Beach in Puerto Vallarta

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Mismaloya, the location for the 1964 film The Night of the Iguana, is about 12km south of Puerto Vallarta: you can still see the dilapidated Iguana sign by the roadside. The tiny scenic cove is dominated by a gargantuan resort; villagers are up in arms about proposals to evict them so that another resort can be built.