Near Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta, there are a variety of farmer’s markets where you can go shopping and buy wonderful items at reasonable prices. These markets run every Autumn until the end of spring each year. If you are looking to buy something either as a gift for Christmas, birthdays or simply an item to have for yourself, you should visit these markets in the coastal towns along the Banderas Bay’s stretch.
Here’s a rundown of some of the top spots that offer the best items that are spiced up with that unique Vallarta flavor. Be sure to check their websites too for any relevant information.
Old Town Farmer’s Market (www.oldtownfm.com)
This is one of Puerto Vallarta’s hit markets that offers a great variety of fare and souvenirs every Saturday (9:30am- 2:00pm) from October until April. It’s a “producers only” event where you can find a variety of fine selected farm-fresh products, artisan foods, handicrafts, art, jewelry, clothing, community education and even live music. The vendors must be residents of Puerto Vallarta who lives within a 50 miles radius. All the products are locally made, baked and grown locally.
Marina Vallarta’s Market
With operating hours from 6-10 pm every Thursday, this high end market is frequented by people who want to explore one of Puerto Vallarta’s chicest neighborhoods and want to shop during evening. It occupies Marina Vallarta’s wide boardwalks and offers a mixed variety of products that include home decorations, natural soaps, artisan souvenirs and many more. Because of its late afternoon / early evening opening times, it is best that you go early afternoon to stroll along the walkway while the sun sets and have dinner at some of the finest restaurants around the area. Marina Vallarta’s market runs from October until May.
Mercado del Pueblo (mercadodelpueblo.org)
Sayulita’s version of a farmer’s market, never fails to entertain shoppers with its live music and entertainment. Around 80 vendors ply their trade here and sells natural and organic products plus many original native products. They also offer vegetables like relish and pickles, meat products, flowers, coffee and baked goods. It runs every Friday from 10 am to 2 pm until May.
Mercado Huanacaxtle (www.sayulitabeach.com/mercado-huanacaxtle)
Held every Sunday at La Cruz Marina, it is a home for more than 170 vendors who sell a tremendous line ups of native goods that include handicrafts, clothing, paintings artworks, jewelries, food products and even beehives. This is one of the largest markets in Banderas Bay.
Forever Spring Farmer’s Market (www.facebook.com/foreverspringfarmersmarket)
Located in Bucerias, this farmer’s market runs from 9am-1pm every Wednesday. Real appetizing goods are the specialties you can buy here that include cheese from El Tuito, vegetarian foods, Indian curries, sauces, jams, smoked meats and craftsman baked goods which you can buy wheat free or regular.
Marina Nuevo Vallarta (www.bestofnuevovallarta.com)
This fiesta-like market located at Nuevo Vallarta, marina features a bountiful array of products that include foods, crafts, clothing, glassware, jewelries, even dance lessons and yoga displays. You can take a leisurely walk while listening to great live music and have fun enrolling in some dance classes. This market is held from 9am-2pm every Saturday during high season from Autumn through spring.