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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. Using our custom trip planner, Puerto Vallarta attractions like El Centro can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Be sure to make time to visit this area. Lots of character. Plenty of shops, bars and places to eat at all price levels. Particularly nice for an evening walk. 
  • When shopping prices are best if off the Boardwalk, main strip along the ocean. Go to the open air markets close to the river. So many good restaurants to choose from. Too many to list. Look in the be...  more »
  • Don't miss this beautiful Cathedral! We attended a Spanish mass and were given an English missal to follow. Very heart touching!