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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%
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“swinging bridge” (16 reviews)
“cultural center” (12 reviews)
“flea market” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

It's hard to believe that you are actually still downtown. Once you take the stairs and cross the broken, rickety bridge, you are suddenly under a canopy of trees, along a riverbank, shopping in cute, well kept vendor stalls with great bargains to be had....More

Thank bmason
Reviewed 18 October 2017

The isla is a really nice place but it is totally invaded by places selling all type of cheap gifts. During the rainy season it is fantastic to watch the Cuale river run. They have really done a beatiful job in cleaning and improving the...More

Thank Regina S
Reviewed 14 October 2017

I love many things about the Isla. Not so much the flea market or the gringo restaurants. Enjoy the incredible urban artwork, the fun swinging bridges, and the cultural center that leads to Gringo Gulch.

Thank TourVallarta
Reviewed 13 October 2017

The swinging bridge is fun to take. In the 1980's we would cross and go to the local grocery store and tortilla factory. The south side is for locals. If you take children they'll enjoy haggling for their souvenir's, Stop at the restaurant for Limonada,...More

Thank raineyinredmond
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Lots of neat stalls & shops to pickup souvenirs. The swinging bridge is fun, glad they are rebuilding it.

Thank Cathy Z
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Numerous shops and things to do or watch. With tons of shade and little traffic it can be a great way to get somewhere without a cab.

Thank JLo5424
Reviewed 16 July 2017

If you like shopping and haggling you can have a bit of fun here. then wander down tot he beach for drinks! Great location with many shops selling the usual items. Fun experience if you have not done it.

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

The swinging bridge is something... I could do without lol Seriously it was unique but I am uncoordinated and it made me uneasy. Shopping was enjoyable. A lot of the same stuff but there were several unique items (paintings and that sort of thing). Large...More

Thank Megs867
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Basic Flea Market some interesting stuff run of the mill trinkets and stuff Not my idea of how to spend a morning but wife loved it

Thank Mike T
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

The tour was great. We had to wait 30 minutes after the "start" time but that easily was forgiven because once the tour started, it was great.

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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