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El Centro

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Traveler Description: EL Centro is a very interesting section of Puerto Vallarta. One fun thing  to do is the art walk. There are many art galleries clustered near the... more »
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La Jolla, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

If you like the hustle and bustle of locals shopping and moving about, this is the place. Get a real taste of life in Vallarta! Loved just strolling through downtown but watch the curbs! They are about two feet tall for the rainy season.

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Belmar, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Centro is a bussing part of town , be careful of the cobblestone roads . If you rent a car get a stick you will thank yourself

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Massapequa, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

There were so many great restaurants. Some overlooking Banderas Bay, others right on the malecon or up a few blocks off the malecon, or by the river. Every restaurant is very different from the next.

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Ventura, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

we had a beautiful house here in the "Centro" surrounded by wonderful restaurants, galleries, shops and many gracious locals!

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northern ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

go back a block or two from the malecon and just wander along the street--shops of every kind and restaurants--friendly people--cars that even stop when you try to cross the street-- one warning--watch where you are walking, the sidewalks are very uneven

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Nightlife or daytime, this area is full of wonderful action, and yet it is so peaceful. Away from computers and high tech, there you see people from around the globe walking, enjoying the crafts, sand projects, ocean breeze, music, food, craft stores and so much more. Who knew we can cross the streets without texting?!

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Corsham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Downtown is a very nice part of town, very historic full of shops and things to buy, if you want to do something a bit more local this is the place you wont be disapointed.

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Oakland, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

OK, Puerto Vallarta is not the oldest or most historic of towns that you would visit in Mexico. Most of its cache comes from nice sandy beaches north of town, and the romatic zone south of the river. But, like any town, PV also has its slice of real life, and that is known as 'Centro'. Its not huge. But... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I stayed in the marina area and walked three times to downtown then walked the area extensively. Tons and tons of touristy shops but the vendors were pleasant. Nice somewhat short walk by the river to an arts center. Walked by myself and felt very safe the entire time. I also ventured into the neighborhoods and onto some dirt roads... More

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Bay Area, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

The heart of PV is filled with great restaurants, shops, cobblestone streets, cool architecture, and panoramic views. Be sure to stop by: --Unique, a top quality jewelry store on Guerrero Street, across from Trio restaurant --Indigeno on Juarez 628 for an extensive collection of Talavera pottery and folk art. --Galaria Colibri on Aldama 190 for ceramics, masks,and tiles. These are... More

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