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The half-mile long boardwalk that borders the shoreline.
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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All reviews art galleries cobblestone streets walk around flea market lots of shops romantic zone food vendors street vendors beautiful church taco malecon pv tourists stroll culture vallarta guadalupe
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Puerto Vallarta is kept alive by tourists. This has allowed El Centro to be kept mostly low rise cobble-stoned quaint. Yes, pretty much every shop is geared to tourists, but it feels historic, safe and quaint. Take all the come-one from shop / stall owners...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tonye585
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Of course, El Centro, translates to 'The Center' and it is the main social center of Puerto Vallarta. The Arches and theater are on one side, the old or Romantic Zone is on the south, the Malecon is on the North and the 'Church' is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

I recommend walking around The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in El Centro during the day or at night when it's light up. You can walk along the Malecón or along the many cobblestone streets. Lot's of shops, restaurants and bars. Seemed very safe...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank coreytravel
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Great area to walk around and get a feel for why people love Puerto vallarta. Great shops, every side street has a different feel, food vendors , culture and fun.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jkzoo
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

There are many wonderful side streets with cafes and specialty shops. Hidalgo is a favorite and has PV’s most famous church. Many restaurants at every price level. Galleries galore around calle Guadalupe Sanchez a must area. Cafe Des Artistes is at its center crossroad with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 42marty55
Reviewed October 3, 2018

One of my favorite things to do every January when we visit PV over the past 10 years is to wander around the El Centro area, finding gift shops, galleries, local favorites for small restaurants and staying away from the high touristy areas near the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Wyldecamp
Reviewed October 3, 2018

the Chapel was really nice while walking the Malicon. To go and look at the intricacies of the workmanship and history was great.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Doug M
Reviewed September 19, 2018

Wonderful older Mexican area, filled with shops, restaurants, lots of people who are always ready to help and definitely friendly and smiling!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Susie P
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Plenty of sights within El Centro including restaurants and gift shops. Most of the hotels are located within the El Centro area. Walking to beach and Malecon

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank oceanquest33
Reviewed August 20, 2018

you do feel transported to the early 17th century, except for the many restaurants that are in there, however i would really recommend hanging in there at night while having a traditional icecram

Date of experience: July 2018
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July 28, 2017|
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Response from SheriTravelSmith | Reviewed this property |
Stayed at Villa del Palmar years ago. Grab a bus to Centro (North of the Cuale River) or Olas Altas (South of the Cuale River). Stroll the Malecon in Centro, enjoy free weekend night activities for families on the main... More
January 28, 2015|
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Response from keons637 | Reviewed this property |
Yeah, agreeing with the others. It is a very nice social area, like a town center with shops , restaurants, a lil museum etc