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  • Surprises on Grand Bahama Island - 1 of 10

    Surprises on Grand Bahama Island

    A recent visit to Grand Bahama Island by Caribbean Editor Gay Nagle Myers yielded a lot of surprises and plenty of reasons to visit, either as a cruise passenger on a stopover or as a land-based vacationer. Pictured here, Count Basie Square, the centerpiece of Port Lucaya Marketplace, is named in honor of the American jazz pianist who owned a home on the island. The house, when seen from the air, is shaped like a grand piano. Posted Dec. 15, 2011

  • Surprises on Grand Bahama Island - 2 of 10

    Surprises on Grand Bahama Island

    Vendors’ stalls display fabrics, bags, straw baskets and jewelry at the open-air markets on GBI.

  • Surprises on Grand Bahama Island - 3 of 10

    Surprises on Grand Bahama Island

    The Tori Gate at the entrance to the International Bazaar on GBI was a gift from the Japanese. The word “tori” means “welcome.”

  • Surprises on Grand Bahama Island - 4 of 10

    Surprises on Grand Bahama Island

    Owner Sidney Pratt at the Glassblower Shop in the International Bazaar creates jewelry and designs from blown glass.

  • Surprises on Grand Bahama Island - 5 of 10

    Surprises on Grand Bahama Island

    The Perfume Factory at the International Bazaar is housed in a plum-and-white replica of an old Bahamian mansion.

  • Surprises on Grand Bahama Island - 6 of 10

    Surprises on Grand Bahama Island

    Fragrances for men and women are created, bottled and packaged at the Perfume Factory on GBI.

  • Surprises on Grand Bahama Island - 7 of 10

    Surprises on Grand Bahama Island

    Tony Macaroni’s Conch Experience on Taino Beach serves conch salad, conch fritters, roast conch and conch with lobster and shrimp.

  • Surprises on Grand Bahama Island - 8 of 10

    Surprises on Grand Bahama Island

    Conch shells are a favorite souvenir. Tourists use them as doorstops, planters and decorative accessories.

  • Surprises on Grand Bahama Island - 9 of 10

    Surprises on Grand Bahama Island

    Beach vendors dispense fresh fruit, fresh fish, island fruit drinks and advice on what to do for bad sunburns.

  • Surprises on Grand Bahama Island - 10 of 10

    Surprises on Grand Bahama Island

    Many tourists visiting GBI return home with braided hair as a souvenir of the island visit.

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