If you're less interested in jewelry and souvenirs and just want to see some local culture, try heading to Higüey for a dose of real life. This open-air market of meats, fish and produce (and flies and stray dogs) is always bustling with locals. You know, those real people that live outside of the resort and do all the world to make Punta Cana such a wonderful place. Keep in mind that you have to wash any produce you pick up here very carefully. It's a great place for taking pictures and for getting a sample of real Dominican life.