Puerto Vallarta offers great weather, beaches, food, kind locals and many things to do, plus there's also a lot of culture & art, which spills out onto the streets as well.
If you visit the downtown area, especially the Malecon, you'll immediately notice there are lots of statues and sculptures along the way, it's much more fun to know a bit more about them, you'll enjoy them more and hopefully, it'll make your stroll all the more entertaining.
Even though there are many statues and sculptures on the Malecon, they are not the only ones in town, you'll find them all around town and others even further away, like the Marina Vallarta or Los Mangos Library, some of the local artists even have their works in Mismaloya or San Sebastian del Oeste, other towns in Mexico or even the rest of the world.
All the most important sculptures in town (alphabetically)
Ever since 1960, when the city commissioned a sculpture from Rafael Zamarripa, the town added more and more beautiful creations of different artists to the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk and other places around the city.
Rafael Zamarripa was only 18 years old when he sculpted the "Boy on the Seahorse" sculpture that ended up on Los Muertos Beach at Las Pilitas, a big storm washed the original sculpture away in the 1970s, so a new one was requested, a bit bigger, to put on the Puerto Vallarta malecon (so it wouldn't wash away so easily), where it was placed in 1976. The original was found again so it was left there on the beach too, something that creates a bit of confusion.
Over the years the Puerto Vallarta malecón has added more and more sculptures, becoming an open-air art gallery promenade.
There are so many things to do in Puerto Vallarta, enjoying the culture and arts is one of the easiest pleasures you will find in the city. If you are wondering what to do in PV, you'll never run out of options and ideas, that's for sure!