El Centro
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The half-mile long boardwalk that borders the shoreline.
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carlye w
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Loved the bay front walk. Tons of restaurants and shops. Highly recommend La Chata’s beef and cheese fondue. Lots of sculptures and a beautiful church.
Written 24 February 2024
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Frozen_gringo
Moose Jaw, Canada628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We love to walk and check out all the history whenever we are lucky enough to be in PV! There is everything from dive bars to fancy places. Restaurants are plentiful, you'll find any type of food you're looking for!
Written 1 January 2024
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Usia2014
Calgary, Canada1 813 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The centre of Puerto Vallarta, often referred to as ‘old town’, it is quaint and full of rich history. Take your time to walk around the cobble stone streets and enjoy the architecture. There are plenty of shops and restaurants.
Written 18 April 2023
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Pat H
Nanaimo, Canada247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Has a real vibrancy with a Mexican feeling. Has good grocery shop at Ley’s for most needs. Could use a decent wine shop for the area. Playa Cameron is nice and has a number of musicians especially Sunday night when many Mexican families come to picnic
Written 2 December 2022
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HamletTX
Fort Worth, TX199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I would recommend walking the downtown area both during the day and at night. Lovely place. Lots of little restaurants, bars and shops. Friendly people.
Written 8 June 2022
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David D
Devon, UK25 709 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Thursday 3rd February and we took a taxi from our Hotel, Riu Palace Pacifico, in Nuevo Vallarta, into Puerto Vallarta, a distance of 24 kilometres, about 45 minute drive. We were on a sightseeing and exploring mission.

Our adventure began in the downtown area of the City, known as El Centro it is packed with historical and cultural buildings, interesting and amusing statues & sculptures an amazing promenade. The cobbled streets are lined with shops, markets, bars, restaurants and cafes.

Not sure where the area starts, so we made the assumption that it was by the first Sculpture we encountered, The Millennia Statue. Centro stretches from there down as far the River, Rio Cuale.

We walked along the famous seafront promenade, The Malecón runs alongside Playa Malecón. From here there are views of the beach and across the amazing Bay of Banderas. The beachside of the walkway is populated with numerous sculptures and statues. Some are more easily interpreted and less abstract than others, but all worth a quick stop and a look.

The other side of the walkway is filled with shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and so much more.

We even encountered a lighthouse, Faro de Calle de Matamoros, another oddity along the way.

One of the most exciting elements is the display by the Papantla Fliers, awesome and not to be missed.

Our walk took us to the Plaza De Armas, with its small Bandstand, iconic arches and the Naval Museum nearby.

We did venture off the Malecon and explored some of the streets where we discovered the Municipal Market. We also visited the amazing Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe) with it's famous tower.

There is so much more to be said, however the best thing is to visit and explore this wonderful vibrant area.
Written 9 March 2022
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thomas b
Miami Beach, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Make sure to walk all the little streets, this area of Vallarta is definetely authentic and not to miss
Written 12 February 2022
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada2 069 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Downtown is where all the action is in PV. There is lots of history here, it is worth taking the time to make multiple visits to see it all. Once you are in the area, the Romantic Zone is on the other side of the Rio Cuale.
Written 30 November 2021
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Alan D
Lakewood, CO78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Some of the nicer shops on the side streets and it is less crowded than the Malecon but there are also some nice shops on the Malecon.
Written 28 May 2021
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BGBeverlyhills
Beverly Hills, CA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
The only difference between the romantic zone and the so called Centro is the Cuale river, both areas are right next to each other, and you can’t practically see one and not the other.
Written 22 January 2021
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