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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Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk Reviews
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  • October 4, 2017
    Really nice boardwalk. I went at night and during the day. I prefer the daytime to really see everything. Lots of souvenir shopping and restaurants. I love souvenirs so I was happy. There are a lot of...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Lots of history here and very clean. City hall is very close and so is the church. All must sees on a trip here.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    This is a must. The statues are wonderful and the entertainment, enjoyable. We were extremely privileged to be in the area during the Mexican Independence weekend.  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Fairly nice walking area. Good open spaces, reasonable seating for when one tires or gets too hot. Interesting seasonal art installments/exhibits. Too bad about the shops peddling to tourists in the worst possible way and the too-loud, too-rowdy bars and clubs. If you're going to PV to tie one on and get your freak on, then fine. Otherwise - nope.
  • June 14, 2017
    Great way to spend a night. Go to La Palapa restaurant and then walk along the beach. Amazing atmosphere and cool way to see Puerto Vallarta and the beach. Cool night time outing with the family and easy shopping for tourists.
  • June 27, 2017
    The Malecon is beautiful area between the beach and the first line of shops in Puerto Vallarta. There are numerous quirky sculptures and statues along the way that provide endless photo opportunities. There are bench seats along the way but little in the way of shade from the sun. So early evening is the best time to stroll with the locals before sunset. If you're lucky you may catch the Papantla Flyers performing their death-defying ritual hanging by their ankles from a 50ft pole. However, if you walk near the shops you will be pestered every step of the way by shopkeepers inviting you to view or sample their wares or timeshare sales people masquerading as tour operators/agents. Some of the restaurants are over-priced tourist traps. Look for those patronised by Mexicans or better still check out the side streets or the blocks back from the Malecon.
  • June 29, 2017
    Most beautiful malecon! Go for a ling walk during sunset and you won't be upset, watch the local acts as you meander through the trees and locals
  • July 1, 2017
    The boardwalk had nice photo ops, flea markets and food. We had fun walking around.

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Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

The appropriately named Hotel Zone, at the coastal fringe of the city center, serves as one of the most popular areas to stay, with equally good access to the beach and the amenities within the city. Private rentals are particularly popular, with the Hotel Zone and the equally vibrant hub of Emiliano Zapata to the south offering plenty of condominiums to complement the range of budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels. Many of the city's best gay-friendly accommodations are found at the southern fringe of the old town.
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