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El Centro

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Owner description: The half-mile long boardwalk that borders the shoreline.
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Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Owner description: The half-mile long boardwalk that borders the shoreline.

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Dallas, Texas
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909 reviews 909 reviews
169 attraction reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Got dropped off behind the church by the baseball fields at a great lunch spot. PV is rather small so your within a couple blocks of everything. Not a lot of shopping in the area other than local spots but a lot better restaurants.

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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

El Centro is a meeting place and the core of Puerto Vallarta. Here you will see locals and tourists intermingle. There are some of the finest galleries showcasing Mexican and International art, artisan markets, jewellery stores and boutiques. The Malecon, a boardwalk that runs along the ocean, features whimsical and unique metal sculptures, an amphitheatre and a vast array of... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The Melacon is great. Too many people pushing products when you just wanna walk around. Otherwise, on a clear day, there is a magnificent view of the Bay

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Unityville, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

In December there is a 2 week festival so the church fires cannons to wake you up at 6:00 am, then 6:15 am, then 6:30 am. Trucks drive by all day with megaphones, and there are very, very loud parades for hours til late nite. The festival finished and Right now it is 1:50 am and a bar appears to... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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168 reviews 168 reviews
14 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The centro used to be bustling with tourist and commercial activity. The closing of the malecon to traffic has decimated the once busy street. While probably safer for pedestrians, many of the restaurant's and shops have closed due to the decreased traffic. The vibe is largely gone. The streets parallel to the malecon are busy with pollution spewing noisy bus... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Close to restaurants and the Malecon. Old style buildings away from the bustle of downtown. You can hear the cannon booms and bells from the church, at 6 am. Saturday night was a little noisy, but it died down.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

What's happened to Vallarta's core and former fun center of action, attraction and flavor of the town has all but disappeared. You drive thru now en route to somewhere else. There are few places to park and really fewer places to go. Yes, the Malecon is lovely but after a stroll...what? gone are the quaint, cozy little restaurants and cafes,... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

My wife and I spent lots of time in El Centro shopping and eating. It's a wonderful experience. Many new restaurants and places to shop, especially to purchase tequila.

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Highland Park, IL
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Puerto Vallarta is safe. We walked back from the restaurants to the hotel every night. We walk along the Malecon in the cool breezes of the Pacific. There is always activity on the Malecon-the bird men, performances at Los Arcos and sheet vendors.

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chehalis
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Jump in a taxi and say "Centro Market". You can spend hours walking through there. Narrow streets and tons of shopping. My friends couldn't wait for me to take them there. The men like the tabacco shops and they have lots of leather shops. Anything you could want. A must see in Vallarta!!!

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