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Shopping in Santo Domingo will turn up unique and interesting items,from crafts handmade by local residents to amber and semi-precious stones. Look for fine art, fashions, ceramics, and, in particular, the coffee, rum, and cigars that South America is famous for.
Of course, like any other large city, Santo Domingo has tons of malls, shopping centers, and supermarkets. Major chains from all around the world are continually moving in and setting up shop. While tourist-related amenities are usually open all day, many other shops close down from 12:30 to 2:30 for Siesta. The amount of items you can bring back to the United States Duty Free Varies, but generally, $800 worth of items can be brought back duty free including 2 liters of alcoholic beverages. The limit is set by United States Customs, and you should always check with them prior to departure to verify the amount and items that can be brought back duty-free. Duty-free shopping is also available at airports and at various locations in the city. All duty-free items must be claimed at the airport prior to departure. If you bring back items exceeding the duty-free total, you will be expected to pay duty at the airport where you claim your items. Cash and credit cards are accepted, but checks are not. For more information on duty and regulations, visit http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vac... .
Santo Domingo has several large shopping centers that offer just about everything and you can usually dicker about the price. The Mercado Modelo, at Avenida Mella is a giant farmer's market and gift shop, offering gifts and souvenirs as well as meats, coffee, fruits and vegetables.
The Casa Verde is a gift shop at Isabel la Catolica No. 152, not far from the Catolica Cathedral, and is one of the best gift shops in the city. Finally, the Colonial Zone is home to many gift shops that are well within walking distance from the many attractions found there.
For more information on shopping in Santo Domingo, visit http://www.santodomingotourism.com/sh...