Puerto Vallarta is sometimes referred to as PVR – its airport symbol, or just Vallarta. No trip is complete without a visit to the old downtown area with its cobblestone streets, beautiful churches, statues along the water, the flea market, sand sculptures, and so much more.
Before we headed out, we exchanged some US dollars for Mexican pesos. Our resort had the best exchange rate and did not charge a fee. It seems that the taxi drivers prefer to be paid in pesos but they do accept dollars. Check with your hotel valet for expected taxi rates before you leave. If your rate is too high, you can negotiate. The flea market and street vendors mostly deal in cash – US or Mexican.
Downtown is very walkable. We’ve never felt threatened or scared any time we’ve been in Puerto Vallarta. The Malecon is definitely the tourist area with plenty of shops, restaurants, street vendors, statues, and even beaches.
I love the arches. They are sometimes hard to get without people.
On this particular day, there was an art show.
I took this in 2017.
And this in 2006 – it’s changed a little. The one with all the letters is hard to get with no people – even during off season. Be patient.
The church is just 1 block from the water. It’s tall. You can’t miss it.
The streets are full of cute buildings, old architecture, little shops, cars, bikes, scooters, and tourists. It’s crowded but not terrible. Some of the streets are cobblestone – rough ride but cool to see.
We’ve shopped at the flea market several times. There are great deals there. Decide how much something is worth to you and make an offer. I don’t try to get something for nothing. I realize these people are here to make a living, so I don’t necessarily try to get them to their lowest price. I just want to pay what’s it’s worth to me.
I love seeing the sand sculptures along the beach.
More street statues.
Watch for unique ‘ART’ everywhere you look.
Beware of the street vendors. They ask you again and again to buy their ‘goods’. Check out the flea market. You can find nearly any kind of ‘treasure’ there. They will negotiate also.
If you just gotta do it…..there are plenty of tourist hot spots.
If you love lighthouses, don’t plan on seeing any lighthouse tours in your search. I think this is the only lighthouse we’ve seen in PVR.
Found these super cute girls just sitting on the wall.
Here is my review: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g150793-d2440853-r534187484-Puerto_Vallarta_s_El_Malecon_Boardwalk-Puerto_Vallarta.html