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Puerto Vallarta Shopping

PV has it all - from high end silver jewelry and stellar art to handcrafted pottery, beads and bowls. And though there are four main shopping malls - Plaza Marina, Plaza Neptuno, Plaza Caracol and Paradise Village - the bulk of Puerto Vallarta's treasures can be found in small, eclectic, independent shops, many of which line Calles Libertad, Juarez, Basilio Badillio, Olas Altas and Morelos. There are also lots of beach vendors and street-side stands where you can try your skills at bargaining. Whatever you do, don't leave here without at least looking at (and/or buying) some of the area's renowned Talavera pottery and ceramics, hand-blown glass, or huaraches, traditional Mexican sandals made of leather strips and rubber tire soles. Most hotels also feature a variety of worthwhile boutiques.

Curvas Peligrosas

Av. Juarez 178, Centro, 322/22-5978

A beachwear shop that specializes in plus-size, cover-ups and other swimwear.

LANS

Juarez 867, 322-226-9100, and in Plaza Caracol in the Hotel Zone, 322-226-0204

LANS's website

This is Puerto Vallarta's department store with a wide selection of name-brand clothing, housewares and other gift items.

Laura Lopez Lara Designs

Basillo Badillo, 329-A, 322-113-0102

Gauze fabrics that is super-comfortable and super-wearable in 100% cotton. Items for men, women and kids.

Mar de Suenos

Basilio Badillo 277-B, 322-222-7362

Beachwear, fine linens, and name brand special occasional clothing make this a must for those with discriminate tastes.

Etnica Boutique

Av. Olas Altas 388, Col. E. Zapata, 322-222-6763

Different regions of Mexico, Central America and Indonesia are represented in this women's accessories shop which offers a range of cotton and linen dresses, shawls, sandals, and jewelry.

La Surtidora

Morelos 256, at Guerrero, Centro, 322-222-1439

You'll find a large variety of men's, women's and children's clothes - everything from slacks to cocktail dresses.

Maria de Guadalajara

Puesta del Sol condominiums, Local 15-A, Marina, Marina 322/221-2566; also at Calle Morelos 550, Centro, Puerto Vallarta, 48300, 322-222-2387

Maria de Guadalajara's website

Colorful clothing with a uniquely Mexican style.

Oahu

Calle Juarez 314, Centro, 322-223-1058

An adorable children's shop that sells fun clothes but water gear as well as surf and casual wear.

Serafina

Calle Basilio Badillo 260, Col. E. Zapata 322-223-4594

Really fun ethnic clothing and unique souvenirs. An experience just to walk through!

Sirenas

Basilio Badillo 252B, Col. E. Zapata, 322-223-1925

The sister property to Serafina geared to women with eclectic tastes.

Rebeca's

Olas Altas 403, Col. E. Zapata, 322-222-2320

A huge selection of beachwear, most of which is manufactured in Mexico.

Alfareria Tlaquepaque

Av. Mexico, 1100, 322-223-2121

This treasure-trove of a warehouse is filled to the brim with Talavera pottery and dishware, colored glassware, baskets, wood furniture and art.

Galeria Tanana

Av. del Palmar 8, Sayulita, 329-291-3889

Some of the most authentic, gorgeous crafts with a bulk of proceeds going to the owner's nonprofit organization to promote cultural sustainability for the Huichol people.

Galaria AL Arte Lationamerican

Josefa Ortiz Dominguez, 155, 322-222-4406

Up and coming young artists are featured at this contemporary galley located in a gorgeous historic building.

Galeria Pacifico

Aldama 174, 322-222-1982

A wide selection of sculptures and paintings in various media make this a well-known gallery for art-lovers.

Galleria Dante

Calle Basilio Badillo 269, Col. E. Zapata, 322/222-2477

A gambit of artwork, from classical to abstract can be found in this huge, 6,000-square foot space, which includes a sculpture garden.

Mercado de Artesanias

Calle Agustin Rodrguez, between Calles Matamoros and Miramar, at base of bridge

Flowers, pinatas, produce, and plastics share space in indoor and outdoor stands with souvenirs and lesser-quality crafts. Upstairs, locals eat at long-established, family-run restaurants.

Mercado Isla Rio Cuale

Dividing El Centro from Colonia E. Zapata, access at Calle Morelos, Calle I. Vallarta, Calle Matamoros, Calle Constitucion, Calle Libertad, Av. Insurgentes, and the malecon, Puerto Vallarta

Small shops and outdoor stalls with interesting mix of wares.

Puerto Vallarta's municipal market

north of the Rio Cuale, where Libertad and A. Rodrguez meet

Definitely bargain before buying at this "everything goes" market with stalls featuring clothes, jewelry, leather accessories, T-shirts, and more.

Paradise Plaza Paseo de los Cocoteros

85 Sur, Nuevo Vallarta, 322-226-3732

A comprehensive plaza with a food court, grocery store, several coffee and juice shops, internet cafe, clothing and handicraft boutiques.

Plaza Caracol

Blvd. Francisco M. Ascencio, Km 2.5, across from Fiesta Americana

A lively mall with two anchors: the Soriana formerly Gigante supermarket, the LANS department store, and a six-theater CineMark cinema.

Plaza Marina

Carretera al Aeropuerto, Km 8, Marina Vallarta, 322-221-0490

Your standard mall with cafes, bars, shops, banks, pharmacies and a supermarket.

Plaza Neptuno

Carretera al Aeropuerto, Km 7.5, Marina Vallarta

A smaller mall in the heart of the marina district which boasts a variety of fine-home-furnishing shops, eclectic stores and upscale boutiques.

Small Vallarta

Paseo Ordaz 928; 322-222-7530

Located just before the start of the malecon, this "small mall" features tourist-friendly shops and dining options.

Viva

Basilio Badillo 274

Hundreds of designers are showcased here including some of Mexico's finest silversmiths.

Cassandra Shaw Jewelry

Basilio Badillo 276, Col. E. Zapata, 322-223-9734

If you're in the market for huge, chunky rings, bracelets, and necklaces, this is your place. There's also a small selection of accessories, purses and paintings.

Alberto's

Av. Juarez 185, Centro, Puerto Vallarta, 322-222-8317

A family run shop with a host of traditional pieces, as well as up and coming talent.

Jades Maya

Leona Vicario 226-A, Centro

Like jade? You'll find it in all shapes, sizes, colors and prices. A must-stop for the jade lover or admirer.

Las Casa del Habana

Aldama 170, 322-223-2758

Quality cigars from Ciba, along with all the necessary accessories for lighting up. Plus, leather couches, full bar service and TVs blaring various sports shows.

La Casa del Tequila

Morelos 589, 322-222-2000

Premium tequila along with books, glassware and accessories. Best of all: free tastings.

Anthony Chetwynd Collection

Calle Las Palmas 130, Col. Costa Azul, San Francisco, 311-258-4407

Antique masks, chandeliers, as well as furnishings and housewares imported from Asia.

Banderas Bay

Lazaro Cardenas 263, Col. E. Zapata, 322-223-4352; also at Constitucion 319A, Col. E. Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, 48380, 322-223-9871

A truly unique shop run by the owners of Daiquiri Dick's restaurant with antiques, collectibles, handicrafts, and unique household items galore. Even better: The shop will pack and ship your purchases.

Lucy's CuCu Cabana

Basilio Badillo 325; 322-333-4839

Metal sculptures, ceramics and wooden animals are some of the handmade works here, most by indigenous artists.

Ponciana

Basilio Badillo 252-A, Col. E. Zapata, 322-222-2988

Antiques, tablecloths, place mats and a variety of decorative items.