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Most people equate the shopping scene in Nassau and sister island Paradise Island to the plethora of name-brand duty-free shops selling perfume, liquor, cigars, electronics and especially jewelry. It is true you can save around 40 percent on such luxury items, but not as much as in some other Caribbean destinations. Check customs limitations and do not plan on bringing any Cuban cigars back to the United States. They are considered contraband.
The duty-free shops abound on and around downtown Nassau's Bay Street shopping area and also at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island. The completion of the BahaMar resort development in Cable Beach come December 2014 will bring yet another crop of retail options.
Aside from duty-free goods, shoppers looking for truly authentic souvenirs of the Bahamas can find them in art galleries, craft shops and markets and specialty stores interspersed throughout the twin islands of New Providence and Paradise. Don't miss Doongalik Studios on downtown's outskirts and The Plait Lady at Atlantis resort's Marina Village.
If you do, rest assured that you will find plenty of local products - along with duty-free items and generic tropical souvenirs – to choose from at the airport, although you must expect to pay higher prices.