We've been coming to Puerto Vallarta off and off for the last 15 years but about every year for the last 6 years. I never thought much about names until recently when I did some research about the city and became more interested. Years ago we ate on the beach without really knowing what the name was called. We ate in the sand with vendors approaching and maybe a musician or two. Things weren't so busy then, or maybe it was the time of day or the location. But now it is busy and crowded. Some hotels put out chairs and umbrellas to reserve for their guests even though it is not really their beach. The further south you go the more crowded it becomes. Families, children, fishermen, vendors, mariachi musicians, even birds all crowd into the same space. Then I discovered the name of Muertos in Spanish means death. So I needed to find out why. There are several versions but the most logic is that is was once a local Indian sacred cemetery. Bones started washing up on the beach and they dug up bones in ceramic pots which was the custom of local Indians to bury their dead so it seems pretty logical. They've tried to change the name but locals know it for good times and not death. Many restaurants front the beach with tables, chairs and service in the sand. The new pier was dedicated in 2013 and it brings more locals and tourists. So, if it's a meal or to watch the sunset it's worth a visit.
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