Shopping in the Bahamas Exumas is an eclectic
experience. There is a variety of charming,
one-of-a-kind boutiques, a straw market, and
shops in many of the hotels including the Four
Seasons, the Sandals Emerald Bay gift shops, and the main social gathering spot, Peace
Exuma Markets provides an extensive selection
of fresh produce, groceries, meat and dairy
products. Exuma cultivates and exports internationally
items such as guava, tomatoes, pineapples, mangoes,
avocadoes and pigeon peas. The straw market,
a mainstay of Bahamas shopping, consists of
several stands clustered around an old ficus
tree along the main drag in George Town. The
vendors are friendly Exuman women happy to chat
with browsers. Look for handmade baskets, mats
and purses in traditional Exuman patterns and
colors. You may also find other examples of
local craft, produce and clothing.
Another mainstay of Bahamas shopping, Androsian
batik fabric by the yard, can be found at:
- Androsia of George Town, George Town Airport
- Club Peace and Plenty Gift Shop, George
- Starfish Adventures, George Town
The Peace and Plenty Boutique also carries
men and women’s sportswear, and such staple
items as suntan lotion and film.
Sandpiper, (up the hill from Peace and Plenty)
carries high-quality Bahamian arts and crafts,
and original serigraphs by Diane Minns. Drop
by to watch Diane at work as she creates her
unique silk-screen T-shirts.
The Two Turtles Inn, also a popular
meeting spot, has a quaint little boutique that
sells clothes and gifts. Etc.
- Hardware needs can be met at Clark’s
Hardware or Darville’s Store.
- Top and Bottom sells marine hardware
- Golfers need look no further than the Four
Seasons gift shop.
- Try Exuma Liquor and Gifts for beer,
wine and liquor.
- Local philosopher Denzella Rolle’s
N & D Fruits and Vegetables offers
fresh local produce as well as ice cream,
conch salad, coffee and hot dogs.
- If you find yourself in town on a Monday
or Thursday evening, check out Eddie’s
Edgewater across the pond for free hors
d’oeuvres and local tunes.
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