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Seattle, WA
Level 4 Contributor
8 reviews
35 helpful votes
“wonderful place”
Reviewed May 22, 2006

We stayed there for a week at La Jolla Mismaloya condos. It would be a perfect place for us, if not for the highway noise - at night you can hear all the trucks and it's really hard to sleep even with the earplugs. But the beach is wonderful, people are great and the village is really cool. We got to be friends with Noa (owner of one of the palapa beach restaurants with the yellow lounge chairs) - he cooked for us the bestest fish kebabs as a good-bye dinner (it was his gift to us). We both love to snorkel, so we hired a local boat (Gloria Teresa) for $35 for a boat for an hour - we were snorkeling for longer than an hour and guy didn't charge us any extra and he was really-really nice - he took us to 2 different snorkeling spots at Los Arcos. Also when we were almost back at the beach he spotted 2 turtles and I got a chance to snorkel with them :-). Oh, and there is a fabulous SPA on the beach!
La Jolla Mismaloya hotel guards their clientele very seriously - if it's a high season and the hotel is full they may not let you on the property (not even to take a look). I guess if you pay way over $1K per week you'll want to be guarded ;-). But we didn't care about hotel.
Canopy tour Los Veranos is nearby - they stop in front of the hotel to pick up tourists. We did it and it was the greatest thing ever.
There are 2 tequila factories in the village - they sell some nice souvenirs.
Another choice of accomodations is Iguana hotel - it's a condo style hotel with a swimming pool (not very big), the only one thing - it's in the village, not on the beach.
The buses are running each 10 minutes to PV and it costs 50 cents each way per person.
Overall - Mismaloya is a beautiful place and we loved it!

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Bay Area, California
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
141 helpful votes
“Fun Beach”
Reviewed May 11, 2006

We loved it so much, we spent 2 different days here. A palapa with sling back chairs with your feet in the surf. Buck of beer, and anything you want to eat, made to order if you like. The surf gets turgid in the afternoon although you are in a sheltered cove. THere is a slight drop from the pure sand to the gravel beneath the waves, the water is warm and clear. See Pablo and his son, they own one of the many retaraunts here. In fact, many waiters will meet the newbies at the beach head and escort you to their retaraunt. Choose for yourself, mix it up, we like the old man and his son. THey hustled (hard-work) and made us a special camaron quesadilla. Awesome. One npte for swimmers, very young men(teens) drive these pangas and waverunners on the beach at high rates of speed to get them out of the surf and beached. My wife was almost hit by a panga at a slow speed with a spotter in the front of the boat. I was not a happy camper but no harm no foul. Just a spanish diatribe for those responsible for a close call from me. Great beach, taxis a plenty, and free parking. In spite of our close call, I will be back, guaranteed.

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Midwest, USA
Level 6 Contributor
319 reviews
1,939 helpful votes
“Hiking around Mismaloya”
Reviewed January 15, 2006

We bused to Mismaloya and did a self-guided tour of the attractions of the area:

- “Night of the Iguana” set. We got off the bus at the sign, and walked down to the ocean to see what remains of the movie set. We had watched the movie a few weeks before, and it was interesting to see the location. This area offers lovely ocean views. Then we crossed the highway and walked north a few blocks to the El Eden/Predator road.

- Road to El Eden. Where the Mismaloya river goes under the highway, there is a bus stop with two roads leading inland. The northern road goes uphill to a residential area. The southern road goes downhill through Mismaloya to the river; take this one. Once you are past this initial fork, just always take the uphill road and stay near the river, and you can’t miss the attractions. Keep following the horse hoofprints and the buses and taxis full of gringos. As you pass through downtown Mismaloya at the beginning and end of the walk, you’ll go by three tequila factory showrooms, where you can take a tour and get a free tasting. After Mismaloya Centro is a steep hike of about an hour, uphill nearly all the way, so you may prefer to rent horses or hire a taxi. However, if you do so, you will miss several opportunities to turn off the road at deserted river pools, where you can cool your feet in clear, cold mountain water and enjoy idyllic scenery. We had our bathing suits, but the water was just a little too cold in January. Any other time, it would be a refreshing dip.

There are also two swimming hole/restaurants along the way: Chino’s Paradise, and Secret Garden. At the top of the road are El Eden and the "Predator" movie set and restaurant. Lots of attractions in this area!

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Montreal, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
30 helpful votes
“Smooth-talking Mexican took care of us”
Reviewed February 7, 2005

We went to Mismaloya to see the large rock structure ( Los Arcos ) and the arches. Very cheap by bus and not too long of a ride. When we arrived, a smooth-talking Mexican hooked onto us like he was our personal servant. He set up chairs and a table right on the beach near the waves so our feet would feel the water when the tide came in, then took our order for drinks and later brought over a guy with a live iguana which he then places on your shoulders for a picture ( which cost us $5 each ). Fun to be pampered, but expect to pay for it. The smooth-talking Mexican charged us $12 ( 120 pesos ) for the two drinks which usually cost about $3 each. We walked along the ridge and up towards the ruins where they have now built a restaurant at the very peak. The beach was beautiful and there were many boats waiting to take tourists out towards Los Arcos, but we just hung out for a couple of hours before returning downtown. A must see!

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Orange County, Calif
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
57 helpful votes
“A highlight”
Reviewed May 4, 2004

Take a bus south until it ends. Walk a couple blocks and take the bus heading south to Boca. AVOID the Boose cruise cattle boats. Once at Mismayola, go to the local dive shop. You can rent a boat and snorkle gear for real cheap. Better yet bring your own gear. Head out to Los Arcos. I have snorkeled in Hawaii and Indonesia. Los Arcos blows them away. A whole school of manta rays swam around us. The most amazing colors on the fish and clear visibility created a magical moment. Try to go early in the day. This was a highlight. Back at Mismayola, hang out on the small but pretty beach. Sneak into the hotel pool and go down the rock slide!

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