Puerto Vallarta offers great opportunities for shopping travelers. Almost everything Mexico is available here: blown glass, silver, sarapes, pottery, sandals, masks, colonial-style furniture, clothing, and many other arts and crafts. Its being an art center distinguishes it from many other beach resort cities in Mexico.

The city will give you unique opportunity to buy pieces by some of the well-known contemporary sculptors and painters in the country. If you are a budget-conscious traveler with a very good eye, visit the Pueblito del Sol Cultural Center where you will see works of some of the country’s up-and-coming artists. There are so many great buys that you will find it difficult to choose what to get.

Puerto Vallarta’s major flea market is located near the Rio Cuale. Along the Malecon strip, you will ind designer shops that specialize in casual wear. American shops also dot the Malecon, a cood combination of the old and the new. They are placed side-by-side with traditional Mexican galleries and shops. You can find the city’s art gallery and antique store district along Morelos and on Corona. You might find here a rare pre-columbian artifact or an old iron hitching ring for a horse.

Great shops are scattered throughout Puerto Vallarta. Some stores and boutiques are near the beach, while some are located in major hotels. Other are located on the downtown shopping district along Morelos and Juárez Streets. Most shops open around 10 am and close around 8 pm. Other shops close from 2 pm to 4 pm.