Honeymoon Guide: New Providence & Grand Bahama

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THE PERFUME FACTORY/FRAGRANCE OF THE BAHAMAS
International Bazaar
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Tel: 242-352-9391
perfumefactory.com

One of the bright spots in the otherwise fading International Bazaar sits behind the complex in a fine Old Bahamian–style house. Inside they mix and bottle by hand 10 signature scents—and even throw in a pinch of local sand here, a bead made from conch shell there. You’ll get a short complimentary tour of the operation, but the coolest thing is the chance to create your own fragrance right on the spot. Tell the nice lady what you have in mind (floral, citrusy, whatever) and she’ll suggest oils to test and show you how to mix them. Pick a bottle, name it, and voilà: Your honeymoon has its own signature scent—L’Amour de Jack et Jill, perhaps, or Passione di Nancy e Larry.

PORT LUCAYA MARKETPLACE
Seahorse Road
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Tel: 242-373-8446
portlucayamarketplace.com

This more dynamic and diverse alternative to Freeport’s on-the-skids International Bazaar was built on nine and a half acres in 1987 in traditional colonial style. Straw pieces and other traditional island crafts form a big part of the menu, along with glitzier duty-free stock and eateries. Highlights include fine art from both established names and up-and-comers, especially at Leo’s Art Gallery; fashion, both international and local, at more than two dozen boutiques; all the big-name brands of perfume and jewelry; and the distinctive handwoven cotton fabrics from Andros island. Toss in more than a dozen places to eat and a show every Friday (weather permitting) and you can practically make a day of it here.

SEAGRAPE BOUTIQUE
West Bay Street
Nassau, New Providence
Tel: 242-327-1308

About five miles west of Nassau, and west even of Cable Beach, this neat little place not far from the airport stays away from tacky T-shirts and the like, favoring a finer class of beachwear and souvenirs. It’s the kind of stuff that’s great for gifts or honeymoon mementos—sea-glass jewelry made from bottles washed up on shore, sharks’ teeth, Andros woven baskets and Androsia print-cotton clothing, also from Andros. In addition to the shop, Canadian expat Joan Hanna owns the well-regarded restaurant next door, the Traveller’s Rest.

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