Puerto Vallarta has long been a city of beautiful sights and features, but those who have been frequenting the city for a few years will know just how ramshackle and dilapidated the old Los Muertos Pier was becoming before its renovation in 2011. The modernization of Puerto Vallarta’s pier took place under the care of Architect Jose de Jesus Torres Vega, an esteemed winner of the Biannual Architecture Prize, and was completed in 2013. The old pier was always a centre of activity in Puerto Vallarta, but the new Los Muertos also serves as an aesthetic focal point for the newly refurbished Downtown area of Puerto Vallarta.
The design centers around a sail that winds around the very end of the pier and, from some angles, looks like a full sail boat. This sail lights up during the night to produce a colorful and beautiful visual display that can be seen from miles away. This backdrop is a wonderful photo opportunity and makes for a romantic atmosphere during an evening stroll. The pier itself is dotted with benches so that visitors can sit and enjoy the scenery, contemplating the ocean as they do so.
In a stunningly short period of time this pier, like the newly revitalized Malecon, has become an Icon in Puerto Vallarta. You’ll see its striking image in holiday brochures, in paintings and on postcards, but it’s not just a pretty face (so to speak). Los Muertos Pier is also a fully functioning pier from which many an adventure, fishing trip and transport boat leaves. Whether you are taking a sunset cruise, or catching a ride to Las Marietas or Yelapa, it is at Los Muertos Pier that you will find what you are looking for.
Lovers of culture and architecture will definitely want to put a visit to this newly invigorated Puerto Vallarta icon at the top of their ‘to see’ list. It’s likely, however, that you’ll see Los Muertos Pier during your vacation whether you specifically plan to or not. Just be sure that you take the time to admire this pier for what it is; a symbol of Puerto Vallarta’s modernity, growth and charm.
(Photo from Daryl Mitchel at Flickr)