International Bazaar, Casino at Bahamia - Try Your Luck on Bahamas
Duration: Half Day
If you are looking for entertainment around the clock during your holiday in the Bahamas, the glittering Resort & Casino at Bahamia is the place to be. This exciting complex is a popular destination for visitors to Grand Bahama, who can try their luck on the gaming tables and slot machines both day and night. If gambling isn’t for you, spend time shopping in the International Bazaar instead, where many bargains and exotic delights await you.
Located in the heart of downtown Freeport, the Casino at Bahamia provides plenty of fun for all – well into the night. If you fancy a gamble on the gaming tables, you can play everything from blackjack and roulette to mini-baccarat and Caribbean Stud Poker, whilst over 400 video slot machines and sports betting is available in the arcades. Nightly entertainment, including cabaret performances and comedians, is also provided in the Casino Showroom, and several bars and restaurants are located on the complex so no one goes hungry. This is a great place to let your hair down and have some fun.
Adjacent to the casino is Freeport's impressive International Bazaar, one of the most popular places for shopping in the Bahamas. This unique, 10-acre complex comprises over 100 shops and restaurants and, as the name suggests, you can find a wide range of international goods here from over 25 different countries. Blending international architecture with culture, the outlets have been divided up into themed sections in a maze-like global village, each representing different parts of the world. From a Parisian cluster of boutiques to colourful Arabian and Oriental districts, there is much to see and buy down the narrow alleyways and cobbled streets. Browse original artworks by local artists in Flovin Gallery, or buy imported crafts in the African Shop – all of which make excellent gifts and souvenirs. The Straw Market is also a great place to find traditional woven straw items and handicrafts from all over the Bahamas, including colourful hats, baskets, bags and mats.French perfume, fine leather, jewellery, luxury clothing and premium cigars are just some of the other items you can find here, much of which is duty-free so you can pick up some excellent bargains.
After all that shopping, you will undoubtedly be in need of food, refreshments and relaxation, and the International Bazaar has plenty of dining options. From charming European-style bistros to low-priced Chinese and Greek takeaways, a wide range of International cuisine is available to cater for every culinary taste. Sit back and soak up the bustling atmosphere as people hurry by looking for bargains in the colourful stalls. Even though the International Bazaar doesn’t offer visitors an authentic Bahamian experience, it is fun nevertheless and you can easily spend a whole day here. If you haven’t run out of money at the end, you can gamble the rest in the Casino next door!
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