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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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Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa $78
Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa

Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa

Olas Altas 380, Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
     
    3.7
    of 5, from 2,090 reviews
    3.5 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 $86
    Krystal Vallarta

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    Avenida Las Garzas, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
       
      3.4
      of 5, from 1,220 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Vallarta resort is within a 15-minute walk of La Isla and Cruise Ship Terminal. Bay of Banderas and Malecon are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Rosita Hotel $55
      Rosita Hotel

      Rosita Hotel

      Paseo Diaz Ordaz 901, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 841 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 de los Muertos and Cruise Ship Terminal are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Hotel Rio Malecon $42
        Hotel Rio Malecon

        Hotel Rio Malecon

        Morelos 170, Centro, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 860 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, Playa de los Muertos, and Malecon. Olas Altas Beach and Plaza Principal are also within 5 minutes.

          San Marino $78
          San Marino

          San Marino

          Rodolfo Gomez N 111, Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
             
            3.4
            of 5, from 770 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Romantic Zone, this beachfront resort is in the city center, just steps from Olas Altas Street and Playa de los Muertos. Malecon is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

            Hotel Eloisa $34
            Hotel Eloisa

            Hotel Eloisa

            Lazaro Cardenas 179, Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
               
              3.6
              of 5, from 733 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Romantic Zone, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Olas Altas Street and Los Muertos Pier. Cuale Island and Malecon are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Suites Malecon Vallarta $45
              Suites Malecon Vallarta

              Suites Malecon Vallarta

              Morelos 1007, -B, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 13 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Downtown Puerto Vallarta, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Camarones Beach and Malecon. Playa de los Muertos is 1 mi (1.7 km) away.

                El Pescador Hotel $55
                El Pescador Hotel

                El Pescador Hotel

                Paraguay 1117 Esq. Uruguay, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
                   
                  3.7
                  of 5, from 609 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 de los Muertos and Cruise Ship Terminal are also within 3 mi (5 km).