One of the main attractions in the Banderas Bay area is Puerto Vallarta’s boardwalk known as the malecon stretching from the Hotel Rosita to the Rio Cuale. The malecon was remodeled in 2011 and what used to be an esplanade with an adjacent road was redone and made solely pedestrian. New statues were installed, beautiful planters, lighting and the beautiful Los Arcos amphitheater was restored. It is now a majestic spot to view all types of venues from folkloric dancers to simple pantomime.
Voladores (flyers) of Papantla
A must see are the Voladores (flyers) of Papantla. Imagine four men dressed in folkloric costumes from the region of Veracruz donned in hats with ribbons all floating down rotating-unwinding around a huge pole. One man stands at the base and plays the wooden flute. It is quite a magical show. It’s free but gratuities are welcome.
The Los Arcos amphitheater is located on the malecon across from city hall and main plaza (Zocalo). There is always something happening on this stage. Enjoy watching a show with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. An experience unlike no other!
At the southern end of the malecon, come dusk you will find various food vendors selling food to go like corn on a cob or in a cup with spices, hot dogs, crepes and tacos. For dessert, grab a cotton candy from a walking vendor who will be grateful for your business!
There are dozens of restaurant options on the malecon from fine to fun and casual dining. The nights are always young and make sure to take your dancing shoes because the malecon is home to some of the best discothèques in all of Mexico.