What To Buy In Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Updated 2021

what to buy in punta cana
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Known for a vast real estate of beach land, Punta Cana is an ocean lover’s dream destination. It is a town found in the Dominican Republic, straddling the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll notice the diversity in culture here, a country that enjoys a blend of African, Spanish and Taino traditions. This blend is evident in the variety of souvenirs you can buy, especially the traditional art and craft pieces. If you’re interested in doing some shopping in Punta Cana, you’ll be spoiled for choice. To help you out, here’s a list of 10 things to buy in Punta Cana. Read below to find out what these items are.

1. Rum

BRUGAL WHITE RUM .DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
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The people of the Dominican Republic don’t mean to brag by they say that their rum is the best in the whole world. And when you do try it, you’ll agree with them. Renowned for its strong flavor, this rum has left many in wonder. That’s why when you’re in Punta Cana, you had better buy a bottle of this as a gift or simply to keep it at home for yourself. It’s mixed in cocktails, some that have coke and others that have fruit juice. Get recipes for these cocktails and let this recipe accompany the bottle of rum when you’re giving it as a gift. Popular brands are Ron Barcelo, Bodegas, and Atlantico. These cost about 500 to 1000 DOP (10 to 20 USD).

Nino's Liquors-Heaven in a Bottle

Address: Avenida Alemania, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

Price: 500 to 1000 DOP (10 to 20 USD)

2. Chocolate

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The Dominican Republic is a cocoa-producing country, one that’s famed for offering the world some of the best cacao beans. It is, therefore, natural that you’ll find lots of chocolate in stores around Punta Cana. Their chocolate is dark and rich, standing up among the best in the world. If you want to try this for yourself, head to Del Oro Chocolate Factory in Punta Cana where short tours are often conducted. While here, you can buy some of their best chocolate at their gift shop. Also visit Chocolate & Cia, a chocolate shop in the heart of Punta Cana. Dominican chocolate costs from 500 DOP (10 USD).

Chocolate & Cia

Address: Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

Price: 500 DOP (10 USD)

3. Coffee

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If you want rich coffee then the Dominican Republic is the right place to look for it. The people have mastered the art of growing their coffee, planting the crops in the country’s mountain area. It could be this that gives it the strong flavor. This makes their coffee a good choice for a gift when you’re in Punta Cana. The most prized coffee is Santo Domingo Coffee which is a specialty kind that’s loved for its rich aroma. You will spend roughly from 220 DOP (5 USD) for the coffee.

Must Sweet & Coffee

Address: Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

Price: from 220 DOP (5 USD)

4. Local art

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There’s no better way to get a feel for the culture than by experiencing the art of a region. In the Dominican Republic, you’ll experience lots of artwork, by local artists, reflecting the country’s diversity in culture. A mashup of nationalities makes up the fabric of this country which is home to people of Spanish, African and Taino descent. You’ll notice the influences in the colorful paintings and handicrafts. Stroll through the souvenir stalls that are found in Punta Cana and sample some of the art they have for sale. You can also visit the local art galleries. These pieces cost upwards from 5000 DOP (98 USD).

Local Art

Where to buy: Town center

Price: 5000 DOP (98 USD)

5. Jewelry

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Buy some jewelry to give as gifts to your loved ones, when you’re in Punta Cana. You are likely to find some very stunning items at a very affordable price. The best part is that the jewelry you buy here is handmade so you are certain to get something unique. Browse through the selections at Harrison’s Fine Caribbean Jewelers where you’ll definitely find something at your price point, from budget items to the costlier ones. Open-air markets also have one-of-a-kind jewelry and are often cheaper than those found in stores. You can spend from 500 DOP to 25,000 DOP (10 USD to 500 USD).

La Reina Dominicana

Address: Punta Cana, La Altagracia 23000, Dominican Republic

Price: from 500 DOP to 25,000 DOP (10 USD to 500 USD)

6. Cigars

Romeo Y Julieta Churchill Cigars Tubo
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If you’re a lover of cigars, then the Dominican Republic is a good place to experience them. Buy these as souvenirs or gifts and enjoy their distinctive taste and smell. Dominican cigars are handmade, derived from locally grown tobacco. You can buy the cigars in various cigar shops in Punta Cana, for instance, Don Lucas Cigars. If you want good cigars, prepare to spend from 200 DOP (4 USD).

La Reina Dominicana

Address: Punta Cana, La Altagracia 23000, Dominican Republic

Price: from 200 DOP (4 USD)

7. Clothing

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Posted by Palma Real Shopping Village on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

If you’re in the Dominican Republic, be sure to stroll through the market stalls and check out the variety of clothing they have for sale there. The best items to buy, among these, are the local clothing. Influenced by the blend of African and Spanish cultures, you’ll find colorful and vibrant clothes to choose from. Spend some time at Palma Real Shopping Village where you’ll find, not only traditional clothing but also designer ones as well. You can also stroll through Caribbean Street and browse through the beautiful items in stock. You’ll spend about 2000 DOP (40 USD) for an item of clothing.

Clothing

Address: Avenida Barceló 57, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

Price: 2000 DOP (40 USD)

Website: Palma Real Shopping Village

8. Mama Juana

Candela Mamajuana bottle in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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This is a unique drink that is native to the Dominican Republic. It’s made by mixing red wine, rum and honey then a specific tree bark soaks in the concoction together with some local herbs. The resultant beverage is a port-tasting drink. It is considered to have various health benefits as well as the usual intoxicating appeal. Thankfully, this drink is sold ready to drink and you’ll find it in various wine stores in Punta Cana. A bottle costs about 800 DOP (15 USD).

Nino's Liquors-Heaven in a Bottle

Address: Avenida Alemania, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

Price: 800 DOP (15 USD)

9. Larimar stone

Larimar - Variety of Pektolite
Source: Photo by user Ra'ike used under CC BY-SA 3.0

This is a beautiful, blue mineral stone that is found in the Dominican Republic. It’s a perfect item to buy since the Larimar cannot be gotten anywhere else in the world. The locals believe that this stone protects against negative energy. However, simply buy it for its beauty. Larimar’s with a darker blue hue are more expensive but do note that this coloration fades when exposed to lots of light. You can buy jewelry made of this stone costing from 500 DOP (10 USD).

Hand Made Jewelry Blue Mall

Address: Blue Mall, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Price: from 500 DOP (10 USD)

10. Christmas ornaments

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Finally, if you happen to be in the Dominican Republic during the festive season, why not buy some Christmas ornaments? The country has lots of craftsmen and women who create stunning handmade items that will make for a unique Christmas decoration for your home. You’ll find decorations made of straw or even wood, made in the form of domestic animals and embellished with ribbons. Buy these from local vendors or in Palma Real Shopping Village. You’ll spend from 250 DOP (5 USD).

Christmas ornaments

Address: Avenida Barceló 57, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

Price: from 250 DOP (5 USD)

Website: Palma Real Shopping Village

Unique items in Punta Cana

Find unique items in Punta Cana, which represent the country’s diverse culture. From the art to the clothing, there is no shortage of items to choose from. Stroll through the markets and malls and browse through the wide selection of products in stock. The best part is that most of the things to buy on our list above are quite affordable so you don’t have to break the bank.

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