The best places to go shopping in Punta Cana include some of the region’s modern malls, quaint boutiques, and family-friendly dining and retail complexes. Most of the shops in the tourist neighborhoods sell a variety of Dominican coffee, rum, and cigars. The artisan markets and boutiques are the best places to buy jewelry made with Larimar – a precious stone only found in the Dominican Republic.

    At the more informal shopping locations and markets, you must be prepared to bargain to get the best deal. Haggling is an integral part of the Dominican shopping experience, and all vendors will expect you to negotiate the price. To help you have a memorable shopping experience, check out our roundup of the best places to go shopping in Punta Cana.

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    Plaza Bávaro

    Practice your bargaining skills while shopping for local souvenirs

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    Plaza Bávaro is a shopping mall in the neighbourhood of Bávaro. You can find stores selling clothing, jewelry and locally made handicrafts, cigars and other island souvenirs. There is also a pharmacy and DHL shipping station, plus several money exchanges.

    Plaza Bávaro is a fun place to mingle with locals as they go about their daily shopping. However, many of the items here are priced for tourists. As a visitor, you must be willing to haggle. It’s best to wander around the shops, bargaining with the vendors until you reach a reasonable price. When you want to take a break, there's a bar in the middle of the mall serving cold beverages and local snacks.

    Location: Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

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    Mundo Autentico

    The best place to buy hand-rolled cigars

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    Mundo Autentico is the souvenir shop attached to the Don Lucas Cigar Factory. If you want to bring cigars home with you, Mundo Autentico is the best place to buy them. You can also purchase other authentic and genuine Dominican Republic products, including amber, larimar, paintings, rum, coffee, cacao and mamajuana. Prices are set, so you don’t need to haggle.

    You can combine a visit to Mundo Autentico with a free tour of the cigar factory. During the tour, learn more about the Dominican history of cigar-making and the process of hand-making cigars – from gathering and preparing the tobacco leaves to rolling them. Inside the same building, you can also visit the Choco Museo, Coffee Museum, and Rum Lounge.

    Location: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: Avenida Barceló, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

    Price: +1 809-466-1212

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    Plaza Bibijagua

    A vibrant market on Bibijagua Beach

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    Plaza Bibijagua is a market on Bibijagua beach, right next to Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort. On a stroll through the collection of stalls, you’ll find beach clothing, snorkeling masks, beach floats, traditional Dominican souvenirs, jewelry, rum, coffee, and mamajuana – a locally made liquor famously known as an aphrodisiac.

    The first price you will be offered on an item is usually very high, so you’ll need to bargain hard to get a good deal. The trick is not to express too much interest in a particular product or the vendor will be reluctant to decrease the price. Visit several booths before settling on a price as other vendors may be more willing to haggle. After shopping, refuel with a fresh coconut beverage or ice-cold Presidente beer. Enjoy a relaxing massage, or have your hair braided!

    Location: Calle Paseo del Sol, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 11 pm

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    Chez Nicole Boutique

    Shop for upscale souvenirs in a posh setting

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    • Luxury

    Chez Nicole Boutique is a high-end store located at the Residencial Palma Real Villas at The Golf Suites. Shoppers looking for high-quality souvenirs, organic wellness products, and locally handmade jewelry could easily spend a couple of hours at this chic boutique.

    Besides shopping, you can discover some local culinary traditions – for free. You can sample Dominican chocolate, learn how cacao is made, taste homemade mamajuana beverages, and watch a demonstration to see how local cigars are traditionally rolled.

    Location: Residencial Palma Real Villas, The Golf Suites, Villa #1, Dominican Republic

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 829-421-2877

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    Galerias at Puntacana Village

    Shopping and dining in a blossoming community

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    • Families

    Galerias at Puntacana Village is a vibrant shopping and dining complex located in front of Punta Cana International Airport and only a few kilometers from the Puntacana Resort & Club. After a day exploring the island, stroll around here and enjoy some window shopping. You’ll find various shops such as Santa Paloma selling items from Latin American designers, Happy Birthday and Gift, and Aurora and Craft.

    Puntacana Village is a charming, family-oriented residential area, so families can enjoy the playground, ice cream parlor, and children’s clothing boutique. There are also several excellent restaurants serving local, Mediterranean, and international cuisines. The restaurants here tend to be less expensive than those at most resorts in the region.

    Location: Boulevard Primero de Noviembre, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 2 am

    Phone: +1 809-959-7325

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    San Juan Shopping Center

    A 1-stop-shop in the heart of Punta Cana

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    San Juan Shopping Center is a great spot offering a wide range of goods near Downtown Punta Cana. Oriented more toward locals, this mall is a cool shopping destination for any visitor interested in mingling with local Dominicans. You’ll find over 60 stores, including a pharmacy, grocery store, designer shops, and national and international brands.

    If you feel like watching a movie, San Juan Shopping Center has 7 movie theaters. To browse products made by Dominican artisans, make a beeline for Las Americas. The gift shop offers a wonderful selection of locally made arts and crafts. You can also see how tobacco products are made or enjoy a cup of coffee.

    Location: Cruce Coco Loco, Avenida Barceló Km. 9, Punta Cana 23301, Dominican Republic

    Open: Daily from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 809-466-6000

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    Blue Mall Punta Cana

    An upscale mall with high-end boutiques

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    Blue Mall Punta Cana is an upmarket shopping mall conveniently located just 2 km from Punta Cana International Airport. The shopping hub is a great place to spend a couple of hours when you feel like escaping the tropical heat.

    The single-floor, air-conditioned mall consists of boutiques selling international brands and excellent cafés and restaurants. There's also a fantastic outdoor arena with a central fountain. Stick around to enjoy one of the incredible water shows with lights and sounds.

    Location: Corner Carretera de Juanillo, Blvd. Turístico del Este, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 809-784-4001

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    Downtown Mall Punta Cana

    A great place for shopping, dining and entertainment

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    • Families

    Downtown Mall Punta Cana is a modern shopping mall in the heart of Bávaro-Punta Cana. It opened in 2018 and has 60 stores spread across 3 floors, plus a wide choice of eateries to suit all palates.

    Combine your shopping spree with a visit to the nearby Downtown Punta Cana – a fun-filled amusement and entertainment hub. Go bathing with dolphins and surfing at the aqua park by day. And at night, celebrate your island vacation at Hard Rock Cafe or Coco Bongo, a top nightlife venue with live performances.

    Location: Avenida Barcelo Km 8, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

    Open: Monday–Friday from 7 am to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 809-466-1391

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    Plaza Uvero Alto

    A unique shopping experience in Punta Cana

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    Plaza Uvero Alto is a shopping mall that you can find as you head north along the east coast of Punta Cana. Take a stroll through the quaint area and plan to spend a few hours here because it’s packed with handicraft stores. Take your time browsing the colorful stalls full of crafts, ceramics, regional paintings, beautifully designed jewelry made with larimar, and other locally made novelties and souvenirs.

    When you find something you like, be prepared to haggle. Though the local storekeepers here are very friendly, they don’t speak much English, so you can either practise your Spanish or bring someone along to help you.

    Location: Carr Uvero Alto, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 809-710-5181

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    Cap Cana

    For a lavish shopping spree in Punta Cana

    • Shoppers
    • Luxury

    Cap Cana offers the ultimate luxury shopping experience in Punta Cana. Situated in the south, the real estate and hotel destination is famous for its high-end resorts and the ocean-facing Punta Espada Golf Club with views of the Caribbean Sea. Dotted around Cap Cana are excellent upscale stores selling art, books, music, designer beach gear, and locally made Dominican’s gifts such as cigars and rum.

    At the Cap Cana Marina, you can shop for larimar gemstones, unique to the Dominican Republic. Step into the store of breakthrough Dominican designer Jenny Polanco. You’ll be tempted to buy something from her beautiful collection of home décor, clothing, jewelry and accessories.

    Location: Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

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    Jacqui de Klerk | Contributing Writer

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