The Village of Mismaloya
The village of Mismaloya is nestled at the base of the Sierra Madre Mountains about eight miles to the south of Puerto Vallarta. “Las Penas” was the original name of the entire area, named after the huge rocks that protect the entrance of Banderas Bay. These rocks are now known as “Los Arcos” and are a huge tourist attraction and underwater nature preserve.
When the movie “The Night of the Iguana” was filmed in Mismaloya in 1964 the town became famous. Parts of the movie set can still be found to the west of the beach. The movie “Predator” was later filmed at a jungle location now referred to as “El Eden” on the Mismaloya River.
The bay and mountain views from Mismaloya are some of the best views in Mexico. Due to the tropical atmosphere and jungle feeling, Mismaloya provides stunning foliage, beautiful flowers and amazing butterflies and birds.
Mismaloya beach is in a nice deep water cove which is most often sheltered from rough waters and winds. Almost half of the small of amount of residents living in Mismaloya work on the beach. Pangas run from here for snorkeling trips, fishing charters, sightseeing adventures or as water taxis to the more remote locations. You will find some of the area’s best fisherman here.
Also, you will find beachfront restaurants with palapa covers that serve the seafood caught locally. You can expect to find lobsters, octopus and finfish that are caught here daily.
The area is a big vacation spot for Mexican tourists from all over the country during the summer months when school is not in session.
(El Zoologico de Vallarta) The largest zoo in Mexico is located here and is unlike any others that you have ever seen because of the up close and personal touch. Youngsters can play with baby lions, tigers, panthers and jaguars in a special area. This is a great photo opportunity!
Everyone is friendly and in general the Mismaloya residents are happy people. The local residents are a joy to get to know.
The expat community around the Mismaloya area is alive and well, but not many of the foreign owners live here through the year. Canadians and Americans alike are commonplace, although mostly during the winter months for 6 months of the year.
The Mismaloya area is tropical and normally has more rainfall than Puerto Vallarta. The rainy season here runs from June through October. This rain keeps Mismaloya green most of the year.