One of the great attractions of going on vacation is to spend time shopping. In fact, some people visit places with the main purpose of going shopping and discovering the best establishments in the area. If this is your case and you want to go shopping in Punta Cana, you are in luck. You can find many options, from shopping centers to plazas with all kinds of souvenirs and handicraft products.
Join us for a tour of the most recommended stores in Punta Cana for shopping, stores that we recommend even to our brother-in-law.
Before listing the stores, we are going to organize the places by zones, so that you can find them more easily. Keep in mind that Punta Cana is quite large, and if you want to go shopping it is best to organize the route according to the place where you are.
That said, let's start highlighting the best stores to enjoy a day of shopping.
In the Bávaro area you can find a large number of clothing, souvenir and handicraft stores. One of the most prominent is El Cortecito and Los Corales, one of the sites with the highest volume of tourists, with supermarkets and all kinds of stalls where you can find a wide selection of souvenirs to take home, seasonal clothing, handicrafts and much more.
Another option is Palma Real Shopping Village, where in addition to exclusive brand stores there are fashion boutiques, cinemas, hypermarkets and many other establishments where you can enjoy a full day of shopping.
If you are looking for something more specific, the Plaza Bávaro shopping center specializes mainly in souvenirs to give as gifts when you return from your vacation. All in an environment that tourists do not expect, where luxury and local culture merge.
An alternative that is also highly recommended in Bávaro is the Plaza San Juan Shopping Center, more economical than the previous ones because you can find offers and promotions in clothing, footwear and souvenir stores. There are also establishments of well-known brands, and outdoor games for the little ones in the family to have fun and have a good time.
If you want to combine shopping with a bit of beach, the Uvero Alto area is what you are looking for. Here you can find several craft markets where you can buy sculptures, paintings and items inspired by the traditional culture of the area, such as Taíno Shop. There are also places where in addition to your purchases you can get a relaxing massage or enjoy a spa, after haggling with the vendors for those fridge magnets or key chains for your friends.
In addition, if you are a lover of tobacco and rum, there are several stores where you can get high quality cigars, and local rum of well-known brands, such as Brugal.
Another interesting area for shopping in Punta Cana is Cabeza de Toro. Here you can find clothing stores with all kinds of hats, caps, T-shirts and souvenirs. There are also supermarkets where you can buy some typical products and enjoy them when you get to your hotel or resort, or cook them there if your accommodation allows you to do so.
Of course, you can also make a stop on your shopping day in Punta Cana and visit one of the restaurants in Cabeza de Toro, with something for everyone. You can find everything from tapas to vegan dishes, as well as traditional fresh seafood and roasts.
Finally, Cap Cana also has interesting shopping options. For example, the area where the Marina is located is a perfect shopping center, where you will find stores of well-known clothing brands, jewelry stores and even several fishing stores, where many tourists come to embark and go out to enjoy this sport.
Not to mention the craft stores, with all kinds of souvenirs such as paintings, traditional gifts like the Dominican cigar or a bottle of rum to take to family and friends.
There are many more options for shopping in Punta Cana, such as Punta Cana Village, an open-air mall where the stores are located between arches and pillars, creating a very artistic effect and worth walking through. It is right in front of the airport.
A little farther, following the road leading to the airport, but not too far away, is Blue Mall Punta Cana, an indoor mall, with clothing stores of very famous brands, restaurants, children's areas and even an area where you can sit and enjoy shows where water is the protagonist. Most visitors rate it as the best shopping area in Punta Cana.
If you want to go home with a souvenir of your vacation in the Dominican Republic, there are many interesting options to choose from. Some of the gifts are quite classic, and there are even some typical products that surely a family member or friend will have asked you for when they heard you were coming to Punta Cana.
Some typical gift ideas when you come to visit this corner of the Caribbean are: