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Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the shopping giant of the Caribbean. Browse designer stores in Santo Domingo’s shopping malls, notably the Blue Mall and Ágora, or shop at a handful of Dominican and international boutiques in Punta Cana, and La Romana. Local arts and crafts are ubiquitous, but you will find the best selections near city centers such as in the Colonial City’s galleries, near Parque Central in Puerto Plata, among others. Resorts and marinas offer even more options for those with limited time. Along the way, meander in colorful produce markets, present in every town and brimming with abundant fruits and vegetables. Pick up amber or larimar jewelry, cigars, chocolate, coffee, or a flask of mamajuana.

Stores are generally open Monday through Saturday, with shopping malls also opening on Sunday with limited hours.

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Shopping is a bona fide pastime in the DR—you’ll find plenty to take home, from our malls to our markets, and waterfront boutiques.

 
 
A wide open field fills with open air stalls, where Haitian vendors sell products ranging from vegetables to secondhand clothing and electronics. It’s one big flea market!
Pedernales
On the main roads, there are small souvenir shops. For coffee, rum and cigars, head out to the Jumbo superstore in San Pedro de Macorís that is open until late in the evening. It is centrally located on Av. Luis Amiama.
Juan Dolio
La Vega is a city with almost 400,000 inhabitants so expect all the basic conveniences to be available in the downtown area. Look for carnival souvenirs sold to the around half a million tourists who flock in from all around the country for the traditional festivities in February.
La Vega
Las Terrenas is the perfect blend of a dreamy beach village and a cosmopolitan town. Its waterfront boasts multiple stunning beaches, as well as a variety of small hotels, bistros, apparel and arts and crafts boutiques, and lively bars.
Samaná
Built in 1942, Santo Domingo’s largest market is one of the city’s first tourist venues. This colorful bazaar adds even more color and culture to the nearby Colonial City, selling woodcarvings, amber jewelry, tropical fruits, and love potions.
Santo Domingo
Puerto Plata’s shopping opportunities are as plentiful as its wealthy offerings in nature and culture. Shop for precious stones, organic coffee and cacao, musical instruments made in Puerto Plata’s merengue-centric villages, and numerous handmade arts and crafts.
Puerto Plata
Samaná’s shopping is diverse and plentiful, offering both Dominican and international arts, crafts, textiles, and souvenirs. Boutiques and shopping centers stock designer beachwear apparel and accessories, as well as locally sourced jewelry, Taino-inspired ceramics, and Caribbean-inspired paintings.
Las Galeras, Las Terrenas, Samaná
Shopping in the Bávaro area is as fun and casual as lounging on the beach. There are a myriad of options, from small strip malls to beachfront souvenir shacks, and large shopping malls.
Punta Cana
Constanza’s beautiful fields of strawberries and vegetables translate into a variety of edible souvenirs. Pick up some strawberry or guava liqueurs and marmalades, and take away locally made sweets. Stroll downtown for the more typical souvenir trinkets.
Constanza
An agricultural and floral hub, Jarabacoa offers plenty of unique shopping opportunities. Stroll down Calle Duarte to browse a handful of stores with souvenirs, as well as the town’s main fresh produce market.
Jarabacoa

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