There is no shortage of shopping opportunities in Puerto Vallarta. Commerce is everywhere and you can even do your shopping stationary while relaxing on the beach – vendors can be found all over the beach walking and offering cheap mass produced wares.
Puerto Vallarta has countless shops featuring everything from crafts, glass work, pewter, jewelry, leather work, Huichol Art, clothing, paintings, pottery and a seemingly endless supplies of tourist souvenirs.
Warning: Locally produced pottery can contain lead, so we recommend that you do not use Mexican pottery for consumption.
The buying process
Although prices in Puerto Vallarta are often comparable to Stateside prices, shopping in Puerto Vallarta is nothing like shopping in the States or Canada. In Mexico, bartering is EXPECTED unless there is a price-tag on the item.
When shopping beach vendors, street-side stands and flea markets, it’s all about bartering. This is part of the Mexican culture and if you plan to shop these venues, you must learn the skill of bartering – not doing so will often make you the butt of a local’s joke! When bartering, you can start by asking the seller what the price is, offer one-half to two-thirds of the quoted price, and begin the back and forth from there.
One thing to stay clear of is being insulting to the seller; do not scoff at the initial price, but just politely make a counter offer. In Mexico this is not a war but more of a polite dance that can be just as fun as getting the item you’ve got your eye on! What we recommend is that you decide what the item is worth to YOU before asking how much the item costs. That way, whether you got a bargain or not, what you did pay for it was worth it (to you), so walk away happy! Jacqui’s “Been There” Tip: Shopping in the early morning can have its benefits, as the first sale of the morning is often considered good luck to vendors and they’re anxious to make it!
Best exchange rate
In Puerto Vallarta the Peso is king, and the best place to get the best exchange rate for your dollars is at the ATM.
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