5 Great Places to Shop in The Bahamas

During your vacation in The Bahamas, one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful destinations, you’ll be in a state of enchantment while wandering historic streets in search of duty-free souvenirs, tasting delicious treats in stunning buildings, and gazing upon stunning handcrafted goods at straw markets. In these picturesque islands, widely known for their many cultural attractions, there’s always a thrilling and culturally enriching shopping adventure to be had!

The Bahamas has a rich and vibrant culture, and local residents, who are fiercely proud of their young island nation, are always keen on making products that display their ingenious creativity and profound talent. Whether you decide to shop at local markets or luxurious estates, you’ll discover an array of handicrafts, paintings, jewelry, souvenirs, and treats that reflect the colorful culture of The Bahamas, a country brimming with spectacular beauty and dazzling artwork.

If you’re planning on taking a trip to our island paradise, take a look at this list detailing 5 great places to shop in The Bahamas!!

1.Port Lucaya Marketplace

Located in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Port Lucaya Marketplace is The Bahamas’ largest shopping, dining, and entertainment open-air facility, boasting more than 40 specialty stores and boutiques, as well as over eleven restaurants and lounges. At this bustling marketplace, painted in a splash of vivid colors, you can explore duty-free shops, bustling straw markets, and world-class craft centers, all of which contain authentically Bahamian souvenirs and handicrafts.

With so many shops to choose from, Port Lucaya Marketplace is certainly the shopping paradise of Grand Bahama, and since it contains many restaurants and lounges, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day of adventure!

2. John Watling’s Distillery

Nestled on the lush, verdant grounds of the Buena Vista Estate, in downtown Nassau, John Watling’s Distillery produces one of The Bahamas’ most acclaimed rum brands and offers stunning views of Nassau Harbour. One of Nassau’s most popular attractions, the distillery offers tours of the Buena Vista Estate, where antiques and exhibits, dating back centuries, lie for all to see. At the storehouse, the savory aroma of the distillery’s rum fills the air, creating a pleasant and hypnotic atmosphere.

For those looking to purchase an amazing Bahamian rum, John Watling’s Distillery is a must-visit!

3. Festival Place

Upon arrival to Prince George Wharf, you’ll encounter Festival Place, a colorful and stately building that exemplifies The Bahamas’ unique architectural style and, before the pandemic, housed over 45 artisans and tradespeople. At The Welcome Center, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious coconut tart while viewing gorgeous paintings, or sip on local tea drinks as you look at the various straw bags.

Given its plethora of activities and items, Festival Place is a must-stop for all visitors, and we’re looking forward to its glorious return!

4. Nassau Straw Market

Amid the glitz and glamour of downtown Nassau’s luxury boutiques, you’ll find the iconic Nassau Straw Market, where authentic Bahamian crafts, such as jewelry and straw bags, are normally sold at affordable prices. Before the pandemic, the Nassau Straw Market was one of the city’s most popular attractions, luring millions of visitors each year, and its vendors were an integral part of the tourism industry.

5. Graycliff Chocolatier

Described as a “chocoholic’s dream come true”, Graycliff Chocolatier is connected to the historic Graycliff Hotel, located in downtown Nassau, and offers a vast selection of delicious handmade chocolates. At Graycliff Chocolatier, under the guidance of the master chocolatier, guests can learn how to make their own scrumptious chocolates during a fun, worthwhile tour!

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, we highly recommend visiting this chocolate paradise!

Home to creative and talented people, The Bahamas offers visitors the opportunity to purchase a vast array of handcrafted items, such as souvenirs and sweets, while enjoying the spectacular natural beauty and sunny weather. To explore some of these shopping attractions with us, book a tour on our website,