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Flea Markets on the Beach?????

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Flea Markets on the Beach?????

Will be staying at the Punta Cana Princess, is the're any flea markets on the beach in walking distance? If so how far of a walk?

Looking to buy a ring with the Domincan stone, what could I expect to pay?

Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Flea Markets on the Beach?????

There is a beach market to the left (face the ocean) about 15 mins with all sorts of stuff but the prices are pretty high when not negotiated and still high once negotiated. Walk to the right about 35 min just after the Palladium complex, turn up and walk away from the beach, turn left at the first street and you are in the village of El Cortecito.

do not buy a ring from the beach huts. You can't guarantee that it is real.

The price you will pay depends on the weight of the stone and naturally the quality. There was a shop in Cortecito that had some nice jewelry at about the same price as I found at a cigar shop PCMike took us to. The shop is called Cussie Boutique. The prices are fixed, the merchandise doesn't look like the same crap that you will find in many of the stores. Another shopping place for Sarongs and those colourful Dominican paintings is Los Pinos Plaza almost across the street. Almost next to that is the grocery store for good prices on coffee and rum. These three shops (I should call them the golden triangle) are all close to each other, near the end of the street you first come to. You will get hounded all the way down the street. but the grocery store, Los Pinos (fixed prices also and very very reasonable - ie buy a larger painting get two smaller ones free), and cussie boutique (which also has a great courtyard area and a specacular view of the beach) are great no hassle shopping experiences.

You can also go into the Plaza Bavaro area not far from the front gates of the hotel, walk to the left along the golf course, past the Caribe Princess, Paradisus, and then stay left where you will find the tower casino and voila you are in the area for more shopping, visiting bars, and stopping by Steve's corner bar..

El cortecito had better prices.

The lobby of the Caribe Princess has a jewelry kiosk also with fantastic pieces but the prices were fantastic also, prob starting at 200$. I can't remember for the life of me if the PCP had a jewelry store on site...

Edited: 26 February 2011, 11:49
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2. Re: Flea Markets on the Beach?????

Avoid what they call "Dominican Jade".. We call it "Plastic" in the UK...

If you're going to spend a large amount stick to Jewelry stores that you'll find at Palma Real shopping Mall or places like that....Not Beach Vendors or Flea Markets..

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3. Re: Flea Markets on the Beach?????

Thanks dropusaline, very informative, lots of info there, will check it out.

Sparky1955, got a good laugh, Dominican Jade, "Plastic"

Thanks!!!!!!

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4. Re: Flea Markets on the Beach?????

I don't know if you would call them flea markets but there are vendors on the beach...pay no more than 70% of the asking price...just walk away if you can not get that...there are many more places that will have the same thing.

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5. Re: Flea Markets on the Beach?????

Mayan_Gringo,

Vendors, your right, wrong choice of words, thanks for the tip, 70%

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6. Re: Flea Markets on the Beach?????

I wouldn't go that high...50%..Lol

Sparky

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7. Re: Flea Markets on the Beach?????

Yes... PCP has a shop with jewelry on premises.... Nothing great.

If you do go to Plaza Bavaro to shop, for the most part you'll see store after store with the same cheapo souvenir-style stuff. But, if you go all the way to the back of the "mall" you'll see what looks like a "real" jewelry store with nice glass cases... definitely looks more upscale than the other shops. They had some lovely jewelry, very well priced. Lots of larimar and amber.

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8. Re: Flea Markets on the Beach?????

The resorts usually have vendors set up near their lobbies on certain nights where you would be able to haggle down the prices of larimar jewelry if you do not want to walk to the markets on the beach.

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9. Re: Flea Markets on the Beach?????

Thank you all.!!!

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10. Re: Flea Markets on the Beach?????

The on site weekly vendor bazar is a joke. Things are very expensive and they don't want to negotiate very much. Besides being convenient, I wouldn't say that is the best place to buy a nice piece of jewelry.