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Los Arcos and El Malecón free

Los Arcos National Marine Park | Puerto Vallarta
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  • Type: Entertainment, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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One of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks of Puerto Vallarta, Los Arcos refers to the row of arches in the oceanfront square of Plaza Morelos on the city's southern end. The dramatic seaside arches also serve as an amphitheatre. Los Arcos is a great place to stroll during the evenings, especially along the Malecón, the oceanfront walkway that runs along a portion of the Bahía de Banderas (Banderas Bay). Here you'll find an assortment of sand sculptures, statues, art pieces, street performers and merchants. Free cultural performances on the Malecón and at Los Arcos are standard during the weekends.

You should also consider staying near Los Arcos if you want a more authentic Mexican getaway. A popular hotel for this end, the Playa Los Arcos Hotel, is described by travelers on TravelPod  as one that "offers a true sense of PV" and remains right "in the middle of the action." That said, other travelers note that the hotel tends to be noisy and cramped, so don't stay here if you're seeking a resort experience.

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