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“What's in a Name Muertos Beach”

Playa de los Muertos
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Owner description: "Deadmen's Beach," named for legendary pirate raids on the nearby village, is one of the most-frequented beaches in Puerto Vallarta.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

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.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

This beach is part of the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta. You can walk there by starting anywhere in the Romantic Zone and just go West. You will end up at this quiet and relaxed beach. Have a drink, stay under an umbrella if you have to and enjoy...rest...

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

This stretch of sandy beach runs a very long length and is a draw for people of all types. There are bars and restaurants along the way and some have umbrellas and chairs to use for patrons only. The businesses can be protective of their restrooms to non-patrons so be aware and not expect services as a passerby. The beach is generally clean and safe. The local vendors will come by every 2 minutes to sell you stuff which can be a bit much but they will politely let you be if you give them a polite "no, gracias". The waves are strong so mind your sunglasses and bathing suits as one good wave that surprises you can come through and you will never see them again. LOL

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Located near the South End of Puerto Vallarta malecon the Playa Muertos Beach and Pier with its sail statue in the water are a must-see for all visitors.
This is a great destination to watch the sunset and then the changing lights inside the sale as night settles in. You can sit at the base of the pier high above the water or sit down on the beach. Plenty of restaurants in the area. Water taxis, fishing boats and other types of water adventures await the Adventurous and curious as well. While we were there we saw a stingray in the water and watched a kid bring a blow fish that he caught with his hands out of the water to show off to all who were curious before returning it back into the water. Just a great place to sip on a margarita as the sun goes down on a day in paradise.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

It is a nice beach. A little hard to walk because it slopes a lot towards the water. It is a tourist attraction so be prepared to be asked to buy just about anything. A simple "No gracias" and it's all good. Highly recommend bringing your own beach umbrella as some of these restaurants have crazy high minimum order charges to sit in their beach chairs.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank wojo15jg
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