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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Exhibit by Artist Bill Megrail Opens at Galleria Dante
An exhibition by artist Bill Megrail opens at Galleria Dante on Friday, April 21st, as part of the last Southside Shuffle of the 2016-2017 season. Stop by the largest and most eclectic art gallery in Puerto Vallarta to meet the artist and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.
Mercado Los Mangos Benefits Vallarta Area Farmers
When Mercado Los Mangos announced a one-month extension of its season, until the end of June, both vendors and shoppers responded enthusiastically. In particular, Mercado Los Mangos is attracting local farmers in search of shaded places to present and sell their products.
George Clooney's Casamigos Tequila Takes Home the Gold
Casamigos Tequila, the brand owned by George Clooney, has won gold in the Mexico Anejo Tequila of the Year category. Available in Blanco, Reposado and Añejo, these small batch ultra-premium tequilas are made from 100% Blue Weber agaves, grown in the red clay soil of Jalisco's highlands.
Mercado Los Mangos Extends Season Through June
Not even ten weeks have gone by since Mercado Los Mangos opened its doors to the public for the first time, January 28, and the response from vendors and Puerto Vallarta shoppers has been so positive, organizers have already decided to extend its season until the end of June.
The Virtues of Natural Medicine for Pets & Their Humans
While you are out doing your Saturday shopping at Mercados Los Mangos, be sure to stop by and say 'hello' to Claudia Hernández & Luis Estrada, who moved to PV less than 3 months ago. They own Alquimiate, a source of natural medicine products and therapies for pets and their humans.
Wal-Mart de Mexico Plans to Boost Investments
Retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico said Tuesday it plans to increase its capital expenditures this year, with investments in opening and remodeling stores and bolstering the firm's logistics and online commerce. The company said it would invest 17 billion Mexican pesos this year.
The Search for Authentic Flour Tortillas in Vallarta is Over!
While the corn tortilla - the staple of Mexican cuisine - is ubiquitous, traditional flour tortillas are not as common in Puerto Vallarta. But never fear! Patricia García of La Regia Flour Tortillas sells authentic, flavored - and even gluten-free! - flour tortillas every Saturday at Mercado Los Mangos.
Amazon Now Offering Prime Membership Service in Mexico
Amazon's Prime membership service launched Tuesday in Mexico, offering subscribers unlimited shipping on over 20 million products. Prime's arrival in Mexico points to the continuing growth of online retail in the country, where companies like Home Depot have been expanding internet operations.
Clothing & Accessory Vendors Enhance Mercado Los Mangos
This Saturday, while browsing the booths at Mercado Los Mangos, stop by and see Mark and Donna Schons of Bohemian Butterfly Design. Donna designs a unique jewelry line inspired by their travels through Mexico, fused with Bohemian, Native American and Southwestern styles.
Help Yvan Genest Publish Coffee Table Book of His Art
Since painting his first watercolors more than 30 years ago, Montreal artist Yvan Genest has lived, painted, and exhibited in many countries, while building his unique iconography. Now Yvan has conceived an art book covering 30 years of his paintings, and needs your help to publish.
International Flair, A Feature at Mercado Los Mangos
One of the perks of visiting Mercado Los Mangos is the opportunity to meet vendors from many parts of the world who have chosen Banderas Bay as their home. Such is the case of Marcelo Walter and Pamela Martin, who operate a successful Argentinean Steakhouse in Marina Vallarta.
Handmade Tortillas at Vallarta's Mercado Los Mangos
Mercado Los Mangos will be open this Saturday for another day of sunshine, community and locally produced artisan products. Choose from honey, yogurt, fermented foods, sauces and dips, sweet and savory baked goods, and this week's featured corn-based products from Everything Corn.
Quench Your Thirst for Shopping at Mercado Los Mangos
Immerse yourself in the culture of Puerto Vallarta at it's newest 'buy local' market, Mercado Los Mangos. We offer a great selection of artisan products, live music and a children's crafting tent. When you're ready to quench your thirst, try the flavored waters of Refresca Aguas Artesanales.
Give a Gift of Mexican Hearts This Valentine's Day
In Mexico, February 14 is known as 'Dia del Amor y Amistad' - a special day for loved ones, lovers, and friends. Since it is the day to focus on giving back to those who have given us so much, here are some ideas for Valentine's Day gifts that are made by Puerto Vallarta artisans.
Valentine Day Shopping is Sweet at Mercado Los Mangos
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and there's no better way to share the love with friends and family than to visit Vallarta's new 'buy local' market, Mercado Los Mangos. Meet up with your sweetie, dance to live music and scoop up some sweet gifts, like Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates.
Limited Edition CarnavalPV 2017 Shirts Now on Sale
Whether you choose to watch Puerto Vallarta's Annual Mardi Gras Parade on the world-famous Malecón, on Olas Altas or anywhere else along the 3-kilometer route, you won't want to be caught without your CarnavalPV 2017 tee shirt! Get yours at PVRPV, Lazaro Cardenas 205, south side PV.
Mercado Los Mangos' Opening Day Was a Huge Success
Last Saturday's opening of Puerto Vallarta's newest outdoor market, Mercado Los Mangos, was a huge success! Held weekly at the Library, this 'buy local' market offers locally produced artisan products, live music, 'made on site' food, a children's craft tent and more.
Mercado Los Mangos Opens Saturday at Los Mangos Library
PV's newest outdoor market, Mercado Los Mangos, opens at Biblioteca Los Mangos this Saturday. With locally produced artisan products, live entertainment, an international food area and a children's craft tent, this is the 'place to be' every Saturday from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Artist Juan Carlos Navarro Opens at Galleria Dante
An art exhibition by Juan Carlos Navarro opens at Galleria Dante on Friday, January 27, as part of this week's Southside Shuffle. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery from 6-10 pm to meet the artist, view his works, and enjoy complimentary cocktails.
'Buy Local' Market on Saturdays at Los Mangos Library
Biblioteca Los Mangos
Join us on Saturday, January 28th from 9:30 am to 2 pm for opening day of Vallarta's newest outdoor market, Mercado Los Mangos! Located at the public library, Biblioteca Los Mangos, this weekly 'buy local' market will offer a great selection of locally produced artisan products.
Vallarta Yacht Club Style Show & High Tea Luncheon
Vallarta Yacht Club will be hosting their 2017 Style Show and Luncheon on Wednesday, February 8th from 12:00-3:00 pm. You'll enjoy a 'high tea' style luncheon followed by a fashion show featuring creative clothing, jewelry and accessories from local and regional designers.
Daiquiri Dick's Does Brunch With PuRR-fect Style
On Tuesday, February 7, Daiquiri Dick's Restaurant is hosting an elegant brunch and fashion show to benefit PuRR Project, a non-profit feline shelter in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Join us for a 3-course brunch with mimosas, original fashions & jewelry, and a raffle for fabulous prizes.
Wal-Mart Mexico Looks to Boost E-Commerce Operations
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s e-commerce operations in Mexico will benefit from the retailer's decision to invest $1.3 billion in logistics improvements, which primarily involves building new distribution centers for e-commerce and expanding and updating its existing fulfillment facilities.
The 10 Rules of Holiday Gift Giving Etiquette
Thanksgiving is over and the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Buying all those gifts for everyone on your list can get expensive and overwhelming. How much do you spend? Do you have to buy for absolutely everyone? Is it alright to re-gift? What if you don't know what to get them?
June Rosen Lopez Holiday Jewelry Party, Dec. 17 & 18
Whether you are looking for a unique Christmas gift, or an exceptional piece of jewelry for yourself, Galería June Rosen Lopez should be a must on your list of places to visit when shopping in Puerto Vallarta. Don't miss June's annual Holiday Jewelry Party and Sale on December 17 and 18.