Holidays in Straw Market

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Chat with local vendors and shop for handicrafts and Bahamian souvenirs at this bustling market.

Nassau’s Straw Market is one of the largest of its kind in the world and a long-time favorite of cruise ship passengers. Up to 500 vendors sell a diverse selection of items, ranging from handmade crafts to souvenir T-shirts. Negotiate for bargains as you browse the straw items and soak up the busy atmosphere.

The original market was severely damaged during a fire in 2001, leaving the vendors to begin operating out of a tarp-covered structure. The market continued to take place in this temporary structure until 2011, when it was flooded by Hurricane Irene. In late 2011, the market moved to a new two-story building, designed to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour). Visit today’s vendors selling their wares in a 37,000-square-foot (3,400-square-meter) modern air-conditioned building.

Straw weaving is a long-standing Bahamian tradition, a meticulous and intricate process, originally used to craft baskets for carrying fruit and fish. Various islands throughout the region developed distinct styles of plaiting over the years. North Americans began visiting the Bahamas after the end of World War II and brought with them a demand for straw craft souvenirs. Almost anything can be woven into straw by a skilled weaver. Look around the stalls to see a variety of items including bags, hats, mats and dolls.

In addition to straw items, you’ll find other unique island souvenirs, such as carvings and jewelry made from conch shells and coconuts. The market also sells a variety of souvenir beachwear and other knick-knacks. Prices on all items are negotiable and vendors will often start by offering a high price. Don’t be afraid to haggle if you see something you like. Like the rest of Nassau, the Straw Market offers duty-free shopping.

The Straw Market is located on Bay Street in downtown Nassau. Bring some cash, either U.S. dollars or Bahamian dollars, because few vendors will accept anything else. The market is open daily and the hours vary by stall. Visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid large midday crowds.

887 Cheap Hotels Near Straw Market

British Colonial Hilton - Nassau
British Colonial Hilton - Nassau
4 out of 5
Number One Bay St, Nassau
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$374 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Located in Downtown Nassau, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Pirates of Nassau Museum and Junkanoo Beach. National ...
3.8/5 Good! (992 reviews)
"Friendly and helpful staff Great location to beach. Building in need of some refurbishment"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2021

British Colonial Hilton - Nassau
Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
4 out of 5
2 Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$673 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Located in Downtown Nassau, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and Junkanoo Beach. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (67 reviews)
"Beautiful resort, with friendly staff, and in the perfect location. We were able to walk to "Fish Fry" to enjoy local food and entertainment, and into the downtown to do some shopping."

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2021

Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
The Royal at Atlantis
The Royal at Atlantis
4 out of 5
Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
Located in Paradise Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Paradise Lagoon Beach South and Cabbage Beach. Paradise ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,698 reviews)
"The aquarium ,marina village, the water park and rapid river so much fun!"

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2021

The Royal at Atlantis
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Towne Hotel
Towne Hotel
3 out of 5
40, George Street, Nassau, New Providence
The price is AU$184 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Towne Hotel
Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
4 out of 5
2 Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence
The price is AU$451 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
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The Royal at Atlantis
The Royal at Atlantis
4 out of 5
Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
The Royal at Atlantis
British Colonial Hilton - Nassau
British Colonial Hilton - Nassau
4 out of 5
Number One Bay St, Nassau
The price is AU$345 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
British Colonial Hilton - Nassau
Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach
Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach
3.5 out of 5
West Bay Street, Nassau
The price is AU$347 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach
Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
4 out of 5
Harbour Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
The price is AU$427 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nassau, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nassau, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
West Bay Street At Nassau Street, Nassau
The price is AU$266 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nassau, an IHG Hotel
Tropics Paradise Condo
Tropics Paradise Condo
7 mckinney Dr, 1, Nassau, New Providence Island
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Serene Downtown Artist Loft
Serene Downtown Artist Loft
Cumberland St, Nassau, New Providence Island
The price is AU$303 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Serene Downtown Artist Loft
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