Vacationers in the Dominican Republic have more than a few places to choose from when it comes to shopping locales, particularly in Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. Make sure to leave a little extra space in your luggage, because you are sure to find some items that you want to bring home with you.
In the Dominican Republic, visitors will often find that the resort they stay at has a shop on site, filled with clothing, souvenirs, books, and more. While this is convenient, these shops tend to be over prices, and if you have the option, you'd do better to head out and shop elsewhere.
Punta Cana is where to go for souvenir and craft shopping, and there are also a few outlet malls that sell high-end luxury items such as clothing and accessories. Plaza Bavaro is the largest shopping complex in Punta Cana. It is an open air market, meaning that visitors must walk outside to travel between each shop. Here, there are 50 shops, restaurants, and a bank. Palma Real Shopping Village is one of the most recent additions to shopping in Punta Cana.
Puerto Plata has a nice mixture of boutiques, souvenir shops, and malls for visitors to choose from. Turisol Complex is the largest mall in the area, featuring 80 stores. Centro Commercial Playa Dorada and Plaza Isabela are also in Puerto Plata, along with several jewelry shops.
When it comes to shopping in Santo Domingo, many vacationers stick to the shopping centers and malls, like the Acropolos Center and Americana Departmentos just because they are easy to locate and have a large concentration of shops in one area. Yet, there are other locations to consider, such as independent shops and boutiques in the downtown and historic district, where some of the best local souvenirs can be found.
The Dominican Republic has a number of products that are made regionally, and make great souvenir options. Amber jewelry, ceramics, cigars, coffee, faceless dolls, larimar jewelry, mahogany furniture, mamajuana, rum, soapstone carvings, visual arts, wood carvings are all popular options. Of course, the basic souvenirs that you will find anywhere you go (t-shirts, post cards, shot glasses, etc.) are available in abundance.
Faceless dolls made of ceramics or clay are created to depict life on the island. The dolls are dressed in traditional clothing, and set with woven baskets on their heads or doing common jobs.
Mamajuana is perhaps the most unique of all the souvenirs sold in the Dominican Republic. A mixture of bark, herbs, honey, rum, wine, and sometimes animal parts, this concoction is said to aid in digestion and increase sexual vitality.
Because of the low cost and duty allowances, cigarettes are a popular buy. They are available by the carton-load, and the best value will be found in supermarkets. The Dominican Republic is the highest producer of cigars in the world, and many argue that the quality here greatly outshines those made in Cuba. On top of that, it is perfectly legal to transport them back into the United States.
If you're looking for some souvenirs or gifts you might enjoy a visit to Cento Per Cento, which is located in downtown Santo Domingo. The leather goods available at Cento per Cento is mostly European and include such lines as Santi, Longchamp, Pollini, Moyna, and Moschino. These brands are well known for their quality and craftsmanship. Find them on Av W Churchill 1001.
Another option is Espacio Cristiano, which is found just a few steps away from Cento Per Cento. Espacio Cristiano is a Christian gift shop, selling items that promote the word of God. If you're looking for something specific, try calling them at (809) 549-4272.
Take a look at the following table for more information.
|(809) 594-0077||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 540-8323||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 788-1354||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Cento Per Cento||(809) 955-0008||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 683-9684||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Espacio Cristiano||(809) 549-4272||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 688-9310||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 582-4414||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 482-1442||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 583-5689||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 582-2752||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 573-1466||La Vega|
|(809) 473-4485||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 621-8900||Central Dominican Republic|
|(809) 689-6611||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 535-8762||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 482-4220||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|--||Downtown Puerto Plata|
|(809) 582-2752||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 688-7004||Downtown Santo Domingo|
Although all sorts of jewelry can be found in abundance in the Dominican Republic, amber and larimar are the most popular. These gems are both mined in the Dominican Republic, and jewelry items made of them are great gifts to purchase if you are looking for high value souvenirs.
One of the popular speciality shops in the area is Arte Berri. This store is located in downtown Santo Domingo. Tour the grounds of Arte Berri between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. If you're looking for something specific, try calling them at (809) 688-2073.
Another option is Duendes del Caribe, which is located less than a mile away from Arte Berri. In an unassuming building in the city's Colonial Zone is Duendes de Caribe, a cozy art gallery featuring vibrant local art works for sale. This is a great place to see what is inspiring local artists as well as pick up a gift or souvenir that will last much longer that typical trinkets. They're at 17 General Cabral.
Candido Bido Galeria De Arte: Featuring the works of prominent local artist Candido Bido, guests enjoy a unique take on the local aesthetic when they view his collection of paintings. The property is situated at 5 Doctor Baez Street.
Many of the specialty shops located on Dominican Republic are listed in the following chart.
|Art Gallery||(809) 686-7297||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Arte Berri||Art Gallery||(809) 688-2073||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Surfing Gear Store||(809) 882-5197||4.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central Sosua|
|Candido Bido Galeria De Arte||Art Gallery||(809) 685-5310||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Art Gallery||(809) 955-0232||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Art Gallery||(809) 955-0232||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Duendes del Caribe||Art Gallery||(809) 686-5073||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Jewelry Store||--||Central Dominican Republic|
|Art Gallery||(809) 586-7601||Puerto Plata|
|Golden Arrow Diving||Dive Shop||(809) 566-7780||Central Dominican Republic|
|Jewelry Store||(809) 544-6102||Central Dominican Republic|
|Lyle O Reitzel Galery||Art Gallery||(809) 227-8361||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Jewelry Store||(809) 566-7925||Central Dominican Republic|
|Mesa Fine Arts||Art Gallery||(809) 565-6060||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Art Gallery||(809) 508-2008||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Art Gallery||(809) 685-2156||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Planet Bike||Bicycle Shop||(809) 535-2152||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Art Gallery||(809) 544-0878||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Quinta Dominica||Art Gallery||--||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Red de Productos Naturales||Art Gallery||(809) 574-2121||Jarabacoa, Northwestern part of Dominican Republic|
Looking for some clothing? You might enjoy a visit to Brooksfield Agora -- which is located in central Dominican Republic. Located on the second floor of the mall, Brooksfield specializes in "A Way of Life." The clothing available is made in the tradition of Italy, but with a style suitable for a country club. They are situated on Avenida John F Kennedy.
A second shop to consider is 7 Camicie Agora -- which is located within a quick walk from Brooksfield Agora. Located on the second floor of the mall, 7 Camicie Agora specializes in sophisticated clothing made in Italy for men and women who seek out quality clothing that will last. You will be able to find them on Avenida John F Kennedy.
A third clothing shop to consider is Oysho. This shop, which is located on the third level of the mall, is all about providing women with clothing that is at once feminine, flirty, and comfortable. While there are a few items that you might wear out to a special occasion, casual is key here. The property is located on Avenida John F Kennedy.
Lots of the apparel shops located on Dominican Republic are summarized here:
|7 Camicie Agora||Boutique||--||Central Dominican Republic|
|Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||--||Central Dominican Republic|
|Department Store||(809) 534-3232||Central Dominican Republic|
|Boutique||(809) 544-7353||Central Dominican Republic|
|Brooksfield Agora||Boutique||(809) 633-2111||Central Dominican Republic|
|Cortefiel Agora||Boutique||(809) 547-2933||Central Dominican Republic|
|Desigual Agora||Boutique||(829) 544-7349||Central Dominican Republic|
|Kenneth Cole Agora||Boutique||--||Central Dominican Republic|
|La Senza Agora||Lingerie Store||--||Central Dominican Republic|
|Boutique||(809) 241-9340||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|Onda de Mar||Boutique||--||Central Dominican Republic|
|Oysho||Boutique||(809) 338-3050||Central Dominican Republic|
|Punto Intimo Agora||Lingerie Store||(809) 338-0784||Central Dominican Republic|
|Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||(809) 540-7777||Central Dominican Republic|
|Stradivarius Agora||Women's Clothing and Accessories Store||(809) 338-3055||Central Dominican Republic|
|SuiteBlanco||Women's Clothing and Accessories Store||(829) 544-7392||Central Dominican Republic|
|Tingola||T-Shirt Shop||(809) 683-6910||Central Dominican Republic|
|Trucco Shop Agora||Women's Clothing and Accessories Store||(809) 378-2015||Central Dominican Republic|
|Boutique||(809) 872-0268||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Zara Agora||Boutique||(809) 338-3033||Central Dominican Republic|
Rum is practically synonymous with Caribbean, and the Dominican Republic is no exception. At least 15 types of rum are distilled in the Dominican Republic, so take your pick. Beer is popular as well, however, fine wines are hard to come by.
Hungry? El Catador is located in downtown Santo Domingo. El Catador is wine shop with a wine tasting bar right on site. Try out a sample or two before making your final decision in a little space that has been described as avant-garde and "clubby" at times. They're on Av Lope De Vega 50.
A second option is Super Super Surf Liquor Store, which is located 97.9 mi. (157.5 km) from El Catador. Pick up everything you need for a good time from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. If you want to be sure they're open , call them at (809) 571-3862.
Mercado Modela: Known as the to place to buy souvenirs in the area, the "Mercado" has both indoor and outdoor shopping areas where you'll find everything from handmade crafts to sticks of fresh cut sugar cane.
You can look at the following table for more information.
|Bakery||(809) 227-4348||Central Dominican Republic|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||--||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|El Catador||Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(809) 549-6215||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(809) 226-3135||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(829) 590-7791||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Grocery Store||--||0.6 mi. East of Central Cabarete|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(809) 537-1522||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Bakery||(809) 683-6544||Central Dominican Republic|
|Mercado Modela||Grocery Store||--||Santiago De Los Caballeros, Northwestern part of Dominican Republic|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(809) 482-5118||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(809) 987-1414||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Super Super Surf Liquor Store||Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(809) 571-3862||Sosua, Northern part of Dominican Republic|
|Grocery Store||--||Central Dominican Republic|
|Grocery Store||(809) 226-8080||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|Confectionery and Nut Store||(809) 549-5036||Central Dominican Republic|
The Dominican Peso is the official form of currency in the Dominican Republic, and you will need to exchange your money when you arrive on the island, as the U.S. dollar is not widely accepted. Additionally, the Dominican Peso is not available for exchange anywhere but on the island. Major credit cards are accepted in most restaurants and large stores.
Typical operating hours in the Dominican Republic are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily, with a a two to two and a half hour break around lunch time. Read more about business hours of operation here.
It is important to note that while turtle shell items are sold by some vendors, they are illegal, and should be avoided at all costs.
There are a lot of unique products for you to choose from when you shop in the Dominican Republic. Whether you bring home a faceless doll, some rum, or a packet of mamajuana, when you shop in the Dominican Republic you know you've not only made a purchase but a memory.
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