Honeymoon Guide: Bahamas, The Out Islands

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Fresh Creek, Andros
Also George Town, Exuma; Marsh Harbour & Green Turtle Cay, Abaco; Harbour Island, Eleuthera, etc.
Tel: 242-368-2020

No doubt you’ve seen Androsia’s distinctive brightly colored batik imprinted with flowers, fish, turtles, sand dollars, shells, dolphins, butterflies and more. The main outlet store’s still on the island of Andros, just north of Andros Town. But since launching in 1973 as a cottage industry to help boost local employment, the line’s grown so successful that it now sells in various shops (some Androsia-branded, some not) on more than a dozen other Bahamian isles. (Check the Web site for specifics.) You can buy shirts, dresses, shorts, jackets and other clothing for men, women and kids, or a swatch of fabric to get something worked up from back home. If you happen to be on Andros, the folks at the factory next to the outlet shop will happily give you a tour.

Jerusalem Drive
Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco
Tel: 242-367-4648

Androsia’s Marsh Harbour outlet is also the working studio and gallery of Nassau-born Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts, an Abaco resident since 1993. She’s a quilter first and foremost, using Androsia and Bahama hand-print fabrics, among other materials, for cheerful, colorful creations—from fish and mermaids to island scenes—in a playful primitivist style. You can also get Kimberly’s designs on silk paintings, pillows and pot holders; platters and bowls; cabinets, tables and cupboards; picture frames, lazy susans and lots more.

Royal Harbour Village, Bay Street
Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco
Tel: 242-367-0137

There are wonderful art, jewelry and crafts (including model fishing boats) here—but obviously the gallery’s main claim to fame is the fetching "pink pearls" of the queen conch, loose and in jewelry. They’re not technically pearls because they don’t have nacre, but they’re still one of the rarest gems in the world—just one in 10,000 conchs develops one, and only 5 percent of these are gem quality. Small loose ones start at around US$200.

Key Drive, across from Memorial Plaza
Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco
Tel: 242-367-3681

Sculptor Donnie Wood built a sailboat, sailed it down from Pompano Beach, Fla., to the Bahamas back in 1980 and never looked back. Now he operates out of his home studio in a barn-shaped two-story building in the town of Marsh Harbour. True to his name, he carves wood—but also stone, bronze, silver and gold, turning out naturalistic work with a specialty in marine life. ("I know my turtles real good," he boasts.) The 12-foot eagle and 12-foot blue marlin out front? They’re Donnie’s handiwork—but he specializes in small detail work (you can get a tiny figure for US$10) and does some jewelry as well.

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