with a wide assortment of crafts and other unique items.
All of the popular shopping destinations also feature an assortment of dining options, as well as entertainment and other highlights. This is the ideal way to combine shopping with delicious cuisine and immerse yourself in the authentic local culture.
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