With pastimes such as zip lining, kayaking, windsurfing, and exploring lush beaches, it’s hard to take a day off from all the exciting activities and excursions in Punta Cana. This region is usually known as a hotspot for thrill-seekers, but when you need to take a day to slow down, the Palma Real Shopping Village is the perfect place to relax, eat, and, of course, shop. Fully outfitted with both local designers and well-known American shops, this village is a solid setting for your shopping day. It’s a more relaxed outing by Punta Cana standards, but it will surely leave you with some of your favorite memories of the Dominican Republic.
If your idea of the perfect shopping day revolves around new clothes and checking out local designers, the Palma Real Shopping Village has you covered. Head over to Altamar, where you can check out trendy threads and pick up an outfit to wear the next time you hit the Punta Cana nightlife. You can also commemorate your vacation with a timeless scarf from Desigual. If American-style stores are more your speed, the village also features retailers such as Guess, Billabong, Puma, and Nautica.
Even when you have to return to your real life, keep your memories of Punta Cana close by with a souvenir. The Palma Real Shopping Village has plenty of places to pick up mementos of your trip, either to give to friends and family or to keep for yourself. Check out the Stop in Shop, which carries a variety of brands of sunglasses, hats, and other beach staples, or stop by the Super Lama, a supermarket that carries a number of low-cost souvenirs.
A little sparkle never hurt anyone, and in Punta Cana, the jewels are impressive and the price is right. Check out the Swarovski store for great deals on radiant crystal rings, necklaces, bracelets, and other accessories. If you have a charm bracelet, you can also nab a Punta Cana charm from the Pandora-Montblac store.
Shopping’s no fun on an empty stomach, so make sure you leave some time in your shopping day for one of the amazing restaurants housed at the Palma Real Shopping Village. For American-style fare, the Hard Rock Cafe serves up burgers, fries and shakes, and the Outback Steakhouse offers steak, shrimp, and its famous Bloomin’ Onion. Looking for something more exotic? El Burrito serves up quick Caribbean flavors, Umi Lounge gives shoppers a taste of Japan, and Gustoso offers traditional Italian foods, including a sweet finish of authentic gelato.
Whether you’re a total thrill-seeker or you’d rather stop and smell the passion fruit, planning out a day for shopping is a great way to unwind in Punta Cana. Not only will you get to sample some of the best gastro-delights, but you’ll also find impressive deals on everything from souvenirs to shoes—at least until you’re ready to hit the beach again.