If you decide to go shopping in Punta Cana, you will find several options for doing so in plazas and malls located near popular hotels and beaches. Shopping centers, clothing stores, supermarkets, craft stores, restaurants, and bars are open and waiting for customers. On the other hand, some hotels and resorts have their own stores within the complex, but you will not find as much variety and price as you can outside of the hotels. Many tourists shop to bring back a souvenir from Punta Cana and also to buy gifts for friends and family back home. The most popular products for gift-giving are Dominican rum, cigarettes, tobacco, and crafts in general.
Blue Mall Punta Cana
Blue Mall Punta Cana is a modern and eco-friendly shopping center that offers a unique combination of entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences. The mall features 86 available spaces, spread out over a total of 18,857 marketable square meters. To the north, you will find an entertainment area, a food court, and three restaurants with terraces built over a tropical oasis. The mall has two main entrances, located on the road to the Punta Cana International Airport and on the road to Juanillo/Cap Cana. There are also four pedestrian entrances on the east and west sides of the building, with two shortcuts to the restaurants, allowing for easy access to any area of the mall. With an investment of around $40 million, BlueMall PuntaCana is the largest shopping center in the area. It boasts modern facilities, entertainment areas, and wide parking spaces that are strategically distributed. All of your favorite brands are present in this mall, including ZARA which has opened its biggest store in the Caribbean with more than 3,200 square meters at Blue Mall Punta Cana
Plaza San Juan Shopping Center
Located in the center of Punta Cana-Bavaro, San Juan Shopping Center is a unique shopping and entertainment experience with over 60 shops and multiple spaces for fun and leisure. The complex features a natural park for walking, bars and restaurants for socializing, and a special area where you can discover the essence of Dominican culture. Here, you can learn how to make tobacco, enjoy a chocolate tea, or watch artisans bring Dominican cultural works to life. In addition to showcasing local culture, San Juan Shopping Center also offers a range of international brands, like IKEA and Samsung. In terms of entertainment and dining, the complex offers a variety of restaurants, including the only Burger King in the area. San Juan Shopping Center has the best cinemas in the area, with seven spacious rooms. For your convenience, the mall also houses a pharmacy, large supermarket, ATMs, and several banks all in one place.
The development of Downtown Punta Cana and the opening of the Downtown Mall in December 2018 are key indicators of the evolution of the Punta Cana area. The new shopping center features over 60 stores across three levels, a large, modern indoor parking garage with capacity for 300 vehicles, in addition to its front parking area. Located at the intersection of Boulevard Turístico del Este and Avenida Barceló, Downtown Mall is a must-visit destination for residents of Verón, Bávaro, Friusa, El Cortecito, and all the hotels in the area. The mall caters to the service and entertainment needs of the growing tourist community in Punta Cana. The project has secured partnerships with major businesses such as Jumbo, the main anchor of the project, as well as Claro, Banco Popular, Scotiabank, Banco del Progreso, Dominos Bistro, Carol Pharmacy, Gastro Gourmet, Ice Cream Bon, Café Santo Domingo, Universal Insurance, and National Car Rental, among others. Since its opening, Downtown Mall has attracted more than 250,000 visitors per month and has quickly become a reference point in the area.
Galerias Punta Cana
The Galerias Punta Cana Mall at Puntacana Village is located within a thriving shopping, dining, and residential complex on the road to the Punta Cana International Airport. The complex was originally built to house employees of the Puntacana Group, but it has since become a popular destination for tourists as well. The village includes churches, an international school, and the Galerias commercial area, which features restaurants, shops, a supermarket, banks with ATMs, a beauty salon, and doctors’ offices. The Galerias is family-friendly, with an ice cream parlor, a playground, and children’s and ladies’ clothing boutiques. The restaurants, which include a variety of ethnic options and even a Wendy’s, are less expensive than those at most resorts. The Galerias is just a two-minute drive from the airport, and the Sheraton Four Points Puntacana Village is across the street.
Bavaro City Center
The Bávaro City Center, a shopping mall in Verón, Punta Cana, opened in 2021. The mall, which covers an area of 27,000 square meters, is designed to provide essential services to the community in which many employees of the tourist centers and other companies in the hotel area reside. The first phase of the mall includes 15,000 square meters of construction and 12,000 square meters divided into 26 commercial units. The main focus of the mall is to provide the local community with basic services such as a supermarket, food centers, health and education in a location close to their homes. The mall will also house the first branch of the OLE supermarket in the area, which will have extended hours until midnight to accommodate residents who work late. Part of the space in the Bávaro City Center will also be used to host the Punta Cana campus of the Universidad Central del Este, which will have a capacity for 3,500 students and offer continuing and postgraduate education to meet the demand for professionals in the area.