The Malecon is the heart of Puerto Vallarta. Located in the historic centre of Puerto Vallarta, the Malecon is an 870 meter long boardwalk, which starts at the traditional Rosita Hotel, goes all the way to the Romantic Zone passing by the Los Arcos amphitheater. Up until around 2 years ago, the Malecon was also open to vehicles, but has since been made pedestrian only. With the Bay of Banderas on one side and a variety of restaurants, shops and vendors on the other it’s popular with tourists and locals alike.
The Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon is peppered with beautiful bronze sculptures, here are two big handfuls of them.
Each of these sculptures has its own story and I could fill a book talking about them. Since this is a blog post though and not a book, you can visit Puerto Vallarta’s official website for a brief description of each one. Galleria Pacifico also hosts weekly walking tours weekly from November through April.
Walking the Malecon felt a lot like being at home in Halifax. There was a good mixture of locals and tourists, souvenir shops, art galleries, boutiques, nightclubs and eateries (make note of Vitea, you need to eat there and have a Passion Fruit Margarita for me!). Like at home, there are even street performers, as I found out as I was totally fooled by these two living statues. Really, they got me good, so I snapped a few pictures with them and definitely gave them a few Pesos.
I love the sense of family that is so very strong in Mexico. Grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren, aunts and uncles come together to enjoy the Malecon each weekend. Family is a priority in the Mexican culture, and it shows.
Okay, I’m ready to go back now. I #LovePV!