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El Centro, Puerto Vallarta

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Get to know Vallarta and its people during a visit to El Centro, an old neighborhood with much to explore. As the cultural and commercial center of town, the district has pleasant public plazas where local musicians ply their trade, and small stalls that sell locally made handicrafts and souvenirs. The narrow cobblestone streets of the area invite you to explore off the beaten track and discover something away from the crowds, with rustic restaurants and bohemian bars seemingly around every corner. Reaching right down to the oceanfront boardwalk, the district offers plenty of color and culture, all within walking distance. Plan your visit to El Centro and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Puerto Vallarta visit planning site .
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  • At night, everyone comes out and the lighting highlights the great art, the cathedral and the centro part of town. Well worth your time to walk about.  more »
  • Get out of your hotel and see the sites, meet the people and just enjoy PV! We walked all around on our own and even did the City Tour and it is a great place to visit. There are restaurants all aroun...  more »
  • El Centro is a typical old Mexican fishing village with lots of charm but is changing to rapidly to meet the needs of all the tourists..  more »

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Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

The appropriately named Hotel Zone, at the coastal fringe of the city center, serves as one of the most popular areas to stay, with equally good access to the beach and the amenities within the city. Private rentals are particularly popular, with the Hotel Zone and the equally vibrant hub of Emiliano Zapata to the south offering plenty of condominiums to complement the range of budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels. Many of the city's best gay-friendly accommodations are found at the southern fringe of the old town.
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