My wife, Morgan, and I visited Mexico for the first time in 2019, and ever since then, I've been dreaming of going back. Since we visited Mexico City last time, this time around we decided on flying into Puerto Vallarta and then driving to Guadalajara, from where we would fly home. The two cities are located in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, but are quite different, allowing us to feel like we were taking completely different trips.
Once a thriving port with connections to Mexico's silver mining operations, Puerto Vallarta was appreciated for its singular beauty by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who in the 1960s helped put the area on the tourism map.
New projects and developments are ramping up in Puerto Vallarta as 2022 approaches and arrival numbers begin to creep back to pre-pandemic levels.
In addition to soaking up the sun and exploring the surrounding scenery, another thing travelers like to do during a visit to Puerto Vallarta is shop. The destination has trendy shopping centers to check out, some of which include Plaza Caracol, Galerías Vallarta and Plaza Península.
However, a lot of people opt to visit the traditional markets during their stay.
Shopping at the street markets is where tourists will come across interesting items that make great souvenirs, including artwork, crafts and jewelry. In addition to these products, shoppers will also find fresh local produce at the Farmers’ Markets to enjoy.
Visitors to Puerto Vallarta will find galleries with all types of arts and crafts. The galleries have wood art, masks, furniture and sculptures from both local and international artists.
Here are some of the street markets tourists will want to put on their list to visit:
—Municipal Market: located in the heart of downtown.
—Olas Altas Farmers’ Market: located at The Tile Park in the Romantic Zone.
—Art & Market Marina Vallarta: located in Marina Vallarta.
Visiting one of these markets is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening with family and friends.
Rental cars can be quite expensive, and taxis and Ubers are abundant and most are really not that expensive, but what are the other transportation options?