Puerto Vallarta for Families
Puerto Vallarta for Families
Many people think of exclusive resorts and couples escapes when they think of Puerto Vallarta, but the city has also become an excellent vacation destination for families as well. Many of the same uniquely inviting aspects that make it a popular locale among adult visitorsbeautiful weather, great food and an array of activitiesmake it just as good a choice for couples whose children tag along on their tropical getaway.
Puerto Vallarta for Kids
For obvious reasons, the daily Pirate Tour is also an extremely popular attraction for visiting families. This adventure on the high seas offers amazing views of the city along with an immersive performance that involves mast swinging pirates, a thrilling sword fight, an on-board treasure hunt and a walk of the plank for one unfortunate sea dog. Spanning a 7 hour ride in total, the trip includes a stop on a remote beach for water activities as well as food, drinks, and all the smiles you can possibly handle.
There are an endless number of tours, experiences and events aimed at families with children in the area, from cultural options such as the Malecon sculpture tour and Museo Naval that can help spark the cultural curiosity of young travelers to performances by street artists citywide as well as officially sanctioned family exhibitions.
Other family focused options that offer a welcome dose of culture include the iconic Los Mangos Library, the Teatro Vallarta, and the Cuale Cultural Center in center city Vallarta. There are also a number of movie theaters in the area, and families can catch a current release or a classic film in English or subtitled Spanish in these cool, air-conditioned venues.
Family Activities in Nature
One of the most treasured destinations for lovers of nature is the Vallarta Zoo, an animal preserve built directly in the lush green setting just south of the citys center known as Mismaloya. Featuring a wide range of creatures in their natural habitat, Zoologico Vallarta is a great place for curious children to experience their favorite animals along with species exclusive to the area, allowing families to interact with the residents of the zoo like never before.
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More Water Fun
The waters of the Banderas Bay area also contain prime surfing zones, making it an ideal place to learn the basics of this exciting sport. With the waters at the edge of the big city itself are noted for their calm, tranquil nature, a quick trip to Punta Mita can provide the active swells a satisfying surf experience relies on, and there are a multitude of qualified and patient teachers in the area to offer the guidance and support you need to catch your first wave.
Held each Saturday just outside the center of the city, the Old Town farmers market showcases products grown or manufactured within 75 kilometers of city limits, making it a celebration of local culture. It is home to fresh seafood and produce, including local fruits and vegetables that can help expand your childrens picky palettes. Nearby, local artists make eye catching products by hand for them to enjoy. Watch basket weavers and other creators go about their strangely hypnotic work and watch them gain a new appreciation for individual craftsmanship. Live music is also a staple of this weekly affair, and families from around the area as well as visitors gather for a fun filled afternoon of dancing.
Puerto Vallarta is an excellent destination for pairs and parties, but the deep appreciation for family culture makes it much more than a simple tourist town. A trip to Puerto Vallarta can offer your family a closer bond through sharing new experiences that will last a lifetime.
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