This small, rocky beach is easily overlooked, although it is only a few steps away from the Malecon.  But no worries!  It has happened to all of us while walking down Puerto Vallarta's pedestrian promenade par excellence.    

Long overlooked, but never forgotten, the Malecon is a relatively narrow beach with a walkable area that runs from the Hotel Rosita, right at the beginning of the boardwalk, to the anthropomorphic, chair-like group of sculptures known as "The Rotunda of the Sea."

Playa el Malecon

The Malecón's architecture provides direct access to the beach.  You should be aware that the beach is not suitable for swimming, but you can sunbathe, enjoy a refreshing drink or build sand castles with your children.  There are few places as emblematic for watching the sunset as this one. 

In the early morning hours, at the beginning of the Malecon, it is very common to see local fishermen preparing their nets before venturing out to sea.  Later in the day, flocks of pelicans, seagulls ―even Mexican grackles― and other birds flutter about, trying to sneak away with a piece of the day's catch. 

Playa el Malecon

The Malecon beach is conveniently located in the El Centro Historic Downtown area and within walking distance of a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, bars, art galleries, boutiques, jewelry stores and other shopping options.

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