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Island on the River Cuale overlooked by Gringo Gulch.
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All reviews swinging bridge flea market john huston le bistro vendor stalls both sides nice walk souvenir shops walk around fun experience tequila distillery zona romantica iguanas trees stroll suspension malecon
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

When is the last time you visited a small island in the middle of a small river that empties into the ocean? For that alone it's worth a visit. The tiny island is littered with vendor stalls selling tourist knick-knacks, restaurants and bars, and -...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lauren M
Reviewed August 18, 2019

Our family really enjoyed wandering around this outdoor market area. So interesting and it was perfect on an overcast day.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank burnsie93
Reviewed July 28, 2019 via mobile

The Isla Cuale is an island in the mouth of a river that is basically a flea market with a lot of different vendors and restaurants. There is a tequila distillery at the mouth of the river and at the back of the island is...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 147autumnb
Reviewed July 11, 2019

This little island in the heart of PV is definitely worth visiting. Lots of shops, wandering vendors, (if you enjoy haggling, you'll be in heaven!) lovely restaurants beside the babbling of the river, in the shade of the palms with warm breezes and great music....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CristyS678
Reviewed June 12, 2019

Love the series of vendor stalls with the fun tourist merchandise. It can be hot, crowded, and fun.The water just trickles quietly below the action. Used to be able to see women washing clothes along the river. The suspension bridges always challenge me. I just...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank watravelinggal
Reviewed May 21, 2019

Yes there are a few good restaurant on the Island, and a "Tequila Factory" if you can call it that as it does have all the equipment to make tequila, but it is quite modern and not really like going to a Functioning Tequilaria elsewhere...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ChefBoyRD01
Reviewed May 3, 2019 via mobile

On both sides the river runs and The shops in on the island have it all. Clothes, hats, rugs, blankets, art, jewelry etcetc. There are also four restaurants along the island. You get there via a suspension bridge that is a fun experience.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank JoelH618
Reviewed April 29, 2019

You can't hardly be around Zona Centro or Zona Romantica and not stroll through the open air market that occupies this tree lined island. Rio Cuale flows quietly on both sides of the strip and on any given day offers shade and cool breezes. Patio...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank ejyoung7
Reviewed April 24, 2019 via mobile

Very beautiful colors & items. Good prices if you barter. I only found one place on the north side of the shopping area that had unique jewelry that I wanted. Glad we went to look! I would definitely go back to this one shop I...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Neets59
Reviewed April 13, 2019

First half of Isla Cuale has many restaurants and venders. Great place to do some shopping and have some eats. The farther half of the Isla Cuale appears to be missed by most. It too has restaurants and the Cultural Centre at the far end....More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Peachie59
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.
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Megs867
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
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Megs867
September 27, 2017|
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Response from WFfive | 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.
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