The heart of culture, shopping, dining and fun!
Viejo Vallarta or OLD TOWN 15 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta international airport, is where the nightlife starts and many of Puerto Vallarta´s landmarks are located. This zone runs from parque Hidalgo south to the Basilio Badillo Street near to the Posada de Roger Hotel.
The magical heart of Puerto Vallarta is the town square of this historic center, which should not be missed by any visitor. Here you can observe the traditions and customs of the typical Mexican pueblo, combined with the excitement of an international tourist destination.
Towering over the main plaza you will find the City Hall and in the center the picturesque bandstand where the municipal band gives free concerts every Thursday and Sunday nights. This is also the center for local festivities such as concerts, mimes, puppets, folkloric dances etc. in los Arcos open air theater; fireworks, parades and special food booths for national holidays. Such as Semana Santa (Easter Week), Labor Day (May 1), 5 de mayo, independence day (Sept. 16), day of the dead (Nov. 1-2), revolution day (Nov. 20), processions to the church of Guadalupe (Dec. 1 – 12 ), Christmas and new year’s.
The commercial are of Puerto Vallarta grew up around the central plaza, so here you will find the best restaurants, the major art galleries, and the majority of jewelry, craft and gifts shops, the boutiques of typical clothing, leather goods and accessories, shops filled with blown glass, ceramics, huichol indian art, marks, musical instruments and unique collectibles from all over Mexico. A tourist’s information office in City Hall will give you free maps and tourists information. A monthly calendar of events is published by the Old Town merchants association.
Leading the way for events are the weekly ¨Old Town Art Walks¨ now having completed their eighth full season (Nov. thru April), with seventeen participating galleries.