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Nassau

Nassau is one of the Caribbean's premier duty-free shopping destinations, with visitors flocking to the shops on Bay Street to seek out deals on jewelry, crystal, fragrances and other upscale items. Keep in mind that all duty-free goods are not necessarily good deals; if you have a particular item in mind for purchase, be sure to research prices at home before your trip to make sure the "deals" you see in Nassau really will save you money. If you're looking for more traditional souvenirs of your trip, visit one of Nassau's street markets to find local handicrafts and artwork.

conch shells market The Straw Market is perhaps Nassau's most popular attraction. You'll find all things straw, including shopping bags, handbags, hats and wonderful dolls, made by locals. You'll also see plenty of cheapie sunglasses, tacky trinkets and knock-off purses. Those who are willing to browse -- and barter -- may come up with some great finds.

Just near the Straw Market is Bay Street, where you'll find tonier shops like Gucci as well as a variety of upscale duty-free goods. This area is well frequented by the island's many cruise ship passengers.

The conch vendors are just part of the scene at Potters Cay, a Bahamian marketplace beneath Paradise Island Bridge. Here, you'll find plenty of vendors selling locals goods, especially seafood, to both the locals and tourists.

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