In the beach: "Local Craft" Top 5 Page for this destination Punta Cana Shopping Tip by micas_pt

Punta Cana Shopping: 19 reviews and 20 photos

by micas_pt

What to buy: In the resort’s beach you will find people selling:
. colourful paintings of local customs (or not). Watch out for the vendors. They will try to persuade you that they are canvas with oil paintings and to demonstrate they will throw water at it without damaging. Not true in most cases. They use some kind of fabric and use water paintings, then apply varnish on it so it looks like oil paintings.
. fossilized wood: looks like stone, not too heavy and not cold, looking closer you can still see the wooden designs. Usually you can find statues of people and animals in this material.
. stones: there are numerous objects made of varied stones, mostly statues of people and animals.
. wooden statues: there are lots of wooden goods, mainly some sculptures (Taino Indians’ replicas) that represent fertility, happiness and other "wishes". They all have a handmade look. There are also animals carved on wood, as well as people. Some of them are just plain wood, some other are painted in some bright colours.

What to pay: It is recommended to barter, especially if it's a street vendor. Sometimes you can pay part in currency and then offer the vendor something - like a t-shirt, some merchandising, ... just in case take with you some pens, or airbrushes or watches or t-shirts that contain adds, ... Sometimes you get to pay just 1/3 or 1/2 of the price initially asked by the vendor.

Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 8, 2005
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