The Best Thrift and Flea Markets in Puerto Rico

© Karlas Dambrans/flickr
© Karlas Dambrans/flickr
Photo of Kris Pethick
29 January 2018

If you like pulgueros, or flea markets (pulguero is Spanish for flea), plan your next vacation for Puerto Rico. Pack lightly but bring a big suitcase so you have plenty of room to take home all of your treasure. Most flea markets are only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so spend your weekend shopping and then hit the beaches during the week (when they are less crowded anyway).

Super Pulguero, Mayaguez

Super Pulguero is a very large flea market that has many permanent kiosks but also vendors who set up their own tents. There are coin-operated rides for the kids, and even a Thomas the Train ride that goes around the marketplace, so you can make it a family event. In the evenings they will often have live music. The hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Super Pulguero, Barrio Sabanetas, Carr PR–2 km 143.6, Mayaguez Puerto Rico, +1 787 347 7234

Arecibo Flea Market

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There are permanent kiosks at Arecibo Flea Market
There are permanent kiosks at Arecibo Flea Market | © Andrew Milligan Sumo/flickr

The pulguero in Arecibo claims to be the biggest flea market in Puerto Rico. It used to be a really good place to buy souvenirs, but in the last few years it has gotten more kitschy, with a lot of kiosks selling the same jewelry they buy in bulk, very little handmade stuff, lots of auto parts places, and vendors selling DVDs and music. They have great pinchos at the Arecibo Flea Market, and you can find some nice inexpensive clothing. Their hours are Friday–Sunday, 2 p.m.–10:30 p.m., but things really do not get started until about 5 p.m.