MEXICO | DESTINATION UPDATE
New Malecon and pedestrian-friendly
areas add to appeal
BY MARIBETH MELLIN
WITH THE PAN-AMERICAN GAMES in full swing and
the Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival’s
food, wine and tequila event on Nov. 10, Puerto Vallarta
is busy behind the scenes and making downtown more
picturesque than ever. Redevelopment plans include a
Malecon (boardwalk) makeover and more pedestrian-friendly spaces throughout the tourist areas. October’s
storms, including Hurricane Irwin, brought lots of rain
but largely spared Puerto Vallarta, and the city is ready
for a proposed winter tourism boom.
The iconic Malecon is Puerto Vallarta’s most popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. Parts of it
have been closed for months as workers demolished
old sections and revamped the waterfront. As with
construction projects everywhere, completion dates
Puerto Vallarta’s boardwalk is one of the city’s most popular attractions.
The rebuilding of the Malecon is scheduled to be completed soon.
have been pushed back several times. Sections of the
new Malecon are now open to pedestrians, and the
changes are impressive. The whole project should be
completed long before the new year.
“I personally like the new Malecon,” said Carlos
De Leon, general manager of the Hotel Catedral, a
completely remodeled 1950’s hotel near the main
plaza and seafront.
Like business owners throughout downtown, De
Leon is doing his part to make the tourist core attractive and pleasurable for visitors.
“I do believe each destination has to be updated
constantly,” De Leon said. “We need to make sure we
maintain the feeling of a traditional, tranquil beach-
side town but with all the modern conveniences.”
The new Malecon does just that, incorporating
traditional Huichol tribal designs in the walkway
while adding a new seawall.
The Malecon improvements begin by the Hotel
Downtown Puerto Vallarta is getting a facelift.
Rosita, downtown’s oldest hotel. Long neglected, this
section faces Parque Hidalgo, one of downtown’s most
active plazas — though it’s often overlooked by tourists.
Construction ends at Los Arcos, the rock arches across
from Parque Lazaro Cardenas, the main plaza in front
of La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.
A new seawall was built along the 12-block zone
and the pedestrian promenade was widened. Palm