Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Puerto Vallart's Boardwalk

If you’ve ever been to Puerto Vallarta, chances are you’ve strolled along El Malecón. The Malecon meaning jetty in Spanish is the city’s boardwalk and is one of the most popular areas in Puerto Vallarta. Almost a mile long and hugging the shoreline, the Malecon is hopping with activity almost any time of the day or night. 

Along the promenade you’ll find restaurants, bars, nightclubs, an array of shops, street performers, local artists selling their wares and numerous sculptures. There is a large outdoor amphitheater called Los Arcos (the Arches) where constant entertainment performs, such as the Xiutla folkloric dancers, live music, cultural events and the ever popular clown shows in the evening.   

With its recent makeover, the Malecon now offers free public Wi-Fi, plenty of new benches to sit and enjoy the view, an abundance of new palm trees all adding to the already tropical environment. A large section of the Malecon is now closed to vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to stroll leisurely along the widened esplanade. 

Bird's-eye view of El Malecón

If you love to walk and are an art lover, you should check out the Malecon Sculpture Tour, every Tuesday morning at 9:30am. The tour is free and lasts about 2 hours. Your tour guide is Gary Thompson of Galleria Pacifico, and the tour meets at the Millenia sculpture on the north end of the Malecon. 

For weekend fun, Sunday evening is an especially popular time on the Malecon. Everyone has the day off on Sundays in Mexico, so all of the locals are out in their Sunday best. Big band music is available at the plaza starting at 6pm and many of the locals will be dancing along. You are welcome to join! 

Activities are not limited to these times! Every night and weekend is like a carnival, because special events are frequent on the Malecon.  Be sure to join the festivities on your next trip to Puerto Vallarta! 

For the latest events calendar go to click here. 

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