Art/Silver, Puerto Vallarta
I remember we bought 4 paintings of this local artist. As you can see from the picture he was painting on these tiles using only paint and his finger nail!!!
They were amazing landscape pictures of the local area and they worked out to be only $20 Canadian.
It was a steal and they look great to this day. They were even framed.
This small but quaint Huichol Indian art store that is a lot different than the rest of the stores in Vallarta. The difference is that this store is actually owned by a Huichol Indian. The families name is synonymy’s with Huichol art and this store is a great place to get a true feel for the family and the art they make.
The stores listed prices are WAY overpriced but the owner (Iginio Bautista) is more than willing to barter.
The yarn paintings here are second to none, and the people in the family are very out going.
What to buy: yarn paintings and beaded art work.
I believe he also sells those sandles that you see a lot of the Huichol wearing.
What to pay: ooooph.... It depends on what you come across
This little place has been around for over 25 years and if you have been there once, you for sure will return on your next visit to Vallarta.
The store has tons of Huichol Indian art, silver products and other indian art from Oaxaca.
The reason that I recommend this store is because since they deal in such HUGE number of art work, their prices are a lot cheaper than the other stores in Vallarta.
The problem is that the store is not ona major thoroughfare so many people get sucked into the tourist traps to buy their art work.
A guy named sergio (who looks like a Mexican Johnny Mathis) runs the store and ought to be a stand up commedian.
I highly recommend this place for the prices and the commedic value of Sergio will make you glad you stopped by wether you buy anything or not.
What to buy: The store has so many unique items and for prices a lot cheaper than the rest of the stores in Vallarta.
What to pay: I have seen woman in the store tell Sergio that he is handsome and immedietly he gave them what they wanted at cost.
This guy is crazy.
Great little shop with a really friendly owner - his dad set the business up and was visited by Paul and Linda McCartney in 1977 - a fact that is highlighted by the signed picture on the wall. I figure, if it's good enough for Sir Paul, it's good enough for me.
What to buy: The silver in here is very organic looking - the settings of the rings look plant like. They're all hand made and they've got some pretty good opals and freshwater pearls and the prices aren't too bad either.
If you are looking form some nice jewelry and great prices, this city is the best. Most of the shops are right along the bay which makes for a great shopping atmosphere. However, be adventurous. Go to the little shops on the side streets. You will find some great jewelry, clothing and art in many of these little places, and get a better deal. I purchased a white gold chain that is very nice for less than $100.
What to buy: Silver and art.
Alberto's Silver is one of the shops you should stop by and check when you are in Puerto Vallarta. His shop has a great selection of fine sterling silver jewelry made by hand. You will see them making the pieces while you browse the tiny store.
Even if you do not buy anything from here, stop by and check out the store. Most likely you will not see the same pieces they make here for sale in any of the other stores in town.
What to buy: unique Mexican sterling silver jewelry
It is probably a good idea to not buy silver items from people along the street. It is better to buy from a shop that deals in jewelry, for instance. This way you know that you will be getting an item that has a silver content. The shops actually have pretty good rates for silver jewelry.
What to buy: Colorful Mexican blankets, silver jewelry, and local crafts are fun items to bring home. Behind the church there is an artist that paints with thread. His paintings look like embroidery. It isn't that expensive when you think how much time it took to craft the item.
What to pay: You aren't going to spend a lot on souvenirs unless you go into an exclusive shop set up to destroy your pocket book with fancy name brands not made in Mexico in a factory somewhere.
There is a great Art Gallery that has on site blown glass sculptures. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of it, but you cannot miss it. It is right along the main shopping area in town. We love palm trees and purchased a beautiful glass blown palm there for about $75.00. Totally worth your time and money to go there.
There are a lot of art galleries in town, so be sure to check them out.
What to buy: Art
Warning!: Please beware of this shop? It has really nice art, and comes across as very professional - with multiple locations.
I purchased a sculpture and had it shipped to my home in the US. Insurance was purchased on the peice from the transport company (DHL).
The product arrived in peices. I submitted paperwork to DHL who informed me that the refund was to be paid to the SHIPPER - not me the PURCHASER.
I have not seen my refund from this shop after MULTIPLE attempts to collect! Do NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS GALLERY. Such a pity - I will probably never buy anything from anywhere in Mexico unless I ship it myself
What to buy: NOTHING
What to pay: DONT DO IT.
I like to buy art pieces when I go on vacation and I have to admit that the selection in Puerto Vallarta is huge. You will find really nice art pieces in town.
I got several watercolor paintings from 2 different artists that were selling their work on Isla Rio Cuale, right under the bridge. Their prices were very reasonable! Now that I am back home, I feel really sorry I did not buy more watercolor paintings to also give as presents (the ones I bought were a big hit with my friends that saw them framed and hanged on the wall).
What to buy: watercolor paintings or oil paintings
What to pay: about 8 US dollars for a medium to large size watercolor painting
When buying from vendors on the beach, remember that they are expecting you to haggle. Usually the first price they quote is 3 times more than what they hope to get for the item in some cases, so make sure you don't pay too much for the silver jewelry etc.
ps. silver shops that 'price by the weight' also are looking for exorbitant prices first - make sure to barter with them also.
What to buy: silver
What to pay: anything. try to get best price. shop around, there are loads of vendors on the beach selling the same thing.
Puerto Vallarta, is known for many things...one of them is Silver
What to buy: whatever catches your eye
What to pay: if you know how to barter....you can spend less.