Puerto Vallarta is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico where the Sierre Madres Mountains meets the Bay of Banderas. It is a charming blend of modern Mexico meets old world colonial charm. Whether you're looking for a relaxing beach side escape or the chance for a bit of adventure, Puerto Vallarta is an excellent choice for families with kids of all ages.
Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular destinations in all of Mexico. Many of the major U.S. airlines offer direct flights into Puerto Vallarta, especially from many western U.S. cities. It is important to remember that all family members will be required to have a valid U.S. passport in order to fly into Puerto Vallarta for a family vacation.
Families have plenty of accommodation choices in Puerto Vallarta. There are all inclusive resorts where all of your family's food, drinks and entertainment is included in the price of your rooms. Choices for all inclusive resorts range from luxury style properties to budget friendly properties. There are also a nice selection of family friendly hotels where you pay extra for food and amenities. In addition, there are villa options offering families 1,2 and 3 bedrooms of space as well as cooking facilities. In addition to all of the resort, villa and hotel options, Puerto Vallarta is also visited by many of the family friendly cruise lines.
Besides the thousands of American families that visit Puerto Vallarta each year, whales visit from April to December. Taking the kids on a whale watching ship is sure to build a life time of memories. From late August thru October you and your kids can wish a happy birthday to thousands of baby sea turtles. Many resorts offer programs to encourage sea turtle breeding. Guests staying at these resorts have the opportunity to watch and participate with sea turtle releases into the sea. With an average sunny temperature in the mid-eighties, its a favorite spot family vacation spot.
Puerto Vallarta is comprised of two major resort areas - Puerto Vallarta to the south and Riviera Nayarit to the north. Within each, you'll find a unique destination with its very own personality and charm.
Open-air cafés, craft markets and modern art galleries line the vibrant seafront Malecón. This is where visitors will find plenty to do amidst Old school Mexican charm. Puerto Vallarta's various resort areas including Marina Vallarta, Downtown/Viejo Vallarta, the action-packed Hotel Zone (between the Marina and Downtown) and Mismaloya is towards the south. This area is recommended for families who want to be close to all of the action. It is also a good choice for families with younger kids who don't want to face a long transportation time after their flights into Puerto Vallarta airport.
Riviera Nayarit is the coast line that stretches north for over 100 miles from Puerto Vallarta Center. It is privileged for its natural beauty, ideal climate, white coral beaches and exotic ecosystems. The area boasts a modern marina with 200 slips, shopping mall, quality international restaurants, three golf courses, a water park, two dolphin centers and miles of glistening white beaches. Riviera Nayarit's resort areas include Punta Mita, Nuevo Vallarta, Flamingos and Bucerias. This is the newest resort area and tends to be a bit more laid back.