My first evening, strolling along the Malecon, seeing Nuevo Vallarta framed in the aches of the Romantic Zone.
Ah yes, Baskin Robbins and if you choose, your favorite NorteAmericano brands of KFC, Subway, and Mickey D's, are all here. I vote for small local restaurants.
This is the way the Malecon looked with the original arches in 2011 before the renovation. These supposedly didn't survive, so they rebuilt/recast smaller ones which are now behind the ampitheatre.
Muted sunset by the pier, which is now demolished and a new one is under construction.
Besides tourists, many characters adorn the beach, apparently surviving by being paid to have their picture taken. Obviously, I succumbed.
This rocky cove is actually in Conchas Chinas, site of elegant condos and upscale restaurants. It's a few miles south of Puerto Vallarta, which you can see in the distance.
Not only people inhabit the beach...not sure whether this is a gecko or a salamander, but he's hardly wild.
Many of the artisans don't have a shop here, they work the beach from dawn to dusk, proffering their wares, from carvings, to sarongs, to silver.
Taken at La Playita restaurant in Conchas Chinas. Sit under one of these palapas for an afternoon watching the waves, and you might forget about home.
Savoring another sunset....and if you like, almost every restaurant along the beach has a 2 for 1 Hora Feliz from 5-7 PM. If you get high on light like I do, margaritas aren't necessary. Alas, it's the price you pay for the chair!
The most brilliant sunset I've seen in my life. Not one tweak in Photoshop!