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“Some of us like to get into the culture.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Vallarta

Old Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Tours, Cultural
Activities: Whale watching
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Owner description: While cobblestone streets along the Malecon add colonial charm, this area also features street vendors and craftsmen.
Mount Vernon, Washington
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“Some of us like to get into the culture.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

This is our favorite part of Puerto Vallarta. Unless you have a lot of money to spend, the hotels are older, and a little musty. If you are planning an extended adventure of living in Mexico, as we were ten years ago, this is the perfect place to start or end. The food is good, the prices okay. The atmosphere is Old Mexico.

Visited December 2012
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“Fun time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

It's always interesting to get out and really soak in the local culture. Old Vallarta is the perfect way to do that. The city is charming with many shops as well as kiosks and restaurants. Be sure to barter where you can... it just adds to the entertainment

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Victoria, Canada
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“Classic Mexico”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

I stayed there for a week lots of great little shops and love the local Taco stands, again felt very safe people are very friendly and helpful

Visited November 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“Just what I always wanted, a free plastic bag...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Try to go anywhere in Puerto Vallarta and you will soon come to realize that there is no escaping people trying to sell you something. This is how so many people make their living, after all. But Old Town Vallarta is not without its charms. The beautiful old architecture, the cobblestone streets and even those vendors all make Old Town special. If you get yourself a block or two south of the Rio Cuale market, or a couple of blocks up the hill from the Malecon you will find that you can wander freely with little to annoy you. This is where you can get a glimpse into real life in this area, take the time to wander into one of the out of the way shops you will see in this area, chat with the shop keepers and let them show you their wares. Or buy a taco from one of the many mobile carts. This is Mexico!

Visited December 2012
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Wasaga Beach
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“Do your own walking tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

The back streets and stairways hold some of the most picturesque views in the area Just wander around and meet the great people and take your camera

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