Shopping for Souvenirs in Puerto Vallarta

by Craig Zabransky on April 7, 2011

I’d argue, the best souvenir to take home from Mexico is the memories. The great times from a great trip. And regardless of the reason you travel to Puerto Vallarta; eco-adventure, culture, cuisine, or romance, most visitors often agree and cherish the memories most.

But that doesn’t mean we go home empty handed. Most of us will also take home souvenir or two (or more). So whether its the obligatory trinket or a signature artifact Puerto Vallarta has something for everyone. Here a few of my suggestions.

The weekly Wednesday Art Walk provides great insight into the artist community of Puerto Vallarta. But it’s not only Wednesday, the galleries are open everyday.  And if you are looking for a painting to finish a room, or that signature sculpture you’ll find a great selection from across Mexico and even the globe.

Puerto Vallarta also boasts a wide variety of colorful pottery. The tin and lead glazed Talavera pottery first introduced in the 16th century continues to thrive in a multitude of designs, patterns and colors. Detailed and authentic, tourists find the dishes, vases, and ornament.

Puerto Vallarta is located in the state of Jalisco, the birthplace of tequila. And here in town, tourists can find not just the popular and well marketed brands, but also many smaller distilleries product. Many definitely worth tasting. Yes, definitely worth tasting. So try a few names you are not familiar with, and perhaps buy a bottle for the room to help make those memories.

from a special house brand tasting at the Marriott

Mexico is a also know for its silver, and Puerto Vallarta is too. Jewelry can be found in all shapes and sizes. Searching for high quality silver then stick to the stores downtown or if looking for a bargain, you can bargain with the many beach vendors selling a unique assortment of bracelets, rings, and earrings.

Yet, for me, on my last trip, I came away with even a special souvenir. Not just the memories, but also I came home with a Mexican sombrero. I love it.

Photos: all by Craig Zabransky

Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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