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Blue Mall Punta Cana

One of the newest and largest shopping malls in the DR outside of Santo Domingo and Santiago, Blue Mall Punta Cana is popular with locals and tourists, a mostly indoor mall. The main investors are Dominican and Venezuelan (he moved to the DR a few years ago, though he has other investments elsewhere in the DR, other islands of the Caribbean, and in his native Venezuela). It has a modern architecture on the inside, while outside it has various accents of thatch roofs and plenty of blue at the main entrance, unlike the Blue Mall Santo Domingo. Everything is in one floor. It has a Hard Rock Café that looks towards a fountain that does some fancy displays with the water and colored lights. The largest Zara store in Latin America was inaugurated in this place. Very nice place for spending some time window shopping, people watching, actually shopping, dinning, etc. It also has an open air amphitheater.

Aerial view of the parts of the mall that has been finished thus far.

The fancy fountain that especially at night plays with water and colored lights is to the right, visible from the main road in Punta Cana.

The main atrium with fake fan palms.

At carnival times many places in the DR include parades and several custumes. The La Vega Carnival is the most colorful one in the country. Punta Cana started to celebrate its own carnival at the main avenue in Puntacana Village.

The largest Zara store in Latin America.

The Dominican ice cream chain Valentino has a store here too.

Another Dominican chain, Café Santo Domingo, coffee shop has a presence here too.

An electric car company targeting the Dominican consumers. It's a brand from Spanish America and offers electric vehicles.

The only mall in the DR where signs are in Spanish and in English.

Hard Rock Café is also present in this mall.


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Ocean Adventures Punta Cana

A very popular show that takes place in a mock pirate ship off the coast of Punta Cana. They also offer other activities such as snorkeling, swimming with sea creatures in areas designed for that, etc. It must be said that for centuries the Caribbean area was affected by pirates, mainly attacking Spanish towns along the coasts and treasure laden Spanish ships heading from the Spanish Caribbean back to Spain. In fact, the original purpose of Puerto Rico was to offer a safe passage via the Mona Strait to ships heading from Santo Domingo to southern Spain. The island of Hispaniola became the first place where piracy was practiced against the Spanish. The nearby island of Tortuga (means turtle in Spanish, named like that by Columbus on his first voyage because the land looked like a turtle from the sea) became a hotbed of the first pirates and buccaneers in the New World. Although it had men from many nationalities, the French outnumber them all and later France gave them its official support and protection.

In Disney's movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" its often made reference to the island of Tortuga, this is the place. Not only was Santo Domingo attacked by pirates on several occassions and falling to Sir Francis Drake in 1586, but also Puerto Plata on the north coast was attacked too. Even places inland such as Santiago de los Caballeros was attacked by pirates that would make the trek from the north coast to inland searching for the riches of the Spanish towns. Some parts along the Dominican coast still have names of several pirates, such as Cofresí near Puerto Plata, a pirate by that name who also attacked Puerto Rico and that island also has a place along the coast named after him.

Even in folklore the impact of Hispaniola is felt.

One of the scenes in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" where Tortuga is clearly referenced by an actor playing a pirate. By the way, there was a real pirate with a wooden leg that once attacked Santo Domingo.

Map of the invasion by land and sea against Santo Domingo by the English pirate Sir Francis Drake in 1586.

Tortuga Island is the largest landmass off the northwest coast of Hispaniola, the birth of piracy settlement in the Western Hemisphere.


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