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Malecon

Sip coconut water, eat grilled fish and check out the shopping and entertainment at this beachside promenade.

The Malecon is a popular beachside promenade in Puerto Vallarta. Locals and tourists alike use this boardwalk, which is more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) long, as a meeting point. The area is particularly busy on summer nights. Watch street performers under the palm trees, sample a variety of Mexican street food and enjoy the sunset over the ocean.

The Malecon is a great place to sample the local cuisine. Try a piece of grilled fish on a skewer for lunch, or grilled corn with lemon or cheese. A serving of cold tejuino is great on a hot day. This fermented, iced drink is very popular in this part of Mexico, and it is made from the same corn dough as tortillas. Buy a coconut with a straw, a drink called coco de agua; the water inside the coconut is refreshing and is sometimes garnished with lemon and salt. At night, try out tuba, an alcoholic coconut drink that can include walnuts or apple. The Malecon is also lined with sit-down restaurants for more formal dining.

Walk the length of the Malecon to see juggling acts, mimes and musicians playing traditional Mexican folk music. On the beach, the impressive sand sculptures carved by local artists provide a number of great photo opportunities.

The Malecon is also the fashion district of Puerto Vallarta. You can find many clothes, jewellery and leather outlets along the walkway. There are also many artworks for sale, from paintings of Los Muertos beach to mosaics. Hawkers selling handmade goods are common in this area, particularly in summer, and they can be persistent.

The Malecon runs along the edge of the water at Los Muertos beach. It is a 30-minute walk from central Puerto Vallarta.


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Hotel Tropicana $50
Hotel Tropicana

Hotel Tropicana

Amapas #214 Col., Puerto Vallarta
     
    3.7
    of 5, from 740 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Nestled on the beach, this Romantic Zone hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Los Muertos Pier and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Malecon. Playa de los Muertos and Galeria Olinala are also within 15 minutes.

    Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Great Moments - All Inclusive $134
    Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Great Moments - All Inclusive

    Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Great Moments - All Inclusive

    Avenida Mexico 1301, Puerto Vallarta
       
      3.8
      of 5, from 1,083 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Budget-friendly beachfront hotel in beautiful downtown Puerto Vallarta. The hotel is just 15 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from the famous Malecon boardwalk.

      Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa $51
      Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa

      Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa

      Olas Altas 380, Puerto Vallarta
         
        3.7
        of 5, from 1,743 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Overlooking the Banderas Bay with direct beach access, this Puerto Vallarta resort is in the Romantic Zone, a 5-minute walk to downtown and about a 20-minute drive to 3 golf courses.

        Hotel Portonovo Plaza $31
        Hotel Portonovo Plaza

        Hotel Portonovo Plaza

        Av. Mexico # 1125, Puerto Vallarta
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 479 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Downtown Puerto Vallarta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Vallarta and Malecon. Camarones Beach and Caballito are also within 10 minutes.

          Hotel Hacienda de Vallarta Centro $25
          Hotel Hacienda de Vallarta Centro

          Hotel Hacienda de Vallarta Centro

          Insurgentes 322 Colonia Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
             
            3.4
            of 5, from 325 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Romantic Zone, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Los Muertos Pier, and Playa de los Muertos. Malecon is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

            Luna Líquida Hotel Boutique $72
            Luna Líquida Hotel Boutique

            Luna Líquida Hotel Boutique

            Iturbide 408, Col. Centro, Puerto Vallarta
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 178 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Located in Downtown Puerto Vallarta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe and Malecon. Plaza Principal and Plaza de las Armas are also within 5 minutes.

              Rosita Hotel $43
              Rosita Hotel

              Rosita Hotel

              Paseo Diaz Ordaz 901, Puerto Vallarta
                 
                3.8
                of 5, from 628 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Downtown Puerto Vallarta, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Camarones Beach and Malecon. Playa Las Glorias and Teatro Vallarta are also within 10 minutes.

                Hotel Encino $33
                Hotel Encino

                Hotel Encino

                Ave Juarez 122, Puerto Vallarta
                   
                  3.4
                  of 5, from 417 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Downtown Puerto Vallarta, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza Principal and Malecon. Plaza de las Armas and La Presidencia are also within 5 minutes.