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El Centro, Puerto Vallarta

4.5
#7 of 34 in Neighborhoods in Mexico
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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  • July 24, 2017
    El Centro takes a new life at night. As soon as the sun starts to set, you see people preparing for a different night life. Street vendors begin to prepare their stage for their inviting smells of nig...  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    nice place, easy access, secure parking sites and many shops to buy, and restaurants to eat something rich and enjoy a few refreshing drinks.
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  • July 11, 2017
    A lot of shops to spend your money at mixed in with restaurants. If you like to take pictures to share with your family then this would be a good place for that. The architecture of the buildings are ...  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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