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Shopping in Bahamas
Many items sold in the Bahamas are duty-free, including perfumes, leather goods, sweaters, linens, crystal, photographic equipment, liquor, telescopes and binoculars. The islands have a good selection of jewelry from around the world (including Colombian emeralds) as well as imported woolens, Swiss watches, English china and other foreign luxury items. Duty-free shopping isn't always a bargain. Check prices at home first to make sure the savings justify the hassle of transporting the items.
Local goods include liquor, Androsia batiks, handicrafts and art. Straw markets in Nassau (which recently burned down, but is operating again), in Freeport's International Bazaar and on several islands sell assorted goods woven from straw, everything from hats to dolls. The straw baskets from Harbour Island are generally of high quality. If you don't see what you want on display, ask for it - sometimes the weaver will make it to order. Bargaining in the local markets is not as prevalent as in some of the Caribbean countries, but it doesn't hurt to try.
Shopping Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm in Nassau. Some shops in Nassau close at noon on Thursday. Hours vary on the other islands.
Banking Hours: In Nassau and Freeport/Lucaya, Monday-Thursday 9:30 am-3 pm; Friday 9:30 am-5 pm. Hours vary in the Out Islands.
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