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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…

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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.

Banderas Bay Trading Company

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Galería June Rosen Lopez, Puerto Vallarta

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PV Technology Solutions & Computer Accessories

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TREG Art of Bargaining in Puerto Vallarta

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Mexico Hot Sale Internet Shopping 2021

Through May 31, some of Mexico's largest online retail companies and e-commerce sites are participating in the country's biggest Internet shopping event. The annual 'Hot Sale,' a nine-day version of 'Cyber Monday,' offers online shoppers incredible discounts and deals.

Mexico Extends El Buen Fin 2020

More than 60,000 retailers throughout Mexico will be offering discounts from November 9-20 during El Buen Fin, a nationwide shopping event inspired by Black Friday. Over these 12 days, special promotions, including extended credit terms, will be offered in physical and online stores.

Organic Select Vallarta Expansion

The Organic Select store, bakery, and restaurant has been a mainstay in Vallarta for 8 years. Recently, owners Krystal Frost and Ana Rios announced an expansion of operations to serve a broader clientele with more offerings and greater variety, under the name Versalles Market by Organic Select.

Arte Viviente Puerto Vallarta

Showcasing some 45 Puerto Vallarta artists, Arte Viviente is not your typical 'art gallery.' Here you'll find works by photographers, painters & sculptors; jewelry, clothing & handbag designers; hat, soap & jam makers; coffee roasters, organic spice collectors, and more - all under one roof.