After almost three years, the pier on Los Muertos Beach has been inaugurated with fireworks, music and fun, on January 4th, 2013.
The pier, designed by the winning architect of the Mexican Biannual Architecture Prize, José de Jesús Torres Vega, is one of centerpieces of an ambitious Downtown Puerto Vallarta renewal program that includes a series of important projects in and around the city. These now add sparkle to the main existing attractions for both local and international visitors.
In this case the pier has become an important attraction for Francisca Rodríguez street and the surrounding areas and both the streets and pedestrian access has been improved.
There have been two previous incarnations of the pier, the first one was a wooden one with iron underfooting where luxurious floating hotel ships such as the Princess Patricia, Italia and Fairsea, that would anchor there with tourists much to the pride and amazement of the locals.
"Princess Cruises began in 1965, when founder Stanley McDonald chartered Canadian Pacific Limited's Alaska cruise ship Princess Patricia for Mexican Riviera cruises from Los Angeles during a time when she would have usually been laid up for the winter. However, Princess Pat, as she was fondly called, had never been designed for tropical cruising, lacking air-conditioning, and Princess ended her charter in favor of a more purpose-built cruise ship Italia." (read more).
Top left: Princess Italia; Top right: Sitmar Fairsea; Bottom left & right: Princess Patricia
This pier was built before the movie, not for it, as I have read some places online, that is just not correct and even John Huston mentions it was there beforehand in his autobiography:
"I was thinking about locations for "Iguana" and Guillermo (Wulff) urged me to go to Mismaloya. It was only a few miles by boat from Puerto Vallarta's only pier - at Playa Los Muertos..." (An Open Book; 1980. John Huston).
The second one, called Muelle de La Solidaridad Vallartense finished on December 7th, 1990, was a project carried out by the local inhabitants, financed in part by local businessmen, officials and, in the end, mainly Don Juan Peña Dávalos, the owner of Hotel Marsol, who lent a considerable amount of money that was never fully returned. This newest pier was financed by the Federal Government and remaining part by the State of Jalisco.
Los Muertos at the turn of the Century
The pier offers access to boats, water taxis that can take you north of the bay and mainly to the southern beaches and coves, such as Las Ánimas, Quimixto, Mismaloya, Yelapa and other beautiful destinations, you'll also be able to catch sail trips and cruises around the bay.
View from the Pier at Playa Los Muertos
A stroll along the 200 feet of the pier is now a valuable and fun addition to the fabulous Olas Altas/Los Muertos area in the romantic zone, enjoy the view, the new perspectives, the panoramic view and all the sea related activities you can enjoy there.