Isla Cuale
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Island on the River Cuale overlooked by Gringo Gulch.
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,143 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
While exploring the Malecon boardwalk we came upon the footbridge over the mouth of the River Cuale, so we walked down the steps to check out the island below. There is a large distillery and restaurant call Caesars, but they were closed, moving on we entered the John Huston Plaza with the statue of the film director in its center, donated by the owner of the Le Bistro restaurant which is also in the small plaza. Not very far away is the Cuale Cultural Center, unfortunately, that was also closed.
There is a Flea market scattered about under the shade of the large rubber trees, with all kinds of wildlife in the branches, but it just sells tourist stuff. There is a couple of other bridges including a very interesting cable bridge that moves, defiantly not for the faint of heart.
TIP: Visit the Isla Rio flea market on non-cruise ship days, you seem to get better deals!
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Written June 22, 2021
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andycoldham
Crawley, UK999 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The island sits between the romantic zone and the old town is generally a large market area, the vendors are very happy to chat and not at all pushy, and there are some great photo opportunities , with interesting statues/murals. As it is a real island access is by bridge, there is a large modern bridge near the sea but half way up the island there are a couple of wooden suspension bridges and at the far end, furthest from the sea is a long staircase, and if you proceed up it to the top you will arrive at the former home of Richard Burton and Liz Taylor which is now a hotel.
I am told that their prices in the market are inflated on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays ( the days that cruise ships docks ) but I could not substantiate this.
Written May 15, 2022
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Joanie H
Winnipeg, Canada138 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Expected this to be different than all the other flea markets in puerto vallarta so I found it disappointing. The prices ranged a great deal. One shop had tons of mens shirts which my husband was looking at but when we were told the price was 2000 pesos we walked away. Another day as we walked by the lady pointed out that three on display were 2000 pesos, three were 1500 pesos and three were 800 pesos. She said they were linen which made them expensive. They looked like all the shirts we had seen everywhere else. Another vendor we walked past would say "come in and buy junk you don't need". That made us laugh but how true!
Written March 14, 2023
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Lydia J
Homer, AK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We walked through the market a few times during our trip. Everyone tries to sell you something, but they’re friendly about it and not too pushy. No one tries to guilt you if you just say “no thank you” if nothing catches your fancy. If you do want to purchase something (in pesos only), it’s pretty easy to haggle. This is a great place to find souvenirs like t-shirts, blankets, hammocks, pom pom garlands, and clay ware. The foliage and birdwatching alone are enough to make you want to walk through!
Written October 9, 2022
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN16,222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Yes, this is an actual island within old town PV. The River Cuale splits forming this island connected by bridges to both sides of old town. There is a modern bridge, but also a couple of quaint swinging bridges that are fun to walk across. The market area is nicely shaded which is a great relief from the hot sun while you browse at the little shops which wide around in a curved fashion. At the far end is an open square where on the right days you may find a celebration going on. Escape here from the Malecon which is overrun with tourists. Here it is a bit quieter, friendlier and listen to the river flowing by.
Written February 27, 2022
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PookieICURN
Phoenix, AZ9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We went down here for a walk and some shopping. Close to our hotel, Hacienda San Angel (see my review, awesome place). Very touristy you won't find anything original here. It is the same stuff you will find all over Mexico. You will have to stick to galleries or out of the way shops for that. Also keep in mind that the vendors are SUPER pushy and intrusive. Hard for foreigner to enjoy shopping and walking. They need to learn that for the most part, they will get much more business out of us if they leave us alone. Unfortunately, when every store sells the exact same stuff, they have to duke it out for our business. Worth doing once on your trip and good for low priced standard souvenir fare.
Written October 7, 2020
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1234wayne
Victoria, Canada2,511 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Having walked the island many times, but never gets old.
Now home to the circle bar, which is a great addition.
Two favourite restaurants on the island are Rico Indian and River Cafe.
The cultural Center has some great events, festivals, music, exhibits and movie nights.
Many vendors.
All this and add the tranquil beauty!
Written May 16, 2024
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Holly Bailey
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This trip we changed things up and traded our usual beach front condo rentals for a condo up the hill at Isla Cuale. What an amazing two weeks in that area!
Only a ten minute walk to everything you could need or want!

Walk down to the beach, walk to markets up the hill, walk to bakeries, restaurants, food stands, anything and everything is close by.

Staying in this area really was a game changer from where we usually stay in Las Glorias, which we also loved. We have come to realize we would trade the beachfront view for all of the experiences we had our exploring on our walks.
Written January 16, 2020
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42marty55
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
An excellent winding walk filled with friendly merchants.all manner of items from clothing to jewelry. You can also dine in the elegant River Cafe. Shade welcome after your ocean tour. Take it slow and enjoy the river setting. Iguanas and birds set the natural stage.
Written January 2, 2020
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im44
Jamaica757 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Having been to PV before we knew about this place and made a bee line for it. Yes a craft market, set on the isla. Nice setting, nicely laid out booths and stalls. Vendors are patient and not aggressive at all. You can browse at will without worry. Will they talk to you and try for a sale - of course. Enjoy the vendors, merchandise and pleasant surroundings.
Written January 10, 2020
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