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Suggestions for Family Vacation with the Kids in Puerto Vallarta

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Gary R. Beck - Beck's Best
September 30, 2014



When Gary Beck was asked about suggested activities and vacation tips when traveling with a 5 year old to Puerto Vallarta, he lists some great alternatives for kids that the adults will also enjoy.

• Vallarta Zoo, located in Mismaloya Village just south of Vallarta. Great for kids and adults alike. See some baby animals whose species they are preserving.

• Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Wonderful hikes through the jungle, well marked with paths. Plus a good restaurant to have some pizza or other items.

• Los Arcos Amphitheater on the Malecon. Many evenings there are clown acts which the kids roar about, scream and laugh.

• Whale watching if in season. Check with Ocean Conservancy, Oscar Rito and our own superstar Keith May. Safe for children with the thrill of a sighting!

• Boat cruise along the shore, from Marina or Playa Los Muertos south to los Arcos for fish viewing and scuba if desired, on to Las Animas, Caletas and Yelapa where lunch may be scheduled. Some villages along there have horseback riding at a gentle pace, even ride up [or walk] to the waterfalls. Ocean Grill south of Boca at Playa Colomitos is super for kids and small beach would entertain them in addition to the fine food...even the hamburger!

• Marigalante Pirate Ship. We took a night cruise, day ones are available and better suited for kids, and the show was fun, food was surprisingly good and then the fireworks before heading home.

• Most kids love malls, so take them to Galerias Vallarta across from the cruise ships. No description needed here.

• Consider a movie. We are blessed now with some fine houses, some films in English, and the mall above supplies the finest experience for me.

• Much as I hate to say it, All Inclusive resorts are a good choice for young finicky eaters. Many times items are geared toward Anglos not looking to explore this country's super cuisine.

  Learn more about Zoologico de Vallarta (Vallarta Zoo)

  Learn more about Vallarta Botanical Gardens

  Learn more about Deep Blue Conservancy


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