Things to do in Puerto Vallarta with Kids
Planning a family beach vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? There are tons of outdoor adventures and cultural attractions in this beautiful beach town to keep families busy for the entire vacation. Since we have been traveling to Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta for the past 15 years, we compiled all the best family-friendly things to do with kids.
The Best Snorkeling Spots
Snorkeling in Puerto Vallarta is a fun way to explore the area. You can find family-friendly snorkeling adventures in the bay with any of the tour companies in the area. Our favorite places to snorkel are:
Los Arcos & Majahuitas
This rock formation is about 15 minutes South from Old Town, and it is well worth the trip. The scenery is beautiful and you can catch glimpses of Blue-footed Boobies, Humpback Whales (seasonal), dolphins, stingrays, pufferfish, and so many colorful fish! Pro tip: give the kids a piece of bread for the fish to go crazy. The whole family will be surrounded by beautiful (and harmless) fish!
Las Marietas Islands
This protected marine preserve is full of marine life and home to the famous Hidden Beach. The boat ride can take up to an hour, but you’ll be rewarded with turtles, dolphins, and maybe even whales! Also, keep an eye out for the famous blue-footed booby birds.
Just a 10-minute drive from Old Town, it is easily accessible. The best snorkeling is found slightly past the rocks where you will find all sorts of colorful fish swimming.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
This is a must for nature-loving families. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a 30-minute drive north of Downtown Puerto Vallarta, but well worth the visit. Tucked into the Sierra Madre hills, this stunning ecological park has winding mountain walkways that showcase orchids, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Bring mosquito repellent and water. Also, we suggest going in the morning and then stopping at Playa las Gemelas on the way back. Stretch out on the sand and enjoy a fresh coconut or fruit salad. Take a dip in the warm, crystal clear waters and look out at the Arcos de Mismaloya. Also, these rocky islands have been designated a national park!
Whale Watching Tours
One of the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta with kids is seeing the majestic Humpback Whales each winter season. They migrate from the arctic to breed and reproduce in the sheltered coasts of our bay. We make sure to never miss this amazing event!
Aquaventuras Water Park
There are 10 different slides to choose from and a lazy river. Lifejackets are all provided and there are lots of lifeguards. There are many daily shows for the kiddos. Also, no outside beverages allowed but they do allow you to enter with food, which is perfect for a family picnic with the kids.
Head over to Los Muertos Beach which has many aquatic activities, including parasailing. Strap on a parachute and enjoy the panoramic views while being pulled by a speed boat.
With no motor noise to scare the marine life away, you’ll see dolphins, manta rays, colorful tropical fish, and sea turtles. If you are interested in learning how to sail, the crew will be more than happy to teach you and the kids along the way!
Cirque du Soleil Park – Vidanta
Stay tuned for the water-themed Cirque du Soleil show and dining experience opening 2021. Grupo Vidanta, JOYA, and Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group officially announced the launch! Construction is already well underway with a specially designed, world-class theater and a capacity of up to 600 guests.
Hire a Family Photographer in Puerto Vallarta
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- 30 minutes – Includes 15 digital photos
- 1 hour – Includes 30 digital photos
- 90 minutes – Includes 45 digital photos
- 2 hours – Includes 60 digital photos
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