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The Malecon: Puerto Vallarta’s Famous Boardwalk

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One of the most popular activities in Puerto Vallarta is a stroll down
the city’s famed boardwalk, the Malecon. Lined with shops, restaurants
and artwork, the Malecon provides great entertainment for all ages and
budgets. The young and fashionable can shop during the day and hit the
restaurants and clubs at night. Families can enjoy the scenery, find
plenty of friendly people and activities and rest on any of the
boardwalk’s many rustic benches. There is something for everyon...


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One of the most popular activities in Puerto Vallarta is a stroll down
the city’s famed boardwalk, the Malecon. Lined with shops, restaurants
and artwork, the Malecon provides great entertainment for all ages and
budgets. The young and fashionable can shop during the day and hit the
restaurants and clubs at night. Families can enjoy the scenery, find
plenty of friendly people and activities and rest on any of the
boardwalk’s many rustic benches. There is something for everyone down on
the Malecon, one of Puerto Vallarta’s most popular attractions.

Most visitors begin their stroll on the north end of the Malecon outside
the Hotel Rosita. Here you will find the first sculpture of Puerto
Vallarta’s unique outdoor museum. “Los Milenios,” the work of Mathis
Lidice, is one of the most popular and most photographed works on the
boardwalk. Another of the Malecon’s most famous sculptures is the
“Rotonda del Mar,” a quirky construction of chairs by local artist
Alejandro Colunga. Lying at the midway point of the Malecon, this
sculpture is surrounded by benches and offers a great place to rest and
enjoy the view.

On Tuesday mornings, Gary Thompson – owner of the Galleria Pacifico –
offers public sculpture tours along the Malecon. Thompson has been
involved in the Puerto Vallarta art scene for over 30 years and offers an
incredible perspective on both the sculptures and the artists behind
them. Beginning outside the Hotel Rosita at 9:30 am, the tours end at
Thompson’s gallery where visitors are offered refreshments and additional
information on the city’s unique artwork. As an added bonus, Ramiz
Barquet – one of Puerto Vallarta’s most recognized artists, whose
sculpture “La Nostalgia” serves as an international symbol of the city –
is often present to offer interested tourists a firsthand account of the
Malecon’s artistic significance.

Recently, the Malecon was extended even further with the construction of
a bridge over the Rio Cuale. Besides offering a beautiful place to stop
and watch the sunset or just enjoy the water, the bridge connects the
boardwalk to one of Puerto Vallarta’s most popular beaches – Playa de Los
Muertos. A favorite of local families, Los Muertos is an excellent beach
for relaxing or setting up a picnic. If you want to do a little shopping
on the beach, the friendly vendors of Los Muertos sell everything from
handmade souvenirs to fresh-cooked seafood.

Much like Los Muertos, there are plenty of vendors offering fresh cooked
specialties on the boardwalk. However, you should definitely try some of
the great food offered at the Malecon’s restaurants. Serving everything
from adventurous European cuisine to traditional Mexican fare, the
restaurants of the Malecon cater to everyone’s tastes. Many restaurants
and cafes also offer patio seating on the boardwalk. Tourists and locals
agree that a patio seat on the boardwalk might be the best way to enjoy a
majestic sunset over Banderas Bay.

The Malecon offers plenty of shopping, too. Besides the souvenir shops,
you will see boutiques selling handmade jewelry and leather goods. There
are even some luxury shops offering couture clothing, fine jewelry and
truly distinctive souvenirs.

The Malecon is also the best nightlife destination in Puerto Vallarta.
From dance clubs open until the wee hours to relaxing lounges with live
jazz, the Malecon caters to any mood. It is even possible to take an
evening cruise in Banderas Bay along the Malecon. There are a number of
ships catering to families and couples alike, each offering dinner and
live entertainment. After the sun sets across the bay, you will be able
to see the Malecon light up as fireworks shoot into the sky.

On Sunday nights, the Malecon is transformed into a family-friendly
festival. While the crowd will consist of many tourists, local families
also come to the Malecon to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and fireworks
displays. Los Arcos Amphitheatre, the end point of the Malecon, is known
for free Sunday night concerts and performances. Out on the boardwalk,
clowns and street performers also provide plenty of free entertainment.
Most of the Malecon’s great restaurants will be open late and offer
special menus for children. For desert, your family can enjoy cotton
candy and fried bananas served by the boardwalk vendors.

Though anytime is perfect for a stroll on the Malecon, November is a
particularly good time to visit Puerto Vallarta. Marking the beginning of
the holiday travel season, Puerto Vallarta offers a large art festival
with plenty of free events, all revolving around the Malecon.

				
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