El Malecon Tours

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Like most boardwalks, Puerto Vallarta’s promenade, known as El Malecon, is dotted with sightseeing opportunities, cafes, shops, galleries, and performers. Overlooking the Bay of Banderas, the mile-long stretch offers scenic views during the day. And in the evening, the waterfront nightclubs and discos open their doors to party-seeking locals and visitors.

The Basics
Beginning at the Hotel Rosita, El Malecon spans the length of a mile (1.6 kilometers) along Puerto Vallarta’s beachfront, ending at the four giant stone arches of the Los Arcos Amphitheater.  Many citywide tours of Puerto Vallarta include a visit to El Malecon. Visitors can also explore the promenade and its array of offerings by foot, bike, or Segway on various tours designed around sightseeing, eating, and drinking experiences. In addition to the shops, restaurants, and bars, sea-inspired statues pop up along the boardwalk, providing plenty of photo ops. When reaching the end of El Malecon, head a couple blocks east to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe—the Renaissance-style structure is a favorite city landmark and worth a stop.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes for biking and walking.
  • The promenade is especially busy during summer nights.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available along the boardwalk.
  • The local nightlife scene starts up around 10pm.

How to Get There
El Malecon runs along Los Muertos beach and is about a 30-minute walk from central Puerto Vallarta.The nearest major airport is the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, which is located four miles (6.4 kilometers) north of downtown Puerto Vallarta.

When to Get There
Between April and June is considered the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta, right before the city reaches the hot summer months and when the temperatures are about 85°F (30°C). As for peak sightseeing times, tourists and locals head out to see migrating humpback whales in Banderas Bay from December to roughly mid-March. And from May to December, visitors can take part in turtle liberation ceremonies at participating hotels during the sea turtle preservation season.

Dining Along the El Malecon
A stroll along El Malecon allows visitors to sample a variety of local dishes and street food, from tacos to grilled corn to tejuino, a popular fermented iced drink made from the same corn dough as tortillas. As for cocktails, margaritas, mezcal, and craft beers are the go-to drinks when in this Mexican city.

Location
Address: Malecon, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
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Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour

See the highlights of Puerto Vallarta on a 6-hour tour that explores downtown, Los Arcos, and Mismaloya Beach. With an expert guide to lead the way, you’ll stroll the Malecón, see gorgeous coastal scenery, and visit a tequila distillery for a tour and tasting. This 6-hour Puerto Vallarta tour is a great choice for first-time visitors, and it includes pickup and drop-off at local hotels.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour: El Malecon Boardwalk Bike Ride

Cycle along Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon boardwalk on this private 2.5-hour bike tour. With just your family and friends, soak up gorgeous views of Banderas Bay and check out landmarks along the way, including the Cathedral, lighthouse and the pier. Visit local-favorite eateries for lunch and ice cream (own expense), and learn about the city’s history and architecture from an informative guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Puerto Vallarta City Tour

Explore every corner of Puerto Vallarta’s cultural landscape on this full-day sightseeing tour. Visit all of the city’s legendary landmarks and monuments including the Guadalupe church, the City Hall and the magnificent Malecon. Travel around the city by coach and on foot to discover history as rich as Puerto Vallarta’s architecture. Upgrade to cap your tour with a meal in the rainforest.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Bikes and Bites: Taco Bicycle Tour in Puerto Vallarta

Taste your way through Puerto Vallarta’s distinctive cuisine on a 3-hour foodie bike tour that explores the best tacos in town. Join a local guide and a small group, then pedal through the neighborhoods of Cinco de Diciembre, downtown, and Old Town, stopping along the way for sightseeing and snacks. This 3-hour culinary bike tour covers roughly 4.5 miles (7.2 km.) of terrain and includes tastings of tacos and artisanal ice cream, and it’s limited to six people for a fun, personal experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Puerto Vallarta City Sightseeing

Experience Puerto Vallarta's history and authentic attractions on a sightseeing tour of the city. Set out in a private van to explore this resort town and its many offerings. Take a walk along the waterfront Malecón, visit the iconic Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic church and see beautiful Mismaloya Beach, which played a starting role in John Huston's 1963 film 'Night of the Iguana' and officially put Puerto Vallarta on the tourist map. Learn how tequila is made at an area factory and even visit a local market or two.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Tasting Vallarta Gourmet Food Tour

Indulge in Puerto Vallarta’s gourmet scene on this 3.5-hour nighttime food walking tour. During this progressive dining experience, visit four award-winning establishments: a family-owned eatery, an acclaimed local restaurant, a seafood place in Old Town Vallarta and a dessert haven on the Malecon. Sample dishes such as mahi mahi, chicken asado and slow-roasted pork, as well as several cocktails. Expect spectacular water views on this small-group tour limited to six foodies. So come and enjoy this inside look at authentic Mexican fare with a gourmet twist!
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Craft Beer and Bites

Experience Mexico’s burgeoning craft beer scene and extend your palate beyond a bucket of Coronas on the beach. You’ll sample up to 15 artisan-produced microbrews on this 3-hour evening tour of Puerto Vallarta, led by a knowledgeable guide. Taste tequila-infused beer and micheladas paired with Mexican pizza while you walk around Old Town, including a sunset stroll on the Malecón.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Puerto Vallarta Express Segway Tour

This small group Segway tour keeps it fun and personal. You’ll roll along the boardwalk on the Malecon, through Old Town, and past several of the landmarks and art installations Puerto Vallarta is known for, while you learn quirky facts and history. The tour sets off when you are ready, and won’t get going until you feel comfortable on this fun mode of transportation.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Mole & Pozole Food Tour

Set out on foot to become more familiar with Puerto Vallarta’s food culture on this 3-hour tour. Travel through this resort town with a guide who knows some of the best places to eat some of the best food. Pop into four to six family-style eateries, and sample foods, such as enchiladas, tacos, tamales, and pozole (a traditional soup or stew from Mexico).
  • Duration: 3 hours
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