during the days or in the evenings, you will always find something to see or do if you take a leisurely stroll on the "malecon," which is a wide pedestrian promenade/walkway that runs alongside the beach. it stretches from about 14 blocks north of the rio cuale (this is the central downtown area) to about 9 blocks south of the rio cuale (this is the south side, also called the "romantic zone," or "old town"). there will be lots of people, lots of small shops and market stalls, lots of restaurants and food stalls, and lots of interesting and very distinctive sculptures.
sometimes there is music or other entertainment in the amphitheater on the downtown part of the malecon (this is just across from the main square downtown).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the beach located along the malecon, you can find some creative guys that make all kinf of fugures in the sand for tourists entertainment in exchange for some coins, is wonderful what they can do, we really enjoyingwatching them work and create some funny, other beautiful.
The Famous Malecon of puerto vallarta is not only the heart and soul of the city, but also the best romantic spot. There's nothing compared with a nice dinner in one of the restaurants along paseo Diaz Ordaz (in front of the malecon) and after take a nice romantic walk along the Malecon, under the light of the moon and the sound of the waves.
It is one of the things that enhances the beauty of Vallarta's Downtown as it runs along the beach. A nice place for a romantic walk during day or night, you can also enjoy along the way of many beautiful and interesting bronze sculptures.
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.
If you walk through the flea market next to Rio Cuale towards the ocean you will come upon the southern most part of the Malecon. For the next mile and a half (mas o menos) there will be ocean, sand sculptures, and interesting statues on your left. On the right there are many shops and restaurants, some very good.