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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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Lodging Near Malecon

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$132
Rosita Hotel

Rosita Hotel

Paseo Diaz Ordaz 901, Puerto Vallarta
3.7
of 5, from 576 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. Teatro Vallarta and Caballito are also within 10 minutes.

$55
Hotel Encino

Hotel Encino

Ave Juarez 122, Puerto Vallarta
3.4
of 5, from 342 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Gringo Gulch, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum Rio Cuale and Malecon. Plaza Principal and Plaza de las Armas are also within 5 minutes.

$64
Hotel Rio Malecon

Hotel Rio Malecon

Morelos 170, Centro, Puerto Vallarta
4.1
of 5, from 602 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Puerto Vallarta hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Los Arcos Amphitheater and Malecon. Plaza Principal and Museum Rio Cuale are also within 5 minutes.

$264
Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway

Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway

Calle San Salvador 117, Puerto Vallarta
4.5
of 5, from 1,107 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Offering exceptional dining, this 83-room Puerto Vallarta resort for guests 16 years of age and older is a short distance north of Puerto Vallarta's signature El Malecón oceanside walkway.

$79
Hotel Suites La Siesta

Hotel Suites La Siesta

Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez y Miramar, Puerto Vallarta
3.8
of 5, from 165 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Puerto Vallarta, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Camarones Beach and Malecon. Caballito and Plaza Principal are also within 10 minutes.

$56
Hotel Eloisa

Hotel Eloisa

Lazaro Cardenas 179, Puerto Vallarta
3.4
of 5, from 474 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Romantic Zone, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Los Muertos Pier and Museum Rio Cuale. Malecon is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

$43
Hotel Portonovo Plaza

Hotel Portonovo Plaza

Av. Mexico # 1125, Puerto Vallarta
4.0
of 5, from 422 reviews
3.5 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.

$75
Hotel Porto Allegro

Hotel Porto Allegro

Calle Hidalgo No. 119, Puerto Vallarta
4.3
of 5, from 490 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Gringo Gulch, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum Rio Cuale and Malecon. La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe and Plaza Principal are also within 5 minutes.