Open boxes of cigars on shelves in a shop.

Best Shopping in Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is a great place for all your shopping needs, whether you’re looking for fine art and jewelry, everyday staples, or perishable souvenirs like Dominican rum, cigars, and coffee.

Kitesurfing at Lincoln City Beach. Photo © Elaine Giadone/123rf.

Things to Do in Lincoln City, OR

Lincoln City, once five separate fishing and logging towns, is now a destination for travelers seeking its beautiful 7.5-mile beach. There’s plenty to do there and in town, and here’s a round-up of the best.

Guatemalan huipiles are common handicrafts that are often hung in houses and hotels as decor. Photo © Al Argueta.

Shopping in Guatemala City

You can find almost anything you might possibly want or need in Guatemala City. In addition to many modern shopping malls stocked with the latest fashions and electronics, there are handicrafts centers, galleries, and bookstores catering to both Spanish and English readers.

Off-street art gallery in Cuba. Photo © Brian Snelson, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Where to Find Cuban Arts and Crafts

The Cuban government bans the sale and export of antiques. Hence, there are no stores selling antiques to tourists. Fortunately, there are an abundance of galleries and markets that feature handmade items and artworks, from souvenir-style trinkets and kitsch to collectable pieces.

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Saigon’s Ben Thanh Market

Easily the most recognizable structure in Saigon, Ben Thanh Market–located at the north edge of Quach Thi Trang roundabout–is the original commercial heart of the city and a prime spot for souvenir shopping. Learn about its history and its popular day and night markets.

The colorful Paisa town of Jericó. Photo © Flaperval/123rf.

Visit Jericó, Colombia’s Paisa Cowboy Outpost

Jericó and Jardín are two (colorfully painted) peas in the same pod. Both are fiercely traditional Paisa pueblos, and they won’t change for anybody. Of the two, Jericó feels more remote, and less visited, and therein lies its charm. Visit for its unique handicraft, the carriel, and its sleepy streets lined with brightly colored wooden balconies and doors that are a playground for shutterbugs.