The shopping in Puerto Vallarta is great. We’ve got everything from very glamorous super department stores. We have a brand new shopping area that’s coming into Puerto Vallarta that’s called La Isla that’s going to be high-end stores, including Prada and Louis Vuitton.
There are also small, family business shops around town that are fun to go to. We have the little antique stores, the little handicraft shop, the textile shops, etc., that are fun to visit. The shopping here runs the gamut, from the ultra-modern shopping centers to the little mom and pop place where they sew hand woven textiles. All the modern shopping venues arrived here after I did in 1999.
As of today, I don’t think there’s anything of consequence that we couldn’t get here that you could get in the States. I would, however, like to see a Bed, Bath, and Beyond and I’d like to see a Trader Joe’s grocery store; things that you could live without easily.
On the other hand, we’ve got Chevrolet dealerships, Honda dealerships, Chrysler dealerships; all sorts of cars are available here. Guadalajara is only 4 and a half hours away from here and Guadalajara is a huge, major metropolitan city with anything you could ever want. So if there’s anything that can’t be found here in Puerto Vallarta, that’s certainly available about 4 and half hours away in Guadalajara.
The shopping experience here is similar to going into a regular department store that you’d go to in Los Angeles. If you’re going to buy goods that have been imported into Mexico, prices could be full retail. They do have sales for over the holidays, but prices are a little bit higher because it’s more expensive to bring those goods in here. As a result, if you buy imported goods in a mall here you would actually pay the same or even a little bit more than you would in the US. Prices for Mexican-produced products are much less and you can get some great things that are manufactured here in Mexico. A lot items you would buy in the US are manufactured here, anyway, so you can get some super quality goods here.
Over time, I have found myself switching to more Mexican-produced goods. Mexican-produced goods are not all junk. Much of the good stuff is manufactured here. People are surprised.
(Fashion show at Liverpool Mall, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)