You can see by the Downtown Map, it’s not a very large area, before the hills behind begin, there are only three north south streets and fourteen crossing them from Parque Hidalgo in the north and the Rio Cuale, which divides Downtown from the South Side.
Places to visit:
The Malecón (oceanside walk) from the Rosita Hotel south to the Rio Cuale. Right at the beginning there is a fishmonger, right on the beach, where in the morning you can buy fish right off the boat!
On the way to the main Plaza, you’ll see many sculptures, there’s a free, two hour, weekly walking tour for this, see Weekly Events.
At the Plaza the City Hall is on one side and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church one block inland. There’s also a historical building one the corner of Juarez and Iturbide, which was the first theater in Puerto Vallarta, The Saucedo Theater was built in 1922 and there’s a plaque on the Iturbide side wall.
If you can handle a lot of steps, there’s another three, north – south streets, inland.
We have a friend, Sylvie, who takes groups up these streets to the Cross that sits up on the ridge behind downtown, sharing it with the TV antennas, not for the faint of heart, but a terrific excursion. See Here
Across from the Plaza, you will see the Arches to the rear of the Aquiles Serdan Amphitheater, where there are many different performances in the evenings.
On the south side of the Amphitheater is our Naval Museum, with a lot of ship models and the history of the navy in Mexico and a nice coffee shop.
The island in the Rio Cuale, is a great place to stroll, between the two bridges are many vendor stands selling the same sort of articles that are sold in the Flea Market, but in the open air.
On the beach side across from Oscar’s Restaurant there’s a Museum of Anthropology, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Upstream from the Insurgentes bridge the island is landscaped with many plants and trees, plus the famous statue of John Huston. At the eastern tip is our Cultural Center, which hosts plays and concerts, surrounded by many teaching workshops, for art and music.
SCULPTURES ON THE MAP
2. Origen and Destiny
4. The Rock Eater
5. Unicornio del Buen Fortuna
Anibal Reibling Gutiérrez
6. Neptuno y Nereid
7. Rotunda del Mar
8. In Search of Reasom
9. El Faro
10. Caballo del Mar
11. Los Arcos
12. Friendship Fountain
13. Bailarines de Vallarta
14. Arieza Dos*
Blu (Maritza Vazquez)
15. San Pascual Bailon*
16. Lorena Ochoa
Octavio Gonzalez Gutierrez
* Photos by Learn Vallarta