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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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  • Quiet for walking and for it worthwhile walk around the Boardwalk which is located in the historic centre of tomorrow can be seen best and very fresh! Recommended
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  • Although not as fun as Zona Romantica there are some really great restaurants here! Walking around and heading uphill is lots of fun exploring but be ready for some stairs! Well worth a visit!  more »
  • You can walk around and explore the sights and sounds or sit and watch all the people. We have been here in the morning afternoon and evening and always lots going on  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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