Naval History Museum – Puerto Vallarta

Historic Naval MuseumThe Naval History Museum of Puerto Vallarta is set in a privileged oceanfront location, just in front of the main Puerto Vallarta landmarks and world famous Malecón, right in the heart of the city. Founded November 18th, 2006 this museum has a great collection composed of more than 154 pieces in exhibition.

Mexico’s Ministry of Navy currently has four naval history museums; two of them located in Mexico City, one in the port of Veracruz and the recent one here in Puerto Vallarta where you can find navigation charts, scaled replicas of antique and modern boats, topographic reproduction models of the Mexican Republic and a variety of its ports, as well as navigation artifacts, canyons, uniforms and a panoramic exhibition that gives us the sense  of the great compromise of the Naval forces towards the community in regards to the functions of saving and helping in disaster cases.

The exhibition halls are:

• Expeditions and discoveries of the South Sea.
• Merging of two worlds.
• The journey of the Naos and defenses of the fleets.
• Foundation of Puerto Vallarta and the colony of San Blas.
• Islands and reefs.
• Mexico’s Naval Forces.

Within the second floor you will find a temporary exhibition room, an multimedia room and of course a café with first class service which offers breakfast until 13:00 hrs and Wi-Fi internet connection.

The naval history museum of Puerto Vallarta acquires, preserves, investigates, communicates and exposes or exhibits for study purposes and / or simple delight, artistic and scientific collections… always with a cultural value.

It’s open Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm. Address: Zaragoza street #4, Downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Isla Río Cuale – The Soul of Downtown Puerto Vallarta

Isla Río Cuale - The Soul of Downtown Puerto Vallarta Isla Río Cuale
Once you have walked the well known Malecon of Puerto Vallarta, it is a must that you take a stroll to the Rio Cuale Island which is located in the middle of Zona Centro and the colonia Emiliano Zapata, it is the perfect escape for those who love the serenity and excellent food since it’s a place away from the traffic buzz of downtown and the noise from the city, it offers a refugee where time seems to slowdown.

The Rio Cuale island was formed by a huge flood caused by a tornado in October of 1926 now in days it measures a little more than 2 acres, within you will find colorful pedestrian streets surrounded by authentic artisan shops and beautiful restaurants with a magnificent view of the river. The Archeological Cuale Museum inaugurated December 20th of 2004 has minimum samples of occidental cultures and in Centro Cultural Cuale inaugurated March 27th of 2003 music, painting, theater, sculpture, dance, singing and acting workshops are held.

For all those with an adventurous spirit, crossing through the hanging bridges will be of the most fun being a distinctive land mark of the zone and a direct route to the biggest artisan flea market of the city. While you walk the area you can appreciate the wild fauna such as parrots, squirrels, herons and a great variety of birds and most importantly the iguanas which are a protected species by the local municipal authorities. Being a place where kids can play and adults can enjoy a pleasant walk, where the island shows our culture and its entire splendor, no wonder why it has become a heritage of Puerto Vallarta.