Bella Mare Shopping Tour
Bella Mare Shopping Tour
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Duration: 1-2 hours
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NotaNewf
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We were told by our tour guide that we had a complimentary shopping trip. Pickup was smooth but immediately in turning into the parking lot I knew something was wrong. The building was unmarked and in poor condition. Walking inside we were asked to go see the cigar “maker” after multiple times telling them we did not smoke. The workers were very pushy and when you looked up the items online they are a lot cheaper. Everything is tagged in USD and you pay in USD but your receipt is in Dominican Peso. When I converted it they actually took an extra $4 USD. This place is a tourist trap, plain and simple.
Written 5 November 2023
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Chris P
Wolf Point, MT11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This was a very fun place to be at. They gave us a free cigar upon entering and had very reasonable prices on their items. They also gave us free rum samples to taste. The workers were all friendly without being pushy as many in the DR are. I would recommend this to anyone.
Written 10 March 2020
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Vsshah1995
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We were taken there for shopping from the hotel, being told they are doing us a favour by providing a shuttle to local shops, but in fact the prices were a rip of $ 7 for a chocolate and $ for coffee, $15 for jam.
What a wastage of time and then loaded into the car with a lot people after waiting a while to get back.
Rum whose name even not even heard of, by being told only they sell this local rum.

Lastly having a container for tip for everything.

Please avoid this place .
Written 14 October 2022
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Nathan H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We set up the trip through the concierge at our hotel, it is free and runs twice per day around 9 am and 2 pm depending on which resort you are staying at.

The shopping trip starts with a very brief informational session on how cigars are made and then we were each give a small cigar to smoke that was freshly rolled by their expert cigar maker. They had jewelry, coffee, chocolate, rum and of course cigars for sale. Pretty good prices and you could sample everything which was a huge plus. I am not usually one for shopping, but the folks there weren’t pushy and the prices really were quite reasonable compared to everything else we had seen.

Definitely recommend if you are looking for souvenirs or gifts to take back home, 5/5.
Written 21 January 2023
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Kelly G
Regina, Canada24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We signed up for this tour from our Sunwing rep who explained it would be a nice, shopping trip to an air conditioned mall and showed us pictures of what it looked like. We were waiting in our hotel lobby for a 12:20 pickup and at that time a guy came over and said "Shopping?". We said yes. "2 people?" We said yes, and asked him if he was from Sunwing. He said yes. We got in the van thinking this was what we were looking for, but he took us to a small strip mall type place (see white van on left hand side of photo). If this is where you are taken it is the wrong place! The scammers simply take you to the store of their buddies and hope you'll buy something there. We got out of the van and realized right away what was happening. We got back in the van and the driver said he'd take us to the mall, but I meanwhile googled the directions to the Belle Mare mall and he had turned left instead of right on the main drag, which would have taken us to the Belle Mare mall. I knew he was going the wrong way. He took us to another "mall", which was obviously not the mall we wanted either and we demanded he take us back to our hotel immediately. When we got back we spoke to the Sunwing rep who was happy to hear what had happened because he said they were getting alot of no-show's lately and couldnt' figure out why....well it's because scammers were picking up the passengers instead of the actual shuttle that had been booked. So be careful! If the driver doesn't know your name or room number, don't get in!

Meanwhile, we never actually made it to the Belle Mare mall, which looked nice.
Written 28 March 2024
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Jason S
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Took a quick trip here from our resort. The staff was very helpful. They have someone rolling cigars directly in front of you which is awesome.

The pricing of the souvenirs was expensive. Higher than even your resort gift shop.

This is a skip in my opinion. Unless you are looking for something free to get your out of your resort.
Written 19 October 2023
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Stac
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
This was a tourist trap. Only resorts send them there for very overpriced. Many items made in China. They said shuttle every 15 minutes but took two hours waiting g for shuttle with 20 minutes of shopping. Avoid if possible.
Written 26 January 2023
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Miguel C
Camarillo, CA124 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Tourist trap. Avoid at all costs. Ask a cab to take you to a shopping center where locals go.

They'll pick you up free, but make their money on overpriced goods. Also, when done, you'll wait a while to get back to your hotel... waste of hours of your vacation.
Written 12 July 2021
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Nick W
Margate, UK55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Asked tui rep for a shopping trip and was advised about this. Free pick up and return. Should have known straight away that nothing is free. Took 20 minutes to get there and found it extreme waste of time. Items to buy very expensive and above reasonable. £5 for a bar of chocolate. Other items were over priced on the guise of locally produced. Came away purchasing nothing and really only spent 20 minutes walking around. Had to wait 30 mins for ride back to hotel which took another 40 mins. Not a good couple of hours.
Written 27 January 2022
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Arch S
London, UK108 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
What a load of rubbish. We were the only 2 people in a half stocked warehouse like building with 20 staff. We walked in and 2 mins later walked out. An obvious set up as a tourist trap with ridiculous inflated prices.
Written 8 September 2022
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