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How To Choose the Perfect Souvenir in The Bahamas

Posted by: Nassau Paradise Island on June 1, 2016

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While your vacation in Paradise promises to be full of memories that will last forever, there’s nothing like a souvenir to capture the essence of your adventure in The Bahamas. Finding that perfect present for a loved one or a little something to remember your visit is easy in Nassau Paradise Island! With so many unique boutiques, craft galleries and duty-free shops, you’ll be able to choose a unique keepsake that will be loved for years to come.

Here’s our guide to searching for your very own island treasure in The Bahamas.

Find a shopping spot that suits your tastes.

Visitors can indulge in everything from one-of-a-kind keepsakes to designer fashions and goods along Bay Street, Nassau’s main thoroughfare, or in Paradise Island’s Marina Village and Crystal Court. These retail areas are full of haute couture fashion labels, top jewelry and accessory designers, and duty-free liquor, fragrances and more.

If you’re searching for a souvenir from one of the most famed resorts in the Caribbean, look no further than Atlantis Signatures. With locations throughout Atlantis, Paradise Island, these shops feature a wide variety of Atlantis souvenirs and gifts for adults and children alike.

On the hunt for an authentically Bahamian memento? Visit the world-famous Nassau Straw Market and The Bahamas Craft Centre on Paradise Island. Home to hundreds of local vendors, you’ll find Bahamian collectibles at reasonable prices, especially if you’re good at negotiating!

Sometimes, tasty treats make the best gifts. Visit Genuinely Bahamian for locally-produced food products using fresh Island ingredients. Sample cooking sauces, coffees and teas, jams and jellies, rum cakes, and exclusive spice blends – the perfect way to enjoy the tastes of The Bahamas once you’re back home.

Finally, if you’re looking for a colorful piece of artwork to dress up your home, check out one of Nassau Paradise Island’s many galleries and craft shops for one-of-a-kind finds. Doongalik Studios and Craft Cottage are packed with gorgeous arts and crafts created right here in Paradise – in fact, you might even see some of the artists working on their latest pieces.

Choose a uniquely Bahamian memento.

From designer duds to handmade crafts and everything in between, there is something for everyone in Nassau Paradise Island. But with so many items to choose from, you can’t leave without buying at least one traditional souvenir! Bahamian specialties include hand-woven straw baskets, bags and hats, wooden carvings of all shapes and sizes, and simply stunning conch jewelry.

Get ready to negotiate!

At some shopping destinations in the Bahamas, particularly The Nassau Straw Market and Bahamas Craft Centre, carrying cash is a good idea since stall vendors typically don’t accept credit cards or traveler’s checks. But with the final price always open for negotiation, there’s no need to accept the first offer. Allow yourself to slow down, browse through the options, and use your bargaining skills to secure that special souvenir for less.

Take home an experience.

Sometimes an authentic Bahamian experience makes the best souvenir! Visit The Graycliff Cigar Company to learn firsthand how to roll the perfect cigar from expert torcedores, then bring home one of seven award-winning cigar blends. If you have a sweet tooth, book a tour of Graycliff Chocolatier, where you’ll see how cocoa beans are turned into delightful chocolate concoctions – and take home your own sweet masterpiece.

Bringing it all home.

With all the excitement of that great buy, it’s easy to forget the practicalities of bringing home your new keepsake or a special gift. When making your purchase, be sure that you can fit your finds in your luggage for the return flight and always double-check that you are adhering to customs regulations.

Start making your shopping list now and get ready for your souvenir shopping spree at Nassau Paradise Island’s unique boutiques, craft galleries and duty-free shops!

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