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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…


Procuring Art for Your Vallarta Home – Now That’s a CRATE Idea!

CRATE Interiors' full service art advisory, purchasing and Installation service helps Puerto Vallarta property owners and investors curate artwork, sculpture and local crafts from many regions. Their single point of contact assistance means they preview and preselect works to fit your décor needs and personal preferences.

Amazon Opens Largest Delivery Center in Latin America in CDMX

E-commerce giant Amazon recently inaugurated a new last-mile delivery center in Mexico City. This mammoth facility covers an expansive 30,000 square meters, making it the largest in Latin America. 'Amazon DXX1' aims to offer same-day delivery in 10 cities, one-day delivery in 80 cities, and two-day delivery across the entire country.

Buen Fin 2023 Set to Boost Sales with Optimistic 5% Growth

The highly anticipated Buen Fin shopping event is slated to take place from November 17th to 20th this year, as confirmed by the National Association of Supermarkets and Department Stores (Antad). The organizers are projecting a notable 5% increase in sales compared to last year.

Jalisco Government and Mercado Libre Launch Official Store

The Jalisco Government, in partnership with Mercado Libre, has introduced the official Jalisco Marketplace store. Part of Mercado Libre's 'Viva México' project, this initiative aims to boost the digital presence of micro, small, and medium-sized businesses, as well as artisans and entrepreneurs in the region.

‘Taste of Competition’ to Showcase Puerto Vallarta Markets’ Magic

A proposal to revitalize the city's municipal markets and attract more tourists sparks excitement in Puerto Vallarta. Plans are underway for a 'Taste of Competition,' an enticing event that will bring local chefs together at the Emiliano Zapata municipal market to create representative dishes using market-sourced ingredients.

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

From May 29-June 6, some of Mexico's largest online retailers and e-commerce sites are participating in the country's biggest Internet shopping event. The annual 'Hot Sale,' a 9-day version of 'Cyber Monday,' offers online shoppers incredible discounts and deals.

Steve Elliot to Perform at Marina Vallarta Art & Market March 9

Multi-Award Winning Tribute Artist, Steve Elliot, will be performing at the Marina Vallarta Art & Market at 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 9. Join Steve for this energetic and engaging variety show that will leave you clapping and dancing along through the decades of Elvis Presley’s career.

‘Buenos Días Puerto Vallarta’ Book Sales Benefit Casa Esperanza

Kim and Paul Flippen have created a coffee table book that features selected works by celebrated artist, Francine Peters. Now you can take a colorful stroll through Puerto Vallarta as seen through Francine’s eyes while helping the women and children at the Casa Esperanza Women's Shelter.

Deja New Fashion Show and Luncheon at Di Vino Dante

Make plans now to attend the Deja New Fashion Show Luncheon on March 20 at Di Vino Dante. Great Food. Fashion. Raffles. Door Prizes. Silent Auction. All to support Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic, a permanent facility in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta, that provides spaying and neutering services for cats and dogs.

Find the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift in Puerto Vallarta

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's time to look for the perfect gift for your loved one, or plan some well deserved self-care for yourself. Luckily, Puerto Vallarta provides the ideal atmosphere for romance and relaxation, and numerous options for gifts that will make the holiday extra special.