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  • Address: Malecon, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
  • Admission: Free
Like most boardwalks, Puerto Vallarta’s promenade, known as El Malecon, is dotted with sightseeing opportunities, cafes, shops, galleries, and performers. Overlooking the Bay of Banderas, the mile-long stretch offers scenic views during the day. And in the evening, the waterfront nightclubs and discos open their doors to party-seeking locals and visitors.

The Basics
Beginning at the Hotel Rosita, El Malecon spans the length of a mile (1.6 kilometers) along Puerto Vallarta’s beachfront, ending at the four giant stone arches of the Los Arcos Amphitheater.  Many citywide tours of Puerto Vallarta include a visit to El Malecon. Visitors can also explore the promenade and its array of offerings by foot, bike, or Segway on various tours designed around sightseeing, eating, and drinking experiences. In addition to the shops, restaurants, and bars, sea-inspired statues pop up along the boardwalk, providing plenty of photo ops. When reaching the end of El Malecon, head a couple blocks east to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe—the Renaissance-style structure is a favorite city landmark and worth a stop.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes for biking and walking.
  • The promenade is especially busy during summer nights.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available along the boardwalk.
  • The local nightlife scene starts up around 10pm.

How to Get There
El Malecon runs along Los Muertos beach and is about a 30-minute walk from central Puerto Vallarta.The nearest major airport is the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, which is located four miles (6.4 kilometers) north of downtown Puerto Vallarta.

When to Get There
Between April and June is considered the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta, right before the city reaches the hot summer months and when the temperatures are about 85°F (30°C). As for peak sightseeing times, tourists and locals head out to see migrating humpback whales in Banderas Bay from December to roughly mid-March. And from May to December, visitors can take part in turtle liberation ceremonies at participating hotels during the sea turtle preservation season.

Dining Along the El Malecon
A stroll along El Malecon allows visitors to sample a variety of local dishes and street food, from tacos to grilled corn to tejuino, a popular fermented iced drink made from the same corn dough as tortillas. As for cocktails, margaritas, mezcal, and craft beers are the go-to drinks when in this Mexican city.

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Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour, Puerto Vallarta, null
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Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

On this tour you will visit the Vallarta highlights which include a walk around downtown and the Malecon, Los Arcos, Mismaloya Beach and a visit to the tequila ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $23.00
Puerto Vallarta City Tour, Puerto Vallarta, City Tours
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Puerto Vallarta City Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 62 Reviews

Get more from your vacation in Puerto Vallarta! Visit all points of interest including Guadalupe Church, City Hall, the Malecon (Seawall), Rio Cuale, and many ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Private Tour: El Malecon Boardwalk Bike Ride, Puerto Vallarta, City Tours
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Private Tour: El Malecon Boardwalk Bike Ride

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Enjoy a private bike tour riding along famous Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon boardwalk. You will admire the ocean views and Bay of Banderas. This is a great tour ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $32.00
Puerto Vallarta Express Segway Tour, Puerto Vallarta, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Puerto Vallarta Express Segway Tour

Discover the best of Puerto Vallarta in the most fun way imaginable - on a Segway! Drive your very own Segway, and glide past all the famous sights such as the ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Mole & Pozole Food Tour, Puerto Vallarta, Segway Tours
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Mole & Pozole Food Tour

The Mole Pozole  is ideal for people who want to have a leisurely evening strolling the town; meeting new friends, and sharing some amazing dining along ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Craft Beer and Bites, Puerto Vallarta, Food Tours
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Craft Beer and Bites

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Craft Brew & Bites is designed and offered to visitors who appreciate artisan craft beer and the best food pairings possible. The craft brew scene has ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Puerto Vallarta City and Shopping Tour with Tequila Distillery, Puerto Vallarta, Beer & Brewery ... 
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Puerto Vallarta City and Shopping Tour with Tequila Distillery

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Explore the beauties of Puerto Vallarta on a tour to some of its main attractions. Walk through the famous boardwalk or malecón and visit charming places ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Private Tour: Puerto Vallarta City Sightseeing, Puerto Vallarta, City Tours
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Private Tour: Puerto Vallarta City Sightseeing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Tired of those city tours that take you to jewerly stores and places that you don´t want to visit? So are we! Let us show you the real Puerto Vallarta, with ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $310.00
Tasting Vallarta Gourmet Food Tour, Puerto Vallarta, City Tours
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Tasting Vallarta Gourmet Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Indulge in Puerto Vallarta’s gourmet scene on this food walking tour. During this progressive dining experience, visit award-winning establishments: a ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $88.00

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