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Gay men love to shop, especially while on vacation in a new and exotic place like Puerto Vallarta. This area of Mexico is known, among other things, for its locally made arts & crafts, ceramics and beautiful hand blown colored glass available at the many gift shops throughout the city. Talavera pottery is still locally made using the centuries old techniques of the Spanish. Excellent leather goods from the city of Leon are available in many Puerto Vallarta stores at a third of the cost in the States. The Huichol Indians of Nayarit and Jalisco are among the great artisans of Mexico, producing intricate yarn paintings and beaded masks, animals and prayer bowls. The yarn paintings by such masters as Jose Benitez Sanchez and Jose Bautista are extraordinary and collected by museums around the world. Quite a few of the Puerto Vallarta shops and art galleries carry work by the Huichols and other native tribes like the Cora, and a number of these art galleries are gay-owned too. Beautiful black pottery from Oaxaca, all sorts of handcrafts and simple Mexican leather sandals (huaraches) can be had for a song. It's great to go shopping here as so many interesting stores and boutiques in Puerto Vallarta are filled with quality pottery, stained and etched glass, knickknacks, women's clothing and accessories, Cuban cigars, trinkets, beach wear and summer clothes, handicraft/artisanry and native artifacts, paper mache, home furnishings and furniture, wood carvings, colorful blankets (sarapes), embroidered clothing, gold jewelry and hand-made gifts and items of just about every imaginable design, material and fabric. There are an abundance of specialty stores in all different parts of town which adds to Puerto Vallarta's attraction as a tourist destination. Mexico is among the world's leading producers of silver, and dozens of shops in PV sell high quality sterling silver items. Prices in Vallarta's retail stores are marked in pesos and are fixed. There are three general and especially gay-friendly areas you might want to take a walk around in to look and shop: Downtown, Cuale River Island and the South Side. Most of the main Puerto Vallarta shopping malls and centers (listed at page bottom) are in or near the hotel district on the North side or else in Marina Vallarta.
Cuale River Island
South Side-Old Town-Romantic Zone
Alfareria Tlaquepaque - Centro - 1100 Avenida
Mexico. Phone: 223-2121
One of Vallarta's oldest stores and an original source of arts and crafts, ceramics and handicrafts for over 55 years. A wide variety of vases, ceramic pots, colored jars and glasses, talavera pottery, baskets, lamps, dishware, and blown glass by artisans from all over Mexico. Decent prices since 1953. Mon-Sat, 9am-9pm; Sun, 9am-3pm
Alfredo's Boutique - South Side - 114-A Amapas,
Tel: 223-8148 and North Side - Plaza Caracol
Local F-33, Tel: 293-3198 **
One of Puerto Vallarta's newest gay-owned stores with fashionable wear.
Alphonse Swim wear - South Side - 373 Pino Suarez
C-17 at Loma del Mar. Tel: 222-7053 **
Uniquely styled swimsuits for gay men. "He uses his innate knowledge of the beauty of the male form to construct a contemporary style to enhance each man's natural attributes." By appointment with Alphonse Deserville with info at alphonseswimwear.com. Mon-Sat, 9am-11am and 3pm-6pm
Angel's Store - South Side - 267-D
Lazaro Cardenas. Telefono: 044-322-889-5606 **
Boutique for men with a new location, same prices. Stylish clothing, gifts and accessories for the modern Puerto Vallarta gay boi. "Angels are not just in heaven." Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm; Sun, 12pm-8pm
Best - South Side/Romantic
Zone - 111 Rodolfo Gomez at Hotel San Marino, locale #2. Tel: 222-5128
Underwear and beachwear for men. Mon-Sat, 11am-9pm; Sun, Noon-8pm
Cassandra Shaw - South Side - 276 Basilio Badillo.
Contemporary and personally designed jewelry for men and women, with a much wider selection for women. Sterling silver, precious stone, coral, pearl, onyx, turquoise, jasper, rings, pendants, earrings, accessories such as handbags and scarves. Mon-Fri, 9am-9m; Sat, 9am-8pm; Sun, 11am-6pm.
Christopher Wynn - South Side - 146 Pulpito.
Tel: 222-9390 **
Fine home furnishings and furniture shopping for the well-to-do. Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm
Colors - Los Muertos Beach
- Calle Malecon, Local #5. Tel: 222-7764 **
Beachwear, clothing, accessories and other boutique items. This colorfully filled gay-owned boutique is just down the block from the Blue Chairs gay hotel resort. Daily, 10am-6pm
Colores Creative Group- South
Side - 329-A Basilio Badillo. Tel: 223-2040 **
Puerto Vallarta's Colores Creative team offers creative design service and web solution for any budget, focused to work with companies in their growth in the PV competitive market. Offering strategy, graphic design, web development, hosting, photography, computer maintenance and repair, cyber cafe/internet service, at 20 pesos per hour. Mon-Fri, 10am-7pm; Sat, 10am-3pm
the Computer Store - Hotel Zone
- 153 Guayana. Tel: 223-2939, 223-2744
Sales and services of new and used computers and laptops with computer parts and supplies. Over 14 years experience in Puerto Vallarta with owner Tom Barrington and super-tech Daniel. The Computer Stores is located at the corner of Cuba and Guayana streets, around the block from the Red Cross headquarters. One of the main and best computer sales/service stores in town, if not the oldest, since 1997. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm
Condom House - South Side - 239 Lazaro Cardenas.
A variety of condoms of different textures and sensations; lubricants too. Mon-Sat, Noon-9pm
Contempo Galeria - South Side - 252 Basilio
Badillo. Tel: 223-1925 **
One of the newest art galleries in the city, with very contemporary and avant-garde Puerto Vallarta artwork, bronze statues and paintings. Representing well-known and up-and-coming Mexican artists such as Cecilia Garcia Amaro, Jesus Cantu, Anna Cooke, Abelardo Favela, Daniela Riquelme, Arturo Santana and Lucille Wong. An impressive art collection on 2 floors for some upscale shopping. Contempo Art Gallery has the same owner and location as the old Adobe cafe - knowledgeable and friendly service with gay owner Rodolfo Choperena Tiemann, who worked at the Galleria Dante for five years. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-2pm
Coral Reef Surf
Shop - 114-F Heroes de Nacozari, just off Coastal Highway 200, Bucerias.
Puerto Vallarta surfing equipment, new and used surf boards and lessons, surfboard rentals, surfing related clothes, boardie shorts, leashes, t-shirts, wax, wet suits and other beach and surfer necessities and accessories. Since 1997 Coral Reef Surf Shop has served Bucerias, Puerto Vallarta, Punta de Mita and the greater Banderas Bay area. David and Maneula, owners. Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun, 10am-2pm.
Skate and Surf Shop - 322-B Insurgentes - South Side. Tel: 222-7785
All sorts of surf and beachwear and clothing for our local surfers and skaters with skim and skate boards, shirts, sandals, kewl caps, boardie shorts and body boards. Coral Skate recently remodeled and expanded to include more surfing items. Since 1992. Mon-Sat, 10am-2pm and 4:30pm-9pm
Dulceria Con Orgullo Azteca - Downtown - 294
Agustin Rodriguez and 449 Juarez at Mina. Tel:
All sorts of typical and traditional Mexican sweets, preserves, dried fruits, fresh nuts, caramels and candies. There are several of these traditional candy/sweets stores in the main municipal/flea market area.
Elements of Design - South Side - 242 Aquiles
Serdan at Ignacio Vallarta. Tel: 113-0236
Upscale fine home decor and furnishings, mirrors, art work, designer furniture, rugs, lighting and accessories. The Elements of Design store offers interior design services as well. Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, Noon-5pm.
Encore Boutique - South Side - 584 Lazaro Cardenas.
First and only women's consignment clothing store in Puerto Vallarta and the Banderas Bay area. A bit off the beaten track but has many brand names such as Christian Dior, Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo, and Anne Klein. Owned and operated by Mikki Prost who has lived over 20 years in Puerto Vallarta. She's also a yoga instructor. Winter hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm and 3pm-6pm; Sat, 10am-4pm
Flowers To Go - South Side - 126 Rodolfo Gomez.
Telefono: 223-5686 **
Flowers and more flowers, nicely arranged and they can deliver anywhere in Puerto Vallarta. Official florist for the Gourmet Festival. Gay-owned flower shop by Bob Bruneau and Gerardo Lugo. Further info at Flowers to Go Vallarta. Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm
Gaia Organic Foods - Zona Romantica/Old
Town - 310 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 113-0262
The only organic foods place that I know of in this part of town: breads, cereal, eggs, coffee, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, ice cream, red meat and chicken. Another location in Colima. Mon-Sat, 8:30am-8:30pm
Corsica - Central - 230 Leona Vicario, Tel: 223-1821 and
735 Guadalupe Sanchez. Tel: 222-9260 **
Contemporary Mexican fine art exclusively, with paintings, art objects and sculptures. Representing such artists as Rocio Caballero, Miguel Carrillo, Xavier Esqueda, Ana Fuentes, Ulices Licea, Flor Minor, Rodrigo De La Sierra and Teresa Zimbron. Founded in 2002 by gay owners Jose A. Villavicencio and Jean Pierre Renucci and "dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Mexican artists." Galeria Corsica has galleries in Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo and an office in Mexico City. Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm and 6pm-10pm
Alonso - Central - 249 Leona Vicario. Tel: 222-5587 **
This gay-owned gallery has its artistic specialty in contemporary and antique photography, engraving and sculpture. Pieces and photos have been displayed by artists such as Anderson & Low, Gabriel Figueroa, Flor Garduño, Ron Van Dongen, and Luis Gonzalez Palma from Guatemala, one of the more successful Latin American photographers today. Omar Alonso is located across the street from ritzy restaurant Cafe des Artistes. Mon-Fri, 11am-9pm
Lacandonia Jewelry Store - South Side - 317
Basilio Badillo at Constitucion street. Tel: 113-0004
Original Maya art. Many exclusively and exquisitely handmade pieces by Mayan descendents applying some of the same techniques they used some 1,300 years ago. These art works often represent a deep religious sense and natural integration concept from Maya culture. Mon-Sat, 9am-9pm; Sun, 11am-5pm
Lalo Morales Boutique - South Side - 241 Basilio
Badillo. Tel: 223-0295 **
Decorative handbags, lampshades, home accessories and other unique handcrafts. A fair trade shop, they only buy from the artist or craftsperson, do not consign, and so help create new revenue streams for the people most in need, i.e. the worker. In certain cases owners Mark Patton (actor) and Hector Morales Mondragon give micro-loans or stipends to help begin a new company. Most of their artists are women with children. Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm
Lavanderia Pulpito - Old Town/Zona Romantica
- 141 Pulpito. Tel: 222-2213, 223-2313 **
Machine or hand wash, ironing, mending, stain removal with Julia. Home delivery. Mon-Sat, 8:30am-6:30pm
Lix - South Side - 178 Basilio Badillo.
Cell: 044-322-147-0858 **
Ice cream, shakes, yogurt, old-fashioned sundies and banana splits, etc. Woman-lesbian owned and operated by Charlotte and Carole, the owners of Xocodiva chocolates. Daily, 3pm-10pm
Liquid Men - South Side
- 181 Ignacio Vallarta. Tel: 223-3165 and
Basilio Badillo. Tel: 222-3031 **
Fashionable clothes and accessories for the modern gay boy on the South Side in two locations. A stylish selection of accessories, club attire, jeans, shoes, shorts, shirts, swimwear, t-shirts. A great place on Ignacio Vallarta street for gay men to shop and nicely located between Paco's Ranch and La Noche, two popular gay nightclubs. Luis Alberto Rivero, general manager. Daily, 10am-10pm
Lucy's Cucu Cabana
- Romantic Zone - 295 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 222-1220
Unique Mexican folk-art store including items from Oaxaca and also talavera ceramics and jewelry which they often purchase on their journeys around Mexico during the summer. Co-owner Gil Gevins, Lucy's husband, is also the author of several hilarious books of Vallarta misadventures, one entitled, "Puerto Vallarta on Forty-Nine Brain Cells a Day", which you can purchase at the shop. Since 1993. Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm
Marino Jewelry - South Side - 110 Rodolfo Gomez.
If you're in the market for a nice selection of silver from Taxco, precious gems and handcrafted jewlery, check out Marino Jewelry store which has been in the neighborhood for many years and are gay-friendly Mexican locals. Repair and manufacture as well. Daily, 9am-10pm
Miralo - el Centro/Downtown - 236-A Iturbide
at Juarez street. Tel: 221-6810 **
Artist Rodolfo Rojas Hernandez showcases his mosaic art created with stained glass. Miralo art & crafts ("look at it") also has alba talavera, decorative wood boxes, ceramics, fused glass art, as well as hand painted and unique one-of-a-kind gifts. Recently added a gallery of paintings by local Puerto Vallarta artists; and Rodolfo is also offering mosaic workshops this season. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-3pm
Mundo de Azulejos (World of Tiles) - South Side
- 374 Venustiano Carranza. Tel: 222-2675
The only talavera tile factory in town. Specialty in talavera and artistic tiles, pottery and home accessories, with thousands of hand painted items in stock. The talavera and beautiful things at Mundo de Azulejos Puerto Vallarta have been produced locally in the Valle de Nayarit by this family owned business for some 20+ years. Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm
de Cristal (World of Glass) - South Side - 333 Insurgentes. Tel:
The first hand blown glass factory in Puerto Vallarta. Mundo de Cristal is local family business that produces and sells lovely colored glasses, decanters, pitchers, candle holders, centerpieces, vases and decorative pieces as well as talavera and ceramic work (photo left). A quality gift shop. Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm and Sat, 9am-2pm
Origenes David Luna - South Side - 212 V. Carranza
street. Tel: 223-1455 **
Now closed. Upscale and fashionable decorative art, furniture and home furnishings in materials like wood, iron, ceramics, leather, blown glass and textiles. Origenes-David Luna has decorated interiors and exteriors in diverse places of Mexico and the world like Greece, Panama, France, Italy and UK. Next door to Brasil restaurant. Store locations also in Tlaquepaque and Mexico City. Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm
P & P Boutique - South Side
- 278 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 223-4182 **
Pierre and Paco have opened a new gay boutique with glassware, beer glasses, champagne flutes, cheese boards, coasters, glasses and decanters, martini shakers, serving plates, wine openers and stoppers. At the dental office of Dr. Francisco 'Paco' Rincon who is one of our main gay dentists. Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm
Papito - Los Muertos
Beach - 162 Malecon street. Tel: 178-2790, Cell: 044-322-181-1721
Beach wear and swim wear for the young gay male and swimsuits for men. Located in the block behind the gay beach at the Blue Chairs. Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, 11am-7pm
Patti Gallardo Eclectic Art - South Side - 250
Basilio Badillo. Tel: 222-5712 **
Handmade home art, crafts, carpets, fine art, paintings, jewelry, clothing and metal sculptures in Patti's pleasant art gallery and interior design store on the famous Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Row. Further info at Patti Gallardo Interior Design. Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-2pm
Prestige Car Rentals - South Side - 229 Amapas.
Tel: 222-6506, 223-1683 **
Lesbian-owned and operated auto rental agency, with friendly service and a wide selection of models & makes on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. They can deliver the car to your door or the airport. Friendly auto rentals in gay Puerto Vallarta with Prestige. Daily 8am-2pm, 4pm-7pm
PV Technology Solutions - South Side/Romantic
Zone - 141-A Pulpito. Tel: 113-0024 **
Computer repairs and accessories, iPads and iPods, PC and Mac computers, formatting and system installation. Tim and John publish the handy and very useful new Gay Puerto Vallarta guide booklet which is widely available in town at more than 100 locations. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 9am-2pm
Quicksilver - Downtown - 1320 Avenida Mexico
Local B, at Chile street. Tel: 222-9453
New surf boards, Quicksilver shirts, pants, shoes, skateboards, surfing-related clothes, boardie shorts, leashes, t-shirts, wax and other beach and surfer accessories, attire and necessities. Mon-Sat, 11am-9pm
T-Shirts - South Side - 137 Pulpito. Tel: 223-2868 **
Exclusively designed colorful and inexpensive t-shirts. Friendly service with owner Martin (photo left). Across the street from the Puerto Vallarta gay hotel Abbey. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
RK Supplement - South Side - 130
Rodolfo Gomez. Tel: 044-322-146-2435 **
This gay-owned body building supplement store with Raul Duran and Bill Hevener has protein powder, creatin, growth hormone, deca, primo and masteron. Tank tops, board shorts and t-shirts; also carries Alphonse swimwear as well. Mon-Sat, 10am-2pm and 4pm-8pm
R Salon - Old Town/South Side - 513 Olas Altas.
Tel: 222-7819 **
Hair and skin care - haircuts, styles, color, massage, facial treatments, manicure and pedicure, waxing. Formerly known as VIP salon and spa, and with the same stylists as before. Mon-Sat, 9am-8pm
Safari Accents -
South Side - 224 Olas Altas. Tel: 223-2660 **
A wide selection of handsome home furnishings, colored glass, candles and decorative candle holders, Mexican religious art such as painted icons and statues and other special gifts, to name a few items. Popular Puerto Vallarta gift shop for handcrafts for 21 years; friendly service with Gerardo. Daily, 10am-11pm.
Sea Me Eyewear - Romantic Zone - 114-B Amapas.
Tel: 044-322-172-6434, 223-8043 **
Designer sunglasses such as Prada, Dolce & Garbana, Ferragamo, Maui Jim, Versace, Revo and Ray Ban. Gay owned and operated store. Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm
Sergio Bustamante - Downtown -
275 Juarez. Tel: 223-1405, 222-1129, 222-8321 **
Modern sculpture and original jewelry by one of Mexico's famous artists. Sergio Bustamante has produced life-size animals done in bronze, ceramic and paper mache since 1975. Also with gallery locations in Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Cabos and Mexico City. Daily, 10am-9pm
Serendipity - South Side - 228 Ignacio Vallarta,
Tel: 223-1828 and 472 Juarez, Tel: 222-6110
Selection of Mexican handicrafts. Talk to Chuy at the Serendipity shop on Ignacio Vallarta street. Another one of the gay-owned stores that has been in the neighborhood for many years now. Mon-Sat, 10:30am-3:30pm and 5pm-8pm.
Rana - South Side - 325 Francisco Madero. Tel: 222-4176
With an extensive collection of cassettes and CDs, Sonido Rana is the largest Puerto Vallarta music store as far as I know. From classical and new world music to salsa, jazz, traditional Mexican, norteno, banda, hip hop, disco, rock and international pop. Sonido Rana/Frog Sound also sells musical instruments including guitars, accordions, organs, violins and harmonicas, written music and books on music. Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm; Sun 10am-7pm
Suave Central Surf Shop - Central - 800 Morelos.
Specializing in surf wear, surf odds 'n ends and other beach wear, gear and items for surfers and surfing. Also with stores in Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Colima, Manzanillo, Playa del Carmen and Zapopan. Daily, 10am-9pm
the Dog House - South Side/Old Town - 237 Ignacio
Vallarta. Tel: 044-322-136-0400 **
Need a quick bite while out dancing the night away? Check out the new gay-owned Dog House take out hot dog stand - hotdogs and sausages (Italian, chicken, chorizo, bratwurst, Polish), located next to Club Roxy and right in front of Paco's Ranch gay nightclub. Tues-Sun, 10pm-6am
The Loft Galeria - Central - 176-A Corona, upstairs.
Tel: 222-6353 **
Unique art works at the Loft Gallery by Carlos Cortes, Marianela de la Hoz, Rodolfo Morales, Norma Pardo, Rufino Tamayo, Alejandro Zenker and many other fine artists. Sculpture, painting, photography and works on paper by emerging, mid-career and recognized masters of The Americas. This gay-owned gallery was established by Ruben Cham and John Strawn. Further info The Loft Galleria. Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-3pm
Tops and Bottoms - South
Side - 156 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 044-322-171-2942 **
Hip clothes for the growing gay guy and his straight friends. Mon-Sat, 10:30am-2pm and 4pm-10pm
Xocodiva - South Side
- 174 Basilio Badillo. Tel: 113-0352, Cell: 044-322-147-0858
Hand made truffles, gourmet nuts, confections and delicious chocolates for those with a sweet tooth, "artisan chocolates". Xocodiva is woman-lesbian owned and operated by Charlotte Semple and Carole Fast. Daily, 10am-10pm
Vallarta Cigar Factory - Downtown - 100 Libertad
street at Insurgentes. Tel: 222-0300, 223-0497
Located across from the downtown municipal flea market. Handmade cigars available: mild, medium and full blend, several hybrid types as well, $2-$20. One of only 4 certified Puerto Vallarta cigar shops selling imported Cuban cigars in the city. See Pancho. With a patio bar serving sodas, beer, margaritas, national and imported mixed drinks. Puerto Vallarta Cigar Factory. Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm; Sun, 10am-6pm
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Puerto Vallarta art gallery Galeria Corona; Mexican handicrafts; Huichol indian art at Artesanias Watakame
Puerto Vallarta shopping on Cuale River island; downtown candy store Dulceria con Orgullo Azteca
Puerto Vallarta shopping handcrafts at stores on the Cuale River Island, Puerto Vallarta downtown, and the South Side
Galerias Vallarta mall; gay owned VIP salon-spa (now R Salon) in Puerto Vallarta Mexico; downtown arts & crafts on display
Puerto Vallarta shopping at Blop clothing on Libertad street; World of Pewter; El Gato Gordo cigar store
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