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Malecón and Zona Romántica (Pier and Romantic area)

Puerto Vallarta

A walk along Puerto Vallarta’s Malecón-officially known as Paseo Díaz Ordaz-is made mesmerizing by the view of the vast Pacific Ocean, as well as sculptures which act as punctuation marks along the way. The entire 4,265 feet (1300m) of the city’s most important thoroughfare, escorted by a long line of palm trees, provides a meeting point for art, culture, gastronomy, history, and the vast Bahía de Banderas.

One possible starting point is at the historic Hotel Rosita, the oldest hotel in the city, which has been welcoming visitors since 1948. Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, who stayed there during the filming of The Night of the Iguana, were among some of its most famous guests.

The collection of bronze sculptures that you’ll come across, were created by different artists, and first installed in 1960; every so often there are new and interesting additions. Among the artists represented are Mathis Lidice, Ramiz Barquet, Jonás Gutiérrez, Aníbal Riebeling, Carlos Espino, Alejandro Colunga and Sergio Bustamante.

One of the oldest and most famous sculptures on the Malecón (Boulvevard) is “El niño sobre el caballito de mar” (the boy on the seahorse), located near the old lighthouse, which is a replica of the original work created by Rafael Zamarripa (the original was washed out to sea during a storm, and the same artist made a larger replica).

While walking, be sure you keep one eye on the ground, as it is adorned with beautiful Huichol motifs. And make sure you take a detour when you reach the parish church of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, to visit Anfiteatro Los Arcos (Los Arcos Amphitheater).

With your artistic-mode now on, make sure you cross the Río Cuale (Cuale River) when you get to the end of the Malecón, and carry on until you reach the Zona Romántica, with its small, bohemian, and gay friendly, neighborhood filled with cafes, restaurants, shops and art galleries.

The narrow streets, red-tiled roofs, and Lázaro Cárdenas Park, with streetlamps covered in colorful tiles with beautiful designs, are simply enchanting. And if sunset catches up with you while you’re there, you're in luck: this is the liveliest area for a late night out!
A walk along Puerto Vallarta’s Malecón-officially known as Paseo Díaz Ordaz-is made mesmerizing by the view of the vast Pacific Ocean, as well as sculptures which act as punctuation marks along the way. The entire 4,265 feet (1300m) of the city’s most important thoroughfare, escorted by a long line of palm trees, provides a meeting point for art, culture, gastronomy, history, and the vast Bahía de Banderas.

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One possible starting point is at the historic Hotel Rosita, the oldest hotel in the city, which has been welcoming visitors since 1948. Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, who stayed there during the filming of The Night of the Iguana, were among some of its most famous guests.

The collection of bronze sculptures that you’ll come across, were created by different artists, and first installed in 1960; every so often there are new and interesting additions. Among the artists represented are Mathis Lidice, Ramiz Barquet, Jonás Gutiérrez, Aníbal Riebeling, Carlos Espino, Alejandro Colunga and Sergio Bustamante.

One of the oldest and most famous sculptures on the Malecón (Boulvevard) is “El niño sobre el caballito de mar” (the boy on the seahorse), located near the old lighthouse, which is a replica of the original work created by Rafael Zamarripa (the original was washed out to sea during a storm, and the same artist made a larger replica).

While walking, be sure you keep one eye on the ground, as it is adorned with beautiful Huichol motifs. And make sure you take a detour when you reach the parish church of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, to visit Anfiteatro Los Arcos (Los Arcos Amphitheater).

With your artistic-mode now on, make sure you cross the Río Cuale (Cuale River) when you get to the end of the Malecón, and carry on until you reach the Zona Romántica, with its small, bohemian, and gay friendly, neighborhood filled with cafes, restaurants, shops and art galleries.

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