Malecón Boardwalk
Malecón Boardwalk
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
This pedestrian-only boardwalk spans 12 blocks and is peppered with oceanfront eateries, tequila bars, and vendors selling street food—sip on a margarita as you take in the stunning ocean views. Also, check out the vendors selling regional handicrafts and traditional sweets. Travelers come from all over for the art exhibitions and buzzing nightlife. During your stroll along the ocean, you'll come across impressive bronze sculptures and street performers like the acrobatic spectacle of Voladores de Papantla. Hit the boardwalk early for a spectacular sunrise and snap a photo with the vibrant block-lettered sign of Puerto Vallarta as a holiday keepsake. – Tripadvisor
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  • John S
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, Puerto Vallarta
    Stayed here in July of 2023. Had a great time the Hotel was very accommodating to whatever we needed. The staff was polite and helpful and happy to assist in anything we needed. The only con I would say is that the hotel is not near anything. You would have to taxi or Uber to get downtown or anywhere. We like to walk around the area but there was nothing next to the hotel. Also we used Uber because the taxi would take advantage of You unless you used pasos. Uber would let you use a CC. The hotel drinks were fine, food was great.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Samantha B
    Austin, Minnesota3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and Beautiful!
    The views were amazing! The sculptures throughout the boardwalk were beautiful and informative. We took so many pictures of the signs and the sculptures as well as the breathtaking views of the ocean! The shops were my favorite! So many different things to buy and look at. We ate lunch at Otto's and it did not disappoint! Highly recommend planning an afternoon or the whole day there!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
  • Astros80
    Arlington, Texas238 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great walk!
    Enjoyable walking experience. The street market sellers are all over but are friendly and will leave you alone if you just say no. We watched the pole musicians who hang upside down and play music until their ropes touch the ground. Great time.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom889 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely wander
    Lovely wide walkway. Lots of different sculptures to admire as well as the sea views. Various shops, cafes and restaurants too. At this time of year there was a huge display of temporary Day of the Dead sculptures, which possibly detracted from the normal feel of the area but was certainly interesting to see.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Shanker B
    Alpharetta, Georgia1,194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful stroll down the ocean
    we walked along the Malecon for about 2 hours. We stopped at all the sculptures, street artists, stone installations, beautiful views of the oceans, etc. We also went into all the various shops selling souvenirs and touristy stuff. Got a beer from one of the stores and strolled all the way to the pier and back to the main block. People watching, ocean waves, awesome pictures. Total touristy fun
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Frozen_gringo
    Moose Jaw, Canada628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We love it on the Malecon!
    Everyone has their routines, ours is trips to the malecon! Regardless were we stay in PV, we make several trips in. Shopping, supper or just drinks and people watching, it has it all! We like to start at the far north end by the sheraton and make our was south. Make sure if you have time, make a day trip and a night trip! The night trip is my favorite because everything is lit up so nicely!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
  • iamjujubites
    Murfreesboro, Tennessee215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day Trip to the Malecon
    I loved the Malecon! It's a boardwalk that you walk up and down and take in the sights. I didn't spend as much time here as I wanted to. But the local food vendors, art installations, and active art was cool! It was hot but the sunset on the beach is a must do. Seeing the sun set on the pier was nice.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 1, 2024
  • Tammy H
    Belleville, Canada12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out walking.
    Many photo opportunities, great area, completely safe area to walk, many things to see, lots of stores and shops and restaurants and bars. Lots of street performers that are very entertaining. Several pharmacies and jewelry stores and tequila stores with free samples. People are friendly. Most places charge for bathroom usage along the malecon, be prepared. Not all washrooms are cleaned well or have toilet paper or paper towels or toilet seats.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 6, 2024
  • Bob H
    Huntington Beach, California15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly Hotel
    I stayed at the Friendly Hotel in the hotel zone on the beach. The name Friendly really suits the way we treated there. It was an all inclusive resort and had five places to eat and great margaritas. Three swimming pools and three Jacuzzis. Great atmosphere and plenty of things to do. Including kayaking, paddle boarding and relaxing at the beach. Great location for walking to see the town, both on the beach and on the street. Almost right across the street was a really large mall with a market that had everything you needed. I will definitely go back to this resort again for more Friendly fun 😁
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
  • Lexilu1
    New York City, New York12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice tourist area, wild at night!
    I remember this charming area before it built up and changed for general sightseers, cruise tourist traffic and people visiting PV for their first time. That said, still nice, great stores to shop in, but if you want silver or any jewelry l do not buy at the first store, look a bit as I do. Lots of price variations. Nice outdoor and open cafes but the prices to eat here are like back in the states. PV has gotten smart with the times as they should, but I remember the good old days. At night, it is very lit here with loud, crazy music, bands, disco, dancing, fireworks and cool, secret bars you never see in the daytime are wide open for fun and play! Use common sense like with anyplace, go with a group (more fun), watch your drink, money, your ride back to your hotel and have a blast all night long into the early morning.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2024
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JBG1
Leicester, UK798 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
As you would expect this area offers all types of shops & stalls offering products which tourists love to buy. The street entertainers and bronze artwork as well as some of the local character5 keep you occupied and there is plenty on offer. If you stop off for a drink or refreshments check the prices first as it's easy to get ripped off with some restaurants charging three to four pounds for a small bottle of water or a coke.
Written February 3, 2020
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD10,115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
When we came to Puerto Vallarta 5 years ago, this malecon was nearly new, so on Saturday we returned to see any changes. From our Nautico area, we took the 10 peso public bus (“Centro” from near Plaza Neptuno) which dropped us off at Plaza Hidalgo (Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Refugio) near McDonald's. A block away is the 2001 Millenium Sculpture and the beginning of the Malecon. It winds up the beach revealing many sculptures (bronze, sand and even a few human) passing restaurants and souvenir shops ending nearly 1 km later at the Naval Museum. After visiting the nearby Plaza de Armas and its Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, we crossed the pedestrian bridge to the colorful and tasty Saturday Market. It's great to see it improved and so active.
Written April 20, 2021
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Canad_Ian034
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico173 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Malecon is a beautful boardwalk of about 1.5 km along the bay. You will see and hear the waves on one side, shops, restaurants and bars on the other side, and some nice sculptures every block. In the middle of the malecon you will see the Los Arcos ampitheatre where you enjoy nightly performances in Spanish of clowns, comedians, dancers and music. Also near this spot is the zocalo or main square and the Church of Guadalupe, which are must-see places. Where the malecon crosses the River Cuale from Centro to Zona Romantica you have a nice pedestrian bridge and you easily can walk onto the Isla Cuale island, which is a nice quiet spot to visit and enjoy nature.

Activity on the malecon goes from early morning with joggers and dog walkers until late-night hours, with some bars and nightclubs open very late. In one area near the Naval Museum you will see on some evenings a range of food vendors with small stands selling corn, ceviche, sausages, burgers and french fries, cakes, crepes, and other options for inexpensive prices.

You will find that a few of the shops, especially those selling tequila, tour tickets, jewlery, and some restaurants can be very persistent in trying to get you to come in and spend your money. Unfortunately, a small number of vendors may fib to you, with lines such as "hey, you dropped something". This seems to be a new tactic of a small number of salespeople, and it might cause distress to some visitors who aren't forewarned. If you aren't interested, just keep going. No need to stop or say a word, but unfortunately those sales tactics do detract somewhat from this beautiful prominent stretch of Puerto Vallarta.

However, the malecon is a beautiful feature of Puerto Vallarta, well worth a visit with your camera, either solo or with friends and family. A tip for first timers: pay attention to the bike lane painted on the malecon. Although it is clearly marked, some people miss it, walk in the bike lane and get startled by bikes whizzing by at fast speeds. Also watch out for the small gray "pineapples" demarcating the edges, don't trip on them!
Written September 18, 2020
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Jeff C
Meridian, ID21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There is something for everyone on The Malecon. Stunning sunset photos from the second floor window seats at La Bodeguita del Medio. The B del M has great Cuban music all day. At night awesome Cuban bands play the music that will bring out the tremendous salsa dancers in the crowd. Countless restaurants along the Malecon for every palate. Beautiful jewelry stores and leather shops and Cuban cigars and tequila tasting rooms and adventure/excursion vendors and ........ you go visit Puerto Vallarta's awesome Malecon.
Written February 9, 2020
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Sandra D
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
PV continues to enhance the boardwalk with artwork, but it's the beautiful view of the city and ocean - especially at sunset - that makes this such a great attraction. If you're like me, hearing the waves hit the sand is calming. Love this area.
Written February 11, 2020
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John M
Waverley, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Our first trip to Puerto Vallarta was in 1983. l We have been back many times and hope to continue as long as possible. Big changes have occurred and none are more evident in services to the tourists in the downtown. Streets are improved and much more accessible but many still retain the old mexico cobble stone appeal. Taxis are much cleaner and modern than just a few years. Also buses have recently been upgraded and are now modern and airconditioned. The fare is 10 pesos per trip . A big change is in the Malecon. It is a new concrete walkway along the waterfront connecting old and new Valllarta. There are many shops and restaurants ranging in all types of food. The Blue Shrimp is on the Old side of the River Calle and is situated right on the beach. The speciality is shrimp of all sizes. There are also many excellent restaurants in Old Town right off the Boardwalk.
Entertainment occurs nightly . We always feel safe downtown but like any big city worldwide be aware of your surroundings. We are already booking our next year's trip
Written February 27, 2020
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Gino
Farmington Hills, MI77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
You would be hard pressed to visit PV and not come to El Malecón during your stay. It is iconic, colorful, lively and lots of fun. The boardwalk stretches for many blocks along the beach and there is no vehicular traffic allowed on the main stretch (cars need to stay back one block).

You will find tons of vendors ranging from the flea market to dedicated stores, and true street vendors. Bargains are all over the place, but you may need to haggle a bit with the street vendors to avoid overpayment.

There are tons of great photo opportunities, including many statues and scenic overlooks. You will also find tons of restaurants and bars. The vast majority of those along the water are tourist-centric so you will not find the most traditional flavors of Mexico on the boardwalk. Also expect to pay quite a bit more given the location. Prices are still reasonable, but are 2-3 times as expensive as the spots locals actually frequent which are one or two blocks off the boardwalk.
Written January 24, 2020
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Aayla J
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
During our 10-day trip, my husband and I walked from the north end of 5 de Diciembre to the Playa Los Muertos pier and back every night. From street vendors to music and dance performers to a host of restaurants and venues, it's never a dull sight. I recommend going both in the daytime and at night to see the widest variety. It's also quite safe (if very packed, especially during the high tourist season) so just get out and enjoy the walk.
Written January 30, 2020
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Marilyn
Vancouver, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Malecon is one feature that makes Puerto Vallarta so special. No traffic along the oceanfront, and a lovely seawall walkway full of statues, sculpture, sand sculptures, trees, lovely designs along the brick and tile paved walkway. Access to the beach and viewpoints jutting out a ways into the bay. Shops and restaurants all along the way, the Malecon is probably more than a kilometre from old town north. Sipping a beer under a palapa on the beach, watching the sunset - there are any number of ways to enjoy this lovely opportunity to be out in the fresh air of this lovely little town.
Written February 19, 2020
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Travelin' FlyGuy
Guadalajara, Mexico134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Malecon is absolutely one of the places you really should go to if this is your first trip to Puerto Vallarta. It's a little quiet right now, because of covid, but there are still visitors having a happy time, artists sharing their paintings and crafts.

There's a painted gold guy that is probably something reminiscent of Pancho Villa. Once in a while, you can see him posing with his rifle ....and talking on his phone that's being hidden by the rifle stock. Stealth communication. But if you've got a little money to spare, why not take a photo with him.

There are also a lot of restaurants and bars along the way; statues to see and take pictures with; sunsets to stare at; toy parachutes and light gadgets to buy; clothes and jewellery to try on; ice-creams to slurp on; and warm Sea-of-Cortez waters to saunter and amble along the beach in some parts.
Written October 29, 2020
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