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Puerto Vallarta Shore Excursions
This beach-hugging bustling boardwalk starts at the Hotel Rosita in Downtown, crosses the Rio Ciuale, and finishes at at a beautiful open-air theater known as Los Arcos in Old Town. Along the way you'll find a series of magnificent bronze scultures many of which happily double as park benches. (Downtown Puerto Vallarta is about a mile south of the cruise port, and can be reached easily by bus or taxi).
Isla Rio Cuale
A stroll along the Isla Rio Cuale is a pleasant way to pass some time away from the hustle and bustle of the beach front. The island sits in the middle of the Rio Ciuale. Start from the western end of the island at the Museum, which showcases local ceramics (the museum is an easy walk from the Malecon). Head eastwards past a colorful craft market, to finally arrive at the Centro Cultural Cuale. From here you can enjoy some lovely upriver views.
Old Town, nicknamed Zona Romantica, is the area south of the Rio Ciuale. Charming and relatively isolated by the river from busy downtown, the Zona Romantica features characterful bars, restaurants offering mouth-watering dishes, fine art galleries and whitewashed stucco houses, all lining cobbled streets.
Playa de los Muertos
The Playa de los Mueros is the beach fronting Old Town, beneath the Malecon. The wide sandy beach makes a lovely place to relax in the sun. The water can be a little choppy, but is warm enough for a very enjoyable swim. On the beach there are lots of palapa restaurants that provide food, drinks, and beach-lounger hire.
Playa Mismaloya and El Eden
A popular excursion further afield (about 7 miles south of the cruise port) is the beautiful beach at Mismaloya, which featured as a location for the movie 'The Night of the Iguana', followed by an expedition into El Eden, a hilly area behind the beach where you can swim in the picturesque river pools, a location for the movie Predator.
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