EL Malecon Boardwalk
A visit to Puerto Vallarta is not complete without at least one stroll along the "Malecon", the seaside promenade that is, and always has been, the heart and soul of this beautiful tropical Pacific Coast destination. This seaside strollway, is a great place to experience what makes PV so Mexican. In the past, the local social life in town centered around the main square, then later in the 1930's along the malecon. Just so you know a "Malecón" is the Spanish name for a "esplanade along a waterfront".
Puerto Vallarta is not like many tourist traps, it is NOT an artificial creation specifically made to strip tourists from their cash, with innumerable expensive parks, shops and luxy resorts. Puerto Vallarta was actually a small Mexican town in the state of Jalisco, that became a world-class beach destination by chance and luck. It was Hollywood that discovered the place in the 1960's. John Huston brought the jetset along with him, they fell in love with the picturesque town and, little by little, the place evolved into a very welcoming and modern city with lots to do, many restaurants and fabulous hotels & resorts.
One of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks of Puerto Vallarta, Los Arcos refers to the row of arches in the oceanfront square of Plaza Morelos on the city's southern end. The dramatic seaside arches also serve as an amphitheatre.
The Papantla Bird-men
Each day on the Malecón in downtown Vallarta a coloful ritual takes place, the Flying bird-men of Papantla. Colorful, spectacular, dangerous, but there's so much more beyond what you can see, there are centuries of tradition, prehispanic Gods. Learn more about this event, considered to be one, if not, the oldest in Mexico.
Enjoy the El Malecon at its best at night when the firework show begins. Definetly a show you have to see before leaving Puerto Vallarta.
El Caballito de Mar
This is was the first statue that was placed in downtown Puerto Vallarta, a 10 foot replica of the Seahorse statue that was as Las Pilitas on Los Muertos Beach. Now the symbol of Puerto Vallarta and loved by all the locals.
Night Clubs and Restaurants
If you get hungry or want to shop a bit, the options are tantalizing, from hamburgers to shrimp, street-side to home-style to gourmet, cafes, restaurants or bars, souvenirs, trendy or art, you’ll find it all right here on the malecon. At night, you’ll find many fun and exciting options, Bebotero, La Bodeguita, Zoo and many other night clubs and discos open up and stay open till 3AM or even longer.