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Ever since the Puerto Vallarta Malecon reopening events, businessmen and local stores and restaurants located in the local tourist area have all mentioned that it’s a fact and there has been an increase in both sales and number of visitors. Most of them have noticed a strong improvement in their business and sales. Visitors have flocked to the Malecón, to see it, enjoy it and reestablish the habit.

The Puerto Vallarta Malecon improvements help the local economy

On the other hand, the manager of a well-known restaurant in the area stated that there has been a marked improvement in the number of people who daily visit the boardwalk, he also said that they have had a greater influx of people to their business and are having more sales, especially when comparing with previous months in which the remodeling work had closed the seaside walkway. He said they are now ready to receive all the people who usually visit during the Christmas holidays and will enjoy this new Malecon.

Another owner, Vallarta-Mart, also said that they are doing much better economically, sales have improved and people and are visiting more often.
Another opinion was that there really has been a noticeable change since the walkway was reopened; the previous week has shown a significant improvement. There is a clear tendency and they are aware that things will continue to improve gradually, and they are expecting that this increase in visitors will improve more every day, helping to keep Puerto Vallarta among the top Mexican tourist destinations.

Jose Ramirez, Assistant Restaurant Manager at the “Bubba Gump Restaurant” stated: "When they started the construction of the Malecon, sales plummeted 70%, now, with the reopening it has gone up 20 percent, we can also observe an improved flow of pedestrian, so we are hoping that with this reopening of the walkway, the arrival of ships to port, and the holidays and the dates from December 25th to January 1st which is the strongest week for Puerto Vallarta we will be able to 100 percent. "
Similarly, Marco, maitre of the restaurant “La Dolce Vita” said: "sales have increased since the opening of the Malecon, there are more people and the walkway is much more attractive."

Arturo Castañeda, maitre at Restaurant Las Palomas stated; "sales have gone up, the number is between 60 and 70 percent over previous transactions."

Raul Zermeno, owner of Aries Jewelry, said: "You can ready see an improved flow of people walking  and enjoying the seaside walkway, when we look at our sales we can’t say that we’ve improved, I think what has hurt us is that the U.S. economy is not doing well, but we definitely have more visitors on the Vallarta Malecon."

As was to be expected, the positive opinion regarding improvements both in terms of tourism and sales associated to the remodeled Malecón in Puerto Vallarta is general, this in turn is promoting a positive outlook and a generalized positive mindset, which are a byproduct of this new city project. 

Last modified on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 22:34

This public space that Vallartenses share with the world is framed by a beautiful natural setting and every day it is filled more and more with beautiful art, culture, and entertainment that attracts the people of Puerto Vallarta to the Malecon.

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The Malecon comes alive

We are talking about all the vendors, cartoonists, painters, acrobats, sculptors, those who for years have filled the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk with life and joy so that all visitors can enjoy a colorful and pleasant walk along the waterfront and also enjoy various attractions that make the stroll something different and quite unforgettable.

Today, with the remodeled malecón one of the important aspects is that all this folklore survives and continues to delight visitors and that all the people who make it possible rest assured that all the activities that have taken place here for years will be organizing in new ways so that all participants will still have the opportunity to continue earning a living here and, furthermore, that the magic of this walking area also prevails. These changes have been made trying to balance a number of elements, one is a better image, harmony, and beauty of the town and Malecon itself, at the same time that those that make a living there are also taken into account.

To achieve this, the Municipal Government, through the Administrative Office of Census and Licensing Regulations, the deputy director of Culture and the leaders of Culture and Tourism, took on the task of organizing several meetings with members of these different groups, those who for years have been part of this economic activity. Agreements were set for the location, schedules and how to avoid saturation as was the case in the past, and at the same time maintain a better image which is the main goal, that those that stroll along the Malecon and the waterfront have a pleasant experience.

In the case of the sculptors as well as the rest of the artists and vendors that are present throughout the year displaying their works, products, and shows, they will take turns in pairs and every 2 weeks will change their location, this will also be the case with vendors, acrobats, and others, so that all have the same chance to participate in the walkway. Furthermore, artists and vendors will also have their place in the Plaza de Armas, the Marina, and the Lazaro Cardenas Plaza.

This will then result, as mentioned above, in a better organization among those who for years have been part of the magic and folklore of Puerto Vallarta boardwalk, giving them all equal opportunities of development and of course, giving the area a extraordinary appearance, something both local residents and visitors will no doubt enjoy walking along on the Malecon once again, and also fully enjoying the presence of all these people who have offered their magic daily.

So do not miss the opportunity to come to reacquaint yourself with the new and improved Malecón in Puerto Vallarta, more beautiful than ever, but retaining the same magic and old traditions.

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 March 2020 22:55

Without a doubt, contact with nature is one of the activities that more and more people enjoy during their vacations, it can be a walk through the woods, the beach or the mountains, a horseback ride or simply wearing a bathing suit and diving into the depths of a river, lake or the ocean.

Feeling your body float under the water, like a bird in slow motion, is relaxing and stimulating. Who has not dreamed of flying? Who as a child did not enjoy spending all day in the water?

Well, if you really want to enter a world of adventure, full of new things or that you don’t usually see, there is no better choice but to experience and enjoy the sensational experience of scuba diving.

The deep blue world of Puerto Vallarta

When you jump into the sea, you’ll enjoy the experience of seeing and maybe even touching multicolored fish, corals, anemones, coral, jellyfish and other creatures that you won’t even recognize, you’ll marvel over the textured sands formed by the currents, caves and underwater mountains and reefs  that provide shelter for small creatures from other predators.

In Puerto Vallarta there are many places where you can practice scuba diving, the most famous and popular attraction, no doubt about it, is Los Arcos, a beautiful rock formation protruding from the sea surface. It is located near Mismaloya 5.5 nautical miles south of Puerto Vallarta. This place is adequate for divers of all levels, from novices to experienced divers. The depth of the so-called Aquarium is approximately 60 feet around Los Arcos, where you’ll find all sorts of tropical marine life in the reefs, including the entertaining garden eels that look like shy ribbons sticking out of the sandy sea bottom, waving demurely back and forth with the invisible waves. Its unique feature is an 800 ft vertical wall on the west side of Los Arcos where you can enjoy a descent into the Canyon (El Cañón) and the famous Devil's Jaw (La Quijada del Diablo), which are only for experienced divers. Here you’ll see schools of bright fish, turtles, manta rays and moray eels. Another good dive site “El Bajo”, with an underwater peak and several submerged volcanic formations that offer lots of marine life including parrotfish, snappers, moray eels, nudibranchs and many other surprises. Other dive sites are Las Lajas and the Great Wall (El Paredón) where you can enjoy turtles and rays in large quantities.

The deep blue world of Puerto Vallarta

There are many other options for this sport, not just the beaches and sea in the state of Jalisco, but also in the sea of Nayarit, some recommended places are:

Majahuitas, a beautiful beach that is accessible only by, it’s located between Los Arcos and Yelapa, a beach 10 nautical miles south of Puerto Vallarta. Here the Sierra Madre sinks into the sea and generates a series of shallow bays. You can dive here all year round and enjoy a very diverse and rich marine life. The underwater visibility is up 80 feet from July to December. You’ll find shy garden eels living in the sandy bottom, the largest school of yellow surgeon fish, rays, octopus, seahorses, green turtles and more.

Mismaloya is one of the most visited scuba diving locations due to its proximity to downtown Puerto Vallarta and you can get there by sea and land. The bay 6 nautical miles long and is located to the south of the city. The sloping sea floor offers large boulders with depths between 10 and 20 meters, where you can see moray eels, lobsters, snappers and king angelfish.

The Marieta Islands, off the coast of Nayarit in Banderas Bay, was made famous by Jacques Cousteau, the oceanographer, in the 70's and today is one of the most popular dive sites in the Mexican Pacific. It is part of an underwater mountain range and is located at the entrance of the Bay of Banderas. Here you can find an impressive descent, reefs, and caves, filled with tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays and even whales when they are visiting the bay, normally between November and March.

El Morro, a place for advanced divers with a rock formation cavern at 70 feet under water.

Las Viudas, where you can also go hunting underwater and catch large sized commercial species that you can, later on, enjoy a delicious dinner.

There is also a place called El Malinal, which happens to be a favorite for those who love sea life. This site is not well known and this makes it a great place to enjoy an impressive amount of sea life and biological underwater diversity. It is definitely a great experience you should not miss.

The Chimo, this place is highly recommended for divers that already have some experience. It's a beautiful place where you can find black and white coral, many different tropical fish species, turtles, giant manta rays and more.

La Corbeteña, one of the best sites for underwater scuba divers. Here you can find stingrays and sharks, but you must have some type of diving certification because you’ll inevitably require some scuba experience to explore its waters.

Last modified on Thursday, 16 May 2019 03:06

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church

Who can forget a delicious day of adventure or relaxation on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta? Who could not enjoy and appreciate the beautifully varied and colorful sunsets that every evening paint the hills and buildings of the harbor with a different color palette?

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish/Church.

Everything is so wonderful in the mind of spectator, they enjoy the scenery as the evening approaches, but a striking architectonic structure stands out among all the elements near the Malecon: a crown appears high up in the sky held up by a tower. This symbol represents the city and is used as an icon for the whole area, the crown and the Parish is located just a few blocks from the newly renovated seaside promenade, the Malecon. The locals also proudly call it the "Cathedral" of Puerto Vallarta.

The church itself really doesn't have a well defined style; the crown is baroque and is purportedly a replica of the crown that Empress Carlota carried, consort of Maximilian of Habsburg, Emperor of Mexico in 1864, but it's not the case, it was designed by the priest Don Rafael Parra Castillo, the same person that designed the church tower.

Crown of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish

The Parish with its unusual combination of styles, ranging from Renaissance towers and the Neoclassical style of the main building, to the contemporary Mexican folk art details, in the end results in a mish-mash masterpiece resulting from the combination of diverse ideas and inspiration from everyone including the masons and bricklayers, priests and the people of Puerto Vallarta.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

The temple started off in the early XX Century, as the first church in Puerto Vallarta. The initial idea was that it was to be a small chapel in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, this was the general idea until Father Francisco Ayala, around 1915, suggested that the building should be a tribute to the original Guadalupe Church in Mexico City, the Basilica of Guadalupe. With this as the guideline the chapel soon became a parish.

Our Lady of Guadalupe in the early 50s

Like many other buildings in Mexico, construction was stopped during the Cristero War. The construction of an area for the chorus, complete with dome and upper body, was the starting signal for the next stage of the church’s development.

On the day of Virgin Guadalupe apparition's 420th anniversary, according to records of the Catholic Church, the dome of the Parish was finally finished.

By 1952 the main tower was visible all over the city, but it was not until 1963 (1965 in the book by local historian Carlos Munguía Fregoso) that the crown, designed by Jose Esteban Ramirez Guareño, was placed on top of the tower. The cross and sphere on top of the crown are the work of another artist, Esteban Ávalos Haro. The external design of the towers was completed in 1987.

The temple is the heart of the Catholic faith of both residents and tourists, masses are conducted in Spanish, French and English, and a bilingual Mass is held on Saturdays and Sundays (more in our Church Section).

Bells tolling are a typical part of local city soundscape during the weekends, and are even more so during festivities honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe, during the first 12 days of the month of December.

Puerto Vallarta Cathedral at night

Tastes, sounds, colors and the sea breeze in the air combine to captivate the senses of everyone who comes close.

Surely the church is now a symbol for this famous beach destination, a very Mexican Puerto Vallarta, that should not only be admired from the outside, but also from within.

In contrast to the religious images on painted wood, the marble altar, carved wooden confessionals and the image of the Virgin Guadalupe by Ignacio Ramirez, artist of our state of Jalisco, this building overflows with love, devotion and sacrifices, and must be added to your short list of places you absolutely must visit on your trip to Puerto Vallarta.

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 March 2020 22:54

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