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“art galleries”(12 reviews)
“lots of shops”(11 reviews)
The half-mile long boardwalk that borders the shoreline.
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
+52 322 222 4475
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Calmjohn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank coreytravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank jkzoo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank 42marty55
Reviewed 3 October 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

Thank Wyldecamp
Reviewed 3 October 2018

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

Thank Doug M
Reviewed 19 September 2018

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

Thank Susie P
Reviewed 20 August 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

Thank oceanquest33
Reviewed 20 August 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

Thank Dairyproduct
Reviewed 13 August 2018

A fun walk on the Malecon . Walk a few streets off the Malecon away from the water and eat REAL Mexican food and support local places . Don't be intimidated just point if you do not know Spanish . They are happy you are...More

Thank JTC1136
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28 July 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
28 January 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