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...
Click HERE to learn more about some of the many art galleries in Puerto Vallarta.
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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.