The Dominican Republic is the world's premium source of amber. The variety of colours and density surpass all other sources of this gem. Amber, a fossil resin, is only one of a few substances considered a gem that is not a mineral.

Amber is formed when tree sap dries up and hardens - anywhere from 25 to 40 million years ago. Due to the year-round warm climate of the Dominican, the amber found here also has a higher concentration of fossils and insects than anywhere else in the world.

Amber from the Dominican Republic is highly sought-after by collectors and scientists alike. If you're buying amber products such as jewelry, make sure to buy from a reputable source such as Harrison's Jewellery and Museo de Ambar y Larimar in Palma Real Shopping Village.

Just about every resort in Punta Cana has a selection of gift shops, souvenir stores and boutiques. But prices do tend to be higher at the resorts than at the beach stalls and local markets. If you're up for a little shopping adventure, visit one of several local shopping centres located outside of the resorts.