Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Shopping in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: Handcrafts, Souvenirs & Malls
The city of Puerto Plata and its surrounding areas contain rich deposits of amber, giving it the nickname "The Amber Coast". Taking this to heart, the city's famous Amber Museum made an appearance at the beginning of the film "Jurassic Park". In the museum's gift shop, in the stands and markets lining the beach, and on the city streets, you will find beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and other accessories for sale, created from real prehistoric amber!
Like all Latin America, Puerto Plata has many colorful markets where you can not only buy local crafts and collectibles, but also get to know firsthand the customs of the local people. Puerto Plata also offers a few large shopping centers for those travelers who wish to visit boutiques and specialty stores to choose an elegant outfit for the evening, beach clothes, sports goods, or even exclusive jewelry.
Jewelry and Crafts
Insects, plant leaves, delicate flowers and many other natural objects were trapped inside tree resin thousands of years ago. Later fossilized into amber, these pieces are now a unique memory of Puerto Plata that you can take home. Whether by the ocean, at the Amber Museum, or at various shops and stands throughout the city, you can find all types of adornments made from this material.
Many jewelers in Puerto Plata specialize in making necklaces, chokers and bracelets created from "larimar", a rare and beautiful type of volcanic rock found only in the Dominican Republic. There are also many commercial establishments in Puerto Plata where you can buy beautiful decorations made with fine, hand-carved mahogany to place in your home.
Puerto Plata has large commercial centers with diverse locales offering all types of products, from designer clothes and shoes to paintings done by local artists, or beautiful jewelry that combines gold, silver and platinum with amber and larimar. The main shopping centers in Puerto Plata are Plaza Turisol, Playa Dorada Mall, and Plaza Isabela.
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