Punta Cana Shopping

Plaza Bávaro Shopping Center

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

Published 10/12/2015

Fodor's Review

The sprawling Plaza Bávaro Shopping Center has dozens of shops spanning two sides of the main street that cuts through its center. It is a Dominican hodgepodge—like a neighborhood without any zoning restrictions. On the side closest to the beach you can find clothing stores, jewelry, cigars, and crafts, as well as money-exchanges, a DHL shipping station, and a pharmacy, all laid out in a square; in the middle is a bar where you can take a beverage break. Across the street, most of the booths sell artwork and handicrafts. And ladies, you'll likely be approached by women offering to braid your hair.

Shopping Information

Address:

Bávaro, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic

Phone:

/No phone

Published 10/12/2015

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Fodorite Reviews

Average Rating

Feb 19, 2016

Constantly barraged and annoyed

Heard about this area on-line etc. we were staying in the cap Cana area. Drove 20 minutes to get into the bavaro shopping area and the beach. It was as advertised but you have to read between the lines. "Where the locals go"- true but not to shop but to work and sell souvenirs and services. This is a dense compact area. We parked in a "free lot". Must pay some one to "watch" your rental car. The shop staff as

you walk by are "helpful"- every shop is helpful and "invite" you into there shop with every step. As a "tourist" you stand out and are in a fish bowl. My daughter and wife had at least 4 occasions of offer to braid their hair for "free" over a span of 50 steps. We became reflexive at saying "gracias no". The shops we were able to eventually work our way into after the constant barrage were standard tourist souvenir shops where haggling is the norm. Just walk away and see how all of a sudden the trinket just got cheaper. I recommend you bring small bills to pay as they will "charge a convenience fee" when providing change in Dominican pesos. We finally were able to get to the beach 2 total blocks and receive some relief when having lunch at Captain cooks. Nice place on the beach for lunch and drinks. Nice view of beach and people watching. In summary be prepared to be constantly approached. I never felt unsafe but was quite annoyed I couldn't walk literally 2 meters (6feet) without being approached and my family surrounded. If staying near by take a shuttle, although parking was "free" I felt the constant dread of the rental car getting damaged. Oh yeah when we were leaving a car was double parked and a "convenience fee" of 100 pesos all of a sudden made the double parked car owners return - how lucky were we that the person watching our car was able to find this individual (sarcasm). This area is a typical tourist trap, got to go,to just look if so inclined or feel obligated. My wife, I and our 5 year old daughter travel a lot and this made us feel like we were in any city "Mexico" as opposed to,our first trip to the DR. This area is highly segregated behind the well manicured walls and gates vs where the "locals go". Behind the walls are the tourist view, the shopping district is the DR's reality.

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