Walk on Puerto Vallarta’s Boardwalk / Paseo en el Malecón de Puerto Vallarta

If you are a visitor to our tourist destination, you cannot leave without an afternoon walk on the boardwalk located in the center of our city. Usually, the recommendation is to start at Hotel Rosita and finish at the renovated Olas Altas pier, a couple of blocks after Lazaro Cardenas Park.

Along the route, measuring about a kilometer and a half, you will find artwork; artists, typical food, bars, clubs, people exercising, among other activities. It is important to highlight the presence of sculptures such as the Caballito de Mar, carved by the artist Rafael Zamarripa, placed in 1976 and has become an iconic symbol of Puerto Vallarta. Or La Fuente de la Amistad (Friendship Fountain) that was donated by the city of Santa Barbara, California, which is a replica of the one found in that city.

The walk crosses or connects with other traditional and unmissable areas of our city like Our Lady of Guadalupe church, the Cuale River and Los Muertos beach. A curious fact is that in the early thirties, the boardwalk was known as Paseo de la Revolucion (Revolution Walk), years later as Paseo Diaz Ordaz, however now the official reference is el Malecón specially because cars and buses no longer circulate through it.

Feel like a real Vallartan and calmly walk the Malecón… You will enjoy it!

Si eres visitante de nuestro destino turístico, no puedes irte sin tomarte una tarde para recorrer el malecón en el centro de nuestra ciudad. Lo más recomendable es comenzar el paseo en el Hotel Rosita hasta terminar en el renovado muelle de Olas Altas, un par de cuadras más adelante del parque Lázaro Cárdenas.

A lo largo del recorrido, que mide alrededor de kilómetro y medio, encontrarás obras de arte; artistas, comida típica, bares, discotecas, personas haciendo ejercicio, entre otras cosas. Es importante destacar la presencia de esculturas como el Caballito de Mar, tallado por el artista Rafael Zamarripa, que fue colocado en 1976 y se ha convertido en un símbolo emblemático de Puerto Vallarta. O la Fuente de la Amistad que fue donada por la ciudad de Santa Bárbara, California, y que es una réplica de la que se encuentra en dicha ciudad.

El paseo cruza o conecta con otras áreas tradicionales e imperdibles de nuestra ciudad como la iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, el Río Cuale y la playa de Los Muertos. Como dato curioso, en la década de los treintas, al malecón se le conocía como Paseo de la Revolución, años después se le ubicó como Paseo Díaz Ordaz, sin embargo ahora la referencia oficial es el Malecón, sobre todo debido a que ya no circulan automóviles y autobuses por ese camino.

Siéntete un auténtico Vallartense y recorre el Malecón con calma… ¡Lo disfrutarás!

Rainy Season in Puerto Vallarta

Rainy Season Puerto Vallarta

Rainy Season Puerto VallartaPeople often refer to the rainy season in Puerto Vallarta as the “Down Season”, or bad weather season, the reality of the matter is that the rainy season is very important for both Puerto Vallarta and Bahia de Banderas. Our subtropical weather is often compared to that of the Islands of Hawaii, which incidentally are located on the same latitude as Puerto Vallarta.

Rainy Season Puerto VallartaThe rainy season begins in the first days of July, and come to an end midway through October. The temperatures during this season range from 85-95 degrees Fahrenheit, with high humidity, fortunately the rain cools things down moderately. Besides from cooling the city down, thunderstorms provide us with a spectacle of lights and sounds, as well as unbelievable sunsets when cloudy, with a multitude of brilliant colors ranging from; rosy pink, violet, and all tones of orange, red and yellow. It goes without saying, that the rainy season is an incredible time for natural photo ops.

With torrential rains coming down on the surrounding areas, the rivers come to life and bring down with them vital nutrients which empty into the ocean, and nourish the local sea wildlife.

Rainy Season Puerto VallartaIf you are taking a stroll through the Malecon and are surprised with a sudden downpour, there is nothing to worry about; the Malecon has plenty of options for activities even when raining. Activities can enjoy in the day range from: Shopping, eating lunch or dinner in one of your favorite restaurants, or having drinks at a local bar to enjoy the gorgeous view of the bay in the rain. Don’t panic! Downpours don’t tend to last longer than an hour or two; it will stop as quickly as it started so you can continue with your plans.

The surrounding mountain ranges and local agriculture are hugely benefited by the rainy season. An immediate change can be noticed after the first few rains, the Sierra Madre goes from a dry light brown, to a vivid lush green in a matter of days! We locals see the rainy season as a cleansing period, and after a few days of rain, Puerto Vallarta and Bahia de Banderas take on a different brighter glow.

@ top photo by Javier Moreno – javierphoto.com


Puerto Vallarta Icons – Caballito de Mar (Sea Horse)

This bronze sculpture of almost 3 meters high of a seahorse with a child riding it is the most recognized symbol of Puerto Vallarta; from the talented Rafael Zamarripa was installed in the year of 1966 on “Los Muertos” beach but because to the relentless force of the waves and bad weather led to eventually capsized and disappeared in the ocean. In 1976 there was a replica, becoming the first sculpture on the “Malecon” of town.

Some years after its twin was installed, the original mysteriously appeared and then lost again with the arrival of Hurricane Kenna and later to be rediscovered and reinstalled one more time.

Nowadays both sculptures are currently starring in many of the photographs of the spectacular sunsets over the bay. Some say that the god Poseidon takes everything that belongs to him to never return, however this time it seems that the horse and the child are so in love of the place that welcomed them; escaping each time Poseidon steals them to go back to the place where they feel loved.

XVI Pan American Games 2011 – Puerto Vallarta Events

XVI Pan American Games 2011 - Puerto Vallarta Events

The flame of the Olympic cauldron has been lit in Puerto Vallarta on October 7th, giving lead way to the “American Fiesta” of the Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011.

The facilities for the different disciplines and the city itself will be receiving 310 athletes, many tourist and the press from all around the continent.

The disciplines that will take place are the following:

Will be held between October 17 and the 23rd at the Vallarta Yacht Club, being consider by the experts the Riviera Nayarit as one of the best destinations for this discipline due to the quality of its winds, the condition of its waters and the modern nautical infrastructure that it has.

There will be 140 participants under the following categories:

  • Windsurfing (Female / Male)
  • Laser Radial (Individual Female)
  • Laser Standard (Individual Male)
  • J-24 (Aquilla boat w / 5 people crew)
  • Hobbie Cat (double catamaran)
  • Snipe (Double)
  • Lightning (Aquilla boat w / 3 people crew)
  • Sunfish (Individual light weight open for Male or Female)
The location for this event will be at the Marine Terminal on Sunday, October 23rd which will be open water mode starting at API (Port Administration) and Fluvial Vallarta, 70 athletes will be participating.
Swimming – Open Water
It is expected for 36 swimmers to participate, 18 Male and 18 Female, in both genders the swimming route will be of 10 kilometers on October 22nd, the location has been changed to Downtown Puerto Vallarta taking place at the “Malecon”.
Beach Volleyball
The competitions will begin on October 16th and will end on the 22nd at the Pan American Beach Volleyball Stadium, located next to Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center; this stadium has capacity for 3,436 spectators and will be receiving 64 participants.

Naval History Museum – Puerto Vallarta

Historic Naval MuseumThe Naval History Museum of Puerto Vallarta is set in a privileged oceanfront location, just in front of the main Puerto Vallarta landmarks and world famous Malecón, right in the heart of the city. Founded November 18th, 2006 this museum has a great collection composed of more than 154 pieces in exhibition.

Mexico’s Ministry of Navy currently has four naval history museums; two of them located in Mexico City, one in the port of Veracruz and the recent one here in Puerto Vallarta where you can find navigation charts, scaled replicas of antique and modern boats, topographic reproduction models of the Mexican Republic and a variety of its ports, as well as navigation artifacts, canyons, uniforms and a panoramic exhibition that gives us the sense  of the great compromise of the Naval forces towards the community in regards to the functions of saving and helping in disaster cases.

The exhibition halls are:

• Expeditions and discoveries of the South Sea.
• Merging of two worlds.
• The journey of the Naos and defenses of the fleets.
• Foundation of Puerto Vallarta and the colony of San Blas.
• Islands and reefs.
• Mexico’s Naval Forces.

Within the second floor you will find a temporary exhibition room, an multimedia room and of course a café with first class service which offers breakfast until 13:00 hrs and Wi-Fi internet connection.

The naval history museum of Puerto Vallarta acquires, preserves, investigates, communicates and exposes or exhibits for study purposes and / or simple delight, artistic and scientific collections… always with a cultural value.

It’s open Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm. Address: Zaragoza street #4, Downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Isla Río Cuale – The Soul of Downtown Puerto Vallarta

Isla Río Cuale - The Soul of Downtown Puerto Vallarta Isla Río Cuale
Once you have walked the well known Malecon of Puerto Vallarta, it is a must that you take a stroll to the Rio Cuale Island which is located in the middle of Zona Centro and the colonia Emiliano Zapata, it is the perfect escape for those who love the serenity and excellent food since it’s a place away from the traffic buzz of downtown and the noise from the city, it offers a refugee where time seems to slowdown.

The Rio Cuale island was formed by a huge flood caused by a tornado in October of 1926 now in days it measures a little more than 2 acres, within you will find colorful pedestrian streets surrounded by authentic artisan shops and beautiful restaurants with a magnificent view of the river. The Archeological Cuale Museum inaugurated December 20th of 2004 has minimum samples of occidental cultures and in Centro Cultural Cuale inaugurated March 27th of 2003 music, painting, theater, sculpture, dance, singing and acting workshops are held.

For all those with an adventurous spirit, crossing through the hanging bridges will be of the most fun being a distinctive land mark of the zone and a direct route to the biggest artisan flea market of the city. While you walk the area you can appreciate the wild fauna such as parrots, squirrels, herons and a great variety of birds and most importantly the iguanas which are a protected species by the local municipal authorities. Being a place where kids can play and adults can enjoy a pleasant walk, where the island shows our culture and its entire splendor, no wonder why it has become a heritage of Puerto Vallarta.