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Isla Río Cuale picture in Puerto Vallarta
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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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    5.0
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    3.5
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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 El Malecon until you reach a bridge that spans the river, and you'll discover the island. 

Some visitors advised that there are the same trinkets on sale at Isla Rio Cuale as there are elsewhere in Puerto Vallarta, but they tend to be more expensive. Still, they admit that the locale has a great ambiance. Isla Río Cuale is accessible free of charge.

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Hotel Encino

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