January 9, 2004
All prices are going to be much more expensive than what you are used to in the States. Estimate anywhere from 1 - 3 dollars more since all items are shipped by boat from the States.
Since we had a full kitchen at our disposal, we planned to eat breakfast, lunch and two dinners (steak and tacos) at our condo. I had done some research and noted the cost of food and the availability, so I planned to bring items with us. I would recommend this to all...especially those that are traveling with families. Most of the canned goods were available to buy at the "major" grocery stores...for a few dollars more. The price of fresh produce was also a few dollars more. We purchased Diet Coke, water, juice, etc. I would defintely do the same thing again, especially bring the meat items, if visiting the Bahamas and I had access to kitchen.
We packed the following in a checked suitcase:
bread - it was mashed but still usable
chips - most of them broken but edible
can of refried beans
can of tomatoes
In a small cooler (all items frozen) we carried on:
1 1/2 pounds of hamburger
small boneless ham 2 pounds
small turkey breast 1 pound
bag of prepared salad
All of the above items made it without any problems. Most of the meat was still frozen.
There is one liquor store in Sandyport Mall. There are also several liquor stores on the main street in downtown Nassau. The prices are only about $1 cheaper than at the Sandyport liquor store.
The rum is definitely cheap in the Bahamas!! I made a frozen drink with pineapple juice, OJ, rum, and mango rum that was excellent on the beach! The condo had a blender that we used each day! A liter of Bacardi Special Rum is about $8 or $9. Beer is pricy in the Bahamas...a case of beer is about $46 (no matter the brand). Another great buy is Stoli vodka. We brought home 3 liters of Stoli vodka for $9 a bottle. We noticed that most on the plane that carried liquor home had Stoli as well.
From journal Nassau and Sandyport Beaches