Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk, Puerto Vallarta

A stroll along Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk allows you to immerse yourself in local life at its best. Day and night, the walkway (whose name means "esplanade along a waterfront" in Spanish) serves as the heart of the city. Many of the area's top attractions line the pedestrian-friendly promenade, including a lighthouse, several notable monuments, and the main city square. You'll also find an abundance of cafes, bars, restaruants, and beachside activities. Appreciate the rich aromas of local street food as you meander along the pathway. Use our Puerto Vallarta travel app to add Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk and other attractions to your Puerto Vallarta vacation plans.
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  • Whether you are in Vallarta for a day or a week, please enjoy the Malecon. You will see the ocean, dancers, families, children, eat wonderful food and just people watch. A taste of Mexico!  more »
  • Great place to enjoy the sunsets. Options varied food and Mexican cravings, you will find many options for all tastes. The place is nice, it seems to take it, with the voladores of papantla, overlooking the beautiful church. It still retains a bit of that image of province (not city) that is enjoyed much.
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  • It’s like the Vegas strip but cultured. We found an amazing tequila tasting at the Grand Bay Oscars and there’s tons of shopping. You do get haggled to walk in the shops or to stop at the restaurants ...  more »
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  • Malecon was one of the highlights of our trip. There were so many authentic, jewelry and souvenir shops to choose from. There were many restaurants and even a McDonald's for a soft ice cream. There were at least 4 clubs that seemed really awesome... we couldn't wait to get back later. The bronze sculptures are amazing especially in person. The priestess ladder statue was really amazing. Whatever you do make sure you go to this boardwalk... you will not be disappointed.
  • One of the must places to see in Puerto Vallarta, it has the most beautiful bronze sculptures I’ve ever seen in one place. A Vivacious and full of activities, souvenir shops and restaurants. In the morning you see joggers, in the evening families walking the boardwalk and enjoy the magnificent sunset.
  • This is the boardwalk. There’s so many things going on here. You will find different vendors, performers and people from different places! Its nice to walk around 7pm until you get tired and full!
  • I totally recommend visiting the malecon in Puerto Vallarta it's one of the nicest vacations I've been too. The food is delicious and the people who live and work here are awesome .
  • If you are going to Puerto Vallarta, then the Malecon is a must see, it has lots of interesting statues, monuments, sidewalk vendors, and speciality shops alone with many great places to eat. Plan on spending about an hour and a half walking the one-plus mile, and then another hour in the shops or eateries. Also, be sure to hit the art galleries that are on the side streets on both sides of the main road {200}. Be careful of the Monkey, he will want to kiss you and get a picture, and then ask for a '$$ tip'. It is best to start from the lower end of the walkway on the other side of the foot bridge and walk northward to the Ladder, and then toward the mountains and the art galleries. Note that the Navy Museum is closed on Mondays, as are many of the restaurants and other attractions of the area. Do your research and plan ahead. PS. We were somewhat lost as we had the street names and place locations, but from the Malecon walkway these are not well marked and you can miss each. To the credit of the people of Puerto Vallarta, citizens seeing us struggling with the maps came to our rescue without hesitation and without wanting anything other than to help. Thanks... Also to the credit of the citizens of Puerto Vallarta, we were not bothered by street beggars as sometimes happens in the U.S.A. / Mexico border towns. We felt safe, and we found the people to be very helpful, kind, warm, and interesting.
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