I think travel can be overwhelming so if you break the area you are visiting down into smaller segments you will come away with a great way to plan your time and move through the area. I am definitely the Queen of walking and adventure.
My love of breaking down an area into history, culture, nightlife, food, and lodging takes me all over and lets me really get a feel for everywhere we go.
Puerto Vallarta is undeniably a unique stay and it’s set up of the Malecon is perfection offering a large, wide open walking, and shopping area without the worry of cars. Shop till you drop, drink, eat, enjoy the sunset, indulge in nightlife, history and some landmarks, as you walk the Puerto Vallarta Malecon.
The Road To The Malecon
Who’s ready to lavishly live passport travel out loud and take a fresh look at the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta captured my heart from its lovely, quaint streets to the boldy painted buildings.
If you think of ‘follow the yellow brick road’ I will tell you to follow the ‘cobblestone road’ until it turns into this path that blocks all traffic and that taxis can not longer drive on. The Puerto Vallarta Malecon is a 2.5 mile stretch of shops, eateries, bars and entertainment areas, laden along the way with artwork, and plazas.
We walked from Buenaventura Hotel to Los Muerto Pier strolling slowly, stopping, shopping and eating and the round trip we were at about 3 hours. We loved the vendors, the food, the drinks and all of the Malecon, Old Puerto Vallarta, Los Muerto Pier, The Romantic Zone, Cuale River Vendors and more!
Our journey began each day from the Buenaventura Grand Hotel, which left us about 1/4 mile from the truest start of the Malecon. While no one else might consider the area we were in the Malecon, it is noteworthy that there were hundreds of shops and bars along the way.
There was also a lovely plaza, church, and a bank as well as more, so I considered it my entrance to the real entrance of the Malecon.
Now it’s time to stroll the Malecon. Our first attempt was at night, and then we went again by day, and again by night, it’s that incredible. Walking is always fun, but watching my kids see everything along the way for the first time was great too!
The beginning of the Malecon (where taxis can no longer get to) is where you will find McDonald’s, how’s that for funny? As you move along you will see many works of art, and I won’t pretend I even had time to learn about them, I did stop and photo!
So whatever this little chica was giving, she got back, just saying and having ‘gringo’ fun!
We stopped to see the Papantla Bird Men perform one day, and continued walking along. Sometimes I would worry that they were going to fall, other times I just watched in awe. Can you believe how high up they are performing? It’s a must-see.
Here is the Plaza De Armas
If your mouth is already watering, it should be, and there’s a lot to feed to your eyes too. No matter where you look, it is bright, brilliant, beautiful and happy. Colorful, cultural and very authentic.
Just behind it make sure to stop for totally delicious fresh fruit frozen bars that I told you about in our Taco Tour. I think there is every flavor under the sun from strawberry to banana, papaya, pineapple and so on. Fresh made daily, so a must-try treat.
In this same general area, you will find Lady Of Guadalupe Church, and of course, I always stop at churches. Churches are always a great architecture find and a way to get a blessing of luck and health.
On the church, steps are vendors and all along the street. You can purchase, fresh, delicious candy vendors at the base of the step, indulge in all of it! It’s a chance to practice your Spanish and buy great items at wonderful prices.
This is in the main square of the Malecon, you will be standing seaside it will be across from you, I loved the architecture!
THE SAND MAN
This señor was what I called the Sand Man. He looked totally surreal, and non-living, but it was so cool. I believe he was coated in sand, and pouring sand!
CUALE RIVER OR THE BRIDGE TO OLD PUERTO VALLARTA?
Continue on beyond this point and suddenly you can choose your path: do you want to visit the Cuale River shops (vendors) or do you want to walk over the bridge and head to Old Vallarta and Lost Muertos Beach? We did it all. You will find steps here to go to the Cuale River Vendors, if you do this you will not be going on to Old Puerto Vallarta and Los Muertos.
Chances are you will get preoccupied (we did) and then have to go another day, which we did as well!
Cuale River offers some really great vendors, that are more than willing to negotiate prices from vanilla to decor this is a must-stop shopping destination. The vendors do close up at about 9P (at least during Feb) so make sure to get there ahead of this.
We shopped early in the day and had a huge selection of items. I do feel that the best prices are along the market walk on the Cuale River as these vendors will negotiate freely.
Old Puerto Vallarta
Seriously love the shopping along the way and we made sure we stopped and shopped at stores with TripAdvisor signs only. The owners all worked with us on bulk purchases and we could not have been happier.
Los Muertos Pier
When I thought it just could not get any better I just looked forward and sweeping palms, beaches, and lovely seascapes beckoning for photos.
Do not miss out on the Malecon experience in Puerto Vallarta, Los Muertos Pier, Old Puerto Vallarta, and the Cuale River walk. It’s tropical, beautiful, enamoring, and a fun shopping, and eating way to learn the area.
The Perfection Vacation Stroll
If you ask me, walking the Malecon was the perfect way to begin a day, end a day or entertain us during the day. No matter when we walked it, and we walked it every day we saw something new and amazing.
From beverages to meals, shopping, and lovely artisans, you will find it all on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta. Walk, take a cab, just make sure you get there, as this is a destination for everyone to visit while in Puerto Vallarta.
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