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World Class Shopping in Puerto Vallarta

Shopping in Puerto Vallarta goes far beyond buying souvenir T-shirt and vacation keepsakes. In fact, shopping could be Vallarta's biggest attraction - and with most shopkeepers speaking English, prices in pesos and attractive exchange rates, it's easy and rewarding to explore your options...

If shopping is your bag, Puerto Vallarta is a paradise where you’ll always find something to surprise, amaze and delight you. There’s no one specific shopping district in the Banderas Bay area . . . you might find what you’re looking for in a tiny shop, boutique or art gallery on a back street – or in a large department store at one of the area’s modern shopping centers.

On Calles Libertad, Juarez and Morelos, small shops selling traditional Mexican apparel, folk art, and beachwear juxtapose with art galleries and boutiques offering original art, pottery and designer clothing at prices that are sure to make you “shop ’til you drop.” And as far as shopping malls are concerned, Plaza Marina, Plaza Neptuno, Plaza Caracol and Paradise Village are packed with specialty stores selling clothing, jewelry, original art and home decor.

But for many savvy shoppers the real fun begins when haggling with beach vendors, at street-side stands and in flea markets. Haggling is a common practice in Mexico, and in most cases, if you offer to pay about 40% less than the asking price, you’ll end up paying somewhere between the initial amount and your counter offer. The only rule of the game is to maintain mutual respect while wavering between impulse and indifference.

The stalls and kiosks along Cuale Island, in the Municipal Market and at the Pueblo Viejo Artisans’ Market are also popular with visitors on the lookout for vacation souvenirs at bargain prices. The owners of these shops are always ready to bargain, so take an unhurried look around, fall into the temptation and buy, buy, buy!

Shopping in Puerto Vallarta has a somewhat different focus for residents and long-term visitors than it does for tourists – centering more on every day necessities and all the “must do” chores of daily life. Unlike most other resort destinations, you can find stores and supermarkets all around Banderas Bay that cater to locals rather than tourists.

On almost every street you’ll find stores selling hardware, furniture, kitchenware, appliances, groceries, and just about anything else you can possibly imagine. Most stores stock international brands in addition to regional products at reasonable prices. And, if you just can’t find what you’re looking for – there’s always Home Depot, Costco, Sam’s Club or Walmart…

To learn more about some of the many great places to shop in Puerto Vallarta, follow the links below…


Merchants Return to PV’s Río Cuale Municipal Market

Most of the Mercado Río Cuale vendors that had to temporarily relocate to Parque Hidalgo while repairs were being made to the building, which was affected by the flooding of the Cuale River after Hurricane Nora, have returned to work in their locales on the municipal market’s premises. Around a dozen of them will now work from booths on Encino Street.

Vallarta Abuelos Christmas Bazaar Benefits Toy Drive

Vallarta Abuelos, a US-registered nonprofit that helps needy children, is organizing a traditional American Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 5. More than thirty local artists will be participating, selling their hand-crafted pieces and donating a percentage of the proceeds to Vallarta Abuelos for its Christmas Toy Drive.

Vallarta Food Bank Opens Resale Shop to Raise Funds

Thanks to generous donations from CRATE Interiors, the Vallarta Food Bank has an abundance of stuff that the folks they help can't use or don't need. So, this week, they'll open the VFB resale shop, which will be open to the public Wed-Fri from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

It’s Farmers Market / Tianguis Season in Riviera Nayarit

Ready... Set... Shop! Earlier this week, the Riviera Nayarit’s coastal towns kicked off the season for farmers markets, where visitors can find a wide variety of fruits and vegetables harvested from family gardens, organic coffee, prepared foods, and handicrafts. They can even meet local artists and artisans!

El Buen Fin, Mexico’s Version of Black Friday, Nov. 10-16

This year’s 'El Buen Fin' shopping event began November 10th and will end on the 16th with more than 95,000 retailers participating. Almost 1000 of these businesses are in Puerto Vallarta, including some restaurants and a group of about 200 merchants in El Pitillal.

Marina Vallarta Art & Market Returns on Thursday Nights

The ever-popular Marina Vallarta Art & Market returns October 28 and will run every Thursday night from 6:00 to 10:00 pm through May 31, 2022. Held all along the Marina Malecón, shoppers will find art, artisan jewelry, clothes, organic products, homemade bread and more.

45 Tenants to Return to the Río Cuale Municipal Market

Last week, Josefina Ibarría, Head of Municipal Markets in Puerto Vallarta, announced that 45 of the Mercado Río Cuale merchants who are currently selling their wares in Hidalgo Park have been authorized to return to work in their locales on the municipal market's premises.

Amazon Introduces ‘Made in Mexico’ Handicrafts Store

To celebrate the National Holidays, on September 16, Amazon announced the opening of the 'Made in Mexico' store that offers traditional Mexican crafts handmade by artisans. This platform is part of Amazon Handmade, an ecommerce category that opened in 2017 to sell unique handmade products.

Mercado Río Cuale Vendors Set Up Shop in Parque Hidalgo

As of today, Wednesday, September 15, almost 60 merchants from the Río Cuale market have 'set up shop' at Parque Hidalgo in downtown Puerto Vallarta. This relocation is temporary while the damage the market suffered, due to the overflowing of the river after the passage of Hurricane Nora, is being repaired.

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