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Shopping is an adventure in the Dominican Republic. Here you’ll find everything from traditional artisan crafts to handmade jewelry to high-end fashion. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best shopping in Dominican Republic:
In Punta Cana, the place to shop is Palma Real Shopping Village, located in Bàvaro, next to Punta Cana. Here’s you'll find designer stores such as Armani, Swarovski, Guess and Vince Camuto. At San Juan Shopping Center, in Bàvaro-Punta Cana, you’ll see typical artisanal crafts, such as Taíno sculptures, typical seashell-made jewelry, organic handmade oils scented with coconut, carrot and monoi (coconut and Tahitian gardenia) and local sweets.
If you're in Santo Domingo, head to Blue Mall, the newest shopping destination where international brands like Ferragamo, Carolina Herrera, MAC Cosmetics, L'Occitane and Louis Vuitton have all set up shop.
Novo-Centro, located on Lope de Vega Avenue, is the most contemporary architectural concept in the Dominican Republic. NovoCentro is an 18-story building comprised of a boutique hotel, corporate offices and a four-level shopping center that blends brand names with local designers. Pekepolis is a children's park in Novo-Centro, so your kids can stay entertained while you hit the stores.