History of Puerto Vallarta, México

Los Muertos Beach


Los Muertos Beach is the most popular beach in Puerto Vallarta, and there are many theories as to how it got its name. At one time the beach was used to transfer gold and silver ore onto ships and one story is that pirates killed all the workers and stole the ore.

Another story states that Indians attacked and killed the sailors as they were transferring the ore to the ships.

The most recent and widely accepted story is that the area surrounding the beach was an Indian burial ground and when excavations were started in order to build the buildings along the beach, bones and pottery shards were found.

When the area started to become a tourist attraction, officials tried to change the name of the beach, but the traditional name stuck.

Gringo Gulch

Gringo Gulch is located along the Río Cuale behind Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, John Huston and Deborah Kerr lived there during the filming of Night of the Iguana; houses are still there today and are available as vacation rentals.

Filmed on Location


Many movies have been filmed in Puerto Vallarta. The two best known are Night of the Iguana (filmed in and around Mismaloya) and Predator (filmed at El Éden and on the beach of Boca de Tomatlán). You can visit both locations.

In fact, the location where Predator was filmed is not only beautiful but has many things to do: there is also a waterfall and swimming hole located in the rain forest; if you’re up for more of an adventure, try a day trip of zip-lining over the set! In the center of it all is El Eden restaurant, where you can relax in the shade and enjoy a meal.

Looking for a place to stay while in PV? Take a look at our oceanfront VRBO. It’s ideally situated right on Los Muertos Beach, within walking distance of great restaurants, shopping, the pier and more.

Please visit our calendar to see the condominium’s availability if you’d like to book. You can also contact us directly with an email or call 218-765-3017.