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Isla Río Cuale free

Puerto | Vallarta
Isla Río Cuale Photo info
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  • Type: Shopping, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
About these ratings

Isla Río Cuale is a mystery to many first-time Puerto Vallarta travelers. The fact that it's often difficult to find only adds to the enigma. In fact, Isla Río Cuale is almost in the heart of the city and is actually an island set upon an inlet of the Banderas Bay. To see the island, simply walk south from the old town until you run into the chain bridges that bring you to the island.

The island's small crafts and fruit markets are reminiscent of the city's pre-resort past. Recent travelers praise the beautiful pottery and friendly locals willing to help out the clueless tourists. The island also contains a small museum for those interested in PV's archaeological and cultural history known to have great sculptures. 

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