The most popular tourist attraction in Puerto Vallarta by far is the NEW MALECON. It is in the center of the city and is a town favorite. The Malecón is a boardwalk or sea wall more than a mile long that spans from Los Muertos Beach in Old Town (Viejo) Vallarta at the south end to Hidalgo Park at the north end.
The Malecón waterfront walk-way has been expanded, repaved, revamped, reconstructed and enlarged. The days of old narrow sidewalks with no place to sit and traffic, noise and fumes are gone.
The new Malecón is a place for excitement and romance. It is a wide, pedestrian-friendly, brick-lined, traffic-free boulevard with many nice benches for people to sit on, decorative plants and lots of palm trees to provide shade. This is a great place for people watching and photo opportunities. You will find enough things to do and see to keep you fascinated today and provide you with memories that will last forever.
There a quite a few things to see on the new Malecón on a typical sunny Puerto Vallarta afternoon. You might see clowns, mimes, musicians, fishermen, artists, stilt walkers, dancers in costume, skaters, sand sculptors, and even bicycles built-for-two that they are provided as a courtesy for locals and tourists.
Strolling along the promenade, you'll now enjoy the impressive and beautiful statues of this open air art gallery. One passes numerous Puerto Vallarta landmarks, attractions and statues along the way and notice the intricate designs with Huichol motifs on the ground itself too.
These artistic touches were provided by Fidencio Benítez, a well known artist with works that can be found around town in different art galleries. In Puerto Vallarta not only do you enjoy viewing art, but you can walk on it too.
On one side of the walk-way you have the waves from the Pacific ocean crashing and on the other side of the Malecón are Small stores selling everything, from hand-stitched sandals and Cuban cigars to fresh-squeezed orange juice and fresh fish.
There are restaurants, taco stands, sidewalk cafes, pharmacies, Mexican convenience stores, and places to book excursions/adventures.
Towards the center of this beautiful waterfront boardwalk is Los Arcos (the Arches), the large outdoor amphitheater where live entertainment and all different kinds of outdoor attractions occur nightly. Cultural events, folkloric dancers, live music, and the ever-popular clown shows are just some of the things that can be seen here every evening. Walk across the street, to the main plaza, and take a seat with your ice-cream or feed the pigeons, then walk over the next street walk a block and visit the iconic Our Lady of Guadalupe parish.
In the evenings, the night clubs along the Malecón are some of the most extravagant party spots anywhere; with complex sound and lighting systems, extravagant decor, and the most gracious wait staff this side of the border.
There is something for everyone on the new Malecón and, yes, the Puerto Vallarta downtown Malecón area which, along with other tourist locations in this beach city, are safe to walk around and enjoy, day and night.
So don’t leave Puerto Vallarta without experiencing the Malecón at least once. We are sure you’ll want to visit the city again if you do.