Developed in the Nineties, the Marina Vallarta was great boost for Puerto Vallarta when first built. It was the first marina in the region and attracted a whole new segment of visitors: those wealthy enough to own a yacht.
Marina Vallarta has its own golf club, exclusive residential developments and even its own private school. This was a project for a new kind of tourism in Puerto Vallarta and also for the high and middle-high classes slowly but surely growing in the city with new all inclusive resorts in Puerto Vallarta opening.
However, with time the Marina lagged behind and grew old. New residential developments offered better services and facilities, two more marinas were built in the nearby Riviera Nayarit and little by little the once proud Marina Vallarta became an afterthought.
It’s funny how a city evolves and finds new niches and opportunities. At an all-time low for Marina Vallarta, a new building was built in the area, a modern, high-end apartments tower called Nima Bay. It’s not that the building in itself is great piece of architecture or anything, it’s OK I suppose, but nothing spectacular. Nonetheless, it transformed the whole dynamic of the area with a very smart decision: renting a series of commercial premises in its street-level floor.
That’s what has really brought back life to Marina Vallarta!
Remember when we said that the Marina was getting a bit old? Well, Nima Bay is the complete opposite. A sophisticated building, with modern style and a glitzy personality. Every business that has been estalished in the building share that image.
Suddenly, the Marina Vallarta was cool again. It has an Starbuck’s, and one of the best steakhouses in town. It offers a wide array of good restaurants with several international cuisines available. It has a couple of the trendiest bars in Puerto Vallarta in Benitto’s and La Federal, and it even has its own old-style barber shop, winery, farmacy and more.
Once the Nima Bay building was full of vibrant new businesses, the rest of Marina Vallarta started to wake up too. Now, walking by its Malecon is a much enjoyable experience than having a walk through the famous Malecon of Vallarta which is suffering from speculation by nightclub owners, a lack of parking space and high prices.
The Thursday nights in Puerto Vallarta now belong to Marina Vallarta, as plenty of temporal stands are set by its Malecon, with live music and street artists making for a memorable night that should have a spectacular end in the heights of its lighthouse bar which enjoys some of the most beautiful views in the city.