Straw Market, Nassau

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Bargain away as you browse through stalls of handicrafts and souvenirs at Straw Market. You'll find woodcarvings, T-shirts, bags, and other trinkets to take back home from your travels. Get ready to be pestered if you so much as take a glance at a specific item--merchants are determined to sell their wares, though that does leave you enough leverage to get a good bargain. Make Straw Market part of your personalized Nassau itinerary using our Nassau trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • This used to be where you found one of a kind items being made by hand by locals. Now they all have the same items with “made in China” stamped on them. Very disappointing  more »
  • We went to the straw market while in Nassau and it was very interesting. There is so much crammed in there that it can be a little overwhelming but worth it. You are able to find just about anything a...  more »
  • Inside the aisles are VERY narrow and dark. Vendors in the middle were using flashlights to show their stuff. Very pushy, very uncomfortable. By far the best section was the carvers... we wound up bar...  more »
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  • Do your best to ignore the people standing out front. They'll want you to follow them into their booth. They're usually harmless (if the straw market turned into a crime pit people would quickly stop going), but it's a high pressure tactic to get you to buy. Still you're not in a small town so keep valuables on the ship and keep your money where you know where it is at all times. As with any flea market this is cash only. You have to go in a few layers to get past the mass produced stuff that you could get on eBay. It is a huge market so don't be overwhelmed. Once you walk around a bit and find the truly original stuff, you find a treasure. On our first trip here we found a painter who produces beautiful original works of art and we've tried to purchase new paintings on every trip. The straw market is a great place to go to get cheap t-shirts, ashtrays, "tobacco" pipes, etc., but it's also one of the best cruise destinations for original pieces you can only get there.
  • Negotiate with them, they were almost always give you a better deal! I wanted a wooden seahorse made. ( so it would be local of course ) This elderly man with his booth on the side, said he could make one. Was a bit puzzled at first because he didn't really know what a seahorse was. But he said come back 2 hrs later and it would be ready. Came back 2 hrs later and couldn't have imagined it to have been any better! It's was gorgeous! He even carved his name in the back of it. Best present for a family member ever! It was even made out of a local wood found on the island. Very cool place. A bit overly done, but all in all a cool place!
  • Nice to walk through and look at all the local hand made items. It isn't a dangerous place to visit, but they do like to negotiate and pressure you for a sale. Just be courteous and don't waste too much of their time or negotiate unless you want to buy.
  • Great place for souvenirs but I don't love to bargain so... Not a fan of this place where all prices are to be negotiated. It only feels like the most they can take from you they will. Not nice.
  • This is a very busy place and you can find good deals. With that being said, beware of the people standing around. They will try to hustle you and push you to buy goods from other booths as well as their own.

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Nassau features a few hotels in its downtown area, with some mid-range and luxury options located along the waterfront, close to many tourist attractions and amenities. Over on Paradise Island you'll find more hotels, accessible by ferry from the downtown area. Be sure to book well in advance, as availability can be very limited during peak times.
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