Puerto Vallarta Around Town

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The Malecón (Boardwalk)

The Malecón is the center and heart of Puerto Vallarta. There are a large number of outstanding sculptures by Mexican artists, most of which have been donated by artists as a permanent art exhibition. In this area you will find restaurants, bars and nightclubs to satisfy every age and taste. At the south end of the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta daily professional shows are presented by street artists.

Clowns and mimes also perform on The Malecón. This place has become a representative outdoor theater called Los Arcos, right in front of the main Cathedral. Daily shows are presented after 6 pm and viewers can give voluntary donations to the performers, if desired.

Mermaid statues on the Malecon walkway in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.  Ocean in the background.


Discover Historic Downtown Puerto Vallarta through a free sightseeing tour where staff from the Municipal Tourism Administration will guide you on a walk through the most legendary places in the center of the city.

These free tours take place every Tuesday and Wednesday and depart at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. There is also one free tour on Saturday, which departs at 9:00 a.m. The meeting place is at the offices of the Municipal Tourism Administration at the main square directly across from the Church of Guadalupe.

The four arches of the Los Arcos Amphitheater in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Mexico´s Independence Day

The Vallarta patriotic day commemorates Mexico’s independence with a celebration on the night of September 15. The central square is filled with both locals and tourists to give the traditional cry of “Viva Mexico” followed by a firework show. The celebration is spread throughout downtown Vallarta and the various clubs have special events.

Puerto Vallarta has much to offer at this time so take advantage of this holiday to enjoy the culture of this historical city.

MAZATLAN/MEXICO - DEC 24: Holiday pinatas for sale in town market on Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 2014.

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