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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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Identity, Community and Comfort, All Woven into a Blouse

When in Puerto Vallarta, try on a Huipil (pronounced “wee-pil”), a boxy blouse usually decorated with embroidery that's traditionally worn by indigenous women throughout Mexico, Central and South America. These loose, cotton garments make cool and colorful statement pieces in your casual, summer wardrobe.

Mexico Calls Out Shein Clothing for Cultural Appropriation

The fast-fashion online clothing seller Shein has dropped an embroidered floral blouse after the Mexican government complained it appropriated designs made for generations by Mayan women on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. 'These designs are product of the collective creativity that belongs to the Maya people,' Mexico’s Culture Department said.

Mexico’s ‘Hot Sale’ Offers Online Deals and Discounts

From May 23-31, 2022, 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.

Puerto Vallarta Side Trip: The Tianguis in Tonala

Springtime is a great time to check out the tianguis (flea market) in Tonalá, Jalisco, just a 4 1/2 hour drive from Puerto Vallarta. In the early morning hours tables are set up and spread with millions of handcrafted items - from ironwork and furniture to stoneware, ceramics, blown glass and many other kinds of decorative pieces.

Christie’s Announces Live Sale of Latin American Art

From Fernando Botero’s monumental bronze sculpture, 'Man on a Horse' to a newly rediscovered painting by Diego Rivera, Christie’s Latin American Art sale offers something for every collector. Painted in 1928, Rivera’s rediscovered masterpiece, 'La Bordadora,' has never been exhibited and will make its public debut at this sale.

Meet Zacua, the 100% Electric Cars Built by Mexican Women

After an almost 5-year hiatus the Zacua, a 100% electric and 100% Mexican car company, is back in the headlines after last week's unveiling of the first two models at the auto production plant in Pueblo. Like other electric vehicles, it does not emit CO2, but something that makes it unique in the world is that it is built by women.

Cartoneria, Often Referred to as Mexican Papier Mâché

Amate, with other papers, including recycled newspaper, is used in the construction of cartoneria, often referred to as Mexican papier-mâché. Painted with colorful acrylics, figures take the shape of animals, clowns, imaginative and original creations, and dolls with moveable appendages.

Mexicans Prepare for Most Expensive Christmas in Years

With prices skyrocketing, one of the most expensive Christmases in recent years looms. Although Mexican families will not cast aside the holiday festivities or gifts, they are all too aware of the impact inflation will have on their pocketbooks, as revealed by Tiendeo.mx in its survey on Christmas expenses.

Perfect Christmas Gift for Puerto Vallarta Plant Lovers

The third edition of 'Tropical Plants of Puerto Vallarta,' a popular guidebook covering the hundreds of plants found in the greater Puerto Vallarta area, is now available. Filled with almost 300 full color photos and cleverly organized by color for easy plant identification, it makes the perfect Christmas gift!

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.