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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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Online Auction Benefits Vallarta’s Free Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

PEACEAnimals is raising money for the continuation of free mobile spay/neuter clinics in Puerto Vallarta via an online auction Feb 5-13. Approximately 40 items are being auctioned off, from art and collectibles to gift certificates for hotels, restaurants, tours and salon services.

Sale of Artwork by Carlina Cisneros at Galleria Dante

Selected art works by Guadalajara artist Carlina Cisneros are now on sale at Galleria Dante, the largest and most eclectic art gallery in Puerto Vallarta. The warmth and feeling of well-being that her paintings transmit and the different color ranges she uses are some of the characteristics that define her artistic work.

El Buen Fin, Mexico’s Version of Black Friday, Nov. 18-21

Thousands of businesses throughout Mexico will be offering discounts this weekend, during the twelfth edition of 'El Buen Fin', an annual nationwide shopping event inspired by Black Friday in the United States and that, like Black Friday, was born as a government initiative to revive the country’s economy.

6th Beachfront Fashion Show to Benefit Corazón de Niña

Love living in Puerto Vallarta, but tired of wearing the same old resort wear day in and day out? Then come to El Dorado Restaurant on Playa de Los Muertos on Saturday, November 26 at 1 pm for a Beachfront Fashion Show and light lunch to benefit Corazón de Niña.

Saturday Shopping at the Olas Altas Farmers’ Market

One of Puerto Vallarta's favorite weekend attraction, the Olas Altas Farmers' Market, is back! Open between 9:30 am and 2:00 pm every Saturday through the end of April, the Market sets up at Lazaro Cardenas Park, also known as The Tile Park, in the Romantic Zone.

Marina Vallarta Art & Market Every Thursday Through May

Held all along the Marina Vallarta Malecón every Thursday from 6:00-11:00 pm, shoppers will find art, artisan jewelry, organic products, homemade bread and clothes among many other things in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the Marina Vallarta Art & Market.

Mattel Releases 2022 Día De Muertos Barbie & Ken Dolls

One of the best-known celebrations in México and around the world, the Day of the Dead, is right around the corner and two of the most famous dolls in the world, Barbie and Ken, are dressed for the occasion. Mattel began making Día De Muertos Barbie in 2019.

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.