El Centro
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The half-mile long boardwalk that borders the shoreline.
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Bonzarelli50
Arlington Heights, IL84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A very vibrant, active area, the Malecon with many restaurants & bars. Multiple sculptors along the beach area.
Streets lined with bars & restaurants, shops .The sunset was gorgeous, reflecting off the water.
Local artists along tMalecon. Felt very safe, even after dark .
Written February 22, 2020
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MarriedAnd-Over-50
Mission, Canada1,235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Take a bus that says "centro" and you will be there. The boardwalk or Malecón is in downtown. There are many stores, bars, discotheques, ice cream parlors, large and little restaurants etc. It is busy, exciting, and with 70% pedestrians only Malecón also relaxing. Worth going. I NEVER MISS going many times to downtown
Written February 21, 2020
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everybodygotsone
Nanaimo, Canada113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Old cobble stone streets, vendors, flea markets, street food...all the things you want to see, feel and experience in this area. Traffic guards at major intersections, but when in doubt follow the locals. Walk around and enjoy.
Written January 16, 2020
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TFAtravel
Chicago, IL414 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Sure there are tourist areas, but this is also a real town, with real shops and real people. And they are welcoming, very much so. Walking up and down the streets up from the Malecon is worth you while. A real sense of place.
Written February 6, 2020
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Denis P
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Very beautiful beaches. I found it very commercial with high use of the American dollar. Also an annoying bunch of tour and time share salesmen. But the vies themselves are spectacular. A great place to go if you are into beaches.
Written January 3, 2020
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Usia2014
Calgary, Canada1,885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The centre of Puerto Vallarta, often referred to as ‘old town’, it is quaint and full of rich history. Take your time to walk around the cobble stone streets and enjoy the architecture. There are plenty of shops and restaurants.
Written April 18, 2023
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TaylorP61
Lincoln, NE44 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
I thought I was going to Like old Town/ Centro,... It Looks like th eCity Of Puerto Vallarta forgot where it all Started,... El Centro,.. MAny Old PV Families have their Businesses there and Live above their Businesses. Daytime is Hustle Bustle, Locals Making their Living,... NightTime,... Borderline,... Not Safe
Written May 6, 2013
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Michael F
California239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
Here's the deal.... You arrive in PV. You haven't booked a tour. And, you don't know what to do. SO TAKE THE BUS. . .to El Centro. And no, it's not another city. It's simply the center of Puerto Vallarta. You'll be able to walk to the "Malecon" (a beautiful boardwalk along the ocean); and, to Viejo Vallarta (the old city/romantic zone).

Of course, you can take a cab. It should cost you no more than $10 U.S. (settle on the price before entering the cab), and tell the driver "El Centro". But if you just walk out of the cruise port to the main north and south boulevard, you can wait for the bus on the left side of the street you walked out on. Make note of the fact that Wal-Mart is across the street.

When you see a bus coming with El Centro written on the window (most blue and white buses), wave to the bus, and climb aboard. The fare is 7.5 pesos (about 45 cents U.S.) per person or 15 pesos for two. The driver will be happy to make change for 50 peso bills. No they don't take foreign currency.

The end of the line is in the city's center, but you can get off wherever you like. If you go the whole way, head to the ocean when you get off and enjoy the hustle and bustle of PV.

WHEN YOU WANT TO RETURN TO THE CRUISE PORT, simply board a bus with Wal-Mart on the window, ask the driver to make sure you're going in the right direction, "Wal-Mart?" If he says, "Si." Board the bus and keep your eyes open for Wal-Mart. The cruise port I'd across the street.

Enjoy....
Written April 1, 2016
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John W
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
We love living in El Centro. Walking along the Malecon in the cool of the morning with the waves crashing on the rocks below Los Arcos and the sun sparkling on the Bay of Banderas is special. Every evening something is going on at the amphitheatre of Los Arcos and is always free. The square in front of the church has public dancing every Saturday night and the bandstand has bands playing. There are numerous restaurants, taco stands and men selling "tuba" drinks. There are quiet streets that are neighbourhoods in themselves and the Mexican people are friendly and helpful. It's a wonderful place to live or to visit.
Written December 22, 2016
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Ricard013
Vancouver Island, Canada55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
I can't believe how much this place has changed for the better! You couldn't get a decent hamburger here 35 years ago. Now, the food is excellent. Lots of entertainment, live theater, safe clean streets. Less hassle from venders. I could eat the BBQ Red Snapper everyday. No wonder there are 20-30,000 Canadians and Americans living there.
Written February 11, 2016
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