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“swinging bridge”(17 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 t shirts both sides nice walk souvenir shops walk around el centro fun experience for sale
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice walk on the island that has everything Mexican in the market on the island. It's easy to find and worth the walk, it's just off the malecon with lots of signage. There isn't anything you won't find there.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Valerie A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discoverd that we could walk the length of this isle in order to return to our hotel...friendly vendors, artists with their works, cafes and restaurants all tucked alongside a half mile walk...places to stop and rest as well as shade can be found...

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank edandsarahmae02
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First, it is best to enter this place from the main street, as those little suspension bridges to get on and off of the island are dangerous. But once you get on, prepare yourself for a lot of opportunities to negotiate for local stuff from...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Russ H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cuale River surrounds an island that is home to remarkable cultural treasures. We arrived to work with the OEPV, a youth orchestra that is home to dozens of hard-working, enthusiastic young musicians. We were delighted to find in the Instituto Vallartense de Cultura students...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent the day in this area. We found many gifts to bring home. Some great little eats to be had there.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ronalda D
Reviewed 14 February 2019

There are 2 rickety walking bridges over the river Cuale. They are now sturdier and easier to cross but still would be difficult for the elderly. They are a nice shortcut to the Zona Romantica.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SaskatoonSaskCanada
Reviewed 13 February 2019

You can good prices if you haggle. Lots of different items with the usual Puerto Vallarta artistic themes.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank OnAir821654
Reviewed 9 February 2019

When you walk from the boardwalk to the pier, youll go over a bridge, while on the bridge, look to your left there will be 2 spot you can walk down into to find these little shops. Once you are down there you can go...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank nicki48114
Reviewed 26 January 2019

This quintecencial shopping island in the middle of puerto Vallarta has a couple of good restaurants but the island is a smorgasbord of shops and stalls that sell everything that you will find on the beach or in the market. Walking up and down the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JoelH618
Reviewed 26 January 2019 via mobile

Most people visiting downtown PV cross it or walk around it like twice a day. Definitely worth walking “on to” Cuale and checking out the craft stalls and eateries there. Several ways to approach but those that are mobility limited will struggle a bit. Really...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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21 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 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.