Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican balneario resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas. The City of Puerto Vallarta is the government seat of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta which comprises the city as well as population centers outside of the city extending from Boca de Tomatlán to the Nayarit border. Puerto Vallarta is named after Ignacio Vallarta, a former governor of Jalisco. In Spanish, Puerto Vallarta is often shortened to "Vallarta", while English speakers call the city P.V. for short. The city occasionally is spelled or pronounced as Porto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta's proximity to the Bay of Banderas, the agricultural valley of the Ameca River, and the important mining centers in the Sierra have given the town a more interesting past than most Mexican tourist destinations. Puerto Vallarta was a thriving Mexican village long before it became an international tourist destination. Tourism was a major economic activity because of the climate, scenery, tropical beaches, and rich cultural history. For a sense of the extent even of the city's modern history, note that Puerto Vallarta and Seattle were founded in the same year 1851.
Malecon Seahorse Statue (El Caballito) - originally created in 1968 and seated on Los Muertos Beach, the first seahorse sculpture was damaged by a storm and eventually lost after being sent away for restorations. In 1976, el Caballito was recreated and was the first sculpture to be featured on Puerto Vallarta’s malecon and has since become the city’s most significant symbol. When the new malecon project began el Caballito was again sent off to be restored. After months of construction, Puerto Vallarta’s new sea-side promenade, the malecon, was officially open to the public. The symbolic “re-opening” took place when the city’s beloved Caballito statue was unveiled after returning from restorations. The statues of Vallarta’s malecon have become one of the cities chiefest charms including works from famous artists like Mexico’s Alejandro Colunga, who has sculptures featured in cities around the world. No sculpture is more important to the city, however, than el Caballito, which depicts a boy riding a giant seahorse, waiving at the city.
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