Visit Puerto Vallarta For
Just One of the Many
Statues Along Puerto Vallarta's Malecon
If it is your first visit to
the Puerto Vallarta area, a trip into downtown Puerto
Vallarta is always fun. To get to Puerto Vallarta, just
board the bus and it will take you all the way into town
for only $20 pesos (roughly $1.80. I would suggest that
you let the driver know that you want to go into Old
Town and he will let you know when it is time to get off
the bus. The bus ride from Punta Mita will take about an
hour and fifteen minutes from beginning to end. From where the bus leaves you, it is about a
15-minute walk into Old Town, or you can simply grab a
taxi to take you for a nominal fee (which is what I
suggest). If you drive your
own automobile, I strongly suggest that you park at
Sam's Club / Wal Mart and take a taxi into downtown. Taxis are
plentiful and inexpensive. Parking downtown in next to
impossible and traffic is outrageous. Unless you know
Puerto Vallarta like the back of your hand and are a
seasoned Mexico driver, it isn't worth the stress.
The Puerto Vallarta Flea
the best places to start your exploration of Old Town is
at the Mercado Municipal, or Flea Market.
Look for This Sign for
the Flea Market
taxi driver drop you at the Flea Market and this will
put you tight into the very heart of the downtown area.
While the shopping in the flea market is good, I believe
that the flea market in Bucerias is better. Check out
the info on Bucerias if your intention is to shop for
souvenirs and such.
Typical Flea Market Store
find just about everything you can imagine in the shops
in the Flea Market and the surrounding streets. The
street that parallels the Malecon and Front Street
offers shops for several blocks and there is shopping
for everything under the sun.
Another Typical Flea
find bargains on ceramics, knock off fashions, linens,
blankets, wood carvings and tons of other products. Note that you
should negotiate the price. I usually start with a
counter offer of 50% of what they are asking.
The Malecon Arches
have explored the Flea Market and surrounding shops on
the back streets, the thing to do is to start exploring
the ocean front Malecon area of Old Town. This is
classic Puerto Vallarta. The ocean front Malecon
stretches in both directions from here.
The Malecon Looking North
From the River Bridge
If it is
not time for lunch yet, I would suggest going to the left
along the Malecon and over the bridge that spans
Stairs That Lead to Rio Quale Island Shopping
You will see stairs that go down to the
island in the middle of the Rio Quale river. Take these stairs
down to the walkway that starts there.
Shopping Along the River
walkway continues up the river for a number of blocks
and there is excellent shopping along the way. This
wonderful spot is often overlooked by visitors who think
that Old Town ends by the arches.
More Shops Along the
explore this area you will find wonderful little
restaurants, bars and shops offering all sorts of items
of interest. The river walk eventually ends up at one of
the bridges where you can climb up the stairs and head
south (or to the right).
Playa Los Muertos
By taking one of the streets back to the beach
you are now in an area of excellent restaurants, many of
which are directly on the beach.
Playa Los Muertos Beach
Muertos is an excellent beach for hanging out all day.
The restaurants are wonderful and it is also the home of
the Yelapa water taxi if you want to visit Yelapa for
Para Sailing in Puerto
plenty to do on Los Muertos Beach. You can even try
parasailing if you would like.
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guaralupe
you might be getting hungry and / or thirsty. You can
retrace your steps along the Malecon to the arches where
you started this portion of your exploration. If you
look across the street towards the square, you will find
Puerto Vallarta's Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
This is well worth a visit and while it isn't the rich
architecture that one would find in Europe, the
Cathedral is stunning.
A Walk Along the Malecon
with Shopping and Restaurants on the Street
to the Malecon for a stroll along the beach one finds
tons of unique statues and sandcastles.
The Last Supper in Sand
Puerto Vallarta Mermaid
No Idea What This One Is
More Interesting Artwork
walk along the Malecon you are likely to see every kind
of person known to mankind. There are numerous street
vendors selling everything under the sun and there are
excellent art kiosks near the arches if you are looking
for a painting from Puerto Vallarta. If you stay for the
evening, the Malecon becomes crowded with locals whose
tradition is to gather there for sunset every evening.
A Couple of Downtown's
move away from the arches and into the main downtown
area, you will see numerous restaurants and bars. Puerto
Vallarta has just about every restaurant known to man
(including all of the American chains) There are also
numerous shopping opportunities including all of the
major cruise port shops like Diamonds International and all
of the others.
One of the Other Downtown
make your way through the downtown area you will see
more churches that are beautiful and many other sights
you may wish to visit.
comes time to go back to El Anclote, I would suggest
taking a taxi all the way to Sam's Club, doing some
shopping here or at Wal Mart and then catching the Punta Mita bus back home. When you look towards the two bus
areas on the street in front of Wal Mart, the Punta Mita bus departs from the one on the
right (or northern bus stop). It will be clearly marked
for Bucerias, La Cruz and Punta Mita.
Back to Punta Mita