True, Riviera Nayarit boasts a romantic setting, ritzy hotels and prime vacation home locations, but it's also known for its one-stop shopping at Paradise Plaza Mall, where more than 100 shops display a range of wares from handicrafts and fine perfumes to beachwear and jewelry. Most stores are open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a siesta break from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Most hotels and resorts also offer boutique shopping on their properties; you'll also find shopping galore, with lots of bargaining opportunities, in Puerto Vallarta.

Paradise Plaza Mall

Virtually everything under the sun can be found at this Americanized mall, which features an internet cafe, English language bookstore (NV Bookstore), folk art (La Aldaba), clothing (Ruly's Boutique) and a food court. For something really interesting to take home, look for Huichol Art. The Huichols are an indigenous group that inhabits the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains and use pumpkins, wood, threads, colorful glass beads and beeswax to create spectacular ornaments.

Mercado de Artesanias

A "do not miss" spot in Puerto Vallarta where you'll find indoor and outdoor stands with Mexican crafts, pottery, straw hats and silver jewelry.

Mercado Municipal

Another mini-mall extravaganza in PV with more than 150 shops.

Plaza Galerias

The largest mall in Puerto Vallarta with more than 80 stores and restaurants. It also has a state of the art movie theater, an arcade/jungle gym for children and many internationally known stores.

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