Did you know that downtown Puerto Vallarta is also known as the “Heart of Puerto Vallarta,” and that it has also been declared a cultural heritage by the state of Jalisco? When an area is declared a cultural heritage site, that means that it is a piece of history and part of the community, a legacy, and will be maintained and protected for future generations.
One of the many reasons why downtown Puerto Vallarta is so popular is because it is a safe, clean, and fun area that hosts an array of popular activities such as yoga, jazz concerts, art walks, fine dining, shopping, food tours, bar hopping, nightclubs, and more. Travelers are encouraged to walk, jog, bike, skate, or even segway down the Malecon boardwalk in downtown Puerto Vallarta. While you are there, be sure to take in the scenery, unwind, and enjoy the beautiful weather.
There is always something exciting going on at the Malecon, and we encourage you to check out the city of Puerto Vallarta’s event calendar to stay up to date on all the local events occurring in the area.
Another noteworthy feature along the Malecon are the sculptures that cross your path every few feet. Read along for details about some of the most famous and beautiful bronze sculptures.
“Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla” by José Esteban Ramírez Guareño (1988)
The sculpture depicts a hero that just about every Mexican school child can recognize in the blink of an eye. Miguel Gregorio Antonio Ignacio Hidalgo-Costilla y Gallaga Mandarte Villaseñor, better known as Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla or just plain Miguel Hidalgo, was a Mexican priest and leader of the Mexican War of Independence. His image is now memorialized throughout Mexico and in downtown Puerto Vallarta.
“Millenium” by Mathis Lidice (2001)
This masterfully sculpted piece of protruding artwork is a tribute to evolution, life, time, and human development. The woman reaching out to the wings of the dove at the top of this statue represents the artists’ wish for peace in the future.
“Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton” by Jim Demetro (2015)
This life-size bronze statue is inspired by “Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton,” and it is recognized internationally as one of the most famous sculptures in the world. It’s most frequently called “Los Amantes,” which stands for “The Lovers.” This sculpture is located by the Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar on Calle Zaragoza 445 in Gringo Gulch, downtown Puerto Vallarta. This bronze sculpture represents the most recognized lovers of the 1960s, Richard Burton (1925-1984) and Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011). Burton and Taylor were two actors at the pinnacle of their careers when they met on the scene of a movie and began their love affair. Their publicized affair earned them their infamous title as the most famous couple of their era and inspired the creation of their famous bronze sculpture and dubbed them as “The Lovers”. “Los Amantes” was unveiled during a massive celebration on November 28, 2015. The celebration included a mariachi band playing on the bridge, an illustrious dinner, drinks, and a speech.
“San Pascual Bailon” by Ramiz Barquet (2008)
Standing over 9ft. tall, this sculpture was modeled after “San Pascual Bailon,” also known as the patron saint serves as a prominent fixture in the center of Puerto Vallarta’s restaurant and dining area. Fine-dining and beverages are all extremely important to the Maleocan area and the city because it is used to bring people together and has played a significant role in Puerto Vallarta’s success.
“Triton y Sirena” by Carlos Espina (1990)
The Triton y Sirena sculpture depicts the Greek Mythological God of the sea Poseidon and the mermaid Amphrite. It represents the artists’ reflection of the human understanding of the history of mythology.
Initially, the Malecon ran from Hotel Rosita (by the spiral Millennia sculpture) to the Amphitheater and the Arches by the Naval Museum, right beside the main city square in (el Centro) Downtown Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.
A few years ago, the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta was expanded. There is now a second section of the Malecon, called “Malecon II,” that stretches from the Arches by the dolphin statue to the Cuale River. The fun continues in this area, and you will find an abundance of activities, live music events, performances, and more.
Last but not least, while at the Malecon, be sure to schedule in time to enjoy delicious food, art galleries, museums, nightlife, and more. You have a variety of options to explore at the Malecon, but here are a few must-try places.
Panchos Takos (Tacos)
Every day around 5 pm, this famous Puerto Vallarta eatery serves up delicious tacos and Latin inspired dishes. One of their specialty tacos is the al pastor which is a juicy roasted pork treat piled onto a tortilla and topped with pineapple, verde sauce, onion, and cilantro (popularized and brought to Mexico by Lebanese tourists). For those daring enough, be sure to ask for a side of their spicy orange habanero sauce. Pricing for their popular tacos vary, but they are typically under 5.00 USD on average.
Named after the head chef and owner, Ortensia is the perfect place to get an authentic Italian meal. From fresh woodfired pizza, pasta, meatballs, and more. Ortensia has something delicious to offer every guest.
The Vitea restaurant serves up robust seafood, ravioli, and European inspired meals. It is an excellent spot for those who want to get away from tacos and quesadillas. It’s also a great place to enjoy wine and beautiful Puerto Vallarta views.
Explore Puerto Vallarta’s history by visiting some of its museums and galleries. Here are a few places that are definitely a must-see!
This gallery showcases oil paintings, watercolor, sculptures, and other creations that are made by some of the best artists in the city. The Demetro Galeria was opened about two years ago, and it showcases 30 artists’ work.
Colectika Ancestral Contemporary Art Gallery
Marvel in the creative genius of indigenous and Mexican folk artists as you learn about ancient Hispanic culture when you explore the Colectika Ancestral Contemporary Art Gallery.
This delicious attraction is only steps away when you visit downtown Puerto Vallarta. Professional chefs will teach you how to prepare delicious chocolate and cocoa treats like truffles, mole, chocolate from scratch, chocolate beverages, candy, and more at their beautiful cafe that overlooks the sea.
End your evening in Vallarta by dance the night away at some of these fantastic night clubs that are all located downtown.
Said to be one of the night clubs in the city. Mandala Night Club is the perfect place to dance to a variety of music from Latin, reggaeton, dance, pop, and rap.
Partygoers in Vallarta rave over La Vaquita Night Club. It’s young, sexy, and cool atmosphere makes it the perfect place for local and international visitors looking to mingle.
For a hip and cool ambiance, meals prepared tableside, delicious drinks, and great music be sure to stop by Senor Frogs. They are open for lunch and dinner and conveniently located on the boardwalk.
If you are looking for an upscale lounge-style night club that plays the best in Salsa, Cumbia, Latin, Reggaeton, Hip-hop, and more, then be sure to stop by the Bar Morelos. Dance the night away and allow them to provide you with a unique and exciting experience that you won’t forget.
The Malecon is a 5-minute taxi ride (or a short walk) from Villa del Palmar Puerto Vallarta or a 35-minute taxi ride from Villa del Palmar Flamingos. As you are exploring this area, be sure to wear good walking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, and stay hydrated. Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful place that has always amazed visitors throughout the years. Its beautiful skies, fantastic weather, activities, events, art, festivities, and the spectacular water make visiting this destination a once in a lifetime and memorable attraction. We cannot wait to see you here soon and share this experience with you!
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