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Address: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Description: The half-mile long boardwalk that borders the shoreline.

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Best area of Puerto Vallarta.

If you just want to sit at the beach stay at one of the all-inclusives. If you want the culture, diversity, beauty and intrigue of Puerto Vallarta, visit the restaurants, stores... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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Columbia, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We took a tour into downtown. The tour guide was terrible, but we did enjoy walking around the city and getting off of our resort for a bit.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

If you just want to sit at the beach stay at one of the all-inclusives. If you want the culture, diversity, beauty and intrigue of Puerto Vallarta, visit the restaurants, stores and galleries of El Centro.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Fair number of galleries all within walking distance of the water front. Still don't like all of the shop owners calling as you walk by to come look at their wares.

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Delta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Lots of fun , Loads of places to eat drink and be merry !!! Shopping is good . whether it be a shop or from Street Fenders . Huge Flea Market , Farmers Market on Saturdays only ... Love it here

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Troy, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

There is a lot of shopping of all types here. Definitely a fun place to walk around during the day or at night.

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susanmix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We love el centro. It is always a great place to just be. It is right in front of the big, old Catholic Church. There are some vendors. People sit there and talk. There is a Starbucks. It is right near the beach, the bandstand and the Malecon (boardwalk). It is a great place to meet people. There are Mexican... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Easy access from the cruise port on the public bus. I felt very comfortable walking up and down in El Centro, window shopping, stopping in to visit here and there. Many merchants speak some English, although this is not really a tourist section.

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Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I always say that Puerto Vallarta's downtown is like a magic town everywhere in Mexico. There are lots of restaurants, shops, souvenirs and even a flea market! It doesn't really matter if you travel with low cash, I'm sure you will find what you like or need. Don't forget to visit "Our lady" Church and have a good time in... More 

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newton, nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Starting with the beautiful Cathedral and ending with the many reasonable and very good restaurants, this is the heart of Puerto Vallarta. Eat a good meal and walk it off at the Malecon. You will have had a perfect evening.

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Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Great place to visit and good for shopping, we took the bus from the Friendly to Centro only .75 cents each way , great experience and very safe ! the Mexicans are nice people ! enjoy

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