When planning our #VallartaFUN trip on my MUST DO list was a trip to the new 3km Malecon. The paved boardwalk is THE place to wander along the seaside. It’s lined with sculptures, shops, bars and restaurants. It is TOTALLY safe (I hate that I even have to make that statement but I am always asked) and free from traffic. My mission: to photograph all the beautiful sculptures on the Malecon.
Depending on the location of your hotel, a ride to the Malecon is less than $10. From our hotel, the brand spankin’ NEW adults only, Secrets Vallarta Bay and the family friendly Now Amber Puerto Vallarta the ride to the beginning of the Malecon is around 60 pesos, about $4. The return from the far end in the Zona Romantica, near my new favorite shop for Huichol art- Huicholandia at 246 Olas Altas, was only 80 pesos about $5.70! That’s a lot of fun for little to nothing! Of course, you could walk or take the bus too! The beginning of the Malecon is in front of McDonald’s. You can’t miss it!
The first sculpture on the Malecon is in front Puerto Vallarta’s first hotel, Hotel Rosarita. It is covered with sea life– both in sculpture and the LIVE cormorant that perches on the top!
I imagine kids will love to pose for photos on these sculptures!
This sculpture is in front of the Papantla Flyers pole. You won’t want to miss their performance!
The belly looks like a gazing ball to me:
This is one of my favorite sculptures on the Malecon:
This one is odd for my tastes but to each their own:
But I do like the sun!
Bustamante is one of my FAVORITE Mexican artists! He is famous for his paper mache pieces and I adore his jewelry work.
Visitors line up to climb this one and have their picture taken…
This sculpture on the Malecon is in front of one of our MUST STOP places, Cheeky Monkey. Margaritas, Corona, Pacifico and Modelo Light beers are ONLY $1 and there is a long list of cocktails for $2 too! The entrance to Cheeky Monkey is on the side street.
After a nice cold, inexpensive drink we found the most famous one of all the sculptures on the Malecon, the Seahorse. It is 9 ft. high and the first piece installed on the Malecon back in 1976.
The Vallarta Dancers is my ALL TIME favorite of the sculptures on the Malecon. It says MEXICO to me!
These modern sculptures on the Malecon are at the beginning of the new addition which stretches into Old Vallarta and the Zona Romantica by crossing the nearby bridge.
Puerto Vallarta is full of incredible, mouthwatering dining experiences from street vendors to 5 star diamond rated restaurants.
Last but not least ….
Some of Puerto Vallarta’s best art, dining and shopping can be found in this area. We stumbled upon Cheeky Monkey’s sister restaurant Sea Monkey which also has seating on the beach, of course we stopped in for lunch! The prices can’t be beat and the food is GREAT!
In my research for the names of the statues I found I am missing a couple 🙁 OH WELL, just another reason to go back! Next time I think we’ll go on the Public Sculptures Tour escorted by Galleria Pacific owner, Gary Thompson. For up to date tour information call 322-221-1982.