Local Expert Shopping Recommendations
About Nassau Shopping
Statues of monarchs aren’t the only landmarks in downtown Nassau. Familiar designer brands like Fendi, Gucci and Breitling line the main Bay Street with the latest styles from around the world. These high-end chains are interwoven nicely with handcrafted boutiques, offering a well-rounded shopping experience for visitors. On Paradise Island, the big name designers are out in full force from Versace to Salvatore Ferragamo. And while island adventures might be prime on your to do list, familiar brands and authentic finds will draw you in for a little shopping. Leave the islands with a little more than sand in your shoes. Shop for native straw bags, hats and hand-carved sculptures at the recently rebuilt Nassau Straw Market. Out of the box souvenirs will make for conversation starters once your trip is done. Local artisans evoke the history and culture of the Bahamas through paintings, jewelry and woodcarvings. Pick out a unique piece of jewelry made of pink pearls found in the native conch or a necklace made entirely of conch shells. And while spices, rum cakes and hand-rolled cigars might not last forever, they make it easier to savor memories of your island getaway once you’re home safe and sound.
About Shonalee King Johnson
For Shonalee Johnson, growing up in The Bahamas meant that if she wanted to see the world, she’d have to jump on a plane. She started exploring the 700 islands in her Bahamian “backyard”. By age 10, she’d seen Hawaii, California, Florida, Illinois, Ontario, Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico and Cayman Islands. At 15, she moved to... Read more »
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