Puerto Vallarta Shopping and Districts
(Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico)
Shopping in Puerto Vallarta comes in various guises. The daily local markets (mercados) are a good place to begin your shopping in Puerto Vallarta and whilst full of bargains, it is likely that you will need to search hard for the best quality goods and souvenirs.
Many visitors staying in Puerto Vallarta prefer to head to the centrally located shops, where you are able to purchase folk art, silver jewellery, beachwear, T-shirts, clothing and a host of fashion accessories. Various commercial art galleries are also popular in central Puerto Vallarta, selling an assortment of local handicrafts, hand-blown glass and wall hangings, especially around the Mercado de Artesanias on the Avenida Rodriguez.
Where to Shop
An increasing number of large shopping malls are located along the Francisco Ascencio, the main airport road, which links central Puerto Vallarta with the lively Hotel Zone and the city's marina.
These shopping centres will not disappoint and sell everything that you could image and possibly need, with most housing supermarkets, and even bars and cinemas.
A good selection of shops is located around the Marina Vallarta and various parts of the Malecón boardwalk.
Around the Marina Vallarta, the main shopping plazas include both the Plaza Neptuno and the Plaza Marina, where shops are clustered, along with bars, cafes and other eateries.
Even on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta you can expect to find local traders approaching you in an attempt to sell their wares.