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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 $32
Hotel Tropicana

Hotel Tropicana

Amapas #214 Col., Puerto Vallarta
     
    3.8
    of 5, from 935 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Nestled on the beach, this Romantic Zone hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa de los Muertos and Malecon. Los Muertos Pier and Olas Altas Street are also within 5 minutes.

    Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa $76
    Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa

    Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa

    Olas Altas 380, Puerto Vallarta
       
      3.7
      of 5, from 1,810 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.

      Krystal Vallarta $59
      Krystal Vallarta

      Krystal Vallarta

      Avenida Las Garzas, Puerto Vallarta
         
        3.4
        of 5, from 925 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Vallarta resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cruise Ship Terminal, Malecon, and Bay of Banderas. Playa Las Glorias and La Isla are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Rosita Hotel $58
        Rosita Hotel

        Rosita Hotel

        Paseo Diaz Ordaz 901, Puerto Vallarta
           
          3.8
          of 5, from 681 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.

          Hotel Rio Malecon $32
          Hotel Rio Malecon

          Hotel Rio Malecon

          Morelos 170, Centro, Puerto Vallarta
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 734 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly Puerto Vallarta hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Camarones Beach and Malecon. Olas Atlas Beach and Plaza Principal are also within 5 minutes.

            Hotel Portonovo Plaza Malecón $42
            Hotel Portonovo Plaza Malecón

            Hotel Portonovo Plaza Malecón

            Av. Mexico # 1125, Puerto Vallarta
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 526 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 Playa Las Glorias are also within 10 minutes.

              El Pescador Hotel $69
              El Pescador Hotel

              El Pescador Hotel

              Paraguay 1117 Esq. Uruguay, Puerto Vallarta
                 
                3.7
                of 5, from 515 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

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

                Hotel Posada de Roger $45
                Hotel Posada de Roger

                Hotel Posada de Roger

                Basilio Badillo 237 COL, Puerto Vallarta
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 809 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Romantic Zone, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Playa de los Muertos and Los Muertos Pier. La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe and Plaza de las Armas are also within 15 minutes.