Plaza Bavaro: The Main Plaza
This is the main shopping plaza in the area. You can find the Western Union there where they offer the best exchange rate. It was a five minute bike from my resort.
What to buy: Pick up cigars, Mamajuana or Brugal rum (local liquors) and paintings. Larimar & Amber are the stones native to the Dominican.
Beach Flea Market: Barganing
What to pay: Nothing has a price tag, when you ask the price, you will be quoted about 2X what they expect you to pay. Make a low offer and when it is rejected, start to walk away. Usually they stop you with their best price.
See tourist trap =P
There's a mall across the street from the resort. There's also a strip of shops down the beach...great stuff, don't forget to BARGIN!
What to buy: Laramar, torquoise....
What to pay: Not TOO much. But keep in mind it is a relatively poor country, give them a few extra bucks, it won't kill you =P
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