Posted by: rosyroadsadventures | May 24, 2011

Luperón – Shopping & Dining

 N 19° 53.9296′   W 70° 57.1537′

Ventured into town today for the 7 am weekly vegetable market. We were expecting a large assembly of vendors in the town square, and didn’t see any activity, so inquired at Captain Steve’s, a local restaurant. It turned out we needed to go a few blocks farther, and look for one truck along the street with produce laid out on tarps. One man handed out small plastic bags, and people stuffed them with like items, and weighed some of them. Another man sold plantains, and a woman had loaves of bread for sale. It was hard to figure out who was in charge, who to pay, and who to negotiate with. I had my notes in Spanish, including all the numbers I am still trying to memorize. We were the only tourists there. We observed for awhile, and I gathered some items, then a man approached and asked “Finito?” We figured out the damages, and the vendor used his calculator to show the total, which helped the communication. I had been told that gringos wouldn’t get the best prices, although I think we did okay even with poor negotiating.  Later, we saw various trucks loaded with produce going up and down the streets, stopping at the restaurants, where the restaurant owners and other patrons could make purchases.


100 pesos worth of produce, about $2.65 US

We went back to Captain Steve’s for another 100 peso breakfast. One of the specialties today was pineapple-mango juice, made fresh to order, and it was delicious. Captain Steve and his wife, Ana, speak good English and try to cater to the needs of cruisers. They have free internet onsite with lots of plug-ins for laptops. He has a small indoor pool, about the size of a therapy pool that is sparkling clean. (You don’t want to swim in the harbor here for obvious reasons.)  He sells supplies, including limited groceries, and makes arrangements to get certain items upon request. He suggested we visit the local stores for some things, where he said we would get a better deal.  He seems to work hard at keeping a reputation for being fair and honest.  He described business here as highly competitive, and it has been impacted over the past couple of years with the world’s economic woes. Bob bought a box of local cigars that supposedly rival Cuban cigars for $15 US. We don’t know anything about cigars, so hope they are good! They were highly recommended. Those will eventually make their way back to the states to a cigar-smoking friend as soon as we can figure out how to ship them.


Dominican hand-rolled cigars



  1. Hi Elaine — love your blog. Sure looks like the both of you are having a great time. I am so happy you are enjoying yourself — you certainly deserve it. Linda

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