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Isla Cuale

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Island on the River Cuale overlooked by Gringo Gulch.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“swinging bridge” (16 reviews)
“cultural center” (12 reviews)
“flea market” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Isla Cuale is a great shopping area that's off the beaten path from the typical souvenir shops you find on the boardwalk. It's in a lush jungle-like area that's below street level. Sure it's geared towards tourists, but it has a much more local and...More

Thank RJMooreAustin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy two good restaurants, especially Le Bistro which was favorite of Elizabeth Taylor and is now mine. Sitting in a gentle breeze, a relief from the hot weather, by the clear spring fed river, eating wonderful lunches with excellent service ... what is there NOT...More

Thank laurabaxter01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, walk down the stairs from the first taxi stop on The Malecon. It is safe and filled with local cultural displays, including music and art lessons, shops, cafes, fresh coconut drinks and even hammocks in the shade to escape the noonday (or all day)...More

Thank A J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love shopping the outdoor markets on the Rio Cuale! Always find good deals. Not as crowded & stuffy as the large indoor markets.

1  Thank TeeGee62
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are two street bridges and a suspension bridge (between the two) that will provide access the Isla Cuale. Oh - and you can access it on the Malecon as well when you take the steps to Oscar's Restaurant. The island is full of shops...More

Thank Andy W
Reviewed 17 December 2017

The island in the River Cuale is a good place to walk, enjoy nature (mostly in the shade of old, tall trees), eat in one of the restaurants, and possibly shop. We return every year for the tranquility and a meal at a favorite restaurant...More

Thank CarolinaTravelers2
Reviewed 15 December 2017

I have been traveling to Puerto Vallarta for almost thity years and am sad to report that the Isla has become a gauntlet of cheap souvenir shops. The museum is still there, as is the famous restaurant, Oscar's, but buses now stop and disgorge a...More

Thank phil2u
Reviewed 3 December 2017

We crossed over this bridge last year and was in need of repair. So some nice local men did an amazing job on this nice new Wonderful Bridge

Thank Cindyxxx
Reviewed 19 November 2017

We have strolled down the Isla Cuale several times on or Puerto Vallarta vacation and find the contrast between fine art and tourist bling/blang striking. Cudos to the real artists.

Thank Lee F
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We visited this area to go across the famous "bridges" and stumbled across a huge unique tree. After getting lost and being told different directions, we were only able to find 1 out of the 3 bridges. I was suprized how the area lacked restrooms.

Thank Lynz D
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28 September 2017|
Response from Michael F | Reviewed this property |
Well there two other "real" bridges other than the one at the Malecon. The first is the north/south street "Emiliano Zapata" and the other is the north/south street "Insurgentes". Or, you could ask any one for directions... More
27 September 2017|
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Response from Wong_Family_5 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but it's not that amazing. As others have said hard to miss on the north side, spanning above maybe 15 ft. No biggie.
Lynz D
12 March 2017|
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Response from 3stars1wish | Reviewed this property |
Walk to the end of the Malecon going south. There will be a walkway over the river. Under this there are markets. The Isla cuale can be reached this way. I can see that other readers have already answered this question... More