Shopping in FreeportEdit This
In Freeport, shopping is one of the most popular tourist attractions because of the great deals that you can find at any of the local shops. Not only can you find great deals, but nothing that you buy in Freeport is taxable. You will, however, need to be prepared to pay a $15 departure tax when you leave the islands. Keep in mind this tax is charged whether you purchase anything or not, so you may as well make the best of it.
Goombay Park Straw Market
The straw market in Freeport is similar to the other straw markets in the Bahamas. The straw markets are best known for their straw hats and straw bags, but you can also find some homemade jelly, of which the guava jelly is highly recommended. Other homemade items are available in the straw market, so take plenty of time to look around, because you might not be able to find things somewhere else. Make sure you bargain with the vendors, because if you don’t, you will be overcharged.
The International Bazaar is located near the straw market, but it is nothing like the straw market. The International Bazaar is going to offer you a truly unique shopping experience. At the International Bazaar there are over 100 shops located over 10 acres of land. These shops carry items from all over the world, but here you will be able to save up to 40% off what you would normally pay. Many people find the jewelry stores to be the best shops to visit because of the emerald jewelry that is sold here, the beauty of which is indescribable.
The Perfume Factory allows you the chance to make your own blend of perfume after touring their facility. You can also visit the factory to purchase perfumes that the factory has made. The easiest way to find the factory is to look for a purple and white mansion that is located behind the International Bazaar.
Port Lucaya Marketplace and Marina
This is the second largest shopping area is the Freeport area. The marketplace is located directly across from the Lucayan Beach. What you can find at the marketplace is going to vary, but you can definitely find souvenirs to take home with you. You can also find other items like liquor and jewelry at cheaper prices than you can find back home in the United States from the 70 boutiques that make up the marketplace.
Open-Air Fruit Market
This market is located across the street from the Winn Dixie Supermarket. Although the market sells fruit, this is not what most people recommend you buy. What is highly recommended is the homemade red pepper sauce that is sold in liquor bottles, mostly the half-pint size bottles. You can use this sauce to spice up any kind of vegetables or meat that you cook at home.