Over the past ten years, I've visited Puerto Vallarta perhaps a dozen times or so. I visited the Malecon on my first trip in 2003, found it to be a little too Senor-Froggy for my tastes, and hadn't returned since. On my last trip, having gotten bored with hanging around the hotel pool and eating every night at one or the other of the many restaurants in the Marina area, I convinced my girlfriend to come with me to give the Malecon another try, The area's still a little too geared toward the tourist trade, and the shop keepers and bar/restaurant hawkers still a little too pushy, but visiting Vallarta without spending at least one evening wandering up and down the Malecon would be a big mistake. Whether it's the great statuary lining the boardwalk, the ornate sand sculptures that occasionally pop up on the beach, the wide variety of restaurants and tequila-tasting operations or just the crowd-watching, the Malecon is quintessentially Puerto Vallarta. Safe, clean and colorful, the Malecon's not to be missed.
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