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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.
Located in Downtown Puerto Vallarta, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Malecon and Playa de los Muertos. Cruise Ship Terminal and Playa Gemelas are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly Puerto Vallarta hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Cuale Island, Playa de los Muertos and Malecon. Camarones Beach and Olas Altas Beach are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Romantic Zone, this beachfront resort is in the city centre, just steps away from Olas Altas Street and Playa de los Muertos. Malecon is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.
Located in Downtown Puerto Vallarta, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Camarones Beach and Malecon. Playa de los Muertos and Cruise Ship Terminal are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Las Glorias, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of La Isla and Cruise Ship Terminal. Malecon is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.
Located in Downtown Puerto Vallarta, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Camarones Beach and Malecon. Playa de los Muertos is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.
Located in Downtown Puerto Vallarta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cuale Island and Playa de los Muertos. Malecon is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.
Located in Downtown Puerto Vallarta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Vallarta and Malecon. Playa de los Muertos and Cruise Ship Terminal are also within 3 miles (5 km).