The large-scale remodeling of Puerto Vallarta’s Malecón or boardwalk has and is expected to continue throughout the summer. When completed (see rendering, above), it is expected that the popular Puerto Vallarta landmark will re-gain popularity among visitors and locals, not to mention increased prosperity for the city’s downtown area. While remodeling takes place, the Malecón is closed to vehicular traffic, with adjacent streets being used as thruways. It is important to note, however, that all the businesses along the Malecón are open to the public.
Much of the impetus behind the Malecon’s much-needed overhaul, along with other areas such as the Los Muertos Pier, the second Libramiento tunnel (both currently under construction) and the Basilio Badillo sidewalk widening project has to do with federal funding that has been earmarked specifically for these endeavors and must be used within a specific timeframe. In addition, improvements to Puerto Vallarta’s downtown infrastructure were one of the requirements for the city to qualify as a venue for the upcoming 16th Panamerican Games that will take place in Guadalajara October 14 - 30. Puerto Vallarta will host several water-related competitions, such as beach volleyball, and open water swimming.