I am planning to spend the day in Puerto Vallarta on my own - plan to do some sightseeing and shopping in the downtown area and around Rio Cuale, perhaps have lunch in one of the outdoor restaurants, and then head over to the beach for an hour or so. Just a few questions: can anyone suggest a good restaurant (informal) with great Mexican food - preferably with outdoor tables, and as for the beach, do either Olas Altas or Playa de los Muertos get really crowded? I am going (literally) on my own and am a little concerned about leaving my stuff on the beach while I swim. I don't plan to go far, but don't want to lose my camera and the little cash that I bring. Thanks.
On Cuale Island if you go to the western most tip (Closest to the bay and mouth of the river) the last restaurant/bar is very enjoyable. I especially like the tables along the south riverside. You use to have an unobstructed view to the bay but they have since built a bridge which partially obstructs the view.
I like Beach of the Dead BUT it is usually very busy and I do not know if there are any type of lockers. I have never noticed any, but maybe simeone else will know.
I will be down the week after Thanksgiving. If I notice any I will respond when I get back.
Jeana, we just did the walk-about tour you mentioned Nov. 2nd.
The restaurant at the western end of the Rio Cuale area is very pretty. I love the new bridge over the river mouth, because it makes a much more direct route to Los Muertos Beach. (We had a great margarita at Burros right on the beach.)
I didn't see any lockers; also, when we were there (a Tuesday), the beach was not crowded at all. The water was warm because we took our shoes off and walked along the shore (which felt great for those tired patas of ours. :-)
If you can, order a Fodors Guide to Mexico, and they havea great walking tour noted. You may also be able to photocopy it at the library.
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Thanks for the update. When I was in PV last year the bridge was still under construction and not completed. When I am down there next week I have a car rented and will have to go over the new bridge. I hope they were able to add some parking spots because it has always been minimal in the past.