Scenes from the Malecón

The Malecón is a seawall in downtown Puerto Vallarta where you can stroll along the coast and log some excellent people-watching. On this year’s trip (versus December or January in years past) there seemed to be fewer tourists from the USA or Canada visiting the region (including the smaller towns we visited to the North of Puerto Vallarta). Consequently, this trip had a much more authentic Mexican vibe to it than previous ones.


¡Hasta la próxima vez, Vallarta!

7 thoughts on “Scenes from the Malecón”

  1. Clare B

    That video is great. It took me a little while to realise that they were people up there! Beautiful silhouettes against the sky as well.

    1. cliff1976

      Thank you, Clare B, I’m glad you liked it!

      The whole process of them climbing up, carefully wrapping their ropes around the role, and finally the ceremonial drumming and flute-playing while the winding down to the ground starts, took about 30 or 40 minutes.

  2. Laurel

    Despite being such a popular place for Canadians, I haven’t been to Puerta Vallarta. Do you think the fewer tourists could be due to all the violence happening in parts of Mexico? I know I have some Canadian friends that haven’t gone because of that.

    1. Sarah

      Although downtown still seemed to be hopping and the pool was well-peopled while we were there, it did seem a little less full than usual. That probably is due to news of drug violence, but I’ve not seen or heard anything that’s happened in or near Puerto Vallarta. My in-laws, who were there for 3.5 months before heading back to Detroit, said that they hadn’t seen anything personally in the area that made them concerned.

      I’m pretty certain the bad press is causing tourism problems all over Mexico.

    2. cliff1976

      This is a good — but tough — question.

      On the one hand, we didn’t see nearly as many Canadians or Americans down there this time — and we’ve been Puerto Vallarta six times now. This was our latest visit yet (owing to Easter this year), and most tourists or seasonal dwellers had already packed up and left.

      So, we saw fewer visitors / transplants from Canada and the U.S., but I am sure it’s mostly related to the Easter 2011 schedule. Violence happening in other parts was, at first limited to border regions. Then it appeared to be spreading to other regions — even ones known as tourist destinations.

      For sure I can tell you that if you go looking for trouble in Mexico, you will find it. We weren’t looking for it and we traveled around quite a bit this time &more than on the rest of the trips — and still didn’t find it.

  3. Jen

    Love the warmth of those shots!

    1. cliff1976

      This was close the end of our trip and it was a nice send-off. Every day was basically the same:

      3x2_cropped_sunset still, moist, foggy morning air
      • fog burns off by 10:00am at the latest
      • skin burns off by 4:00pm if you’re not careful
      • sun burns off around 8:30pm


      The warmth was good. The return to FRA weather was not terrible. Getting off the train in Regensburg was quite chilly, but maybe we’re starting to thaw out here finally after all.

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