Only one thing can top a little retail therapy: taking that shopping trip to the beach. You take a stroll along the sun-soaked white sands of Bavaro Beach and glide to the sound of the calm surf lapping in the background. You arrive at the long row of colorful thatch-roofed huts offering some of the best finds Punta Cana shopping has to offer.
This bazaar-like marketplace is called Bi2JH2O Artisanal Shopping Plaza. No need to try to pronounce it, but if you insist, it sounds something like “bibijagua.” (Get it now?) As you approach each stand, you’re greeted by friendly vendors eagerly calling out to you to examine their wares and enticing you to make a purchase. Browse around the stands overflowing with eclectic goods—one-of-a-kind handicrafts, original artwork, wood carvings, and even handmade musical instruments. These objects are dripping with culture and history, but you can’t resist the tidal pull of jewelry featuring honey-hued amber, coral rosebuds, and blue larimar that seems to reflect the perfect beach day’s sky. If you do manage to drag yourself away (buying a couple pieces you love usually helps), pick up some Dominican cigars for the aficionados back home.
Like an explorer on a treasure hunt, it’s up to you to search through the goods and trinkets to find the glint of that rare gem to bring home like a vacation prize. While you certainly don’t need to haggle, half the fun of this legendary Punta Cana shopping plaza is making the best deal for your treasured find. Bargain away, but be warned: Don’t ask the price unless you’re serious about making a purchase. Vendors are not shy about hounding you to buy, but it’s all in good fun. At the end of the game, everyone is a winner.
Walk away triumphant with your purchases and reward yourself with a cold drink at the refreshment stand nearby. Show off your finds to your friends and regale them with the tale of your bargaining victory.