Caribbean Tourism

Shopping – Grand Bahama

Many items are tax exempt in the bonded area of Freeport/Lucaya and bargains include perfume, linens, sweaters, china, cameras, emeralds, watches, leather goods and alcoholic drinks. The two main shopping areas are the International Bazaar and Port Lucaya. The International Bazaar is off Ranfurly Circle. Built in 1967, the 10-acre complex was designed by a film special effects expert, with shops designed in national styles and selling corresponding food and goods, although the overall effect is very American. The entrance is a giant Torri gate, the Japanese symbol of welcome. Port Lucaya was the brainchild of Count Basie, who used to live on Grand Bahama. The atmosphere is usually friendly and there is live music most evenings. There are many different shops to buy souvenirs as well as a straw market. The Rastafarian Shop has some interesting souvenirs and there is a Bahamian Arts and Crafts stall in the centre of the complex, one row back from the central bandstand. In downtown Freeport there are a few small shopping malls; Regency has a Marks & Spencers, 17 Centre behind the main Post Office. Close by are a Winn Dixie and a Woolley’s which have a virtual monopoly of the grocery supplies.


A Vendors Committee has been set up for hair braiders, conch sellers and peddlers, to control and regulate their operation and prevent complaints of hassling by tourists. A photo identification card is to be worn by all vendors and they will generally wear Androsia batik tops. They must have a permit and to have completed a Bahamahost programme. Hair braiding is US$2-3 per braid.


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