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“swinging bridge”(17 reviews)
“cultural center”(13 reviews)
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Island on the River Cuale overlooked by Gringo Gulch.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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All reviews swinging bridge cultural center flea market river cafe oscar's restaurant john huston tall trees gringo gulch interesting area nice walk souvenir shops el centro walk around for sale fun experience tequila tasting iguanas
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The amount of stores and things they have there are interesting. You can get very fine pieces of Talavera plates that go from a couple hundred pesos to $1000 pesos for hand painted works of art. Fun thing to do while walking from the main...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 625reginas
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is about shopping. Mexican tourist art. Prices are the same as anywhere in Mexico. Nice shady place.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gcruik
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is the place to shop. Walk around and make sure you haggle. You can always get a better price. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank johnpV4713TS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to do some souvenir shopping. People are always friendly. You can bargain with them-I think it's expected. Most people are low key. I just keep walking past the ones that do the high pitched sales.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Janet S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once the home of the indigenous Indios, they were displaced by a hurricane years ago and replaced by venders and restaurants

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Kathleen P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this man made island twice during my recent visit. The isle first emerged during a drought and city staff decided to deepen the river on both sides so the island stuck around for development:). The island is a great place to cool off...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lorriebrooks3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place! You can see iguanas in the trees, crocodiles in the river, so many birds. You may spot a few cats around the market stalls. Don't miss the swinging bridges. There is something for everyone here.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jeanne S
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

The swinging bridge entrance is the best way to get here and the small gift and souvenir shops are fun to visit. Iguanas, cats and birds add to the mix.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jkzoo
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Great for a walk and a little shopping, nice and shadey on a hot day. Lots to see but the sellers can be a little bit pushey sometimes.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Frank E
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

This cute little island, located in the middle of the Rio Cuale and between the Zona Romantica and the center, is full of shops and restaurants for tourists. I wonder what it was like before tourists and tourism took over Puerto Vallarta?

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank califcasl
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February 20, 2018|
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Response from AVegaBloch | Reviewed this property |
If I remember correctly, walking the island requieres to go up/down stairs to access, except for the eastern tip. Where Le Bistro is located.
September 28, 2017|
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Response from bmason | Reviewed this property |
Enter from the Malacon end. No swinging bridge. That bridge is scaring. Little kids walk you across it for tips. LOL
September 27, 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.