Puerto Vallarta is famous for its Malecon that stretches along the impressive beach. This is obviously one of the best places in the city to take a walk.
I visited Puerto Vallarta just after a hurricane and the Malecon was under urgent repair for the tourist season.
In the link below I have some scenes from the area. Enjoy! Please rate my tips and leave all your comments.
In this picture "The Dolphins" is located next to the Los Arcos Amphitheater on the Malecon, in El Centro.
This fountain is a modern bronze sculpture sitting atop a circular domed shape fountain. Sculptor James Bottoms created it as a gift to Puerto Vallarta from sister city, Santa Barbara California.
The three dolphins in the monument represent the brotherhood of the two cities and the friendship that unites them. Each dolphin appears to look in a different direction, one towards the city, one towards the sky and the other to the sea.
Well, we walked in search of sand and beach to put our feet inthe ocean, and we came across these local girls making one of their friends into a sand mermaid, she could very well deny me a photo... they were laughing and giggling and having fun on the beach. I was told that Puerto Vallarta is also a vacation spot for the mexicans from inland, which makes sense, there's a nice breeze and water to cool off at, not only us Northern invaders.
Every day, we walked by to see what the sculpturer would have created in the sand, as you can see, this took alot of time and effort on his part. Another time there was Jesus with candles by it. Congratulations mama's is the translation...
Everyone must agree that Malecon is something rarely to be seen in this part of the world. It is a wide seaside walkway around 2km long and it is packed with bars, restaurans and shops (see more photos in my travelogue).
It reminded me of some Mediteranean coast towns. Every night you must check in there and see what is going on. Everyone is out, and the place is especially packed on Sunday night when Mexican families go out as well.
I was lucky to be there during music festival when they organized jazz and classical concerts for several nights at this open stage (photo). Feeling is amazing.
On the Malecon there is alot to see and do, the streets have shops, Resturants, Bands, Bars, and more. Its nice to even walk on the Malecon during the day or night. its all lit up at night, so you dont have to worry. Its a very popular place to go...its right in Downtown Pv and walking distance to Old Town. the 'Zoo bar' and ' Carlos O Brians ' are also located right on the Malecon. Very Popular Bars, Carlos is also a resturant during the day, and a dance club at night.
If you go into town for any reason....dinner, shopping, etc. Please take the extra time to walk along the Malecon. It only takes about 45 minutes and you will see some of the most beautiful sculptures you have ever seen, not to mention a pretty beach or some unique sand structures. There is a sidewalk provided so you don't have to get sand in your shoes or sandles, with bench's along the way if you want to sit and ponder. Check out some of the other unique items you may see along the way. Every day it's a different story as to what's happening on the beach!
The malecon is an absolute must. The view of the beach and ocean is great as is the view looking into towns at all the houses going up the hills. Beautiful sculptures and artwork fun bars and restaurants. A lot of shops from cigars to clothing. Lots of tourist trap and time share crap though so be careful. If someone is going out of there way to talk to you or be helpful they are trying to sell you something just say no and keep walking. The beach in PV is great but the charming town is not to be missed. It is very safe to just wander around and enjoy yourself. Old town is also fantastic with more shops and sidewalk cafes then you could eat at and they are all great. If you go to PV and never leave the hotel you are really missing out.
If you're left at night at your hotel wondering where everyone went? Chances are they are strolling down the "Malecon" strip... Besides all the nightlife, there are some cool sand sculptures, street performers etc. It's definitely worth a night out, get AWAY from the hotel!
The malecon is the heart and soul of Vallarta's Downtown.
The best walks and sunset views are to be experienced in this beautiful boardwalk, which is the Malecón. It is one of the things that enhances the beauty of Vallarta's Downtown as it runs along the beach. It is especially valuable as many large beach resorts obstruct the views of the ocean to all other tourists.
Hanging out on the Malecon is alot of fun. During the day is a good time to shop and hang out and people watch. At night all of the bars start rocking and rolling and all of the local's come out to watch all of the activities of the night.
walk along the "malecon" (long and wide sidewalk that runs along the ocean, or bay, more correctly) downtown. it is like a promenade where you will see lots of young people flirting with each other (but not making out in public).
PV is great. Lots of great eats. Go to Playa de los Muertos. Its in the old PV. This is the beach that started ALL of the tourist to go during Elizabet Taylor and Richard Burton Movie in the 60's. There is a great Restaurant Beach bungalow type eats called "El Dorado" right on the sand. Have some drinks there and maybe a fish on a stick. Highly recomend. Walk the "MALECON" in middle of town (Ocean Boardwalk) after dinner in one of the MANY Restaurants there. Lots of galleries, shops,etc. The beaches south of PV are BY FAR much nicer (SAND & WATER WISE) than north of PV. PV is safe. Lots of tourists from all over the world.
Besides the traditional Malecon which has been refurbished, there is now an extension to it called "Nuevo Malecon" which goes across the Cuale river and all the way down to the Playa de los Muertos zone. This new area is surrounded by cafes, restaurants, handcraft shops and even street vendors which make it a very cool area to hang out at any time of the day.
A lot of tourists seem to explore the newer part of the Malecon, where locals sell their artwork and shoppers strolls around the streets. However, the further south you go along the Malecon, the more historic the Malecon becomes, until eventually the neighbourhood and the beach become one.
It's here where you'll find the old Puerto Vallarta, before the surge of the past few decades of tourism inflicted the city. My entire family felt that this was more of an authentic Puerto Vallarta, and we enjoyed exploring the restaurants and shops in this area. Simply wandering around the Malecon here was enjoyable for us.
One of the most touristy, but truly beautiful things to do in Puerto Vallarta is to take a walk along the Malecon. Local artist display their paintings, there is often a sandcastle competition on the beach with amazing sculptures of sand. The breeze from the ocean cools you down on the hottest of summer days, and there are plenty of restaurants with happy hours every day, and great food.