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...
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Beyond Puerto Vallarta: Shopping in Tonalá, Jalisco
If you are visiting Puerto Vallarta, consider a trip to Tonalá, a municipality near Guadalajara that's famous for its artisanal handicrafts. On Thursdays and Sundays a 'tianguis' (open air market) features as many as 4000 craftsmen selling everything from pottery to handcrafted furniture.
How Much Will It Cost to Furnish My Vallarta Home?
Whether you already own, or are purchasing a new home in Puerto Vallarta, interior design is the most important element in creating your perfect living space. Naturally, when you start thinking about it, that inevitable question pops into your head: How much is this going to cost me?
Tips for Decorating Your Puerto Vallarta Vacation Home
MEXLend Mortgages for Mexico
For many foreigners who purchase a second home or vacation property in Mexico hiring an interior designer can be an invaluable asset. One of the leading interior design firms in Puerto Vallarta tells us how furnishings and home décor can make your new house or condo feel like a home.
'Qulture' Artists' Co-Op & Jazz Bistro to Open in August
'Qulture,' a unique venue that will blend art, music and food in one beautiful setting, is set to open next month in the heart of Old Town Puerto Vallarta. The Galería, featuring local artists in individual studio/galleries, and a gift shop will open in mid-August, followed by a bistro and a bar.
Mercurio Swim Launches on Puerto Vallarta's South Side
Paul Crist, owner of Hotel Mercurio since 2002, and fashion designer Todd Barnes announce the launch of Mercurio Swim, men's swimwear. The swimwear line is available at their new boutique and atelier at Lazaro Cardenas 279-C on the south side of Puerto Vallarta.
Mexican Entrepreneurs Create No Rinse Laundry Detergent
Latin American Herald Tribune
A group of Mexican entrepreneurs have created a biodegradable laundry detergent that does not require rinsing, which save water & electricity. The young men, who live in Guadalajara, started developing the detergent in 2013 and selling it locally a year later. 'Newen' is now sold online.
Woolworth's Another Shopping Option in El Pitillal
Boardwalk Realty PV
We remember when El Pitillal was not much more than a series of unpaved roads and a fun escape from Puerto Vallarta. Today, it is a veritable open-air shopping mall with a variety of great shops and restaurants, cinemas, a Walmart, and now a new Woolworth's store!
Galleria Dante's Summer News, Specials and Art Sale
Galleria Dante, the largest and most eclectic art gallery in Puerto Vallarta, has launched its Summer Art Sale, with prices reduced 25-50% through October 15th. If you've been eyeing one of the gorgeous works of art in their gallery or website, now is the time to make it yours!
2018 Vallarta Fashion Awards – Fashion for a Cause
If you are a fashion enthusiast, there's an event coming up that you won't want to miss: The 2018 Vallarta Fashion Awards. Set to be held at 7:00 pm on May 18 at Club Regina Puerto Vallarta, four Mexican designers will present their latest collections - for a good cause.
OXXO's 'Redondeo' Program Supports Vallarta's SETAC
Banderas News Team
Since its inception in 2002, OXXO's 'Redondeo' program (round up at checkout) has supported over 1,800 non-profit organizations in Mexico with over $750 million Pesos delivered to them. SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center, will be the beneficiary from May to July, 2018.
Famous Mexican Artists Cocktail, Show and Sale, May 4
The works of a number of famous Mexican artists from the private collection of a Mexico City art connoisseur will be available at below market values at a cocktail show and sale set to be held in Puerto Vallarta on Friday, May 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
Sale of Frida Kahlo Barbie Dolls Banned in Mexico
A new Barbie doll based on Frida Kahlo has triggered a ruckus, with its sale banned in Mexico amid a fight over who owns the legal right to use her image. Distant family members of the famous artist have alleged that toymaker Mattel does not have the right to manufacture the dolls.
Francine Peters Art Show & Charity Auction at Act II
On April 24, Act II Entertainment will host a one-night-only art show featuring local artist Francine Peters. Throughout the evening, Franny will be painting an original piece, which will be auctioned off at the end of the night. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to a Vallarta charity.
Spring Garage Sale to Benefit PuRR Project, April 21
PuRR Project's Spring Garage Sale will be held in Marina Vallarta on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. All proceeds will help keep the 180+ furry residents at Puerto Vallarta's non-profit, no-kill, feline shelter fed and cared for through the long summer months.
Online Auction Benefits PV's Free Spay/Neuter Clinic
PEACEAnimals is raising money for the continuation of our mobile free spay/neuter clinics in Puerto Vallarta via an online auction. From art and collectibles to gift certificates for hotels, restaurants, tours and salon services, approximately 50 items are being auctioned off.
Weekends are Filled with Art and Music at La Isla
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust
The Art Village by La Isla is a great opportunity to meet some of the Banderas Bay region's most recognized artists, talk with them about their works, and perhaps even acquire some of their art to take home with you as a permanent reminder of your time here in Puerto Vallarta.
Barbie's New Line of Dolls Includes Lorena Ochoa
In honor of International Women's Day, March 8, Mattel released a new line of Barbie dolls designed to to give young girls real role models to look up to. 7 of the 14 new 'Shero' dolls are athletes, and one of them is 27-time LPGA winner & World Golf Hall of Fame member, Lorena Ochoa.
Guadalajara Artist Luis Valui Exhibit at Galleria Dante
On Friday, March 9 from 6-10 pm, a cocktail reception will open an art exhibition by Guadalajara artist Luis Castellanos Valui at Galleria Dante, Basilio Badillo #269, in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone. Be sure to stop by and meet the artist while you're out doing this week's South Side Shuffle.
'Artists for Orphans' Benefit for Corazón de Niña
More than 35 artists from across the Banderas Bay region are coming together to support Puerto Vallarta's Corazón de Niña children's home in an 'Artists for Orphans Garden Party' fundraiser on Sunday, March 11, from 2:00-5:00 pm at La Hacienda de Carlota Restaurant.
This Week's South Side Shuffle Expo at Galleria Dante
On Friday, February 16 from 6-10 pm, a cocktail reception will open an art exhibition by Spanish artist Manuel Adria at Galleria Dante, Basilio Badillo #269, in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone. Be sure to stop by and meet the artist while you're out doing this week's South Side Shuffle.
Jean Jacques Hudon Art Exhibit Opens at Galleria Dante
An exhibition by Canadian artist Jean Jacques Hudon opens at Galleria Dante on February 9, as part of this week's Southside Shuffle. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artist and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.
June Rosen Lopez Valentine's Jewelry Party, Feb 10 & 11
Valentine's day makes us all think of flowers, candy & jewelry. Lucky for us, New York jewelry designer June Rosen Lopez is hosting her 5th Annual Valentine's Day party, featuring original custom made jewelry pieces, on Feb. 10 & 11 at her home gallery in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone.
Israel Zzepda & Juan Carlos Navarro at Galleria Dante
On Friday, January 26 from 6-10 pm, during this week's South Side Shuffle, a cocktail reception will open two special art exhibitions by artists Israel Zzepda and Juan Carlos Navarro at Galleria Dante, Basilio Badillo #269, in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone. Come meet the artists!
Fashion for Compassion Luncheon at Hacienda Carlota
On February 5, Hacienda Carlota Restaurant and Deja New will host a Fashion Show and Luncheon to raise money for Puerto Vallarta's Colina Spay & Neuter Clinic, which provides free services to Banderas Bay pet owners who otherwise would be unable to get their cats and dogs sterilized.
Daiquiri Dick's Does Brunch With PuRR-fect Style
Looking for the PURR-fect way to shop for all of the latest fashions in tropical clothing and accessories? Then head over to Daiquiri Dick's Restaurant on Los Muertos Beach on Tuesday, February 6 at 10:30 am for the fifth annual PuRR Project Fashion Show and Brunch.
Gil Gevins Book Signing Party at Lucy's Cucu Cabaña
Banderas News Team
Puerto Vallarta's favorite author, Gil Gevins, who has been delighting readers for thirty some-odd years with his hilarious short stories and columns, has recently published his latest novel, '1967.' If you're in town, don't miss the book signing party at Lucy's Cucu Cabaña on December 21.