A Walk Down the New Malecón in Downtown Puerto Vallarta

by Craig Zabransky on March 19, 2012

The malecon remains a must visit on any trip to Puerto Vallarta. The mile long seawall promenade stretches the length of downtown Vallarta and is arguably the highlight of the destination. A stroll along the seaside walkway allows visitors to: take in saltwater breezes, enjoy views of the Bay of Banderas, meet and greet friends, and appreciate the public display of art sculptures.  As one of the 5 things to do in Puerto Vallarta this season, I wanted to stroll on the newly renovated malecon myself. And I did.

the new malecon

Now, I agree with most everyone I conversed with while in Puerto Vallarta. A new, better, malecon has emerged. But what changed? And what improvements are still left to complete?

Malecon Enhancements

  • No Cars. This is the biggest change. The main stretch of the malecon is now completely pedestrian only. No more taxis, local car traffic or tourists driving rentals. The road is gone and a new safer, slower, family friendly walkway has emerged to the delight of most everyone.
  •  Certainly, the famous Seahorse sculpture remains a focal point of the malecon. But, it has moved to the center of the main stretch. The iconic sculpture, first unveiled in 1976 still draws, and remains a top photograph for any visitor. (I took a photo or rather a few photos)

    the iconic statue of the sea horse

  • Carritos. Yes, no cars, but little cars are welcome and available for free. Making the malecon more family friendly both locals and visitors can borrow a baby car (stroller-size) and “cruise” the malecon. On Sunday, when the local families come out for a stroll the carritos can create a traffic jam to remind us all about the malecon’s prior days. Again, “carritos” are free to the public, you just need to drop of a license.

Suggestions to Further Improve the Malecon.

  • Lighting. Although everyone loved the new malecon, but one improvement most everyone discussed was the lighting. At night, the lights didn’t illuminate enough of the walkway. I understand a change is on the way.

some of the only color I found on the malecon

  • Color. The one surprise for me was the lack of color. I appreciate the additional plants and “life” given to the malecon, but was surprised it was largely green. Mexico is one of the most colorful cultures I know; more flowers would brighten the day  for most every visitor.

Well after your next stroll on the malecon, do let us know your thoughts.

Photos: All by Craig Zabransky

Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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