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Paradise Island, Bahamas

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Paradise Island offers visitors the opportunity to experience the Bahamian culture through unique dining, shopping, and outdoor activities set to the backdrop of beautiful beaches and tropical weather.

Dining on Paradise Island allows guests to experience new flavors and ingredients specific to Bahamian culture. Restaurants prepare local ingredients, such as grouper, snapper, and conch, using spices and techniques influenced by the area’s rich British, Spanish, and West Indian history. Diners can choose the elegance of the five-star restaurant Graycliff or the comfort of many smaller restaurants.

The Bahamian culture is also evident in the shopping opportunities on Paradise Island. There are many shopping districts on the island, each offering distinct souvenirs. Marina Village houses boutiques offering resort wear. Festival Place is a wonderful place to find local crafts, including those made of conch. Straw hats and bags, woodcarvings, and other souvenirs can be found at the Straw Market. Those looking to buy luxury items, such as jewelry or perfume, should find their way to Bay Street. These items can all be purchased duty free.

Shopping and dining in the Bahamas has an added convenience for those visiting from the United States. While the official currency is the Bahamian dollar, U.S. currency is accepted throughout Paradise Island. The Bahamian dollar and the U.S. dollar are equivalent in value. Most major credit cards and traveler’s checks are also accepted.

Paradise Island is also home to beautiful early Colonial architecture. The history of British Colonial rule can be seen in many of the buildings. The Ministry of Tourism offers walking tours of the area that showcase some of the more historical sites.

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