Playa Dorada Mall
Playa Dorada Mall
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suntime23
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Very little there. Many stores vacant. Upstairs vacant. There really is not much to buy. Better options at the airport!
Written 18 April 2024
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BS2022
Ontario, Canada8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Sad to see the decline of this mall. was thriving in past years. Bar and pizza place are great. Really sad to see all the empty stores though.
Written 27 December 2023
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Jamie B
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Mall is pretty decrepit. The vendors were a little aggressive in the more trafficked areas facing the sidewalk leading to the resort, but the ones on the second floor were more easygoing. Shops have the same souvenirs that can be found in any tourist district.

However, the reason I'm writing this review is to let everyone know not to use the red ATM machine near the Banreservas bank in the mall. The Banreservas bank itself is perfectly legitimate and their staff was friendly and professional. The ATM next to it is a total fake, though. I was lucky to get my card back but the machine shut off without dispensing any cash. Your bank should refund you if this occurs, but this is obviously a pretty big inconvenience.

See the photos on this review. Stay away!
Written 20 March 2023
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A G
Ennismore, Canada131 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
My kids and I walked to the Playa Dorada Mall a few times during our stay at the Sunscape. If you are looking for souvenirs, the prices are better than at the resort. You can barter a bit in some, not at all in others. I found the best souvenir shop to be the one on the lower level with the price tags. The other shops do not have price tags and they told me different prices from one day to the next.

My teenage daughter felt very uncomfortable here. Some of the vendors/shop owners are quite aggressive at trying to get you into their store. Really vocal and approaching you. Sometimes “no, gracias” is not enough and you need to ignore them and walk in the other direction.

One day we needed to go to the pharmacy for bandaids. After searching for several minutes, the lady who worked there found one old, dusty box on the back of a shelf. It had been opened already but was just the size we needed for a big cut my daughter had got. (Our resort had a very poor excuse for a first-aid kit). In Canada, this box of bandaids would have cost around $4. This pharmacy wanted $31 US!! We said “no, gracias” and decided to make due with what we could scrounge together at the resort.

Plus side is there is a good variety of souvenirs.
Written 17 March 2023
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M P
Hamilton, Ontario9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
-A lot of stores are closed.
- Some will barter and some will not.
- could not find any washrooms
- typical tourist fair - booze, coffee, close, cigars, trinkets, variety store items
- Have a bar that streams Canadian sports
Written 8 March 2023
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Crystal W
Russell, Canada14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Business
This place is pretty run down - I suspect the pandemic took its toll here on local business. Still I bought my souvenirs here for less then half what they charged at the hotel and we enjoyed getting our cigars here.
Written 5 January 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We were several times here as it was just by our hotel in the Playa Dorada complex.
The mall looks really sad with just a few shops open and very few people.
However, we bought our souvenirs here as well the cigars.
Bargaining is a must for everything, but most important is for cigars. You can make a good business with that reselling them back home.
Here, I'm speaking about the fake Cohiba, Montecristo and others they offer. They will quote a 25 cigar box 150-200 $. Your first offer should be 30-40 $ for that, in order to make a deal at 50 $. Do NOT pay over 50$, they will agree to it when you try to leave the store. I double checked the price here and in town also and bought 5 boxes, each for 50$.
Again, I'm speaking about fake - just check what's the best made box, cigars are OK.
Originals are about the same everywhere, around 10$+ for a piece.
Written 12 February 2022
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Rob K
185 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This mall is located in the centre of the Playa Dorada complex and is pretty much set up for an easy way for tourists to shop for souvenirs, snacks, pharmacy needs, lotions, liquor, jewelry, bars, restaurants, spas and cinema.

It is within easy walking distance from most resorts on good sidewalks. There is not much traffic to worry about, not like going out of Playa Dorada and walking along the main road into town. No one tries to sell you anything on the resort, except for the horse and buggy rides, as they do outside the resort complex.

All of the shops are independently owned and they are aggressive to get your business. They have most of the same product, and prices are close, but I found that if you go the second level, they seem to be more flexible on the prices.

Once in the mall, you are covered from the sun/rain.
Written 16 March 2020
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Jill M
Puerto Plata Province, Dominican Republic32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Don't believe those who say the Amber Museum has the best prices. This mall has great prices on many things. Among other items, I got an amber pendant for about a quarter of the price at other places. And it is beautiful.
Written 3 February 2020
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Pearl M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Great shops and selection! Barter before you buy. Different shops have different prices for the same item!
Written 2 February 2020
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