Puerto Vallarta for Families
Collected by Peter Sands
Thanks to a blend of colonial-era charm and contemporary services, Puerto Vallarta shines as an ultimate Mexican Pacific beach town, and is a favorite among expats and repeat visitors, alike. Exceptional restaurants, local markets, consistent sun and perfect sand make Puerto Vallarta a welcoming vacation destination.
Paseo Díaz Ordaz S/N, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
The Malécon, or boardwalk, is one of Puerto Vallarta's most popular attractions. Besides its sunset views and the variety of sculptures and public art installations found along its path, visitors are also compelled to not just stroll "down on the...
Avenida Paseo de las Garzas 100 - B, Zona Hotelera Nte., 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Sunset sails are a popular activity in Puerto Vallarta, and with good reason: Dusk is unfailingly beautiful here. What many travelers don't know, however, is that a number of day excursions set sail from the port. Some of these cruise around...
Camino, Camini Al Eden 700, Mismaloya, 48294 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
The Zoologico de Vallarta (Vallarta Zoo) is home to more than 700 animals, including exotic birds and reptiles. Visitors can view the animals up close and, for an extra fee, hold certain species like friendly monkeys and cuddly tiger cubs. The zoo...
Av. Paseo de la Marina Sur, Marina Vallarta, 48450 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Whale watching can be a spectacular experience anywhere, but in Puerto Vallarta, it's extra special. See humpback whales in their natural habitat, and perhaps, even birth their babies. Whale Watch Vallarta offers three different excursions, all...
Vicente Guerrero 49, Sagrado Corazón, Centro, 63730 San Juan de Abajo, Nay., Mexico
Waterfall views and jungle-like mountain terrain set the scene for horseback rides in Puerto Vallarta with outfitter Rancho El Charro. The company's wranglers lead three- and five-hour excursions, as well as day-long and three- to five-day guided...
Pilitas, Amapas, 48399 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
If it seems like Jorge's Hideaway Shrimp Shack is a small, six-table joint that feels as if it was set up in someone's home, that's because it pretty much was. The family-run business keeps things small and manageable so it can continue to turn...
Olas Altas 534, Amapas, 48399 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
The Vallarta heat can sap your energy; refresh and recharge with a tropical fruit smoothie at Salud Super Food. Guava, pineapple, mango, and coconut are among the fruits featured in Salud's smoothies. If you need heavier fare, check out the...
Basilio Badillo 295, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Lucy's CuCu Cabaña is the place to shop if you're looking for unique souvenirs. The store's owner, Lucy, selects handcrafts–masks, figurines, mirrors, and textiles among them– from all over Mexico to feature in her shop. If you buy too much or...
Calle Lázaro Cárdenas, 63732 Bucerías, Nay., Mexico
For a huge selection of fruits and vegetables, artwork and handmade clothes and accessories, visit Puerto Vallarta's Old Town Farmers Market and Tianguis Cultural. Participating vendors must live or work within 50 kilometers of the markets, so all...
Av Paseo de la Marina 245, Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Though it may seem slightly incongruous with the more modern buildings along its periphery, the 110-foot-tall lighthouse remains an iconic landmark. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the bay and sublime sunsets, while chatting over drinks at...
Aquiles Serdán, Jal., Mexico
Tacos, mole, and pozole are among Mexicans' favorite comfort foods, and Eat Vallarta's guided tours lead you directly to the best places where you can try these dishes for yourself. On the taco tour, you'll visit a tortilla factory and eat fresh...
Guerrero 311, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Mediterranean and Mexican fare fuse beautifully at this Puerto Vallarta cafe. Specialties include fresh, wood-fired pizzas, quiches, salads, and tartines, and they're served with Mexican wine and craft beer in a casual setting.
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