Aside from the myriad daytime activities synonymous with PV—lazing around on the beach, cooling off in the famously turquoise waters of Banderas Bay, perusing the boutiques—we’d like to give a shout-out to the simple magic of an evening or nighttime stroll on the Malecón, the shop-lined, car-free promenade that runs parallel to the Bay. Along with food and crafts vendors, the 12-block stretch is marked with a fantastic series of bronze sculptures, including Sergio Bustamante’s 60-foot “Searching for Reason,” whose ladder is meant for viewers to scale should they feel so inclined. (Careful, now!) In fact, there’s a lot happening overhead on the Malecon: Every evening, the colorfully outfitted Papantla Flyers perform an ancient ceremony centered around a 50-foot pole. Four of the five performers fly to the ground during the ritual, while making 13 revolutions each—the total represents the 52 years of the Mayan calendar’s solar cycle. A stationary member of the team stays atop the pole and plays the flute, appealing to the Sun god. Later on, after the Papantla performers have long been safely landed, keep an eye out on the Bay and you’ll likely catch a fireworks display from the Marigalante pirate ship, which offers cruises nightly.
After all of that visual intake, you may be up for a little performance of your own. The Los Arcos Amphitheater, where the Municipal Band and other musical acts take the stage, is there to oblige. Tap your toes or bust out a move along with tunes ranging from classic to folksy, depending on the night. Then? Back to the Hacienda for a nightcap, of course, where you can tell us all about it!