Dominican Republic Shopping

  • Orange Market, Playa Dorada beach
    Orange Market, Playa Dorada beach
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  • Orange Market, Playa Dorada beach
    Orange Market, Playa Dorada beach
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  • Orange Market, Playa Dorada beach
    Orange Market, Playa Dorada beach
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Dominican Republic Shopping

  • Calle El Conde - El Conde street

    Santo Domingo Shopping

    This "Pedestrian Only" shopping street is both the center of tourist goods and western designer clothes. It runs from Parque Colon to Parque Independencia. The street name honors the Count of Penalba, who defeated the English during the 17th century.

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  • Plaza Lama

    Santo Domingo Shopping

    The biggest department store in Santo Domingo. We entered there as I wanted to buy a couple of disposable cameras (my camera stopped working on my second day in SD... why they never break down when you're at your home place??? :) What was supposed to be a 10-minutes shopping, ended as kind of funny tour around the place for a couple of hours!...

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  • Malls

    Santo Domingo Shopping

    Megacentro is a mall with everything you can imagine under it: beauty parlors for men and women, a movie theater with 10 rooms, clothes shops, make up shops, jewelry, souvenirs, a pool place, banks, a supermarket, a Disney like park for the kids and plenty of options to eat and satisfy everyone's taste. Clothes, food, jewelry, souvenirs... What...

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  • La Sirena

    Santo Domingo Shopping

    La Sirena is a huge supermarket/mall where you can buy anything: Grocery, clothes, sports articles, books etc. You can also buy your souvenirs here and at a cheaper price than a tourist shop. There are a couple of La Sirena’s in Santo Domingo, but I have only visited the one at Ave. Winston Churchill.

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  • Dominican Rum

    Dominican rum (and tobacco) is considered to be one of the finest in the world. The most famous brands are the 3 B's: Brugal, Barcelo, and Bermudez. If you're in the area of Puerto Plata, you can visit the Brugal (bottling) Factory. Otherwise you can buy rum in any local grocery. My favourites are from Brugal: Extra Viejo (on the rocks) and...

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  • Cigars

    The Dominican Republic is the largest producer of cigars, and the cigars are considered to be the best in the world. You can buy cigars in souvenir shops or - if you visit a cigar factory - buy them fresh rolled from the factory. Normally you're allowed to smoke a cigar as a test before you buy.I don't smoke myself so I can't recommend a good...

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  • Faceless doll

    One of the most popular souvenirs of the Dominican Republic is the faceless ceramic doll. It is made of clay and dressed in the traditional clothes. The dolls depict Dominican country life with some dolls balancing baskets or pots on their heads, some milling coffee, and some holding bouquets (like the photo).Some people says that the doll is...

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  • Larimar Jewelry at DR

    Larimar Jewelry, all of them! This stone speaks about the beautiful Caribbean Sea and beaches, where you can see from deep blue to light blue and green blue waters, white sand and a blue sky with white and grey clouds. It speaks about DOMINICAN PEOPLE who are always smiling and happy ready for the best to come. Each piece of Larimar stone is...

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  • Shopping in La Marina

    La Marina, mentioned in a previous tip, is apparently part of the Casa de Campo resort and is quite a lovely section. The buildings and setting alone are worth riding the bus to get there. However, contrary to what we heard about great shopping, we found only a few shops open here. The ones we visited had very nice items such as upscale beach and...

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  • Cigars, Rum, Music

    Cigars are the the thing to take home or rum if you like these things. Otherwise the shops offer the same type of good everywhere you go. Nothing to get excited about. I noticed the shirts were made in Indonesia.On the beach there are many pedlars and they all wear a uniform and they have numbers on their shirt. They carry quite a heavy box of...

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  • Odd purchases

    You can buy cigars, rum, coffee, Mamajuana and perhaps vanilla extract from tourist shops, but you will usually find the prices much more attractive in a regular grocery or small shop. Vanilla extract -- less than a dollar for 16 oz and very good.Mamajuana -- A Dominican specialty of a mixture of wood chips and spices for flavoring wine and rum....

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  • Souvenires: Mercado Colonial

    On my last visit to Santo Domingo I was directed to the Mercado Colonial by a tourism department official as an alternative to walking the 10 blocks to the Mercado Modelo. Apparently this is a new market (It is not mentioned in Lonely Planet.) made of stores with the same ownership as the stores in the Mercado Modelo. The official told me I could...

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  • Souvenirs: Mercado Modelo

    The Mercado Modelo may have once been a central produce market but now it is almost full of tourist shops. Although there is some typical produce marketing and modest shops in streets behind the main building, this is not the place to go to get a traditional market experience. The special value of this market area is the competition of many shops...

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  • Fair shop prices

    Inspite of its name [importer] this is a large store with a wide selection of products of the Dominican Republic. It has the best prices I saw in a regular store. [Prices do decrease as one walks east to west on El Conde and this store is on the far west end of El Conde. ] On paintings, for example, the prices were only about 10 percent over the...

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  • Designer Dominican

    This place is amazing! After 2 weeks of tourist shops and beach hawkers it makes a real change. Plaza Central is a 5-storey shopping mall in the middle of Santo Domingo. It has furniture shops, art shops, perfume shops, a whole floor dedicated to eating (KFC, McDonalds, Taco Bell and Burger King sit next to funky coffee shops and chinese...

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  • Souvenir shops

    Close to the beaches and other areas where tourism is common, there are a lot of souvenir shops that sell things like local crafts, clothes (such as t-shirts and bandanas with the Dominican flag on them, wrap skirts, swimsuits, shoes, etc), jewelry, etc. But since those aren't street vendors, you can't usually negotiate the price. Stuff with the...

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  • Liquid Viagra

    Beside's the local craft & many flavors of Rum, you can't leave the DR without a bottle of this special stuff. The Mamajuana! Yes, it sounds like a drug and to the locals and those who have visited the DR, the story is well known that it has certain medicinal properties! This special drink is purchased with only tree roots, herbs & leaves in the...

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  • Don't Leave the DR without these...

    There is so much to purchase in the DR, from the local shops right down to the local vendors on the beach. Some of these must have items is Hatian Art. Beautiful, colorful paintings that surprised me to have so many wonderful artist in the area. Each & everyone of them was absolutely gorgeous. Hand made Mahogony artifacts, statues, bowls, serving...

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  • 6 streaky bacon and a bulls head please

    This is the butchers at a local market near Juan Dolio. If I ate meat I wonder if I'd have been tempted??? We didn't buy anything from here so I can't really comment on price or quality of meat - but it was interesting to see the display!

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  • regalitos

    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...

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  • Paintings

    Street vendor or beach market - the pleasure of bartering. 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...

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  • Fossile wood

    Street vendor or beach market - the pleasure of bartering. 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

    Street vendor or beach market - the pleasure of bartering. 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...

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  • Wood

    Street vendor or beach market - the pleasure of bartering. 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...

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  • The prices

    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...

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  • A taste of home

    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...

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  • Dominican Republic Rum.

    Ah, the local country liquor store! Dominican Republic Rum of course. I paid 190 pesos for a 26 of rum. We also brought back cacao (for hot choclate) pure vanilla for cooking, several paintings.

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  • Handycraft

    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... 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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  • larimar handamade jewelry

    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 jewelry, sculture, ceramic, painting, ceramic, bar, exchange money, Cash, Travel check, and credit...

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  • Larimar - The Dominicans Beautiful Gift

    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...

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  • Ron

    These 2 brands of Ron (rum), seeemed quite popular in Dominican Republic.They can be purchased at any supermarket.

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  • Cafe Molido Santo Domingo

    This coffee is absolutely aromatic and has a really great full bodied taste. I will HIGHLY recommend this brand, you can purchase in any grocery store in the Dominic Republic.

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  • Street vendors and the markets

    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...

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  • Hope you like Haggling!

    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. Here's the tricky bit, you need to be...

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  • Cigars

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

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  • Fresh Fruits

    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...

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  • cigarettes - chewing gum ...

    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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  • Art and Craft Dealers

    When buying art/crafts, There is a strong tendency to assume the prices that are quoted is the actual price. You may even think a 10% discount is a bargain. Rest assured apparently the prices are marked up by 100%. Personally I was always willing to pay the full prices that was quoted, but the truth is be prepared to pay ONLY 50% and less that the...

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  • Wood carvings

    Wood carvings make really good buys.Before buying make sure the carving doesn't has any even small perforation as it will turn to the big one soon (especially when you take this to place with completely different climate conditions). Price depends on the size of carving and quantity you want to buy, but remember that you can always negotiate...

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  • Coloured paintings

    Hand maid (by local inhabitants) paintins - variety of lively colours and matters they represent is admirable.Look very nice and were very welcome by people I gave some... The price depends of the size and quantity you want to buy, but you can of course negociate. Pitchers at the small side streets demand less prices (intead of those in the...

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  • Sea-shells

    If you want to bring some she-shells from Cayo Levantado you don't have to buy them from the vendors. You can easily collect them yourself on one of the beaches (left direction from the place where you disembark from the boat)

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  • " You can have a good occasion!! "

    In the Bedouin's tents, you could find and buy good silk and good carpets for few dollars!!!Venta Club "Marsa Alam" have also an excellent boutique and a shop in itself!! The arabian people have their " art to negotiate ": it's fun to buy something with them!! Everything is cheap!!!

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  • TRUE SHOPPING

    OKThis kind of vendors are all over the country, so you won't get to scape them, but they peddle some items that would cost you a lot more in the local shops, for example; "The Mamajuanas" this is an empty bottle of rum, filled with pieces of varied roots and local woods, that you add the local rum "Brugal" to, and it has to settled for sometime...

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  • LARIMAR

    Volcanic phenomena Larimar is a blue pectolite, and a result of vulcanic activity, which ocurred many million years ago on the island of "La Hispañola". Its crystallization took place when the volcanic lava was cooling off as columns in the tubular "chimneys", in which these pectolites, andesites, basalts and other minerals formed.The most...

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  • TRUE SHOPPING

    LOCAL SHOPS: When buying at local shops, no dealing on prices is accepted on any item on the store, prices on tags are pretty much what's expected at check out, this differs greatly on street vendors and other non localized sales, prices are about 2/3 over of what your're expected to pay after barter for any item, this includes food, toys and...

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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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