Caballito
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One of Puerto Vallarta's many statues, it depicts a boy riding a giant sea horse while waving to passers-by.
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LaraCroftWestMids
West Mids83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The promenade along the front of the town has bronze sculptures placed at various points along it. They are all very unusual and beautiful. There are also a set of bronze “ chairs” that are very unusual. A great place to visit with an eclectic mix of shops
Written 1 February 2020
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN16 234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Walk along the Malecon and approximately the center spot between the north edge of old town and the Muelle de Playa Los Muertos (the pier) is where you find the colorful 5 foot tall letters spelling out P U E R T O V A L L A R T A with Caballito (the seahorse) above it. Here you will see tourists standing on, leaning against and doing weird things but basically posing in front of the letters for a photo so they can say "I was there" when they get back home. People will wait in line to do this, so it is a show to stand back and watch how funny they can be.

Officially called El Niño sobre el Caballito de Mar” sculpture (“The Boy on the Seahorse”), commonly known as “El Caballito”, is one of the Puerto Vallarta’s icons.
Rafael Zamarripa’s original work was placed in the late 1960s in Las Pilitas, at the southern tip of Los Muertos Beach. After a strong storm swept it away into the sea, a larger replica was requested from the artist and this one was placed on the Malecón in 1976, the first statue of many that are now part of an open-air exhibition along the seaside promenade. Most people don't really care about the significance of the statue and just goof off at the letters by it.
Written 1 March 2022
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T Bratton
Saint Louis, MO255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Lovely artwork along the beach and boardwalk. One day new art in the shape of hearts just appeared and added to the already authentic experience. At the time we visited, we saw more locals than tourist - and we were ok with that. Very nice day. We could of had less solicitations for taxis, food, excursions, or drinks - but a friendly "No" and they were on their way to the next person.
Written 3 June 2021
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David D
Devon, UK25 749 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
This must be one of the most photographed statues along the Malecón.

It's name Caballito de Mer translates as The Seahorse. The bronze statue depicts a boy riding on the back of a seahorse. He appears to be naked with only a sombrero, on his back, hanging from a piece of string around his neck.

It stands in between large colourfully decorated letters that spell out Puerto Vallarta. Due to the popularity of the statue and the words, it is difficult to get a photograph without lots of people in it.

This is the second version of the statue to be installed along the Malecon in 1976 as the original version was washed away in a storm in the late 1960's

If the statue was not surrounded by the letters it would be rather ordinary.

We did stop here, for a photo opportunity, as we walked down the Malecon on Thursday 3rd February.
Written 26 February 2022
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pparrothead
Wilmington, NC4 218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
My wife and I visited the Malecon Boardwalk on our first visit to Puerto Vallarta. We walked down the boardwalk to check out all of the beautiful statues and the view of the ocean. Caballito, the Seahorse and Rider was really nice to see along with the many other statues.

The Malecon Boardwalk is not to be missed when visiting Puerto Vallarta. And all of the many statues make for an amazing sight...Bring your camera and make sure to pose with them....
Written 17 November 2022
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Dr. Tim
Marana, AZ5 107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Walking among all the bronze statues and other types of art is amazing. It’s like walking along a river in Europe. We walked the length of the Malecon and into Old Vallarta. The shops and restaurants on one side and beach on the other makes the walk so worthwhile. There are street vendors that are very polite and don’t hassle you. They speak great English too so makes touring a bit easier. Take a day and enjoy all the works of art while getting a good walk in! Highly recommend as it is one of my favorite places which is saying a lot since I’ve been to 52 countries!
Written 8 March 2020
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nanrob624
Kent, WA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
My 15th trip to PV. I walked the Malecon twice. Sunday is Family Night...lots of food and craft booths. The sunset is to die for. Lots of statues. I highly recommend a walking tour to learn about the statues.
Written 5 May 2022
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ginvsgg
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
This statue is on the Malecon; a walkway adjacent to the beach and across the road from shops and retaurants. There are a series of statues which are pretty incredible. The other good part of the malecon is that you can walk and look at the shops and restaurants without being hassled. See something you like, walk across the street and check it out.
Written 6 November 2019
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Barheat
Hamilton, Canada1 732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
The Caballito statue featuring a boy riding a seahorse is the iconic symbol of Puerto Vallarta. It is located on El Malecon Boardwalk. Flanking the base of the statue is the Puerto Vallarta city sign. It is a very popular location for photographs.
Written 25 June 2018
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Traveller_4m_Krypton
USA254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
If you are in PV this location has to be done. There is a nice walking area and you can take lot of photos while strolling. There are local vendors which somehow are very costly..which was surprising to me.
Make sure you take the photo with the main attraction/symbol.
Written 31 March 2018
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