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“swinging bridge”(17 reviews)
“cultural center”(13 reviews)
“flea market”(18 reviews)
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

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

Thank johnpV4713TS
Reviewed 1 week 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.

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

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

Thank lorriebrooks3
Reviewed 3 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.

Thank Jeanne S
Reviewed 28 October 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.

Thank jkzoo
Reviewed 27 October 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.

Thank Frank E
Reviewed 26 September 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?

Thank califcasl
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Many vendors, all seemed to be selling pretty much the same things, but it was slow season and they were all very open to negotiating prices. Some were a bit pushy, but ultimately left you alone if you insisted you were not interested. Did pickup...More

Thank Susie P
Reviewed 19 August 2018

This Island is located in the middle of town, surrounded by the Rio Cuale. The setting is very tropical and boasts several excellent restaurants and shops. The shade and breezes from the bay and river make it a lovely place to spend an afternoon.

Thank lovetodineFlorida
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20 February 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.
29 September 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
28 September 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.