Freeport, Bahamas

Local Shopping Options

Freeport Harbor

There are a few souvenir shops and a small straw market located at the port where the cruise ships dock.  For the most part the items can be found elsewhere especially if you are going to the Port Lucaya Marketplace or other larger ports-of-call (where they will most likely be found for a better deal). 

Port Lucaya Marketplace

Port Lucaya Marketplace is a vibrant, open-air shopping and entertainment hub set on a five-acre peninsula overlooking the waterfront. Whatever you are looking for on your trip to Grand Bahama Island, you are likely to discover it here amid the collection of booths, specialty venues and overflowing stalls.

34 international restaurants and bars, with another 11 more right across the street at the Grand Lucayan Resort, make Port Lucaya the premier dining area on the island.  It is also a great place to do some shopping, where international flair intersects with rich local traditions and you'll also find one of the largest Straw Markets in the Bahamas selling beautiful, hand-crafted treasures beside upscale boutiques with international designer labels such as Gucci and Nautica. Expect plenty of good bargains in duty-free crystal, fine jewelry, gemstones and haute couture as well as an array of island gear, trinkets and souvenirs.  It is a Bahamian-style outdoor marketplace, not an indoor shopping mall, so makes for a pleasant place to be.  You can get anything from a $6 t-shirt to an authentic Rolex. 

Freeport Harbor

There are a few souvenir shops and a small straw market located at the port where the cruise ships dock. 

International Bazaar

This used to be the go-to place for shopping in Freeport until 2004.  Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne hit this area hard and destroyed a nearby resort that funneled a significant amount of tourists into the area.  The locals have tried to rebuild and revitalize the International Bazaar and even tried to make it a local shopping area but have not been very successful.  This could still be a good place to shop for Bahamian hand-made items that are actually handmade, and not made in China, and items that don't have "Bahamas" splashed all over them.  Check out stores like Jubulee Bath and Body and Jenny's Jems for Authentic Bahamian Crafts. There is also the Straw Market. Prices are lower than Port Lucaya, and the selection is more authentic, if not as large.