One of the major attractions in Puerto Vallarta is the Malecon. Originally constructed in 1936 and called Paseo de la Revolucion, then changed to Paseo Diaz Ordaz, and later just El Malecon, which is Spanish for “Esplanade along a Waterfront”. It runs along the water front on Banderas Bay for about 2k, and on the town side, it sports many stores, restaurants amphitheatre, and bars.
The lower picture was taken in the 1930’s, The top one as it looks today.
One of the main draws along its route are the sculptures, many of them whimsical and all created by Mexican artists.
Not too sure that this qualifies as a sculpture, but I couldn’t help not including it in my blog.
These creations are fun, and some of them allow interaction by sitting or climbing on them. This is just one example of the many attractions that are here in PV. Come on down, pay us a visit, we haven’t run out of sun yet. Cheers.
The store signs of Puerto Vallarta are as varied as the business found inside. No cookie cutter commercialism here, all are original and hand done.
Most of these establishments are family run. Walking into one, you are greeted with a warm smile and invited to be as much at home as you a comfortable with. No indifferent sales people here. A number of our North American retailers should take note.
Most of the retailers here are either a clothing store or a restaurant. The second pic, “OXXO” is our 7-11 mini mart, and they are on just about every street corner.
“La Vaquita” means little cow, and is a swinging hot spot at night.
As far as that last picture goes, other than put a smile on my face, I wonder just how long that would last in my neck of the woods before the “righteous right” stepped in. Every corner holds a surprise, every street beckons to be explored. You only have to let the magic of the people take over. ‘Till the next time, cheers, or as they say here “salud”.
The shadows of night are most scary,
When walking about unawary.
Seen as dark and deceiving,
Convincing you to believing,
That you did something possibly urinary?
Getting around in PV, other than by Shank’s Mare, can be interesting, challenging and fun. Taxis and buses abound, and will give you a ride to remember, especially the busses. I swear they race each other to the next pick up point. But if you are trying to cross the street, they and the taxis are the first ones to stop.
But the real eye catchers here are the vehicles that in some cases, defy the rules of longevity, or get full marks for creativity. Or just plain outlandish.
Most of the vehicles shown here are modified or repurposed VWs, or Vochos as they seem to quite popular around town. A number of them have been converted to all wheel drive, with a powerhouse under the hood. While taken a photograph of the pink and yellow one, a gentleman came up to us and told us of a VW rally that takes place in November in PV where beetle owners come from around the country to show off their shiniest, most original, or most tricked out Volkswagens.
This final picture is typical of many of the repurposed vehicles and creativeness of so many of the locals who travel the streets every day.
Puerto Vallarta is a intriguing town to wonder around, but if you are going to gawk, be alert to where you walk. or you will find yourself doing the stub and stumble shuffle. Most of the sidewalks in the main tourist area are flat, smooth and well maintained. It is off the beaten path that your eyesight and agility are tested, especially at night.
As mentioned above, in the main tourist area the walkways are safe to navigate and wander, as evidenced by the last three pictures. Here one is able to be as graceful as one is able. A few steps with your favourite libation in hand and you are safe to navigate unscathed. If you follow the winding trail (small black stones embedded in cement) you are on your way safely.
Inspired by a recent blog on doors in Cuba, I could not resist the urge to seek out some of the doors of Puerto Vallarta. Both fall under the influence of the Spanish, so the similarities are evident. So with camera in hand, I set out on my next mission.
The majority of the doors are constructed of wood, are big, and heavy, but add to the bold edifice of many of the buildings. The craftsmanship is evident and is typical of colonial Spanish architecture. Cement, stone and steel are the materials of choice, with wood kept to those areas where aesthetics are desirable, and offer a bold embellishment.
Not all doors are ornate, big and impressive, as evidenced by the last picture. However, it is totally wrong to judge by what you initially see. The simplest of doors may hold many surprises, as we have found out.
We have found that the people of Mexico are proud and hard working, and more than welcome you into their homes and businesses, regardless of the door you pass through.
We finally arrived here on Wednesday, in sunny Puerto Vallarta, or what we snow birds call paradise. After settling into our new apartment, we went to seek out some of our old haunts. It was like we had never left.
Enjoy some of the pics from this beautiful town. The Mexicans have a lot to offer, and you do not have to walk far to find it. Food, drinks, culture and their great hospitality.
The texture and ambiance of Puerto Vallarta is something that simply has to be experienced. Over the next four months, I hope to be able to bring you as much of the fabric of this place that words can convey, that is if I don’t get swallowed by its appetite for adventurous travellers.
Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waiting.
As if we don’t have enough on our plate, what with Christmas just around the corner, packing for our trip to Mexico on January 11th, we have to have all our possessions packed and ready for the movers on January 6th, in preparation for our move to British Columbia next summer.
But we can do this. I am reminded of that fact every time I look outside at the 30 cm of snow and the -10c temps.
But here is just three of the reasons of many why this will come together.
Reason number two.
And reason number three.
I can practically smell the salt water from here!!!