Stores, Malls or Markets in Dominican Republic

  • Orange Market, Playa Dorada beach
    Orange Market, Playa Dorada beach
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    regalitos

    by quartinb Updated Oct 1, 2005

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    no special shop.just street camelots inside or outside the resort selling "regalitos",dominican name for gifts.
    lots of handycraft and paintings, mostly, are the main atraction. acrilic paints made almost by the dozen but u´ll be able to find 2 or 3 suitable to buy, and with the proper frame hang it on yur living room back home.
    i asure u that paintings are the main feature, regallitos wise that u can bring from RP.
    everybody brings one...

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    Paintings

    by micas_pt Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    Street vendor or beach market - the pleasure of bartering.

    What to buy: All over DR you will find colourful paintings of local customs (or not). Watch out for the vendors. They will try to persuade you that they are canvas with oil paintings and to demonstrate they will throw water at it without damaging. Not true in most cases. They use some kind of fabric and use water paintings, and then apply varnish on it so it looks like oil paintings. Just bear in mind this when bartering the price. I bought some paintings, not for the real value as "work of art" but because I liked their colourful designs (I usually buy something for my home when travelling).

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    Fossile wood

    by micas_pt Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    Street vendor or beach market - the pleasure of bartering.

    What to buy: Looks like stone, not too heavy and not cold, but it's fossilized wood. Looking closer at the objects you may still see the wooden designs. Usually you can find statues of people and animals in this material.

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    River stone

    by micas_pt Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    Street vendor or beach market - the pleasure of bartering.

    What to buy: There are numerous objects made of varied stones, mostly statues of people and animals. It's very common to find in DR lots of statues made of a green stoe, called river stone. The form in which the statue is “finished” varies – polished or not polished, being that some pieces alternate on both giving it different colours.

    These stone objects, although nice, are heavy and more difficult to carry home.

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    Wood

    by micas_pt Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    Street vendor or beach market - the pleasure of bartering.

    What to buy: There are lots of wooden goods, mainly some sculptures (Taino Indians replicas) that represent fertility, happiness and other "wishes". They all have a handmade look.

    There are also animals carved on wood, as well as people. Some of them are just plain wood, some other are painted in some bright colours. The advantage of this kind of recuerdo is that this wood is light weighted and easy to carry.

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    The prices

    by micas_pt Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    What to buy: Watch out where you buy your souvenirs. Some places where guides drive you are more expensive than others. Anyway it is recommended to barter, especially if it's a street vendor. Sometimes you can pay part in currency and then offer the vendor something - like a t-shirt, some merchandising, ... just in case take with you some pens, or airbrushes or watches or t-shirts that contain adds, ... One of the vendors was trying to negotiate on my husband's perfume!! Sometimes you get to pay just 1/3 or 1/2 of the price initially asked by the vendor.
    In regular shops, such as hotels, you are not supposed to argue the price, ...

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    Plaza Playa Dorada: A taste of home

    by vdoortje Written Aug 25, 2005

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    When going around the Shopping Mall in Playa Dorada we found some memorabilia of Holland that gave us a big laugh.
    We found a bottle of mu husbands favourite Jenever brand: Ketel 1.
    But in the Dominican Republic it is sold as Wodka.
    We didn't buy it. Waaaaayyyy to expensive!
    And we liked the Brugal rum, the Pina Colada's and other stuff.

    The Jenever is waiting at home. For a more fair price!! ;-))

    What to buy: Go for the Brugal Rum!!

    What to pay: For the Rum?? As cheap as can be!
    For the Jenever/Wodka?? A fortune!

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    Along the beach: Handycraft

    by APaulo Written Jul 13, 2005

    There are several "tiendas" along the beach. They are much more chipper than the hotel shops.
    Always discuss the price.
    You will be surprise how much the price will fall...

    What to buy: Haiti oil paitings.
    Don't buy coral stuff, birds, plants. Probably you will be forced to let it at the airport...

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  • Mundo Artesanal: larimar handamade jewelry

    by larimar Written Jun 23, 2005

    Get Acquainted with a new concept in handcraft in this plaza you will find more than 30 exhibitors with different type of first qualitys pieces, where they hands are basic for the creations of unique pieces which identify their history and culture

    What to buy: jewelry, sculture, ceramic, painting, ceramic, bar, exchange money,

    What to pay: Cash, Travel check, and credit card

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    Larimar - The Dominicans Beautiful Gift

    by Firestar24 Updated May 5, 2005

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    The best place to buy Larimar is from a gift shop in one of the Amber Museums. The prices are better than in the jewellers and you know it's geniune. Beach hawkers sell "amber" & "larimar" but most of it's fake. Still, if you get it cheap enough it still makes good costume jewellry!

    We went to the Museo Mundo de Amber for a tour and although I didn't intend to buy anything, we felt obliged to do so as we left via the gift shop. So I chose a pair of earrings that weren't too expensive. It turned out well for me though because they quickly became my favourite pair - until I lost one in Manchester one weekend :(
    So Sad!

    What to buy: While you're in the Dominican, you should definately splash out on some Larimar jewellery. Larimar is a pale blue stone which is unique to The Dominican Republic. YOU CANNOT BUY IT ANYWHERE ELSE!! - believe me - I've tried! It resembles turquoise but has faint white marble effect running through it. Looks great set in silver.

    What to pay: Jonathan bought me the pair of earrings shown for about £28. He paid in pesos but I can only remember the English price since we converted evertything before we bought. The gift shop at the museo mundo de amber have a handy calculator for those tourists who are particularly bad at maths (me!)

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    Street vendors and the markets

    by fairy_dust Updated Aug 24, 2004

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    There are many vendors in Santo Domingo and on the beach who sell jewelry, paintings, bandanas, and local crafts. If you want to buy something, they expect you to haggle the price so do it. You'll end up paying a much cheaper price for some really nice things.

    There is a market in Santo Domingo where there are all sorts of vendor stands and places to buy crafts and souvenirs. They expect you to haggle the price there too.

    It's best to carry money in small bills for this. That way, they'll be more convinced that you don't have much money on you and will be more likely to take a small price for an item you want to buy.

    What to buy: Jewelry made with amber, lava stone, and other semi-precious stones. Wrap skirts, sarongs, t-shirts, and bandanas. Little statues and local crafts. Paintings and artwork. I also bought a nice purse - made with plastic, but it had real seashells in it - very unique and beautiful.

    What to pay: Depends on the item you buy, but you shouldn't have to pay much if you haggle the price.

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    Art shops on the street!: Hope you like Haggling!

    by MrKarl Written Dec 27, 2003

    What to buy: Dominican art is fantastic, very colourful, almost characterture style and the artists are hugely talented.

    Paintings are the most common form of art, with all different sizes and all different types of art.

    I'll try and dig out some photographs of the paintings, as there isn't really any on the internet.

    What to pay: Here's the tricky bit, you need to be hard!

    To give you an example, we were told that a painting we liked was being sold for ý100, in fact I think we bargained them down to about ý7.

    Be ridiculous in your bargaining, because it is surprising how much they ask for, but how little they will take.

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    ???: Cigars

    by chicabonita Updated Nov 1, 2003

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    Every where on the island you can buy cigars. It is a nice souvenir. Anyway I don't smoke but once I bought some as a souvenir for one of my bothers and he liked them.

    What to buy: I visited a cigar factory in Santiago which was very interesting. Every where you smelt the tobacco ...

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    * - * - *: Fresh Fruits

    by chicabonita Written Oct 14, 2003

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    During christmas season the most popular fuits for sale where apples and grapes!

    At the stands you can buy fresh fruits. But be careful if you get easily problems with your stomache when being far away from home. Then I would recommend to buy fruits which you can peel.

    In the Dominican Republic I ate the best bananas ever! Very tasty, sweet and not so hard like the ones you can buy in Germany. Since that time I have never ate a banana in Germany! Just as milk shake ...

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    * - * - *: cigarettes - chewing gum ...

    by chicabonita Written Oct 14, 2003

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    At night you could find little stands like these mainly not far away of a disco or bar. Here you can buy cigarettes, chewing gums and other staff. There I saw little packages with on only ten cigarettes in it for the first time. That was very great for one like me who only smoked under certain circumtances.

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  • Mar 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Anther place, an online store in Canada, sells these dolls as well as other handmade crafts and jewelry. They buy direct from the artisans to support their livelihood. They also have an office there and handle corporate events and weddings. You should check out their website. If something you bought broke or you forgot to pick up a souvenir you can purchase one from them. Their website address is: http://dominicancreations.com

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