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3 Days in Vallarta with kids

Destination(s): Puerto Vallarta

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Playa Conchas Chinas

Playa Conchas Chinas

  • Highway 200 Km 3.2
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300

Spreading out at the foot of the Conchas China, a neighborhood often referred to as the Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta, is one of the most dramatic beaches adorning Banderas Bay. Conchas Chinas is a fifteen-minute cab ride from Puerto Vallarta's "old town", just enough distance to keep away the thundering crowds and the beach vendors who follow them. A jungle of tropical plants and ancient trees embraces the beach and the beach is home to a variety of bird species. The solitude, the natural beauty of the jungle, the aqua sky and the clear, sparkling sea, makes Playa Conchas Chinas a perfect spot for a romantic picnic, or a long afternoon with a good book and a bottle of wine. Unlike the long stretch of sand and gentle surf at other Puerto Vallarta beaches, Conchas Chinas is a jigsaw puzzle of white sand patches separated by looming rock formations and intriguing tide pools full of teeming marine life. read more about Playa Conchas Chinas

Playa Yelapa

Playa Yelapa

  • Highway 200 Km 17
  • Yelapa, 48440

If you want to get an idea of what Puerto Vallarta was like in the distant past, you can hop a water taxi at Boca de Tomatlan or from the Fisherman's Pier in Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa and find out. Yelapa is only accessible by boat and only in the last few years was it connected to the local power grid. There are no cars, no massive hotel complexes or large groups of tourists here.

If you are staying for the day, hop the taxi in the morning. You can take a hike or horseback ride up to the waterfall, eat at one of few beachfront palapa-style restaurants and then spend the day sunning and swimming in the gentle waters of the cove (albeit among the fishing boats that tie up there). There are a few shops and vendors if you want to take home a souvenir and there are a few hotels/guesthouses too if you want to spend the night. The one thing you cannot miss is a giant slice of pie from the roving pie ladies of Yelapa. It's the best you've ever had.
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Playa Mismaloya

Playa Mismaloya

  • Highway 200 Sur Km 11.5
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300

Mismaloya deserves the credit (although some say they deserve the blame) for the tourism boom in Puerto Vallarta. In 1963, John Huston chose this almost inaccessible, deserted beach as the set for his award winning film, The Night of the Iguana. The movie made Vallarta famous, but the set, sadly, was soon forgotten. However, Mismaloya is still worth the 6-mile drive from downtown. Not only is it a sweet little beach perfect for chilling out, it has a killer view of the famous Los Arcos sea rocks (a favorite destination for snorkelers and scuba divers). If you want to go to Los Arcos, there are plenty of boats available for hire. But before you board a boat and get too far away from the mango margaritas, consider snorkeling right off the beach where the crystal clear water is teeming with gaily painted tropical fish. There are also plenty of good restaurants competing for your business, many of them offering beach chairs and umbrellas. read more about Playa Mismaloya

Cuale Waterfalls

Cuale Waterfalls

  • Aquiles Serán
  • (next to Hotel Molino del Agua)
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300
Artist Studio Tours

Artist Studio Tours

  • Aldama 174
  • tel:+52 322 222 1982
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48310

Puerto Vallarta, rapidly emerging as one of the finest art centers in Mexico, is home to scores of acclaimed local and international artists who display their work locally and worldwide. Each year dozens of these artists open their home and studio doors to tours so art lovers can have the unique experience of seeing an artist hard at work. During the tour, the artists encourage visitors to ask questions about their work and allow you to experience, first hand, the artistic process and methods that goes into each piece. Some of the artists conduct classes in their studios, on a very limited basis. The four-hour guided tours typically include three to five studio visits. The artists for each tour vary but rest assured that they are hand-chosen and organized by your knowledgeable guide, Garry Thompson, owner of the Galeria Pacifica. Garry an avid art enthusiast, and likes nothing more than sharing his passion for art and knowledge of the artists you will meet. The Artists Studio tours are available only on Mondays and run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Reservations are required as space is limited. read more about Artist Studio Tours

San Sebastian Expeditions

San Sebastian Expeditions

  • A top the Sierra Madre
  • San Sebastian del Oeste, 46990

Just a short two hour drive from Puerto Vallarta lies San Sebastian, a tiny mountain village dating back to the 17th century, when it was a prosperous silver mining town. The mines closed over one hundred years ago, but the town retains its colonial heritage and provides visitors an opportunity to experience the traditional ways of living and working in a remote Mexican village. San Sebastian remains largely unspoiled because until recently it was nearly impossible to get there on roads that were treacherous at best, and little more than donkey trails and washed out bridges at worst. In 2004 a modern highway was completed, linking San Sebastian to the Pacific coast of Mexico. Today San Sebastian is one of the most popular day trips from Puerto Vallarta. If you don't want to drive, there are many tours that will get you there safely, including a light plane excursion. As an emerging tourist destination, you will find hotels built in old haciendas, on-going festivals, great restaurants, a town square and, of course, the obligatory church for you to explore. read more about San Sebastian Expeditions

Palomas Doradas (Las)

Palomas Doradas (Las)

  • Inside Marina Vallarta
  • tel:52 322 1 0470
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48350
Mariscos 8 Tostadas

Mariscos 8 Tostadas

  • Proa 28-29
  • (Marina Vallarta)
  • tel:52 322 221 3124
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48354

If you love seafood, you'll love "8 Tostadas." Seafood haters on the other hand, should skip this restaurant as they won't find much to nosh on. You'll find a variety of fresh seafood dishes from ceviche to crab enchiladas. It's a casual family restaurant and it closes early (6pm) so make sure you leave enough time to dine if you're going for dinner.
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Open Air Expeditions' Whale Watching Tour

Open Air Expeditions' Whale Watching Tour

  • Guerrero 339, Col. Centro
  • tel:+52 322 2 3310
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300

Step upon the beautiful Prince of Whales, Open Air Expeditions' specially designed and equipped whale watching vessel, for an unforgettable learning experience and a whale of a good time. The whale-watching season (from early December through March) drives thousands of visitors each year onto the water. It seems everyone wants to get an up close look at the humpback whales who call the Banderas Bay home every winter. Open Air Expeditions' whale watching tour has earned the respect of the governing bodies that protect marine life for their unerring compliance with laws, as well as for operating the only U.S. Coast Guard-certified whale watching craft in Puerto Vallarta. Your experienced crew will include bi-lingual marine biologists who will teach you about the life and behaviors of the majestic sea mammals who come to the deep waters of Puerto Vallarta each year to mate and calve. If you prefer, Open Expeditions can also arrange dolphin encounters. All tours are designed for small groups and you should plan for up to four hours at sea. Each tour includes fruit, bottled water and snacks read more about Open Air Expeditions' Whale Watching Tour

Cafe Frankfurt

Cafe Frankfurt

  • Basilio Badillo 300
  • tel:52 322 2 3403
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48330
Karting Internacional Go Karts

Karting Internacional Go Karts

  • Carretera Puerto Vallarta - Tepic Km. 153
  • tel:+52 322 1 2293
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48350
Chico's Paradise Restaurant, Bar and Grill

Chico's Paradise Restaurant, Bar and Grill

  • Carretera Vallarta Manzanillo, Km. 20
  • tel:+52 322 2 0474
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  • Puerto Vallarta, 48410
Paradise Burger

Paradise Burger

  • Paseo Diaz Ordaz 740
  • tel:52 322 323 28
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  • Puerto Vallarta, 48350
Pipis

Pipis

  • Guadalupe Sanchez 807
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:52 322 223 2767
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48380

Pipis is a popular restaurant in the El Centro part of Puerto Vallarta. They are known for their fajitas and for preparing guacamole tableside. The location is within walking distance to the Malecon, back a few streets from the water. While the view isn't much to look at, there's plenty of people watching if you get a table by the windows.

The menu has a variety of Mexican favorites and there's a full bar. The margaritas are delicious and a good value.
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