Isla Río Cuale
- Type: Shopping, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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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. One traveler on IgoUgo.com says that the area features "great local pottery and very friendly locals who are happy to help you brush up on your Spanish and bartering skills! There are also a few restaurants, complete with happy hour specials."
The island also contains a small museum for those interested in PV's archaeological and cultural history that, according to Moon Travel Guides, includes "some especially attractive female sculptures and some charming representations of Colima's famously fetching dogs."