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Guide to Puerto Vallarta for Families

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Follow my guide for suggestions of the best places to visit with your family, where you can enjoy experiences filled with nature, fun, and adventure that will make you want to come back to Puerto Vallarta again and again!

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Malecon Boardwalk

Piers & Boardwalks

Marina Vallarta

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Yelapa Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Aquaventuras Park

Water Parks

Playa las Gemelas

Beaches

Pirate Ship Vallarta

Boat Tours, Night Tours

Quimixto

Beaches

Majahuitas Beach

Beaches

Las Animas Adventure Park

Theme Parks

Boca de Tomatlan

Destinations

Enrique A's City Tips

  • Most beaches have all the family friendly services you might need, including good quality restaurants with yummy food on offer.
  • Downtown is home to the highest concentration of restaurants of various gastronomic styles. This is your best bet to satisfy fussy eaters.
  • To get to the various beaches easily, head to the marina and hop on an aqua taxi or a boat. Check the prices beforehand, and enjoy the ride!
  • Take a change of clothing, towels, and other essentials if you're planning on combining walking with beaches and waterfalls.
  • Malecon Boardwalk
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Enrique A Says:

    The large number of interesting and entertaining sculptures, and variety of yummy food carts dotted along the Malecon make the boardwalk a must-visit for visitors of all ages. Admire each art piece, and try to guess the story behind it, while snacking on some famous fish or shrimp on a stick. You'll also find a great variety of shops and restaurants in this area, and the sea views are particularly impressive at sunrise and sunset.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Whatever you're hungry, you're bound to find a suitable restaurant or food stall along the boardwalk. It's hard to recommend just one place!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sand sculptures were very well done 19/06/2019
    • So many options! Just don't piss on the beach #jail 18/06/2019
    • Malecon Boardwalk
    Address:
    Calle Paseo Diaz Ordaz S/N
    Centro
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Marina Vallarta
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Enrique A Says:

    While in the downtown area of Vallarta, the marina is worth a visit. Here you can spot boats, cruise ships and yachts of all shapes and sizes, which make great family photo backdrops — especially at sunset. You'll also find plenty of suitable snack stops here, where you can pick up a crepe or an ice cream to keep up your energy while exploring the docks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • You'll find people selling artisanal crafts in this area, and if you're seriously in the mood for shopping, the mall is also nearby.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So much to do and the Pirate Cruise is a must! 18/06/2019
    • A fun place to stay around and/or visit 09/06/2019
    • Marina Vallarta
    Phone:
    +52 1 322 221 0275
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Yelapa Waterfalls
    Waterfalls
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you feel like escaping the city for a while and enjoying a family day in natural surroundings, then Yelapa Waterfalls is a great choice! Stroll around the little village, enjoy some time swimming at the beach, and of course check out the waterfalls which are in the center of Yelapa village. Here, you can grab a table, relax, and enjoy the waterfall views along with some refreshing drinks.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take some lunch with you to enjoy a picnic at the beach.
    • Getting here: Take an aqua taxi from Boca de Tomatlán. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Yelapa
    • Yelapa Falls 01/06/2019
    • Furthest from Civilazion but wonderful! 11/05/2019
    • Yelapa Waterfalls
  • Aquaventuras Park
    Water Parks
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    Enrique A Says:

    A nice place to take the little ones and have loads of water-based fun, this aqua park offers a variety of different packages, which range from using the slides and facilities, to swimming with dolphins. There are also zip lines and climbing walls to explore, and after all that extreme action, you can rest and refuel at the reasonably priced and good quality onsite restaurants.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • The swimming with the dolphins package is pricey but worth it!
    • The park closes at 4pm or 5pm depending on the season. Check online before you go.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 10 things to do in Nuevo Vallarta
    • Beware! This place is all about the money. 24/05/2019
    • Amazing 27/04/2019
    • Aquaventuras Park
    Address:
    Carretera a Tepic Kilometro 155
    Nuevo Vallarta 63732
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 193 3360
    Other:
  • Playa las Gemelas
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    A lonely, white and beautiful beach is what you'll find on a trip to Playa las Gemelas. While you won't find any stalls, restaurants, or facilities here, you will get to enjoy a pristine beach and calm waters — the perfect ingredients for a family day out by the sea. Splash around safely, play beach games to your heart's content, or simply relax and enjoy an uninterrupted picnic lunch together.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a small shop nearby if you want to buy snacks while you're there.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A magical beach and delicious food and drink 02/06/2019
    • Beautiful 15/05/2019
    • Playa las Gemelas
  • Pirate Ship Vallarta
    Boat Tours, Night Tours
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you're looking for a thrilling and fun family experience — plus of course a nice meal —then climb aboard this pirate ship, where the little ones will enjoy an unforgettable show filled with mischievous fun. You'll get to dance, watch the fireworks and have a great time while enjoying good food and drinks. It is a one-of-a-kind show that you won't want to miss while in Puerto Vallarta!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Arrive an hour early so the staff and crew members can explain the itinerary.
    • It is not that cheap but it is really, really worth it.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 145 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth the price 06/06/2019
    • Great time overall! Pros & Cons :) 30/05/2019
    • Pirate Ship Vallarta
    Phone:
    1 855 530 5733
    Price range:
    US$85 - US$85
    Other:
  • Quimixto
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    Quimixto is a nice little village to visit on your family holiday, featuring some beautiful secluded waterfalls which you can get to via a steep hike (30 to 40 minutes), or on horse back (around 20 minutes.) Admire the quaint little constructions, houses, and beautiful natural surroundings in this quiet seaside village; spend some time swimming at the falls; and don't forget to explore the uncrowded beaches, where you can kayak or snorkel.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Quimixto village has a couple of restaurants and a convenience store. There is also a little restaurant at the waterfalls (good for drinks and snacks), as well as basic bathroom facilities.
    • Bring your own snorkeling equipment if you have it.
    • Horses can be rented down by the river, and include the services of a guide who will show you the way to the waterfall.
    • Try to arrive at the waterfalls as early as possible, before tour groups join you.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Cabo Corrientes
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely hike! 10/03/2019
    • To the waterfall on mules, the village, and Los Cocos on the beach! 09/02/2019
    • Quimixto
    Address:
    Costa Sur
    Cabo Corrientes 48400
    Mexico
    Other:
  • Majahuitas Beach
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you're looking for an isolated but beautiful beach for diving or snorkeling, then this is the place for you! You'll get to see a lot of different species of fish, and even some dolphins or whales if you're lucky. Just south of Puerto Vallarta, this is an ideal place to go with the family, enjoy a swim or snorkel, and admire the great gifts that Mother Nature has given to the sea.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can take a boat here from Mismaloya.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Majahuitas
    • Nice Secluded Beach 19/12/2018
    • Picturesque - very little there 18/04/2018
    • Majahuitas Beach
  • Las Animas Adventure Park
    Theme Parks
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    Enrique A Says:

    Although this park is rather small, it still manages to pack in a ton of fun adventure activities, from climbing to crossing bridges to zip lining. You can also enjoy the beach here, take a walk or head to the dock and enjoy the view after a nice swim with the family. The food on offer is really delicious too, and you'll find nicest staff here at the adventure park.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the activities you'll do at the park!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    • Worth it 13/06/2019
    • SO MUCH FUN! 25/05/2019
    • Las Animas Adventure Park
    Address:
    Playa Las Animas, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Mexico
    Puerto Vallarta 48390
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 111 7954
    Other:
  • Boca de Tomatlan
    Destinations
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    Enrique A Says:

    A really cozy beach, and a traditional village of fishermen, that is not too far away from the city, makes Boca de Tomatlan a great option when you're looking for a quiet family day out in nature. The hills are covered with an impressive native flora, and on the way to the bay you can take some time to visit the botanical gardens and learn more about the nature that you'll find at Boca. There are plenty of little restaurants to choose from, where you can enjoy delicious food with nothing but a beautiful view of the sea and crystal clear waters to keep you company.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can take a bus, a taxi, or even an aquataxi from the marina or Playa de los Muertos to get here.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Boca de Tomatlan
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