Our shopping tour begins in Santo Domingo’s Colonial District, where we will take you back in time at the Amber Museum. You’ll learn about how this precious stone is made and view the museum’s unique collection of Dominican amber, said to be the most transparent in the world. We’ll also see one of the island’s most exquisite and coveted exports, the Larimar. This beautiful blue stone is only found in the Dominican Republic. It is said to resemble the colour of the Caribbean Sea and is a classic source of inspiration for Dominican jewellers.
The Caribbean is famous for its rum and Dominican rum is up there with the best of them. Our next stop is a distillery where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the history of every pirate’s favourite tipple, see the production process for yourself, taste the finished product and buy a bottle if you wish.
Our discovery of local products continues with a stop to appreciate the many varieties of traditional sweets and candies made locally. You can pick up a traditional Dominican dessert here, if you’d like.
As we stroll through the narrow, colonial streets we will arrive at one of the biggest art galleries in the country. Here you’ll learn about our colourful paintings, wooden handicrafts, musical instruments, merengue and bachata music. The gift shop is a souvenir hunter’s nirvana!
Our next stop is a cigar factory store to learn why the Dominican Republic is famous for its fine, handmade cigars. If you like, buy one as a gift for friends back home — an original present from your travels.
A journey through the most famous products of the Dominican Republic would not be complete without a chocolate experience! Find out why Dominican cocoa is considered some of the world’s best and discover the chocolate-making process, from farm to factory. You have the option to have a go at making your own chocolate here (please note there is an additional cost). The finest Dominican chocolate gift store that offers sumptuous products at factory prices await those who want to cut out the middleman and get on with consuming all that cocoa-y goodness.
After our Made in Santo Domingo tour ends, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on which restaurants to visit and which secret local spots to discover.